questionsits a simple question really: best 80's song ever?

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I will go with my favorite song from the 80's: U2's I still Haven't Found What I am Looking For.

The whole xoxo thing kind of weirds me out, just throwing that out there....

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There are so many great songs from the 80's... who could really say which is the best.

I'd think Van Halen's Jump would be up there somewhere.

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I'm sorry, I can't just choose one, there are too many that I love from the 80's.

I'm with @tarasadies regarding the xoxo......

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"Livin' on a Prayer", hands down.

We saved that for the last song at our wedding reception. Having that many (drunk) people singing along on the dance floor was awesome.

I'll give honorable mention to "Pour Some Sugar on Me" as I'll stop whatever I'm doing to rock out to that song until it's over.

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The first one that comes to mind is 'Sister Christian' by Night Ranger or 'Is This Love' by Whitesnake. I'm a sucker for big-hair-band ballads.

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"In the Air Tonight" by phil collins

I still start banging the air drums like a lunatic when the drums kick in about halfway through. It terrifies women and children.

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how has Slade's "Runaway" not made this list yet?!

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@unclefrog: The "xoxo" was slipped in without my cognizance. Damn interns.

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Another Brick In The Wall Pink Floyd

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Doctor, Doctor by the Thompson Twins, Sweet Dreams are Made of This by the Eurythmics, or really anything by Culture Club.

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I was so afriad that I was going to get RickRoll'd when I clicked on this question...

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Fav for me is Whisper To A Scream - Icicle Works
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVQCpI4GbKQ

Other choices:
Take On Me - Aha
Walk Like An Egyptian - Bangles

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Honestly, I don't know how this question can be answered. I just lost 20 minutes going through just my Van Halen collection. When I thought I had a winner another good one came up. Let's just say there was a lot of really great music in the 80's.

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I'm not certain of the best - plenty of good choices here.

There were, however, a bunch that would be best left at the bottom of the list. Even some very good bands didn't do so well in the 80s.

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I voted up this question, even though part of me wanted to downvote it simply because now I will have all these great songs stuck in my head all day!

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Impossible to name only 1; agree w/@kamikazeken's choice of In The Air Tonight as a strong contender. Best video to play air drums with. :-D

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West End Girls by Pet Shop Boys. It had it all: a great dance beat, fashion and style, and rap. It was tame enough for everyone to enjoy but the lyrics still had a bit of an edge to them. A song that begins with "Sometimes, you're better off dead / there's a gun in your hand and it's pointed at your head" certainly stands out among the usual teen fare.

That said, a bit surprising nobody's mentioned Michael Jackson or Madonna yet.

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Sure, there were many songs that were great musically, had good lyrics, great to dance to, were featured in popular movies, etc.

But, I feel that the quintessential 80's song was:

"99 Luftballons"

It's synthesized, a one hit wonder, has a typical 80's video, you cant understand one word because its in German and absurdly - it was a hit!

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@morriea: If I'm not mistaken, that was released in 1979.

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Straight Outta Compton..that was a game changer for a whole genre.

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Brain just popped sorting through all the music and trying to rank them.

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Talking Heads - Wild Wild Life

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@benyust2: Released 12/79....so was popular in 1980. I remember listening to it that year quite a bit. I think that counts. It is the "best songs of the 80s" and that is when it was on the charts.

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gran duo concertante - bottesini.

Oh, you mean 1980's... too many to mention, but livin on a prayer is a favorite bar song, but come now... anything from the police, devo, madonna, MJ, u2, hair metal anything, etc etc can easily be considered the penultimate 80's song.

for me - it was loudness' "crazy nights" that did it, in 85/86. 3 of the most memorable events in my younger life are tied somehow to that song... and the ridiculousness of an asian hair band was completely lost on me at that age lol.

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cant believe that tainted love or Mr. Roboto didn't make the list as they get plugged into more commercials and movies than I can remember.

Hoping someone gets one of these two stuck in their head for awhile.

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Where Is My Mind? - The Pixies

Sturgeon's Law applies to this thread. ;)

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@greatgazoo: According to VH1 you nailed the number 1 and 2 with your comment. I can't disagree with your choices, but as mentioned before there was so much great music in that decade that it's impractical to choose one song. Here's a link to that list, and I didn't see Rick Astley in there anywhere. :)

My vote goes with Sweet Child O' Mine.

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Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie

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Can't pick the "best" song". I agree with some of the above. One of my favorite bands formed in the late '80's, sadly short lived, was The Traveling Wilburys. "End of the line", "Tweeter and the Monkey man" and "Last Night" come to mind. If Roy Orbison had lived and they toured, they would have been too much fun.

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I just noticed something.....is it possible to be a best 80's song EVER?!

EVER is a long time...80's is only 10 years.

....do I win?

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@crivit: I agree. You've chosen the best.

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@maggie3052: Yes. IThe Traveling Willbury's. Glad you mentioned them; I had forgotten. I have a cd of their's somewhere (maybe the only one they made?) They were so good!

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Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears

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If anyone asks and I want to look cool, it's this. In secret, when no one is looking, it's this.

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@morriea: Technically a 70's song but most 80's stations play it so I will allow this

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Walking on broken glass or you can call me al... Also love jesses girl and dont stop beleivin

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What, no white drunken college kids' anthem?? I really thought I'd see more mentions and upvotes for this:
Journey- Don't Stop Believing
No other song/group adequately expresses the alleged angst and excesses of the decade, but EVERYBODY thinks they can sing it. Heck, I can probably sing it still.

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Not a simple question at all! Too many from which to choose! I'm going with the first one that popped into my head: Head Over Heels by the GOGOs. Ultimate feel-good song.

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Beastie Boys: You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party

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@thefenst: I have an 80's playlist with nearly 1000 songs, and almost every song mentioned here is easily on the list. That said, without even looking at the list, this was one of the first to pop in my head. Excellent choice ♥

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@jsimsace: I can't believe R.E.M.'s "Losing my Religion" didn't make that list :(

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@conanthelibrarian: Many thanks for your private-in-secret link! I'd forgotten that little bit of fun, and since I can't decide among 20 or so other choices, I'd agree with that one as my fave, in secret or not. I'm old enough to feel fine selecting a bit of whimsical fluff as a favorite. And I love the illustrations in this particular vidclip, especially O'Malley's

And did you look at the most recent comments on its site? Apparently a lot of folks are just discovering the song this week.

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Too many to think about. Got to say my top song would be Bruce Springsteen - Born In the USA.

But its hard to leave out the number one seller - Thriller.

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Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire is the one that stands out to me. My 5th/6th-grade social studies teacher had us listen to it, and IIRC he also had the lyrics posted on his bulletin board.