80s Music The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked  

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Step into the Ranker time machine, and enjoy the best rock songs of the '80s. Including classic rock hits and popular jams, the list of '80s rock songs features some of the greatest bands ever, like The Police, U2, Van Halen, and Pink Floyd. Take a trip down memory lane with the top rock songs of the 1980s. 

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44 16
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50 21
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3
45 18
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Van Halen

4
40 14
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5
43 17
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Def Leppard

6
35 11
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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Joan Jett

7
48 23
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41 21
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REO Speedwagon

9
37 18
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Scorpions

10
38 19
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Dire Straits

11
31 14
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32 16
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The J. Geils Band

13
32 16
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33 17
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Don Henley

15
33 17
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Blue Öyster Cult

16
36 22
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31 19
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Bruce Springsteen

18
35 23
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29 19
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The Rolling Stones

20
29 20
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Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

21
25 16
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Van Halen

22
31 23
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Foreigner

23
28 21
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26 19
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Van Halen

25
25 18
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The Cars

26
22 15
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John Mellencamp

27
31 25
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28
23 17
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The Cars

29
20 14
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30
18 13
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Bryan Adams

31
23 19
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38 Special

32
18 14
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Golden Earring

33
19 16
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Pink Floyd

34
18 15
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The Romantics

35
21 19
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Men At Work

36
18 16
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Bruce Springsteen

37
21 20
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Aldo Nova

38
22 22
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Peter Gabriel

39
14 14
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The Rolling Stones

40
17 18
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Grateful Dead

41
15 16
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16 18
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43
17 20
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Genesis

44
17 20
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Mr. Mister

45
12 14
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Bruce Springsteen

46
12 14
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47
11 13
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Dirty Laundry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
romero.nancyr0917 added Don Henley

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I Want to Break Free is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
romero.nancyr0917 added Queen

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The Firm