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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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Survivor
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Whitesnake
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St. Elmo's Fire John Parr
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Flashdance (What a Feeling) is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Uplifting Songs From The '80s
Scott Merritt added Flashdance (What a Feeling) Irene Cara
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The Go-Go's
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Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
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Your The Inspiration is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Uplifting Songs From The '80s
reynolds.levaron added Your The Inspiration Chicago
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Up Where We Belong is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Eurythmics
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John Mellencamp
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Danger Zone Kenny Loggins
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reynolds.levaron added True Colors Cyndi Lauper
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Never Surrender Corey Hart
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Matthew Wilder
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The Greatest Love of All Whitney Houston
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Patty Smyth, Scandal
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reynolds.levaron added The Best Tina Turner
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Forever Your Girl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Uplifting Songs From The '80s
reynolds.levaron added Forever Your Girl Paula Abdul
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Michael Jackson
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Bobby McFerrin
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Advice For The Young At Heart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Uplifting Songs From The '80s
reynolds.levaron added Advice For The Young At Heart Tears For Fears
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Don't Dream It's Over is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Uplifting Songs From The '80s
Scott Merritt added Don't Dream It's Over Crowded House