Songs included in the ultimate 80's playlist,




(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight

Cutting Crew

Will Ferrell/Horatio Sanz SNL Sketch

(She's) Sexy + 17

Stray Cats

One of the better Brian Setzer tunes


Tommy Tutone

Like the music (key/chords/beat)






best Toto song

After All

Peter Cetera and Cher

the line about two angels loom in rescue from above

All Out of Love

Air Supply

So sad and whiny. Plus Conan sings it.

Almost Paradise

Ann Wilson & Mike Reno

grabbed from Monster Ballads

Always Something There To Remind Me

Naked Eyes




great lyrics and music, esp. the bridge

Any Way You Want It


uptempo, fun, featured in Caddyshack


Sugarhill Gang

Featured in Dodgeball

Bette Davis Eyes

Kim Carnes

a little spooky, a good female tune

Break My Stride

Matthew Wilder

A good motto for life. Underrated song

Bringing on the Heartbreak

Def Leppard

Over the top and great

Burning Heart


Also over the top and great

Call Me


needed some Blondie. Plus they always played this on Backtracks or whatever that show was called

Can't Fight This Feeling

REO Speedwagon

Good for singalongs



Grabbed from Monster Ballads. This may be our last good byyyyyye


Gary Numan

quirky, cool


Kool and the Gang

Thought it was 70’s, actually: 80’s


J. Geils Band

Better than Freeze Frame

Chains of Love



Cheap Sunglasses

ZZ Top


China Girl



Come On Eileen

Dexy's Midnight Runners

Couldn't be an 80's mix w/o it

Cum On Feel The Noize

Quiet Riot


Do You Believe In Love

Huey Lewis & The News

The part where he used to have her in a photograph

Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

Culture Club

Featured in the movie The Wedding Singer

Don't Dream It's Over

Crowded House


Don’t Fight It

Kenny Loggins & Steve Perry

Heard it on Yacht Rock, loved it, loved it

Don’t Stand So Close To Me

The Police


Don't Stop Believin


Rachel's fav karaoke hit

Don’t You Forget About Me

Simple Minds

Featured in the movie The Breakfast Club

Don’t You Want Me Baby

Human League

The only ‘both sides of the relationship’ song

Down Under

Men At Work

Fun Aussie tune

Dream Police

Cheap Trick

Featured in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Also just weird and awesome


The Cars

"this song was emo before emo was emo"

Easy Lover

Phil Collins & Phil Bailey

Seems like a song I would hear when turning on the radio in 1987

Endless Love

Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

This song is so sappy and awesome, plus they featured it on I <3 the 80’s

Enjoy the Silence

Depeche Mode

Heard the Tori version, wanted to hear the original

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

The Police

More Policey goodness.  Plus the rrrrrreeevvery little thing part

Even The Nights Are Better

Air Supply

reminds me of bein a kid...which is weird I realize

Every Rose Has Its Thorn


great ballad, bitter

Everbody Have Fun Tonight

Wang Chung

I remember jumping on the jumping bed listening to this song in first grade

Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Tears For Fears

One time I called in to the KURE and asked for "something 80's" and the guy played this

Eye of the Tiger


RSHS pep band (and, I know, Rocky)



such a pretty song

Flashdance…What A Feeling

Irene Cara

Went to listen to this once and realised I didn’t have it, flipped out.


Kenny Loggins

great song, great movie. Also featured in Romy & Michelle's HS Reunion

Funky Cold Medina


Hal Sparks on I Love The 80's

Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car

Billy Ocean

So dorky, yet awesome

Girlfriend Is Better

Talking Heads

An underrated TH tune

Girls On Film

Duran Duran

Early DD goodness

Give It To Me Baby

Rick James

So raunchy and great.

Goody Two Shoes

Adam Ant

Upbeat, neat lyrics

Hard To Say I'm Sorry


because everybody does need a little time away

Head Over Heels / Broken

Tears For Fears

Heard this somewhere, bought on iTMS, got totally obsessed

Heart and Soul

Huey Lewis & the News

a pretty rockin' tune, good beat

Heat of the Moment


Steve Howe! And featured in an episode of South Park



One of the best monster ballads. So evocative

Here I Go Again


Featured in Old School

Heaven Is A Place On Earth

Belinda Carlisle

Remembered from childhood

Here I Go Again


Featured in sbemail87

High Enough

Damn Yankees

grabbed from Monster Ballads

Hip To Be Square

Huey Lewis & The News

featured in a commercial for Hollywood Squares from back in the day

Hold Me Now

Thompson Twins

a timeless, beautiful song

Home Sweet Home

Mötley Crüe

Great keyboards, lyrics

Hot For Teacher

Van Halen

A fun and rockin' song

Hot Hot Hot

Buster Poindexter

So dorky! But good for a fiesta

Hungry Like The Wolf

Duran Duran

Great song for any time of day

I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)

Hall and Oates

Perfect ejemplo of H&O “rock and soul”

I Ran (So Far Away)

A Flock of Seagulls

Featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Killer intro.

I Remember You

Skid Row

A perfect song that captures the lost high school love of the 80's

I Want A New Drug

Huey Lewis & The News

A good pairing to sum up the decade. Huey Lewis and new drugs.

I Want To Know What Love Is


Featured on That One Foreigner Tape Your Mom Had That You Were Pissed Didn't Have "Hot Blooded."

I'm Not The One

The Cars

good underrated Cars tune

I'm So Excited

The Pointer Sisters

Your mom probably did aerobics to this

If You Want My Love

Cheap Trick

CT at their Beatlesque best

In Your Eyes

Peter Gabriel

Featured in the movie Say Anything.

Is This Love


Not my fav. But felt it should be included anyway

Jessie’s Girl

Rick Springfield

Kind of overplayed, but still really good


Van Halen

another classic off 1984. Makes ya happy.

Jump (For My Love)

The Pointer Sisters

later remade as "Donald Trump's House of Wings" has a bitchin key change

Jungle Love

The Time

Featured in the movie Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back

Just A Gigolo

David Lee Roth

So Dave

Just Can’t Get Enough

Depeche Mode

Kind of electro and cool

Just Like Paradise

David Lee Roth

Good music (chords, etc)

Karma Chameleon

Culture Club

that harmonica rules

Keep On Loving You

REO Speedwagon

I like the part about the snake in the grass

Kids in America

Kim Wilde

I like the “whoa-oh”s



This tune can make you smile

Ladies Night

Kool and the Gang

Pretty much Jon Lovitz in the Wedding Singer

Let’s Dance

David Bowie

Um……cuz it’s Bowie

Let's Groove

Earth Wind & Fire

EW&F kept it going in the 80's - who knew?

Lost In Your Eyes

Debbie Gibson

Reminds me of our 3rd grade lock-in when my friend's parents' band played for us

Love Is A Battlefield

Pat Benetar

"Cuz when you're 14 years old, love is a battlefield" - Dave Grohl, ILT80's

Love Of A Lifetime


Best Monster Ballad, "Non-bitter" category


The Cars

another great Cars tune


Michael Sembello

Not only Flashdance, but also Tommy Boy.

Mexican Radio

Wall of Voodoo

Quirky, sung by Kramer while installing the reverse peephole


Toni Basil

Featured in Wayne's World. A fun song.

Modern Love

David Bowie

Gets me to the church on time

Moving In Stereo

the Cars

Technically released 1978, but featured in Fast Times At Ridgemont High

Mr. Roboto


So weird, everybody loves it. Featured in VW ad with TV's Buster (Tony Hale)

My Best Friend's Girl

The Cars

Sad and happy at the same time

Need You Tonight


maybe not the best INXS song, but the first one I would think of. Also my brother sang the tune of it to me once because he wanted to know the title and artist.

Nine to Five

Dolly Parton

Disco country! Typewriter percussion!

Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now


We played this for marching band and the drummers decided that it was "their song" for our director and his 80's-haired girlfriend

Oh Sherrie

Steve Perry

Shoulda been gone! Featured in the movie Baseketball

Once Bitten Twice Shy

Great White

good music, has bad puns

Once In A Lifetime

Talking Heads

one of the coolest TH songs. Referenced by those "in the know" (Strong Sad, Animal Crossing)

One Night In Bangkok

Murray Head

Funky but weird. Come to think of it, Strong Sad likes this song too

Once Thing Leads To Another

The Fixx

Not my fav, but found on 2 of my 80's comp CDs, and Adam from work likes it.

Open Arms


yay for Journey make-out songs. Plus it made me cry one time. In my car, driving to work.

Our Lips Are Sealed

The Go-Go’s

Misheard as “Alex the Seal”


Men at Work

Another RS pep band classic.  Not to mention Scrubs.


Van Halen

why a song about Panama? Why not? It rocks!


Def Leppard

great music. Owwaalll I got is a photograaaaaph - I wanna touch you!


Olivia Newton-John

Featured on I <3 the 80’s, really odd video

Private Eyes

Hall & Oates

Honestly, just for the claps.

Push It

Salt ‘n Pepa

Old school lady raps

Puttin' On The Ritz


Another fun 1-hit wonder

Queen of Hearts

Juice Newton

Yeah, it's country. Peggy Hill sang it one time though. And I like the music.

Rapper's Delight

Sugarhill Gang

Cool samples, some good rhymes. Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn.



Something about a man from mars eating cars

Paspberry Beret


Great lyrics, very evocative


Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Friggin fat beats, Also it has laser beams.

Ride Like The Wind

Christopher Cross

Featured on the tv show SCTV. A differently good song.


Duran Duran

chorus is one of the better AAAA rhymes of all time

Rock Lobster

The B-52's

Non-sequiter lyrics. Infectious groove.

Rock Me Amadeus


Kind of annoying but you basically have to have it for an 80's comp.

Rockin' In The Free World

Neil Young

Neil rules. This song is fierce but still musical.


The Police

Featured in the movie 48 Hours

Safety Dance

Men Without Hats

Great beats. Referenced by Homer ("everybody look at your pants")


Christopher Cross

this song's kinda corny, but pretty timeless

Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)


So powerful, forceful and rockin!

Shadows of the Night

Pat Benatar

Feat. on SNL twice (A&E Biography, and Shadows of the Night, a Pat B. coverband)

Shake It Up

The Cars

The Cars at their irony-laden best. I like the part about doin' the move with the quirky jerk

She Blinded Me With Science

Thomas Dolby

Super weird. Played at RSHS pep band.

She Drives Me Crazy

Fine Young Cannibals

Good beat, cool vocals

Shout At The Devil

Mötley Crüe

Mostly included b/c of Fargo Rock City

Sister Christian

Night Ranger

Great music, nice lyrics to make you think your brother might actually give a crap about you. Featured in the movie Boogie Nights


Peter Gabriel

Sure, the vid is a classic, but the song itself isn't bad either.

Stand Back

Stevie Nicks

felt like I should have some Stevie.

Stuck With You

Huey Lewis & The News

I like the part about the same phone number, and the same addreyess

Sunglasses At Night

Corey Hart

Kickass music, odd lyrics. Intense

Super Freak

Rick James

It was good enough for Hammer

Tainted Love

Soft Cell

great for singing along. Cool beats.

Take It On The Run

REO Speedwagon

Even better for singing along

Take My Breath Away


A nice love song

Take On Me


Norway Represent! This song has a cool intro/theme, and you can dance and act out the video when the guy is trying bust out of the comic page

Talk Dirty To Me


yes it's cheesy pop metal. It's fun.



I believe featured in the movie Reality Bites. Also good to sing along.

That's What Friends Are For

Dionne Warwick

More harmonica - yes. A litle sad.

The Final Countdown


very cool music. Featured on Arrested Development.

The Flame

Cheap Trick

when we had the 80's music at Hy-Vee, this was one of the deli's favorite belting-out classics

The Heart of Rock & Roll

Huey Lewis & The News

the best part is where HL goes d-d-d-d-they say the heart of rock'n' roll ...

The Heat Is On

Glenn Frey

Featured in the movie Beverly Hills Cop. Referenced in an SNL short film by Adam McKay, "the H is O!"

The Living Years

Mike + The Mechanics

Not my fav, but it seemed fitting.

The One That You Love

Air Supply

not the best AS tune, but its OK.

The Power of Love

Huey Lewis & The News

Featured in the movie Back to the Future

The Reflex

Duran Duran

Best. Intro. Evar!

The Search Is Over


Featured in the 40-year-old Virgin, great for singing along

The Stroke

Billy Squier

Not my fav, but needed it for the 1981 pl

The Tide Is High



Time After Time

Cyndi Lauper

featured at my aunt and uncle's wedding in '86, as well as Romy & Michelle's HS Reunion.

Too Fast For Love

Mötley Crüe

If for no other reason than my pal Jess is now obsessed with this tune

Total Eclipse of the Heart

Bonnie Tyler

Featured in the movie Old School


Spandau Ballet

I think this is a pretty classic tune

Turn it On Again


For no Peter G., this is a pretty rockin song

Turn Me Loose


Crazy intense vocals

Turning Japanese

The Vapors

a pretty hip song, a little odd.

Under Pressure

Queen and David Bowie

Great for singing along.  Featured in my imaginary movie about me

Up Where We Belong

Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes

Eh, the only good part is the chorus.

Uptown Girl

Billy Joel

It is kind of corny, but another fun one for the car



good cover tune

Walking On Sunshine

Katrina & the Waves

featured in the movie High Fidelity

We Built This City


I remember this one from first grade. I like the radio announcer guy in the middle

We Got The Beat

The Go-Go’s

We got it!

What a Fool Believes

The Doobie Brothers

Watch Yacht Rock #1 for the full story

When I'm With You


grabbed from Monster Ballads

Whip It


I'm a little sick of it, but figured it should be on here anyway

Who Can It Be Now?

Men At Work

great sax! Probably didn't fully appreciate until after ILT80s.

White Wedding

Billy Idol

Billy Idol was pretty much the man for awhile.  Dark and intense tune

Working For The Weekend


seriously makes you dance and rock out. Featured in a classic Chris Farley skit

You Might Think

The Cars

I really like the part about You kept it goin, till the sun fell down. You kept it - goin.

You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)

Dead or Alive

Super awesome beats, just good times for dancin

You're The Inspiration


Great to sing along with your friends.

Your Love

The Outfield

Underrated: great music, intriguing lyrics. I especially like the bridge of the song

Did I miss a classic?