Though some of these singers and bands had previous songs, it is these hits that we recognize as what gave them stardom! Now That’s The 80s brings you the best songs we could find and the bands which provided us with the unique music era.
“Saving All My Love for You” By Whitney Houston
She may have left us too soon, but her music lives on. Her iconic voice is so recognizable.
“Lucky Star” By Madonna
Arguably the greatest and certainly the best-known music artist of the ’80s, pop superstar Madonna released a number of enduring singles and top-notch pop songs during her peak period of activity. These tunes weaved their way into the fabric of all pop music listeners and helped turn the singer into an incomparable legend within her own time.
“Planet Earth” By Duran Duran
“Planet Earth” is the first single by Duran Duran. The song was the first to explicitly acknowledge the fledgling a new romantic music/fashion movement. Surprisingly, this song didn’t get very high on the charts in the United States. “Hungry Like the Wolf” would be their first top 10 U.S. single.
“New Year’s Day” By U2
New Year’s Day” is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is on their 1983 album War and it was released as the album’s lead single in January 1983.
“Welcome To The Jungle” By Guns N’ Roses
This song is about Los Angeles. It exposes the dark side of the city many people encounter when they go there to pursue fame.
“Smokin’ In The Boys Room” By Motley Crue
Mötley Crüe covered this song in 1985 on their album Theatre of Pain. It was their first US Top 40, hitting #16, and it brought the song to a new generation.
“Rock Of Ages” By Def Leppard
Gunter glieben glauchen globen…the most recognizable first 4 words of this iconic song! “Photograph” charted first, but “Rock of Ages. “Rock of Ages” is by Def Leppard is from their 1983 album Pyromania.
“Do You Believe In Love” By Huey Lewis And The News
“Do You Believe in Love” is the first top-ten hit for the American rock band Huey Lewis and the News, peaking at number seven in May 1982, off their second album Picture This.
“Hot In The City” By Billy Idol
This song is by Billy Idol and appears on the album Billy Idol (1982). Although he got his start in the 1970s as the frontman for punk stalwarts Generation X, it was Billy Idol’s solo work that made him popular. This was his first song to crash the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“Turn Me Loose” By Loverboy
“Turn Me Loose” is a hit song recorded by the Canadian rock band Loverboy. It was released on their eponymous debut album in 1980, and as a single in 1981. This is one of those crank up the jam kind of songs!