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The Most Uplifting Songs From The '80s  

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What is it about '80s songs that makes them so inherently uplifting? Many '80s songs are extremely upbeat, so it's no surprise they usually put you in a good mood.  Let's rank the most motivational '80s songs from the best decade of music, featuring songs with uplifting lyrics that are sure to put a smile on your face.

Journey's "Don't Stop Believin" is easily one of the most motivational '80s songs. The title of the song was actually inspried by keyboard player Jonathan Cain's father, who delivered the message whenever Cain felt like giving up on his musical dreams. Another great uplifting '80s song is Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger," which was used as the main theme song for Rocky III. Fun fact: Sylvester Stallone originally wanted to use "Another One Bites The Dust" as the theme, but requested that Survivor record something orignial after getting rejected by Queen. Other great '80s songs that will put you in a good mood are classics like John Parr's "St. Elmo's Fire" and Joe Esposito's "You're The Best."

Vote up your favorite inspirational songs from the '80s below, and add your own selections if you don't see them here already!

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Bobby McFerrin
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Michael Jackson
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You're The Best Joe Esposito
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Patty Smyth, Scandal
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The Sugarhill Gang
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Only In My Dreams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Uplifting Songs From The '80s
reynolds.levaron added Only In My Dreams Debbie Gibson
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We Can't Go Wrong is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Uplifting Songs From The '80s
reynolds.levaron added We Can't Go Wrong The Cover Girls
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You Make My Dreams Come True Hall & Oates
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George Michael, WHAM!
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All Time High is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Uplifting Songs From The '80s
Scott Merritt added All Time High Rita Coolidge
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When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going Billy Ocean
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Press is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Uplifting Songs From The '80s
Scott Merritt added Press Paul McCartney
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Together Forever is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Uplifting Songs From The '80s
mol.eszter04 added Rick Astley
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Keep The Spirit Alive Killer Dwarfs
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I Yam What I Yam is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Uplifting Songs From The '80s
Scott Merritt added I Yam What I Yam Lead single from the POPEYE soundtrack album.