80s Music 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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Survivor
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Flashdance (What a Feeling) is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Uplifting Songs From The '80s
Scott Merritt added Flashdance (What a Feeling) Irene Cara
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Up Where We Belong is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Uplifting Songs From The '80s
Scott Merritt added Up Where We Belong Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
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Whitesnake
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The Go-Go's
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Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
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Eurythmics
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Don't Dream It's Over is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Uplifting Songs From The '80s
Scott Merritt added Don't Dream It's Over Crowded House
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Bobby McFerrin
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St. Elmo's Fire John Parr
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The Greatest Love of All Whitney Houston
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John Mellencamp
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Never Surrender Corey Hart
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Matthew Wilder
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Michael Jackson
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Patty Smyth, Scandal
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You're The Best Joe Esposito
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When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going Billy Ocean
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The Sugarhill Gang
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Danger Zone Kenny Loggins
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Together Forever is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Uplifting Songs From The '80s
mol.eszter04 added Rick Astley
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You Make My Dreams Come True Hall & Oates