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10,000 Maniacs
   released the single   
Like the Weather
1988; classic track; from "In My Life"; long lasting popularity
ABBA
   released the single   
The Winner Takes It All
1980; 2 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; peaked at #8 in the U.S.
AC/DC
   released the single   
Back in Black
1980; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"; did not chart highly
Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force
   released the single   
Planet Rock
1982; Rap tune; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
A-ha
   released the single   
Take On Me
1985; from their 1st album "Hunting High and Low"; peaked in top 10 in the U.K. and #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week
Air Supply
   released the single   
All Out Of Love
1980; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100
The B-52s
   released the single   
Love Shack
1989; peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Band Aid
   released the single   
Do They Know It’s Christmas
1984; 5 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; Ethiopian anti-famine contribution from charity supergroup
The Bangles
   released the single   
Eternal Flame
1989; 4 weeks as #1 in the U.K. ; #1 in a bunch of other
The Bangles
   released the single   
Hazy Shade Of Winter
1987; cover of Simon & Garfunkel classic; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100
The Bangles
   released the single   
Manic Monday
1986; peaked at #2 in the U.S. and in the U.K.
The Bangles
   released the single   
Walk Like An Egyptian
1986; 4 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Barbra Streisand
   released the single   
A Woman in Love
1980; #1 in the U.S. and U.K.
Ben E. King
   released the single   
Stand By Me
1961; 3 weeks as #1 in the U.K. in 1987
Berlin
   released the single   
Take My Breath Away (Love Theme from 'Top Gun')
1986; 4 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Bette Midler
   released the single   
The Rose
1980; peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100; Grammy Award winner for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Bette Midler
   released the single   
The Wind Beneath My Wings
1989; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; peaked at #5 in the U.S.
Billy Joel
   released the single   
It’s Still Rock N Roll To Me
1980; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Billy Joel
   released the single   
Tell Her About It
1983; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Billy Joel
   released the single   
Uptown Girl
1983; 5 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100
Billy Joel
   released the single   
We Didn't Start The Fire
1989; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Billy Ocean
   released the single   
Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)
1983; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Blondie
   released the single   
Call Me
1980; #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; Included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Blondie
   released the single   
The Tide is High
1980; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Bobby McFerrin
   released the single   
Don't Worry, Be Happy
1988; unique acappella song; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Bob Marley and the Wailers
   released the single   
Redemption Song
1980; did not chart; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Bon Jovi
   released the single   
Livin' on a Prayer
1987; 4 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Bonnie Tyler
   released the single   
Total Eclipse of the Heart
1983; 4 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; also #1 in the U.K.
Bruce Hornsby & the Range
   released the single   
The Way It Is
1986; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Bruce Springsteen
   released the single   
Born in the U.S.A.
1984; peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Bruce Springsteen
   released the single   
Dancing in the Dark
1984; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100; long lasting acclaim; won Grammy Award for best male rock vocal performance
Bruce Springsteen
   released the single   
I'm on Fire
1985; soft rock classic; released on "Born in the U.S.A." album; long lasting popularity
Bruce Springsteen
   released the single   
Tunnel of Love
1987; title song; won Grammy Award for best rock vocal solo performance
Bryan Adams
   released the single   
Cuts Like a Knife
1983; long lasting popular tune; peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100
Bryan Adams
   released the single   
Heaven
1985; enduring classic; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Bryan Adams
   released the single   
Run to You
1984; Adam's first gold single; #1 on the U.S. pop chart
Bryan Adams
   released the single   
Summer of '69
1985; long lasting popularity; peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100
Bryan Ferry
   released the single   
Kiss and Tell
1987; deep track from "Bete Noire"; lasting popularity
Bryan Ferry
   released the single   
Slave to Love
1985; overlooked classic from Ferry's first solo album "Boys and Girls"
The Cars
   released the single   
You Might Think
1884; #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart
Chicago
   released the single   
Hard To Say I’m Sorry
1982; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Chicago
   released the single   
Look Away
1988; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Chicago
   released the single   
You’re the Inspiration
1984; peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100; memorable
Chris De Burgh
   released the single   
The Lady In Red
1986; 3 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100
Chris Isaak
   released the single   
Dancin'
1985; brooding roots rock tune from his debut album "Silverstone"
Christopher Cross
   released the single   
Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)
1981; 3 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Christopher Cross
   released the single   
Sailing
1980; did not chart highly but won the Grammy Song of the Year
The Clash
   released the single   
Should I Stay or Should I Go
1982; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
The Clash
   released the single   
Train in Vain
1980; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"; not highly ranked
Clifton Chenier
   released the single   
Bogalusa Boogie
1987; Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011
The Communards
   released the single   
Don't Leave Me This Way
1986; 4 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; insignificant sales in the U.S.; cover of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes classic
Corey Hart
   released the single   
Never Surrender
1985; peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100; 4 weeks as #1 in Canada
Cowboy Junkies
   released the single   
Misguided Angel
1988; gorgeous tune from the Canadian band; long lasting popularity; from "The Trinity Session" album
Cowboy Junkies
   released the single   
Sweet Jane
1988; excellent cover of Lou Reed classic; from the bands critically acclaimed "The Trinity Sessions" album
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
   released the single   
American Dream
1988; Title tune from CSNY reunion album; lasting popularity
Culture Club
   released the single   
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?
1982; 3 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100
Culture Club
   released the single   
Karma Chameleon
1983; 6 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; 3 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
The Cure
   released the single   
Just Like Heaven
1987; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"; did not chart highly
The Cure
   released the single   
Pictures of You
1989; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Cutting Crew
   released the single   
(I Just) Died In Your Arms
1986; Their most popular single; later used in the soundtrack to "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City"; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Cyndi Lauper
   released the single   
Girls Just Want To Have Fun
1983; classic; covered extensively by other artists; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100
Cyndi Lauper
   released the single   
I Drove All Night
1989; noteworthy version; did not chart highly
Cyndi Lauper
   released the single   
Time After Time
1984; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; enduring classic
Cyndi Lauper
   released the single   
True Colors
1986; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; enduring classic
David Bowie and Mick Jagger
   released the single   
Dancing in the Street
1985; 4 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100
David Bowie
   released the single   
Let's Dance
1983; 3 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Dead or Alive
   released the single   
You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
1984; #1 in the U.K.; peaked at #17 in the U.S.
Depeche Mode
   released the single   
Everything Counts
1983; from "People are People"; modest success world-wide
Depeche Mode
   released the single   
People Are People
1984; memorable tune; peaking at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100
Depeche Mode
   released the single   
Personal Jesus
1989; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"; did not chart highly
Dan Fogelberg
   released the single   
Longer
1980; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100
Dionne Warwick and Friends
   released the single   
That's What Friends Are For
1986; 4 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Dire Straits
   released the single   
Brothers in Arms
1985; long lasting acclaim
Dire Straits
   released the single   
Money for Nothing
1985; popular MTV classic; 3 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; Grammy Award winner
Dolly Parton
   released the single   
9 to 5
1981; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; theme song for movie of same name
Don Henley
   released the single   
The Boys of Summer
1984; peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Duran Duran
   released the single   
A View to a Kill
1985; title song from the Bond film of the same name; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Elton John
   released the single   
I'm Still Standing
1983; peaked at #1 in Canada and Switzerland; #4 in the U.K. and #12 in the U.S.
Enya
   released the single   
Orinoco Flow
1988; 3 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; peaked at #24 in the U.S.
Eric B. and Rakim
   released the single   
I Know You Got Soul
1987; rap tune; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Europe
   released the single   
The Final Countdown
1986; 2 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; #1 elsewhere across the globe; peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100
Eurythmics
   released the single   
Here Come the Rain Again
1984; classic tune; peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100
Eurythmics
   released the single   
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
1983; #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week; included in the Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Eurythmics
   released the single   
There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
1985; 1 week as #1 in the U.K.; long lasting worldwide acclaim
Falco
   released the single   
Rock Me Amadeus
1986; 1 week as #1 in the U.K.; 3 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Fine Young Cannibals
   released the single   
She Drives Me Crazy
1989; from the album "The Raw and the Cooked"; memorable tune; #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Fleetwood Mac
   released the single   
Big Love
1987; popular classic; peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100; from "Tango in he Night"
Fleetwood Mac
   released the single   
Gypsy
1982; popular classic
Fleetwood Mac
   released the single   
Hold Me
1982; classic; peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100
The Flying Pickets
   released the single   
Only You
1983; 5 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; only major hit for vocal group
Foreigner
   released the single   
I Want to Know What Love Is
1984; #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks; 3 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; included in the Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Frankie Goes to Hollywood
   released the single   
The Power of Love
1984; 1 week as #1 in the U.K.; third #1 for Frankie in the same year
Frankie Goes To Hollywood
   released the single   
Relax
1984; 5 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; powerful tune
Frankie Goes to Hollywood
   released the single   
Two Tribes
1984; 9 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; second of three #1s in the same year for Frankie
Frank Sinatra
   released the single   
Theme from 'New York, New York'
1980; inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013
Genesis
   released the single   
Home By the Sea
1983; progressive rock tune with lasting popularity
George Harrison
   released the single   
Got My Mind Set on You
1988; cool ditty; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; peaked at #2 in the U.K.
George Jones
   released the single   
He Stopped Loving Her Today
1980; did not chart; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"; inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007
George Michael
   released the single   
Careless Whisper
1984; 3 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; #1 in the U.S. for 3 weeks; global reach
George Michael
   released the single   
Faith
1987; 4 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; top selling single for the year in the U.S.
George Michael
   released the single   
Father Figure
1988; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; peaked at #11 in the U.K.
George Michael
   released the single   
One More Try
1988; 3 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; peaked at #8 in the U.K.
Glenn Medeiros
   released the single   
Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You
1988; 4 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100
Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
   released the single   
Anything For You
1988; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; her first #1 hit
Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine
   released the single   
Conga
1985; most popular song from group; peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100
Gloria Estefan
   released the single   
Don’t Want To Lose You
1989; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Gloria Estefan
   released the single   
Here We Are
1989; not highly ranked
The Go Gos
   released the single   
We Got The Beat
1982; lasting popularity; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
   released the single   
The Message
1982; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"; inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2012
Grateful Dead
   released the single   
Ripple
1981; outstanding deep track; long lasting popularity
Grateful Dead
   released the single   
Touch of Grey
1987; Dead's only song to reach the Top 40; peaking at #9
Guns N' Roses
   released the single   
Paradise City
1987; peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Guns N' Roses
   released the single   
Sweet Child O' Mine
1988; #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks; included in the Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Guns N' Roses
   released the single   
Welcome to the Jungle
1987; peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Hall & Oates
   released the single   
Kiss On My List
1981; 3 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Hall & Oates
   released the single   
Maneater
1982; 4 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Hall & Oates
   released the single   
Out Of Touch
1984; classic; two weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Hall & Oates
   released the single   
Private Eyes
1981; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Huey Lewis and the News
   released the single   
The Power of Love
1985; classic tune; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
The Human League
   released the single   
Don't You Want Me
1981; 5 weeks as #1 in the U.K. and 3 weeks as #1 in the U.S.
Indigo Girls
   released the single   
Closer to Fine
1989; collaboration with Irish band Hothouse Flowers; middling chart performance but lasting popularity
INXS
   released the single   
Need You Tonight
1988; noteworthy tune; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; peaked at #2 in the U.K.
Irene Cara
   released the single   
Fame
1980; highly acclaimed theme song for movie of the same name; winning Academy Award for Best Original Song
Irene Cara
   released the single   
Flashdance... What a Feeling
1983; 6 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; theme song from movie of same name
Jackson Browne
   released the single   
Somebody's Baby
1982; peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100; recorded for the movie "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"
The Jam
   released the single   
That's Entertainment
1980; non-single; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Janet Jackson
   released the single   
Miss You Much
1989; 4 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Jefferson Starship
   released the single   
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
1987; 4 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
The J. Geils Band
   released the single   
Centerfold
1982; #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 6 weeks
Jan Hammer
   released the single   
'Miami Vice' Theme
1985; 1 week as the #1 tune on the Billboard Hot 100
Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
   released the single   
Up Where We Belong
1982; 3 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Joe Jackson
   released the single   
Steppin' Out
1982; peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100; infectious tune
John Cougar
   released the single   
Hurt So Good
1982; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100; released on the "American Fool" album
John Cougar
   released the single   
Jack & Diane
1982; 4 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; released under John Mellencamp's early stage name
John Cougar Mellencamp
   released the single   
Pink Houses
1983; peaked at #8; included in the Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"; during the artists name change period; released on the "Uh-Huh" album
John Fogerty
   released the single   
Centerfield
1985; title track from Fogerty's first solo album; inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, a unique honor
John Fogerty
   released the single   
The Old Man Down the Road
1984; released on "Centerfield"; a top 10 single in the U.S. and #1 on the Top Rock Tracks chart
John Lennon
   released the single   
(Just Like) Starting Over
1980; #1 in the U.S. and U.K. immediately after his assassination
John Lennon
   released the single   
Woman
1981; #1 in the U.K.; peaked at #2 in the U.S.
John Mellencamp
   released the single   
Small Town
1995; peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100; released on the "Scarecrow" album; after he dropped the "Cougar" stage name
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
   released the single   
I Love Rock 'N Roll
1982; #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 7 weeks; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"; inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2016
Journey
   released the single   
Don't Stop Believing
1981; did not chart highly but long lasting acclaim
Joy Division
   released the single   
Love Will Tear Us Apart
1980; did not chart; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Juice Newton
   released the single   
Angel of the Morning
1981; Peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100; three weeks as #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporay chart; nominated for Grammy award
Kate Bush
   released the single   
Running Up That Hill
1985; memorable tune: peaked at #3 in the U.K. and in the top 30 in the U.S.
Katrina and the Waves
   released the single   
Walking On Sunshine
1985; memorable tune: reaching #4 in Australia, #9 in the U.S. and #8 in the U.K.
Kenny Loggins
   released the single   
Danger Zone
1986; from the soundtrack for "Top Gun'; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100
Kenny Loggins
   released the single   
Footloose
1984; Classic tune 3 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; title song of the movie of the same name
Kenny Rogers
   released the single   
Lady
1980; #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Kim Carnes
   released the single   
Bette Davis Eyes
1981; 9 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
The Kinks
   released the single   
Living On a Thin Line
1984; hidden gem from "Word of Mouth"
Kool & The Gang
   released the single   
Celebration
1980; inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2016; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Laura Branigan
   released the single   
Self Control
1984; global hit; peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100
Leonard Cohen
   released the single   
Hallelujah
1985; cult classic from the Canadian novelist, poet and songwriter; covered by numerous artists with Jeff Buckley's 1994 version the absolute best
Lionel Richie
   released the single   
All Night Long
1983; 4 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Lionel Richie
   released the single   
Hello
1984; 6 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; #1 on three U.S. charts
Lionel Richie
   released the single   
Say You, Say Me
1986; 4 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; #1 in the U.K. as well
Los Lobos
   released the single   
La Bamba
1987; Excellent cover of Richie Valens classic; 3 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; 2 weeks as #1 in the U.K.
Madonna
   released the single   
Borderline
1984; second top ten hit for Madonna in 1984; peaking at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100
Madonna
   released the single   
Crazy For You
1985; #1 in the U.S. and Australia; enduring worldwide popularity
Madonna
   released the single   
Into the Groove
1985; 4 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; #1 dance tune in the U.S.
Madonna
   released the single   
Like A Prayer
1989; #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Madonna
   released the single   
Like A Virgin
1984; worldwide hit; her first #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 lasting for 6 weeks
Madonna
   released the single   
La Isla Bonita
1987; 2 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100; quite memorable
Madonna
   released the single   
Papa Don’t Preach
1986; 3 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Marvin Gaye
   released the single   
Sexual Healing
1982; peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Men At Work
   released the single   
Down Under
1982; huge popular success for Aussie band; 3 weeks as #1 on the U.K. singles list and #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100
Men At Work
   released the single   
Overkill
1983; enduring classic; peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100
Michael Bolton
   released the single   
How Am I Supposed To Live Without You
1989; memorable tune; #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Michael Jackson
   released the single   
Beat It
1982; #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks; included in the Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Michael Jackson
   released the single   
Billie Jean
1983; #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 7 weeks; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Michael Jackson
   released the single   
Thriller
1984; iconic tune with long lasting popularity; peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100
Michael Sembello
   released the single   
Maniac (Flashdance)
1983; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; theme song from movie 'Flashdance'
The Moody Blues
   released the single   
Your Wildest Dreams
1986; long lasting popularity; peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100
Mr. Mister
   released the single   
Broken Wings
1985; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; lasting popularity
Neil Diamond
   released the single   
Love On The Rocks
1980; from the 1980 remake of "The Jazz Singer" starring Diamond, Sir Laurence Olivier and Lucie Arnaz; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks;
Neil Young
   released the single   
Rockin' in the Free World
1989; non-single; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Nena
   released the single   
99 Red Balloons
1983; iconic tune from German band; #1 in the U.K.; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100
New Order
   released the single   
Bizarre Love Triangle
1986; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"; did not chart highly
N.W.A.
   released the single   
Fuck Tha Police
1989; rap tune; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Olivia Newton-John
   released the single   
(Let's Get) Physical
1981; 10 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Olivia Newton-John
   released the single   
Magic
1980; #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Paula Abdul
   released the single   
Straight Up
1989; 3 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Paul Hardcastle
   released the single   
19
1985; 5 weeks as #1 in the U.K. but muted success in the U.S.
Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
   released the single   
Say Say Say
1983; 4 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
   released the single   
Ebony and Ivory
1982; 3 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; 7 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Percy Sledge
   released the single   
When a Man Loves a Woman
1986; classic tune; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Peter Cetera
   released the single   
Glory Of Love
1986; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; theme song from 'The Karate, Kid, Part II)
Peter Gabriel
   released the single   
Biko
1980; protest song for noted black South African anti-aparthied activist; long lasting popularity
Peter Gabriel
   released the single   
In Your Eyes
1986; classic; #1 on the Mainstream Rock list
Peter Gabriel
   released the single   
Red Rain
1986; long standing popularity; from the monster album "So"
Peter Gabriel
   released the single   
Sledgehammer
1986 ; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; classic
Pet Shop Boys
   released the single   
West End Girls
1985; 2 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week
Phil Collins
   released the single   
Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)
1984; title song from movie of same name; peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 in the U.K.
Phil Collins
   released the single   
Another Day In Paradise
1989; 4 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Phil Collins
   released the single   
A Groovy Kind of Love
1988; 2 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; 2 weeks as the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100; cover of the Mindbender's classic
Phil Collins
   released the single   
In The Air Tonight
1980; awesome classic; peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100; from his 1981 album "Face Value"
Phil Collins
   released the single   
Sussudio
1985; two weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Pink Floyd
   released the single   
Learning to Fly
1987; #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart; from "A Momentary Lapse of Reason"
Pink Floyd
   released the single   
On the Turning Away
1987; from "A Momentary Lapse of Reason"; extended popular acclaim
Pixies
   released the single   
Monkey Gone to Heaven
1989; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
The Police
   released the single   
Don't Stand So Close To Me
1980; 4 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100
The Police
   released the single   
Every Breath You Take
1983; #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and U.K. list for 8 weeks; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
The Police
   released the single   
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic
1981; 1 week as #1 in the U.K.; peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100
The Pretenders
   released the single   
Back On the Chain Gang
1983; peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100; most popular tune from Chrissie Hyndes and her mates
The Pretenders
   released the single   
Brass in Pocket
1980; 2 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100
Prince
   released the single   
1999
1982; peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Prince and the Revolution
   released the single   
Kiss
1986; #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Prince and the Revolution
   released the single   
Purple Rain
1984; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Prince
   released the single   
Little Red Corvette
1983; peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Prince
   released the single   
Sign 'O' the Times
1987; peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Prince
   released the single   
When Doves Cry
1984; #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 5 weeks; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Public Enemy
   released the single   
Bring the Noise
1988; rap tune; did not chart; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Public Enemy
   released the single   
Fight the Power
1989; did not chart; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Queen and David Bowie
   released the single   
Under Pressure
1981; 2 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; long lasting public acclaim
Queen
   released the single   
Another Bites the Dust
1980; iconic sports metaphor; 3 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
R.E.M.
   released the single   
It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
1987; from the album "Document"; did not chart highly but has long lasting popularity
R.E.M.
   released the single   
The One I Love
1987; peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100; from the album "Document"
R.E.M.
   released the single   
Orange Crush
1988; very popular tune worldwide; #1 on the Mainstream and Modern Rock Tracks listings
R.E.M.
   released the single   
Radio Free Europe
1983; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
REO Speedwagon
   released the single   
Can't Fight This Feeling
1985; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
REO Speedwagon
   released the single   
Keep on Loving You
1980; soft rock power ballad; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
REO Speedwagon
   released the single   
Take It on the Run
1981; released on "Hi Infidelity'; peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100
Richard Marx
   released the single   
Right Here Waiting
1989; 3 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Richard Marx
   released the single   
Satisfied
1989: 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Rick Astley
   released the single   
Never Gonna Give You Up
1987; 5 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; #1 in the U.S. for 2 weeks
Rick James
   released the single   
Super Freak
1981; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Robert Palmer
   released the single   
Addicted to Love
1986; classic tune; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; charted highly elsewhere across the globe
Robert Plant
   released the single   
Big Log
1983; beautiful song from his debut single album "The Principle of Moments"
Robert Plant
   released the single   
Ship of Fools
1988; from "Now and Zen"; peaked at #3 on the Mainstream Rock chart
Robert Plant
   released the single   
Tall Cool One
1988; from "Now and Zen"; #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart
Rod Stewart
   released the single   
Forever Young
1988; impressive tune built on Dylan's original; peaked at 312 on the Billboard Hot 100
Rod Stewart
   released the single   
Passion
1980; highly acclaimed song in South Africa; peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100
Roxette
   released the single   
Listen To Your Heart
1989; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Roxette
   released the single   
The Look
1989; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Roxy Music
   released the single   
Avalon
1982; cult classic; unfortunately did not chart highly
Roxy Music
   released the single   
Jealous Guy
1981; 2 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; did not chart in the U.S.; lasting popularity
Run-D.M.C.
   released the single   
Walk This Way
1986; rap cover of Aerosmith classic; peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"; inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014
Salt 'n Pepa
   released the single   
Push It
1987; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Sheena Easton
   released the single   
For Your Eyes Only
1981; title track to the James Bond movie; nominated for Academy Award Best Original Song; peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100
The Smiths
   released the single   
How Soon Is Now?
1985; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
The Smiths
   released the single   
William, It Was Really Nothing
1984; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Soft Cell
   released the single   
Tainted Love
1981; 2 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; peaked at #8 in the U.S.
Soul II Soul Feat. Caron Wheeler
   released the single   
Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)
1989; 4 weeks as U.K. #1; peaked at #4 of the Billboard Hot 100
Spandau Ballet
   released the single   
True
1983; 4 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100
Stephen Bishop
   released the single   
It Might Be You
1983; nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Song for the movie 'Tootsie'
Steve Miller Band
   released the single   
Abracadabra
1982; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Steve Winwood
   released the single   
Back in the High Life Again
1986; 3 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Steve Winwood
   released the single   
Higher Love
1986; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; lasting popularity
Steve Winwood
   released the single   
Roll With It
1988; 4 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Stevie Ray Vaughan
   released the single   
Love Struck Baby
1983; from "Texas Flood"; a long-lasting favorite from Stevie and his band Double Trouble
Stevie Ray Vaughan
   released the single   
Pride and Joy
1982; monster track from Stevie and his backup band Double Trouble; from "Texas Flood"
Stevie Wonder
   released the single   
I Just Called to Say I Love You
1984; 6 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; 3 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Survivor
   released the single   
Eye of the Tiger
1982; 6 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Tanita Tikaram
   released the single   
Twist in My Sobriety
1988; soulful soft rock from German-born British singer; reached top 10 status across Europe
Tears for Fears
   released the single   
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
1985; enduring classic; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Tears for Fears
   released the single   
Head Over Heels
1985; enduring song from British new wave band; peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100
Tears for Fears
   released the single   
Shout
1985; classic tune; 3 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Tears for Fears
   released the single   
Woman in Chains
1989; Featuring Oleta Adams; soft rock classic
This Mortal Coil
   released the single   
Song to the Siren
1984; cult cover of Tim Buckley tune from U.K. gothic dream collective
Thomas Dolby
   released the single   
She Blinded Me With Science
1982; from the album "The Golden Age of Wireless"; memorable tune; peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 but not highly ranked in the U.K.
Tina Turner
   released the single   
The Best
1989; from the album "Foreign Affair"
Tina Turner
   released the single   
We Don’t Need Another Hero
1985; featured song from 'Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome'; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100
Tina Turner
   released the single   
What's Love Got To Do With It
1984; 3 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"; inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2012
Tom Petty
   released the single   
Free Fallin'
1989; peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Tom Petty
   released the single   
I Won't Back Down
1989; Petty's most popular tune; released on his "Full Moon Fever" album
Tom Petty
   released the single   
Runnin' Down a Dream
1989; another strong rocker from Petty's "Full Moon Fever" album; long lasting popularity
Toto
   released the single   
Africa
1982; #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week; peaked at #3 in the U.K.
Toto
   released the single   
Rosanna
1982; peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 5 consecutive weeks; nominated for Grammy Song of the Year award
Tracy Chapman
   released the single   
Fast Car
1988; excellent new release; peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
U2
   released the single   
Desire
1988; 1 week as #1 in the U.K.; peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100; won Grammy award
U2
   released the single   
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
1987; #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
U2
   released the single   
New Year's Day
1983; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
U2
   released the single   
Pride (In the Name of Love)
1984; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
U2
   released the single   
Sunday Bloody Sunday
1983; did not chart; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
U2
   released the single   
With or Without You
1987; #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
UB40
   released the single   
Red Red Wine
1988; cover of Neil Diamond release; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
USA for Africa
   released the single   
We Are the World
1985; 2 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; 4 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Vangelis
   released the single   
Chariots of Fire
1982; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Van Halen
   released the single   
Jump
1984; rock classic; 5 weeks as #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100
Wham!
   released the single   
Everything She Wants
1984; #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks and #2 on the U.K. list
Wham!
   released the single   
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
1984; 3 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Whitney Houston
   released the single   
Didn’t We Almost Have It All
1987; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; nominated for Grammy Song of the Year
Whitney Houston
   released the single   
Greatest Love of All
1986; 3 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Whitney Houston
   released the single   
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
1987; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; a worldwide hit
Whitney Houston
   released the single   
One Moment In Time
1988; 2 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100
Whitney Houston
   released the single   
Saving All My Love for You
1985; 2 weeks as #1 in the U.K.; 1 week as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Whitney Houston
   released the single   
So Emotional
1987; large commercial success; #1 in the U.S.
Whitney Houston
   released the single   
Where Do Broken Hearts Go
1988; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Willie Nelson
   released the single   
Always on My Mind
1982; inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008
Willie Nelson
   released the single   
On the Road Again
1980; inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011
Yes
   released the single   
Owner of a Lonely Heart
1984; 2 weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; highly memorable


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