VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s

Any list like this is inherently flawed because no one with any knowledge of the genre would ever agree with it completely. As a huge fan of the 80s this list was so awful, so wrong, so stupid, that I just had to post it and fix it up with what I would've done different. One fan can always do better than any corporation if they put their mind to it. Someone also needs to tell them that just because a song came out in the 80s doesn't mean it defines that period. The bottom of the list was done well, except they should've been higher, it's the top of the list that was plain offensive.

VH1's List

1 Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer 1986
2 Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me 1987
3 Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf 1982
4 Michael Jackson - Billie Jean 1982
5 Prince - When Doves Cry 1984
6 Hall & Oates - I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) 1981
7 Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine 1987
8 Madonna - Like a Virgin 1984
9 Run-D.M.C. - Walk This Way 1986
10 AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long 1980
11 Journey - Don't Stop Believin' 1981
12 Whitney Houston - How Will I Know 1985
13 U2 - With Or Without You 1984
14 The Bangles - Walk Like an Egyptian 1986
15 Van Halen - Jump 1984
16 INXS - Need You Tonight 1987
17 Whitesnake - Here I Go Again 1987
18 Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen 1982
19 Cyndi Lauper - Time after Time 1984
20 Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl 1981
21 Michael Jackson - Beat It 1982
22 The Cure - Just Like Heaven 1987
23 Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want to Have Fun 1984
24 A-Ha - Take On Me 1985
25 Go-Go's - Our Lips Are Sealed 1981
26 Guns N' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle 1987
27 Kajagoogoo - Too Shy 1984
28 Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go 1984
29 Talking Heads - Burning Down the House 1983
30 Pat Benatar - Love is a Battlefield 1983
31 Queen and David Bowie - Under Pressure 1981
32 Night Ranger - Sister Christian 1983
33 Soft Cell - Tainted Love 1981
34 Poison - Every Rose Has It's Thorn 1988
35 Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight 1981
36 Tommy Tutone - 867-5309 / Jenny 1981
37 Aerosmith - Janie's Got a Gun 1989
38 U2 - Pride (In the Name of Love) 1984
39 Modern English - I Melt With You 1982
40 The B-52's - Love Shack 1989
41 Mötley Crüe - Dr. Feelgood 1989
42 The Clash - London Calling 1982
43 ABC - Look of Love (Part One) 1982
44 Bananarama - Cruel Summer 1984
45 Janet Jackson - Nasty 1986
46 The Police - Every Breath You Take 1983
47 Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It 1984
48 Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A. 1984
49 Beastie Boys - Fight For Your Right 1986
50 Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) 1983
51 Ratt - Round and Round 1984
52 Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) 1985
53 Billy Idol - White Wedding 1988
54 Salt-N-Pepa - Push It 1986
55 A Flock of Seagulls - I Ran (So Far Away) 1982
56 Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart 1983
57 Toni Basil - Mickey 1981
58 Culture Club - Do You Really Want to Hurt Me 1982
59 John Mellencamp - Jack & Diane 1982
60 Young M.C. - Bust a Move 1989
61 Styx - Mr. Roboto 1983
62 Berlin - Take My Breath Away 1986
63 Devo - Whip It 1980
64 Paula Abdul - Straight Up 1988
65 Foreigner - I Want to Know What Love Is 1984
66 Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough 1981
67 REO Speedwagon - Keep On Loving You 1980
69 R.E.M - It's The End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine) 1980
70 Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Love Rock N' Roll 1981
71 Rick James - Super Freak 1981
72 The Fixx - One Thing Leads to Another 1983
73 Nena - 99 Luftbaloons 1983
74 George Michael - Faith 1987
75 Prince - Little Red Corvette 1983
76 Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science 1982
77 New Edition - Candy Girl 1983
79 Human League - Don't You Want Me? 1981
81 Cameo - Word Up! 1986
82 Squeeze - Tempted 1981
83 Prince - Kiss 1986
84 Lionel Richie - All Night Long (All Night) 1983
85 Robert Palmer - Addicted to Love 1985
86 Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy 1982
87 Falco - Rock Me Amadeus 1986
88 Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody 1989
89 The Pretenders - Brass in Pocket 1980
90 Tone-Loc - Wild Thing 1989
91 Katrina and The Waves - Walking On Sunshine 1983
93 Gary Numan - Cars 1980
95 Debbie Gibson - Only in My Dreams 1987
96 Men at Work - Down Under 1982
97 The Romantics - What I Like About You 1980
98 Bobby Brown - My Perogative 1988
99 Wang Chung - Everybody Have Fun Tonight 1986
100 Loverboy - Working for the Weekend 1981

These Have to Go

01 Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer 1986
02 Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me 1987
06 Hall & Oates - I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) 1981
07 Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine 1987
10 AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long 1980
12 Whitney Houston - How Will I Know 1985
13 U2 - With Or Without You 1984
16 INXS - Need You Tonight 1987
17 Whitesnake - Here I Go Again 1987
19 Cyndi Lauper - Time after Time 1984
26 Guns N' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle 1987
31 Queen and David Bowie - Under Pressure 1981
34 Poison - Every Rose Has It's Thorn 1988
37 Aerosmith - Janie's Got a Gun 1989
38 U2 - Pride (In the Name of Love) 1984
41 Mötley Crüe - Dr. Feelgood 1989
42 The Clash - London Calling 1982
44 Bananarama - Cruel Summer 1984
54 Salt-N-Pepa - Push It 1986
68 Public Enemy - Fight the Power 1988
74 George Michael - Faith 1987
78 Blondie - Call Me 1980
80 Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock - It Takes Two 1988
83 Prince - Kiss 1986
89 The Pretenders - Brass in Pocket 1980
92 New Kids on the Block - You Got It (The Right Stuff) 1988
94 The Rolling Stones - Start Me Up 1981
95 Debbie Gibson - Only in My Dreams 1987

These Need to be Added

M - Pop Musik
Pat Benatar - Hit Me with your Best Shot
Golden Earring - Twilight Zone
Vapors - Turning Japanese
Adam Ant - Goody Two Shoes
After the Fire - Der Kommissar
The Clash - Rock the Casbah
Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue
Huey Lewis - Do you Believe in Love?
J Giles Band - Centerfold
The Kinks - Come Dancing
Kim Wilde - Kids in America
Frida - I Know There's Something Going On
Madness - Our House
Buckner & Garcia - Pac-Man Fever
Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
Wall of Voodoo - Mexican Radio
Big Country - In a Big Country
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Def Leppard - Rock of Ages
Herbie Hancock - Rockit
Joboxers - Just Got Lucky
Musical Youth - Pass the Dutchie
Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
Naked Eyes - Always Something There to Remind Me
Spandau Ballet - True
Tubes - She's A Beauty
Stray Cats - Rock This Town

The problem is there are more I would add, so I would like to make it the 150 greatest. 100 is just too limiting for 10 years. Basically the whole concept to me is flawed.

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