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Right Here Waiting Richard Marx

Right Here Waiting by Richard Marx - Song #109

 

Before recording it himself, Richard Marx offered this song to American megadiva Barbra Streisand. “She called and said, ‘I love this music. This melody is gorgeous, but if I’m going to record it, I’m going to need you to rewrite the lyrics because I’m not going to be right here waiting for anybody!’” he told CBS in a 2013 interview. Smart move, Babs!

 

Right Here Waiting is Richard Marx’s best-selling and most recognizable song. It was a worldwide hit in 1989, topping the charts in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand. Billboard magazine ranked it the 11th most popular song of 1989 in the U.S. It was also a hit in Belgium, Sweden, Spain, France, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, the U.K., and the Netherlands.

 

Richard Marx wrote this song for his first wife, American actress Cynthia Rhodes, who appears in the ‘80s films Flashdance, Staying Alive, and Dirty Dancing. In 2010, he told The Indian Express, “I wrote the song for my wife Cynthia, who was in South Africa shooting for a film. We were not married then, and I wanted to meet her because I had not seen her for a few months. But my visa application was rejected, and when I came back, I wrote this song, which was more of a letter from me to her. It was the fastest song I wrote, in barely 20 minutes... I had to ship the track to her. The song was very personal and was not intended to go public. But my friends pursued me to record it.”

 

Richard Noel Marx is an American pop/rock singer, songwriter, and producer. He plays guitar, keyboards, organ, piano, and bass guitar. He began his musical career singing commercial jingles at the age of five. In 1980, when he was 17 and living in Chicago, Illinois, he sent recordings of his original songs to American singer/songwriter Lionel Richie (who has seven songs on this list of THE TOP 500 POP SONGS OF THE 1980S). At that time, Lionel Richie was still with funk/soul band The Commodores, but planning to embark on a solo career. Lionel Richie was so impressed that he called Richard Marx and told him that he thought he had the talent to make it big, and said, “I can't promise you anything, but you should come to L.A.” Of course, he seized that opportunity, met Lionel Richie in 1981, and worked for him as a studio musician, providing backing vocals on some of Lionel Richie’s biggest hits, including All Night Long (All Night) and You Are, songs #68 and #377, respectively, on this list of THE TOP 500 POP SONGS OF THE 1980S. Richard Marx’s session work was extensive in the ‘80s. He played various instruments and provided backing vocals for many artists. He plays guitar and provides backing vocals on two of American megadiva Whitney Houston’s biggest hits: Saving All My Love For You (#120) and Greatest Love Of All (#138). He also provides backing vocals for Barbra Streisand on her 1987 album One Voice.

 

Since 1987, Richard Marx has released 12 studio albums. His most recent album Limitless was released in 2020. He has also released three live albums and 13 compilation albums. His most recent compilation album Stories to Tell: Greatest Hits and More was released in 2021. Fourteen of his 54 singles were U.S. Billboard Top 40 hits, and the first seven of them are his biggest hits. In fact, Richard Marx is the first solo artist to have his first seven singles reach the Top 5 on the U.S. Billboard Top 40. He is also the first solo male artist to have four singles from a debut album reach the Top 3. From his first album (self-titled Richard Marx), both Don’t Mean Nothing and Should’ve Known Better peaked at #3, Endless Summer Nights peaked at #2, and Hold On To the Nights (song #311 on this list) was his first #1 song.

 

In 1989, with his second album Repeat Offender, he hit #1 a second time with Satisfied, and a third time with Right Here Waiting. His final hit from the ‘80s was Angelia, which peaked at #4. Only Right Here Waiting and Hold On To the Nights are on this list of THE TOP 500 POP SONGS OF THE 1980S, but three of his songs came close: Endless Summer Nights is song #520, Don’t Mean Nothing is song #600, and Satisfied is song #693. His U.S. hits from the ‘90s are Too Late To Say Goodbye, Children Of the Night, Keep Coming Back, Hazard, Take This Heart, Now and Forever, and The Way She Loves Me. He also had an adult contemporary hit with Welsh pop singer Donna Lewis, At the Beginning, for the soundtrack to the 1997 animated film Anastasia.

 

Richard Marx has composed hit songs for other artists, including 1989’s Edge Of a Broken Heart by all-female hard rock band Vixen; 2000’s This I Promise You by American pop group *NSYNC; and three hit songs for Australian country music singer Keith Urban: 2005’s Better Life, 2007’s Everybody, and 2011’s Long Hot Summer. Richard Marx also worked with American country singer Kenny Rogers. In 1984, together they wrote the #1 Country music hit Crazy, and they collaborated on the #1 Adult Contemporary hit What About Me?, which also features American pop singer Kim Carnes and American R&B singer James Ingram. All three of them have songs on this list of THE TOP 500 POP SONGS OF THE 1980S: Kenny Rogers has Lady (#362), which was written and produced by Lionel Richie, and Islands In the Stream (#373) with American country singer Dolly Parton; Kim Carnes has Bette Davis Eyes (#57); and James Ingram has Baby, Come To Me (#217) with American R&B singer Patti Austin.

 

Right Here Waiting has been covered by an astonishing number of music artists from all over the world:

  • English instrumental rock group The Shadows in 1990 (click here)

  • German composer/organist Franz Lambert in 1994 (click here)

  • American pop singer Gary Puckett n 1997 (click here)

  • American guitarist Michael Chapdelaine in 1997 (click here)

  • American R&B singer Monica with American R&B quartet 112 in 1998 (click here)

  • Romanian pan flute musician Gheorghe Zamfir in 1999 (click here)

  • Italian singer Paola Turci in 2000 (click here)

  • German electronic/trance artists Full Gainer featuring DJ Scotty in 2002 (click here)

  • Singaporean singer A-do in 2002 (click here)

  • Welsh pop singer Bonnie Tyler in 2003 (click here)

  • German electronic/trance group Lightforce in 2003 (click here)

  • American pop singer Donny Osmond in 2004 (click here)

  • Irish pop singer Chris Doran in 2004 (click here)

  • Chinese-American phenomenon William Hung in 2005 (click here)

  • British electronic musician DJ Kambel in 2005 (click here)

  • American pop singer Clay Aiken in 2006 (click here)

  • Spanish pop singer Julio Iglesias in 2006 (click here)

  • German pop music duo Lemon Ice in 2006 (click here)

  • Filipino-American singer/actor Sam Milby in 2007 (click here)

  • Filipino-American pop singer Martin Nievera in 2007 (click here)

  • American R&B singer Alexander O’Neal in 2008 (click here)

  • Scottish-American singer John Barrowman in 2008 (click here)

  • Swedish electronic music group Ultrabeat in 2008 (click here)

  • American pop singer Barry Manilow in 2008 (click here)

  • Philippine pop singer Sarah Geronimo in 2009 (click here)

  • American Christian metal/electronica band And Then There Were None in 2009 (click here)

  • American/Filipino R&B singers Kris Lawrence featuring Jay-R in 2009 (click here)

  • Korean-American pop singer Nicky Lee in 2010 (click here)

  • Australian pop singer Jason Donovan in 2010 (click here)

  • British pop singer Cliff Richard in 2001 (click here)

  • Jamaican reggae singer Sanchez in 2011 (click here)

  • English actress/singer Twiggy in 2011, featuring duet vocals with Richard Marx himself (click here)

  • American pop musician Kurt Schneider in 2012 (click here)

  • Taiwanese singer Van Fan in 2013 (click here)

  • South Korean guitarist Sungha Jung in 2019 (click here)

 

Right Here Waiting has been featured on many reality competition shows such as American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. Richard Marx performed the song himself in a 2018 episode of the American dating game show The Bachelorette (watch it here). In a 2018 episode of the fantasy comedy The Good Place, the song is lampooned: The show features a demon who requests “something deeply terrible” to inspire the demons to commit evil acts, and Right Here Waiting starts playing, to which the demon responds, “Ah, yeah, that’s the stuff.” (Watch the clip here.) According to vulture.com, the show’s producers had contacted Richard Marx for his approval. He said, “I emailed back the guy who handles the clearances for my songs and said, ‘Go for it.’ A few minutes later my manager...called me. ‘Dude, what the f***?! You can’t let them use your song that way!!!’ We went back and forth and I said, ‘Look, this song will be 30 years old next year. Tens of millions of people have bought it, sung it, learned to play it on the piano... I’ve had widows of soldiers tell me it was ‘Their Song’ between them and their deceased husband, and on and on. Do you really think some fictional character on a TV show making a joke about it affects that?’” He also said, “I have a huge sense of humor about myself, so I thought, f*** it. Maybe some kid watching this show will hear it and go look it up on YouTube and end up loving it. That song is immensely bigger than a 10-second gag on a sitcom.” Right Here Waiting was also satirized by Christian parody band ApologetiX in the 2016 song Nightmare Waiting.

 

In 1986, Richard Marx won a Grammy as part of the team of musicians who worked on the soundtrack for the film St. Elmo’s Fire when it won Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture. He provides background vocals on English musician John Parr’s St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion), song #133 on this list. In 1988, Richard Marx was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for Don’t Mean Nothing. He lost to American musician Bruce Springsteen for Tunnel of Love (song #589 on this list). The other nominees were American musician Bob Seger for Shakedown (#335), American singer Tina Turner for Better Be Good To Me (#401), and English singer Joe Cocker for Unchain My Heart. In 1990, Richard Marx was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Right Here Waiting, but he lost to American singer/songwriter Michael Bolton for How Am I Supposed to Live Without You. The other nominees were American musician Billy Joel for We Didn’t Start the Fire (#318), American musician Roy Orbison for You Got It (#445), and American musician Prince’s 11th studio album Batman (in this Grammy category, a song or an entire album is eligible to be nominated). In 2004, Richard Marx won a Song of the Year Grammy for American R&B singer Luther Vandross’ Dance With My Father, which they wrote and composed together. Luther Vandross was too ill to perform the song at the award show (he died the following year); Canadian megadiva Celine Dion sang the song accompanied by Richard Marx on piano (watch the performance here).

 

In 2015, Richard Marx married model/actress/TV host Daisy Fuentes. In 2021, he told the Daily Mail, “I’m in love in the most freeing way I’ve ever experienced. It’s a beautiful thing.” They have a podcast called Tequila Talk w/ Daisy Fuentes & Richard Marx, and they are very active on social media, and often post about their healthy lifestyle as physically active vegans to encourage others to enact positive changes in their lives. Richard Marx has become a Twitter celebrity because of his remarkable ability to slay his trolls. In 2021, he released Stories to Tell: A Memoir, in which he reflects on his life and career, as well as his challenges in the music industry for four decades. He and his wife are very involved in philanthropy and activism, including breast cancer awareness, childhood illness and poverty, and animal rights.

Top 500 Pop Songs of the 1980s

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Using the table at the bottom of this page, you may sort the list of THE TOP 500 POP SONGS OF THE 1980S by rank, title, artist, and year.

 

When sorting song titles or artists in the table, they will be alphabetized. (The four songs that begin with a parenthesis will be listed first, followed by the four songs that begin with numbers.)

 

Songs and artists that begin with A or The are alphabetized that way. (For example, you’ll find The Police and The Pretenders with the letter T, and A Flock Of Seagulls with the letter A.)

 

Solo artists are alphabetized by their first names. (For example, Bryan Adams is with the letter B, and Richard Marx is with the letter R.)

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Summer of '69 Bryan Adams
Love Bites Def Leppard
Part-Time Lover Stevie Wonder
Take My Breath Away
Back To Life Soul
Love Battlefield Pat Benatar
Queen Another One Bites the Dust
Freeway Of Love Aretha Franklin
Dr. Feelgood Mötley Crüe
Rose Bette Midler
I'm Coming Out Diana Ross
Kyrie Mr. Mister
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Looking New Love Jody Watley
Pump Up the Volume
Caught Up In You 38 Special
Don't You Want Me Human League
Let's Groove Earth Wind Fire
Express Yourself Madonna
Working Weekend Loverboy
Goody Two Shoes Adam Ant
Ain't Nobody Chaka Khan
Vacation Go-Go's
Mr. Roboto Styx

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Miss You Much Janet Jackson
Tainted Love Soft Cell
Private Eyes Hall Oates
Longest Time Billy Joeal
King Of Pain Police
I Want To Know What Love Is Foreigner
Hold Me Now Thompson Twins
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Look Of Love ABC
Living America James Brown
Africa Toto
Human Nature Michael Jackson
Break My Stride by Matthew Wilder
Nightshift Commodores

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Kiss Prince
Luka Suzanne Vega
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THE TOP 500 POP SONGS OF THE 1980S

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  1. Don’t Stop Believin’ — Journey

  2. When Doves Cry — Prince and the Revolution

  3. Livin’ On a Prayer — Bon Jovi

  4. Don’t You (Forget About Me) — Simple Minds

  5. Time After Time — Cyndi Lauper

  6. Billie Jean — Michael Jackson

  7. Pour Some Sugar On Me — Def Leppard

  8. Every Breath You Take — The Police

  9. I Love Rock ‘n Roll

     Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

 10. Girls Just Want To Have Fun — Cyndi Lauper

 11. Take On Me — A-ha

 12. Like a Prayer — Madonna

 13. Eye Of the Tiger — Survivor

 14. Here I Go Again — Whitesnake

 15. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

     Whitney Houston

 16. With Or Without You — U2

 17. Another One Bites the Dust — Queen

 18. Jessie’s Girl — Rick Springfield

 19. Sweet Child O’ Mine — Guns N’ Roses

 20. Total Eclipse Of the Heart — Bonnie Tyler

 21. Everybody Wants To Rule the World

     Tears For Fears

 22. You Shook Me All Night Long — AC/DC

 23. Karma Chameleon — Culture Club

 24. Jack & Diane — John Cougar

 25. Another Brick In the Wall (Part II)

     Pink Floyd

 26. Flashdance...What a Feeling — Irene Cara

 27. Little Red Corvette — Prince

 28. Like a Virgin — Madonna

 29. Careless Whisper

     Wham! featuring George Michael

 30. Purple Rain — Prince and the Revolution

 31. Beat It — Michael Jackson

 32. Born In the U.S.A. — Bruce Springsteen

 33. Hungry Like the Wolf — Duran Duran

 34. Africa — Toto

 35. I Want To Know What Love Is — Foreigner

 36. Summer of ‘69 — Bryan Adams

 37. Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go

     Soft Cell

 38. Love Is a Battlefield — Pat Benatar

 39. Don’t You Want Me — The Human League

 40. Kiss — Prince and the Revolution

 41. Welcome To the Jungle — Guns N’ Roses

 42. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go — Wham!

 43. Jump — Van Halen

 44. Under Pressure — David Bowie and Queen

 45. Walk This Way — Run-D.M.C.

 46. Borderline — Madonna

 47. Down Under — Men At Work

 48. In the Air Tonight — Phil Collins

 49. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) — Eurythmics

 50. You Give Love a Bad Name — Bon Jovi

 51. Faith — George Michael

 52. Photograph — Def Leppard

 53. Call Me — Blondie

 54. Celebration  — Kool & the Gang

 55. Thriller — Michael Jackson

 56. Faithfully — Journey

 57. Bette Davis Eyes — Kim Carnes

 58. Physical — Olivia Newton-John

 59. Stand Back — Stevie Nicks

 60. Holiday — Madonna

 61. Keep On Loving You — REO Speedwagon

 62. 1999 — Prince

 63. Funkytown — Lipps, Inc.

 64. Heaven — Bryan Adams

 65. Start Me Up — The Rolling Stones

 66. Let’s Go Crazy — Prince and the Revolution

 67. True  — Spandau Ballet

 68. All Night Long (All Night) — Lionel Richie

 69. I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)

     Daryl Hall and John Oates

 70. Crazy Little Thing Called Love — Queen

 71. Come On Eileen — Dexy’s Midnight Runners

 72. Footloose — Kenny Loggins

 73. The Tide Is High — Blondie

 74. Love Shack — The B-52’s

 75. Walk Like an Egyptian — The Bangles

 76. Dancing In the Dark — Bruce Springsteen

 77. What’s Love Got To Do With It — Tina Turner

 78. (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life

     Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

 79. Centerfold — J. Geils Band

 80. Push It — Salt-N-Pepa

 81. Man In the Mirror — Michael Jackson

 82. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now — Starship

 83. Back In Black — AC/DC

 84. Heaven Is a Place On Earth — Belinda Carlisle

 85. Take My Breath Away — Berlin

 86. Free Fallin’ — Tom Petty

 87. Need You Tonight / Mediate — INXS

 88. Super Freak — Rick James

 89. These Dreams — Heart

 90. Never Gonna Give You Up — Rick Astley

 91. Endless Love — Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

 92. Always Something There To Remind Me

     Naked Eyes

 93. Let’s Dance — David Bowie

 94. Fast Car — Tracy Chapman

 95. Let the Music Play — Shannon

 96. Every Rose Has Its Thorn — Poison

 97. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me — Culture Club

 98. Whip It — Devo

 99. Pink Houses — John Cougar Mellencamp

100. I Just Called To Say I Love You

     Stevie Wonder

101. Hurts So Good — John Cougar

102. Kiss On My List — Daryl Hall and John Oates

103. Pride (In the Name Of Love) — U2

104. Sexual Healing — Marvin Gaye

105. Don’t Dream It’s Over — Crowded House

106. Hit Me With Your Best Shot — Pat Benatar

107. (I Just) Died In Your Arms — Cutting Crew

108. Gloria — Laura Branigan

109. Right Here Waiting — Richard Marx

110. Wanted Dead Or Alive — Bon Jovi

111. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m

     Looking For — U2

112. We Are the World — USA For Africa

113. We Got the Beat — The Go-Go’s

114. Modern Love  — David Bowie

115. Just Like Heaven — The Cure

116. The Boys Of Summer — Don Henley

117. Straight Up — Paula Abdul

118. Can’t Fight This Feeling — REO Speedwagon

119. Sister Christian — Night Ranger

120. Saving All My Love For You — Whitney Houston

121. Alone — Heart

122. Crazy For You — Madonna

123. We Belong — Pat Benatar

124. Bust a Move — Young MC

125. How Will I Know — Whitney Houston

126. Broken Wings — Mr. Mister

127. Paradise City — Guns N’ Roses

128. Manic Monday — The Bangles

129. Walking On Sunshine — Katrina and the Waves

130. Higher Love — Steve Winwood

131. I’m So Excited — The Pointer Sisters

132. Father Figure — George Michael

133. St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion) — John Parr

134. Fool In the Rain — Led Zeppelin

135. Edge Of Seventeen — Stevie Nicks

136. Red Red Wine — UB40

137. Where the Streets Have No Name — U2

138. Greatest Love Of All — Whitney Houston

139. Rock You Like a Hurricane — Scorpions

140. Take Me Home Tonight — Eddie Money

141. Panama — Van Halen

142. West End Girls — Pet Shop Boys

143. Just the Two Of Us — Grover Washington, Jr.

144. Sunglasses At Night — Corey Hart

145. The Final Countdown — Europe

146. The Living Years — Mike + the Mechanics

147. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

     The Police

148. (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!) —

     Beastie Boys

149. It Takes Two — Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock

150. Money For Nothing — Dire Straits

151. Open Arms — Journey

152. Drive — The Cars

153. I Feel For You — Chaka Khan

154. The Way It Is — Bruce Hornsby and the Range

155. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)  — Journey

156. Take It On the Run — REO Speedwagon

157. Rock Of Ages — Def Leppard

158. Material Girl — Madonna

159. Maneater — Daryl Hall and John Oates

160. Upside Down — Diana Ross

161. Brass In Pocket (I’m Special) — The Pretenders

162. Head Over Heels — Tears For Fears

163. Rock the Casbah — The Clash

164. Ride Like the Wind — Christopher Cross

165. Everything She Wants — Wham!

166. Eyes Without a Face — Billy Idol

167. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ — Michael Jackson

168. So Emotional — Whitney Houston

169. Invisible Touch — Genesis

170. The Power Of Love — Huey Lewis and the News

171. The Way You Make Me Feel — Michael Jackson

172. I Ran (So Far Away) — A Flock Of Seagulls

173. 99 Luftballoons — Nena

174. Our House — Madness

175. Abracadabra — Steve Miller Band

176. Cars — Gary Numan

177. Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)

     Christopher Cross

178. That’s What Friends Are For

     Dionne and Friends

179. Hello — Lionel Richie

180. If You Leave

     Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark

181. All Through the Night — Cyndi Lauper

182. Danger Zone — Kenny Loggins

183. Easy Lover — Philip Bailey and Phil Collins

184. Addicted To Love — Robert Palmer

185. 9 To 5 — Dolly Parton

186. Heartbreaker — Pat Benatar

187. She Blinded Me With Science — Thomas Dolby

188. One More Try — George Michael

189. Against All Odds (Take a Look At Me Now)

     Phil Collins

190. Sledgehammer — Peter Gabriel

191. Missing You — John Waite

192. Out Of Touch — Daryl Hall and John Oates

193. Listen To Your Heart — Roxette

194. Oh Sherrie — Steve Perry

195. Rapper’s Delight — The Sugarhill Gang

196. Mickey — Toni Basil

197. Heat Of the Moment — Asia

198. 867-5309/Jenny — Tommy Tutone

199. That’s All — Genesis

200. Ghostbusters — Ray Parker Jr.

201. Say You, Say Me — Lionel Richie

202. She Drives Me Crazy — Fine Young Cannibals

203. I Can’t Wait — Nu Shooz

204. Morning Train (Nine To Five) — Sheena Easton

205. Legs — ZZ Top

206. You Make My Dreams — Daryl Hall and John Oates

207. Wild Thing — Tone Lōc

208. Shout — Tears For Fears

209. Don’t Come Around Here No More

     Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

210. True Colors — Cyndi Lauper

211. Any Way You Want It — Journey

212. Raspberry Beret — Prince and the Revolution

213. Relax — Frankie Goes To Hollywood

214. Rock With You — Michael Jackson

215. Der Kommissar — After the Fire

216. Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) — Enya

217. Baby, Come To Me

     Patti Austin and James Ingram

218. Kokomo — The Beach Boys

219. We’re Not Gonna Take It — Twisted Sister

220. It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me — Billy Joel

221. Our Lips Are Sealed — The Go-Go’s

222. The Winner Takes It All — ABBA

223. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) — Michael Jackson

224. Caribbean Queen (No More Love On the Run)

     Billy Ocean

225. Glory Days — Bruce Springsteen

226. Twilight Zone — Golden Earring

227. Uptown Girl — Billy Joel

228. I’m On Fire — Bruce Springsteen

229. Up Where We Belong

     Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

230. Burning Down the House — Talking Heads

231. She Works Hard For the Money — Donna Summer

232. Rio — Duran Duran

233. La Isla Bonita — Madonna

234. Word Up! — Cameo

235. Papa Don’t Preach — Madonna

236. Do They Know It’s Christmas? — Band Aid

237. Dude (Looks Like a Lady) — Aerosmith

238. Everybody Have Fun Tonight — Wang Chung

239. Shake It Up — The Cars

240. Waiting For a Girl Like You — Foreigner

241. Hard To Say I’m Sorry / Get Away — Chicago

242. Rock Me Amadeus — Falco

243. In Your Eyes — Peter Gabriel

244. Maniac — Michael Sembello

245. Sailing — Christopher Cross

246. My Prerogative — Bobby Brown

247. I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues

     Elton John

248. Lucky Star — Madonna

249. Run To You — Bryan Adams

250. Cruel Summer — Bananarama

251. Glory Of Love — Peter Cetera

252. White Wedding — Billy Idol

253. All Out Of Love — Air Supply

254. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)

     Dead Or Alive

255. Here Comes the Rain Again — Eurythmics

256. Every Time You Go Away — Paul Young

257. Open Your Heart — Madonna

258. One Moment In Time — Whitney Houston

259. The One I Love — R.E.M.

260. Never Tear Us Apart — INXS

261. Waiting For a Star To Fall — Boy Meets Girl

262. Cult Of Personality — Living Colour

263. If I Could Turn Back Time — Cher

264. Round and Round — Ratt

265. Young Turks — Rod Stewart

266. Mony Mony — Billy Idol

267. Ebony and Ivory

     Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder

268. Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)

     Soul II Soul

269. I’m Coming Out — Diana Ross

270. A View To a Kill — Duran Duran

271. Electric Avenue — Eddy Grant

272. The Flame — Cheap Trick

273. The Rose — Bette Midler

274. Working For the Weekend — Loverboy

275. Look Away — Chicago

276. Live To Tell — Madonna

277. Kyrie — Mr. Mister

278. Nightshift — The Commodores

279. On My Own — Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald

280. Express Yourself — Madonna

281. Dr. Feelgood — Mötley Crüe

282. I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

     Aretha Franklin and George Michael

283. Hold Me Now — Thompson Twins

284. Baby, I Love Your Way / Freebird Medley

     Will To Power

285. The Reflex — Duran Duran

286. Owner Of a Lonely Heart — Yes

287. Sign O’ the Times — Prince

288. Love Bites — Def Leppard

289. Goody Two Shoes — Adam Ant

290. Nasty — Janet Jackson

291. Got My Mind Set On You — George Harrison

292. Voices Carry — ‘Til Tuesday

293. Pump Up the Volume — M|A|R|R|S

294. Queen Of Hearts — Juice Newton

295. Freeway Of Love — Aretha Franklin

296. The Stroke — Billy Squier

297. Break My Stride — Matthew Wilder

298. Hey Nineteen — Steely Dan

299. The Look Of Love — ABC

300. Part-Time Lover — Stevie Wonder

301. Lovesong — The Cure

302. Who Can It Be Now? — Men At Work

303. Pump Up the Jam — Technotronic

304. Rapture — Blondie

305. Cum On Feel the Noize — Quiet Riot

306. I Won’t Back Down — Tom Petty

307. Cherish — Kool & the Gang

308. Harden My Heart — Quarterflash

309. Your Love — The Outfield

310. Private Eyes — Daryl Hall and John Oates

311. Hold On To the Nights — Richard Marx

312. Living In America — James Brown

313. Let’s Groove — Earth, Wind & Fire

314. Chariots Of Fire – Titles — Vangelis

315. Human Nature — Michael Jackson

316. When I Think of You — Janet Jackson

317. King Of Pain — The Police

318. We Didn’t Start the Fire — Billy Joel

319. Cold Hearted — Paula Abdul

320. No One Is To Blame — Howard Jones

321. U Got the Look — Prince

322. Bad — Michael Jackson

323. You Keep Me Hangin’ On — Kim Wilde

324. Do You Believe In Love

     Huey Lewis and the News

325. Too Shy — Kajagoogoo

326. Patience — Guns N’ Roses

327. Vacation — The Go-Go’s

328. Caught Up In You — .38 Special

329. Making Love Out Of Nothing At All — Air Supply

330. I Would Die 4 U — Prince and the Revolution

331. Another Day In Paradise — Phil Collins

332. Hungry Heart — Bruce Springsteen

333. The Longest Time — Billy Joel

334. Sirius / Eye In the Sky

     The Alan Parsons Project

335. Shakedown — Bob Seger

336. Talk Dirty To Me — Poison

337. Let’s Hear It For the Boy — Deniece Williams

338. We Built This City — Starship

339. Shake You Down — Gregory Abbott

340. Looking For a New Love — Jody Watley

341. Into the Night — Benny Mardones

342. The Next Time I Fall

     Peter Cetera and Amy Grant

343. Holding Back the Years — Simply Red

344. Roll With It — Steve Winwood

345. Wishing Well — Terence Trent D’Arby

346. Only In My Dreams — Debbie Gibson

347. (Just Like) Starting Over — John Lennon

348. Ain’t Nobody — Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

349. Miss You Much — Janet Jackson

350. I Can Dream About You — Dan Hartman

351. Venus — Bananarama

352. Why Can’t This Be Love? — Van Halen

353. Luka — Suzanne Vega

354. You’re the Inspiration — Chicago

355. Mr. Roboto — Styx

356. Candle In the Wind (Live 1986) — Elton John

357. Southern Cross — Crosby, Stills, & Nash

358. Tell It To My Heart — Taylor Dayne

359. Rhythm Of the Night — Debarge

360. Theme From Greatest American Hero

     (Believe It or Not) — Joey Scarbury

361. The Lady In Red — Chris de Burgh

362. Lady — Kenny Rogers

363. Stuck On You — Lionel Richie

364. I’ll Be There For You — Bon Jovi

365. Wind Beneath My Wings — Bette Midler

366. Touch Of Grey — Grateful Dead

367. The Heat Is On — Glenn Frey

368. Truly — Lionel Richie

369. Lost In Love — Air Supply

370. Angel Of the Morning — Juice Newton

371. I Need Love — LL Cool J

372. Nothin’ But a Good Time — Poison

373. Islands In the Stream

     Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

374. I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)

     Michael McDonald

375. Let My Love Open the Door — Pete Townshend

376. I Want a New Drug — Huey Lewis and the News

377. You Are  — Lionel Richie

378. Smooth Operator — Sade

379. Don’t Stand So Close To Me — The Police

380. Never — Heart

381. Give It To Me Baby — Rick James

382. Small Town — John Cougar Mellencamp

383. Sussudio — Phil Collins

384. Lovergirl — Teena Marie

385. Secret Lovers — Atlantic Starr

386. What You Need — INXS

387. La Bamba — Los Lobos

388. Rosanna — Toto

389. Stand — R.E.M.

390. The Glamorous Life — Sheila E.

391. I’ve Never Been To Me — Charlene

392. Girl You Know It’s True — Milli Vanilli

393. Would I Lie To You? — Eurythmics

394. Don’t Worry, Be Happy  — Bobby McFerrin

395. Love In an Elevator — Aerosmith

396. Sad Songs (Say So Much) — Elton John

397. Slow Hand — The Pointer Sisters

398. Keep Your Hands To Yourself

     The Georgia Satellites

399. Beds Are Burning — Midnight Oil

400. Somebody’s Baby — Jackson Browne

401. Better Be Good To Me — Tina Turner

402. Somebody’s Watching Me — Rockwell

403. What Have You Done For Me Lately

     Janet Jackson

404. Human — The Human League

405. Bad Medicine — Bon Jovi

406. Eternal Flame — The Bangles

407. Stuck With You — Huey Lewis and the News

408. Little Jeannie — Elton John

409. Smooth Criminal — Michael Jackson

410. Save a Prayer — Duran Duran

411. You Can Call Me Al — Paul Simon

412. Angel — Aerosmith

413. Rock This Town — The Stray Cats

414. Dirty Laundry — Don Henley

415. Jump (For My Love) — The Pointer Sisters

416. Desire — U2

417. I’m Still Standing — Elton John

418. Brilliant Disguise — Bruce Springsteen

419. The Promise — When In Rome

420. The Safety Dance — Men Without Hats

421. Back On the Chain Gang — The Pretenders

422. Sowing the Seeds Of Love — Tears For Fears

423. Come Dancing — The Kinks

424. You Might Think — The Cars

425. One Thing Leads To Another — The Fixx

426. Conga — Miami Sound Machine

427. The Sweetest Taboo — Sade

428. Mad About You — Belinda Carlisle

429. Gypsy — Fleetwood Mac

430. I Know There’s Something Going On — Frida

431. Jeopardy — The Greg Kihn Band

432. Life In a Northern Town — The Dream Academy

433. Time (Clock Of the Heart) — Culture Club

434. I’m Alright — Kenny Loggins

435. You Got It (The Right Stuff)

     New Kids On the Block

436. Against the Wind

     Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

437. Late In the Evening — Paul Simon

438. Dirty Diana — Michael Jackson

439. Let It Whip — The Dazz Band

440. Don’t Get Me Wrong — The Pretenders

441. Buffalo Stance — Neneh Cherry

442. At This Moment — Bill Vera & the Beaters

443. I Think We’re Alone Now — Tiffany

444. Sara — Fleetwood Mac

445. You Got It — Roy Orbison

446. New Attitude — Patti LaBelle

447. Dance Hall Days — Wang Chung

448. Private Dancer — Tina Turner

449. Burnin For You – Blue Öyster Cult

450. Always On My Mind — Willie Nelson

451. Hard Habit To Break — Chicago

452. Lean On Me — Club Nouveau

453. Cherish — Madonna

454. Something About You — Level 42

455. Steppin’ Out — Joe Jackson

456. One Night In Bangkok — Murray Head

457. C’est La Vie — Robbie Nevil

458. What Have I Done To Deserve This?

     Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield

459. Every Little Step — Bobby Brown

460. Sweet Love — Anita Baker

461. America — Neil Diamond

462. True Faith — New Order

463. Magic — Olivia Newton-John

464. People Are People — Depeche Mode

465. It’s My Life — Talk Talk

466. Jungle Love — The Time

467. Puttin’ On the Ritz — Taco

468. Hungry Eyes – Eric Carmen

469. Fame — Irene Cara

470. You Dropped a Bomb On Me — The Gap Band

471. Union Of the Snake — Duran Duran

472. Don’t Talk To Strangers — Rick Springfield

473. Kids In America — Kim Wilde

474. Send Me an Angel — Real Life

475. Obsession — Animotion

476. What I Am — Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

477. Genius Of Love — Tom Tom Club

478. Say Say Say

     Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson

479. Chains Of Love — Erasure

480. You Better, You Bet — The Who

481. Head To Toe — Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam

482. One — Metallica

483. Dress You Up — Madonna

484. Straight From the Heart — Bryan Adams

485. Little Lies — Fleetwood Mac

486. Automatic — The Pointer Sisters

487. Watching the Wheels — John Lennon

488. Me Myself and I — De La Soul

489. I Can’t Tell You Why — Eagles

490. Being With You — Smokey Robinson

491. Songbird — Kenny G

492. Freeze-Frame — J. Geils Band

493. How ‘Bout Us — Champaign

494. I.G.Y (What a Beautiful World) — Donald Fagen

495. Self Control — Laura Branigan

496. Blame It On the Rain — Milli Vanilli

497. She Bop — Cyndi Lauper

498. Hysteria – Def Leppard

499. Running Up That Hill — Kate Bush

500. Pass the Dutchie — Musical Youth

For songs 501 to 700, click HERE.

 

Use the table below to sort the list by rank, title, artist, & year.

THE TABLE

 

Using the table below, you may click on the headers to sort the 500 songs by rank, title, artist, and year. (Unfortunately, the table doesnt display properly on some mobile devices.)

 

When sorting song titles or artists in the table, they will be alphabetized. (The four songs that begin with a parenthesis will be listed first, followed by the four songs that begin with numbers.)

 

Songs and artists that begin with A or The are alphabetized that way. (For example, you’ll find The Police and The Pretenders with the letter T, and A Flock Of Seagulls with the letter A.)

 

Solo artists are alphabetized by their first names. (For example, Bryan Adams is with the letter B, and Richard Marx is with the letter R.)

THE SEARCH BOX

 

The search box is in the top right corner of the table below. When you type a word or words into the search box, the table will collapse, revealing the search results, which you may then sort by clicking on the table headers. (NOTE: To get back to the full list of 500 songs after doing a search, you must clear the search box.)

To see all of an artist’s songs ranked in order, enter the artist’s name in the search box, and then, to sort the results by rank, click on the # at the top of the first column.

SORTING BY YEAR

 

To see songs from a specific year ranked in order, enter an apostrophe and the year (for example: ‘84) in the search box, and then sort the results by rank. The year indicates when each song entered the U.S. Billboard Top 40. (Songs that entered the U.S. Billboard Top 40 in December of any year are considered songs from the subsequent year.) For lists of the Top 10 songs of each year, click here.

THE TOP 500 POP

 

SONGS OF THE 1980S