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80 More Songs from the 80s Everyone Should Know

You’re in need of new workout jamz, you say? Or maybe some study tunes or perhaps a ballad or two to listen to whilst living as a human burrito? Well, look no further, Sparklers! The next best thing to finding new songs is uncovering great ones from the past. So if you didn’t find your jamz in the first 80 songs, here are 80 MORE tracks from the 1980s you should totally know. Grab your leg warmers and get to rockin’!

  1. “Caught Up in You,” by 38 Special
  2. “I Ran (So Far Away),” by A Flock of Seagulls
  3. “The Winner Takes It All,” by ABBA
  4. “Cuts Like a Knife,” by Bryan Adams
  5. “All Out of Love,” by Air Supply
  6. “Heat of the Moment,” by Asia
  7. “Venus,” by Bananarama
  8. “Mickey,” by Toni Basil
  9. “Come Go with Me,” by The Beach Boys
  10. “We Belong,” by Pat Benatar
  11. “The Tide Is High,” by Blondie
  12. “Gimme Some Lovin’,” by The Blues Brothers
  13. “Runaway,” by Bon Jovi
  14. “Tender Is the Night,” by Jackson Browne
  15. “Heaven Is a Place on Earth,” by Belinda Carlisle
  16. “Bette Davis Eyes,” by Kim Carnes
  17. “Magic,” by The Cars
  18. “Karma Chameleon,” by Culture Club
  19. “(I Just) Died in Your Arms,” by Cutting Crew
  20. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” by Dead or Alive
  21.  “Come On Eileen,” by Dexys Midnight Runners
  22. “Money for Nothing,” by Dire Straits
  23. “Rio,” by Duran Duran
  24. “I Want to Know What Love Is,” by Foreigner
  25. “She Drive Me Crazy,” by Fine Young Cannibals
  26. “In Your Eyes,” by Peter Gabriel
  27. “That’s All,” by Genesis
  28. “Paradise City,” by Guns N’ Roses
  29. “You Make My Dreams Come True,” by Hall & Oates
  30. “Miami Vice Theme,” by Jan Hammer
  31. “Sunglasses at Night,” by Corey Hart
  32. “What About Love?” by Heart
  33. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” by Whitney Houston
  34. “Don’t You Want Me,” by The Human League
  35. “Rebel Yell,” by Billy Idol
  36. “Centerfold,” by The J. Geils Band
  37. “Thriller,” by Michael Jackson
  38. “Bad Reputation,” by Joan Jett
  39. “Uptown Girl,” by Billy Joel
  40. “Any Way You Want It,” by Journey
  41. “Time After Time,” by Cyndi Lauper
  42. “The Power of Love,” by Huey Lewis and the News
  43. “Funkytown,” by Lipps Inc.
  44. “Danger Zone,” by Kenny Loggins
  45. “Like a Prayer,” by Madonna
  46. “Ebony and Ivory,” by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
  47. “Small Town,” by John Mellencamp
  48. “Who Can It Be Now?” by Men At Work
  49. “Careless Whisper,” by George Michael
  50. “Take Me Home Tonight,” by Eddie Money
  51. “Always Something There to Remind Me,” by Naked Eyes
  52. “99 Red Balloons,” by Nena
  53. “Edge of Seventeen,” by Stevie Nicks
  54. “Hangin’ Tough,” by New Kids on the Block
  55. “If You Leave,” by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
  56. “Your Love,” by The Outfield
  57. “9 to 5,” by Dolly Parton
  58. “I Won’t Back Down,” by Tom Petty
  59. “Where Is My Mind,” by Pixies
  60. “Every Breath You Take,” by The Police
  61. “I’m on My Way,” by The Proclaimers
  62. “Under Pressure,” by Queen featuring David Bowie
  63. “Take It on the Run,” by REO Speedwagon
  64. “Hello,” by Lionel Richie
  65. “Listen To Your Heart,” by Roxette
  66. “It’s Tricky,” by Run D.M.C.
  67. “Believe It or Not,” by Joey Scarbury
  68. “Maniac,” by Michael Sembello
  69. “Alive and Kicking,” by Simple Minds
  70. “Where Did Our Love Go?” by Soft Cell
  71. “Dancing In The Dark,” by Bruce Springsteen
  72. “Abracadabra,” by Steve Miller Band
  73. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” by Tears for Fears
  74. “Africa,” by Toto
  75. “She’s a Beauty,” by The Tubes
  76. “Holding Out For a Hero,” by Bonnie Tyler
  77. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” by U2
  78. “Chariots of Fire,” by Vangelis
  79. “Here I Go Again,” by Whitesnake
  80. “Cheap Sunglasses,” by ZZ Top


What’s your favorite song from the 80s?