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Kid of the 80s

Check out this video. It includes the top 20 songs from the 80s, according to Billboard.

It is interesting that 18 of the 20 songs peaked from 1980 to 1983.

According to Billboard,

Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits across multiple decades, time frames are weighted to account for fluctuating chart turnover rates due to different methodologies utilized.

If you’re missing any of these songs from your collection, you will find iTunes links below. Enjoy!

20) Lionel Richie: All Night Long (All Night)

19) Lionel Richie: Say You, Say Me

18) Michael Jackson: Bille Jean

17) Steve Miller Band: Abracadabra

16) Diana Ross: Upside Down

15) Dionne & Friends: That’s What Friends Are For

14) Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder: Ebony and Ivory

13) Joan Jett & The Blackhearts: I Love Rock ‘n Roll *

12) John Lennon: (Just Like) Starting Over

11) J. Geils Band: Centerfold

10) Kenny Rogers: Lady

9) Blondie: Call Me

8) Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson: Say Say Say

7) Queen: Another One Bites the Dust

6) Irene Cara: Flashdance… What a Feeling

5) The Police: Every Breath You Take

4) Survivor: Eye of the Tiger

3) Diana Ross and Lionel Richie: Endless Love

2) Kim Carnes: Bette Davis Eyes

1) Olivia Newton-John: Physical

* Song is not available on iTunes; Amazon link provided.

Kid of the 80s

Material Girl, Madonna… peaked at #2


We Got the Beat, Go-Go’s… peaked at #2

Hungry Like the Wolf, Duran Duran… peaked at #3


Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper… peaked at #2


Born in the U.S.A., Bruce Springsteen… peaked at #9


Express Yourself, Madonna… peaked at #2


I Want Your Sex, George Michael… peaked at #2


Manic Monday, Bangles… peaked at #2


Purple Rain, Prince… peaked at #2


Thriller, Michael Jackson… peaked at #4

Kid of the 80s

“Don’t You Want Me” was the fourth single from from The Human League’s third studio album Dare.

The song was released on November 27, 1981 and went on to reach number 1 on Christmas 1981. It later topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the US on July 3, 1982 where it stayed for three weeks.

Kid of the 80s

In November 1983, Quite Riot’s Metal Health became the first heavy metal album to reach the top spot on the Billboard 200, replacing The Police’s Synchronicity. The album went on to sell more than six million copies and is considered a classic among heavy metal fans.


The album featured two top 40 singles. “Cum on Feel the Noize” reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and “Metal Health (Bang Your Head)” peaked at number 31.

Kid of the 80s

On November 25, 1984, charity supergroup Band Aid united to record “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” The group, featuring mainly British and Irish musicians and recording artists, was formed to raise money for anti-famine efforts in Ethiopia.

The group’s name stemmed from the idea that the musicians were providing aid to the less fortunate and suggested that their project was likened to putting a band-aid on a wound.

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was released on December 3, 1984, and went straight to number 1 in the UK singles chart, outselling all the other records in the chart combined. It became the fastest-selling single of all time in the UK, selling a million copies in the first week alone. It stayed at number 1 for five weeks, selling over three million copies and becoming easily the biggest-selling single of all time in the UK.

The single sold over two million copies around the globe and raised more than $24,000,000 (USD). The success influenced two organizations of live benefit concerts run by Celebrity Charity. The concerts were USA for Africa and Live Aid and were broadcast in over 165 countries across the globe. Band Aid and Live Aid combined raised about 150 million (USD) for the famine relief effort in Ethiopia.