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Another One Bites the Dust by Queen - Song #17

This song is Queen’s biggest hit in the United States, even though its funky disco sound was a major departure in style for this British hard rock band. Another One Bites the Dust actually led to a dwindling of Queen’s popularity in the U.S., as a part of the backlash toward disco in that genre’s dying days. Another One Bites the Dust hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Top 40 in 1980, and was even a surprise crossover hit, peaking at #2 on two other U.S. Billboard charts: the Hot R&B/Soul Singles chart and the Hot Dance/Disco Club Play chart. Fans of the song who didn’t know the band were convinced that the singer was black. The song was also a hit in Belgium, Ireland, Germany, Canada, Austria, South Africa, Australia, Spain, Israel, Sweden, Switzerland, France, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and the U.K. Another One Bites the Dust is the highest ranking of three Queen songs on this list of THE TOP 500 POP SONGS OF THE 1980S, and all three songs are in the Top 100. The other songs are Under Pressure with English singer/songwriter David Bowie at #44, and Crazy Little Thing Called Love at #70.

 

Queen is a British rock band that formed in London in 1970. The band’s music is difficult to classify. Queen’s earliest work is oriented toward hard rock and heavy metal, but the band’s sound evolved dramatically over the years, incorporating elements of symphonic rock, glam rock, operatic pop, arena rock, dance/disco, and rockabilly. The band is known for complex multi-layered vocal harmonies and elaborate, orchestral production values. The original lineup was Brian May (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, guitar, keyboards, vocals), Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, keyboards, piano, guitar), and John Deacon (bass, guitar, keyboards). Before forming Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor were in the band Smile, which formed in 1968 and disbanded in 1970. They met Freddie Mercury, who suggested forming a new band. John Deacon join the band in 1971. Freddie Mercury and Brian May wrote the bulk of the band’s material, but all four contributed to the songwriting. In 1991, at the age of 45, Freddie Mercury died of bronchopneumonia, a complication of HIV/AIDS. John Deacon retired from music in 1997. Brian May and Roger Taylor have continued to tour as Queen, with English-Canadian singer Paul Rodgers from 2004 to 2009, and American singer Adam Lambert from 2011 to present.

 

Another One Bites the Dust was written and composed by John Deacon. He plays most of the instruments: bass, lead and rhythm guitars, reversed piano, and extra percussion. “I listened to a lot of soul music when I was in school, and I’ve always been interested in that sort of music,” he told Bassist & Bass Techniques in 1996. “I’d been wanting to do a track like Another One Bites the Dust for a while, but originally all I had was the line and the bass riff. Gradually I filled it in and the band added ideas. I could hear it as a song for dancing but had no idea it would become as big as it did. The song got picked up off our album and some of the black radio stations in the U.S. started playing it...” Brian May contributed some of the sound effects, running his guitar through an Eventide Harmonizer processor. No synthesizers were used when the song was recorded. All of the effects were created with piano, electric guitars, and drums. Sound effects were run through the harmonizer for extra processing. Subsequent tape playback of some of the sounds in reverse and at various speeds added to the song’s unique sound. And of course, Freddie Mercury’s vocals are over-the-top and irresistible. About Freddie Mercury’s vocals, Brian May said, “A fantastic bit of work from Freddie really... Fred just went in there and hammered and hammered until his throat bled... He really was inspired by it and took it to a new height, I think.”

                                                                                    

According to Brian May, “John Deacon, being totally in his own world, came up with this thing, which was nothing like what we were doing. We were going for the big drum sound: you know, quite pompous in our usual way. And Deakey says, ‘No, I want this to be totally different: It’s going to be a very tight drum sound.’ It was originally done to a drum loop. This was before the days of drum machines. Roger did a loop, kind of under protest, because he didn’t like the sound of the drums recorded that way. And then Deakey put this groove down. Immediately Freddie became violently enthusiastic and said, ‘This is big! This is important! I’m going to spend a lot of time on this.’ It was the beginning of something quite big for us, because it was the first time that one of our records crossed over to the black community. We had no control over that; it just happened. Suddenly we were forced to put out this single because so many stations in New York were playing it. It changed that album from being a million-seller to being a three-million seller in a matter of three weeks or so.”

 

John Deacon’s bassline in Another One Bites the Dust was inspired by R&B group Chic’s #1 1979 hit song Good Times. In an interview with the New Musical Express, Chic bass player Bernard Edwards said, “Well, that Queen record came about because that bass player spent some time hanging out with us at our studio. But that’s okay. What isn’t okay is that the press started saying that we had ripped them off! Can you believe that? Good Times came out more than a year before, but it was inconceivable to these people that black musicians could possibly be innovative like that. It was just these dumb disco guys ripping off this rock ‘n roll song.” In 2014, Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers told The Guardian, “John Deacon was with me in the studio when I wrote the damn thing.” Good Times was one of the biggest hits of the summer of 1979. The Sugar Hill Gang’s landmark hip-hop song Rapper’s Delight (song #195 on this list) uses the bassline of Good Times (and Chic members Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards received songwriting credits on the song). Interestingly, when Another One Bites the Dust hit #1 in the U.S., it replaced Diana Ross’ Upside Down (song #160 on this list), which was written and produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards.

 

Queen was reluctant to release Another One Bites the Dust as a single. It was the King of Pop himself Michael Jackson who convinced them that it would be a hit. After attending a Queen concert in Los Angeles, Michael Jackson came backstage. “I remember Michael and some of his brothers in the dressing room going on and on about Another One Bites the Dust. They kept saying we must release it as a single,” Roger Taylor told the magazine in 2009. Freddie Mercury said, “Credit for the song should go to Michael Jackson in many ways. He was a fan and friend of ours and kept telling me, ‘Freddie, you need a song the cats can dance to.’ John [Deacon] introduced this riff to us during rehearsal that we all immediately thought of disco, which was very popular at the time. We worked it out and once it was ready, played it for Michael. I knew we had a hit as he bobbed his head up and down. ‘That’s it, that’s the gravy. Release it and it will top the charts,’ he said. So we did and it did.”

 

Another One Bites the Dust is notable for other reasons. In the early-‘80s, it was one of the main songs that Christian evangelists alleged contained secret subliminal messages through a technique called backmasking. They claimed that the chorus, when played in reverse, is heard as, “It’s fun to smoke marijuana.” Listen for yourself here. Another One Bites the Dust is also known for its use in the ‘80s as part of the training for medical professionals to provide the correct number of chest compressions per minute while performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). The song was chosen because the bassline has close to 110 beats per minute, and 100 to 120 chest compressions per minute is the recommendation of the British Heart Foundation.

 

During an interview on In the Studio with Redbeard, Brian May said, “I always thought there was an instant where we were the biggest thing in the world. Another One Bites the Dust sort of clinched it because it suddenly crossed over to the black/R&B market. Suddenly instead of a million albums, we were [selling] three or four million albums. And at that time, that was about as much as anyone had ever done...” Another One Bites the Dust won an American Music Award for Favorite Rock Single of 1981, beating nominees Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall (Part II) (song #25 on this list), and Diana Ross’s Upside Down (song #160). Another One Bites the Dust was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, but lost to Bob Seger’s Against the Wind (song #436). The other nominees were Blondie’s Call Me (song #53), The Pretenders’ Brass in Pocket (song #162), and the Pink Floyd album The Wall, which features Another Brick in the Wall (Part II).

 

Another One Bites the Dust has been sampled and interpolated by many musicians, primarily comedic artists and rappers. The song is sampled in the following songs:

 

Another One Bites the Dust is interpolated in the following songs:

Another One Bites the Dust has been covered by the following artists:

 

  • German Eurodance group Captain Jack for the Queen tribute compilation album Queen Dance Traxx in 1996 (click here)

  • Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean in 1998 (click here)

  • Argentine music duo Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas in 2001 (click here)

  • The cast of American TV show Glee in 2010 (click here)

  • Underground group Hidden Citizens in 2016 (click here)    

 

Another One Bites the Dust was used in a preliminary cut of the 1982 film Rocky III, in a pivotal scene in which Rocky is training for a fight, but because the producers could not get permission to use the song in the film, it was ultimately replaced with Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger (song #13 on this list of THE TOP 500 POP SONGS OF THE 1980S). Another One Bites the Dust is featured in the following movies: 1981’s Modern Romance, 1989’s Sea of Love, 1998’s Small Soldiers, 1999’s 200 Cigarettes, 2000’s Circus, 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, 2010’s Iron Man 2, 2011’s Skateland, 2016’s Everybody Wants Some!!, and of course, 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Another One Bites the Dust has been featured on many TV shows as well, including WKRP in Cincinnati, Fame, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Everybody Hates Chris, American Dad!, My Name is Earl, Cold Case, Family Guy, Lucifer, American Crime Story, and numerous sporting events and reality competition shows.

 

Queen is one of the world’s best-selling bands, with 72 singles, 15 studio albums, 11 live albums, two soundtrack albums, 16 compilation albums, and 19 box sets. Thirteen of Queen’s songs entered the U.S. Billboard Top 40 (although two pairs of those songs were “double side” singles, explained below). Queen’s first hit song in the U.K. was Seven Seas of Rhye, which peaked at #10 on the U.K. Singles Chart in 1974, but the band’s first hit in the U.S. and worldwide was 1974’s Killer Queen, which peaked at #12  on the U.S. Billboard Top 40.

 

Queen’s biggest worldwide hit is the six-minute rock epic Bohemian Rhapsody, which peaked at #9 in the U.S. in 1975; 16 years later, it re-entered the Billboard chart and peaked at #2 because of its use in the 1992 film Wayne’s World (watch the film clip here). In 2018, Bohemian Rhapsody actually entered the U.S. Billboard Top 40 a third time and peaked at #33, due to the release of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody (American actor Rami Malek won an Oscar for portraying Freddie Mercury in the film). For its original release, the song Bohemian Rhapsody stayed at #1 in the U.K. for nine weeks from November 1975 to January 1976, and then hit #1 again for another five weeks after Freddie Mercury died in 1991. Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the most popular and best-selling songs of all time, and is widely considered one of the greatest rock songs, which is why it’s odd that originally, it only got as high at #9 on the U.S. Billboard Top 40. (Incidentally, Journey’s 1981 song Don’t Stop Believin’, which is #1 on this list of THE TOP 500 POP SONGS OF THE 1980S, also only got as high as #9. How is it possible that two of the most popular songs of all time barely enter the Top 10 in the U.S. when they were originally released?)

 

Queen’s next U.S. hits were 1976’s You’re My Best Friend and 1976’s Somebody To Love, both of which peaked at #16 on the U.S. Billboard Top 40. In 1977, We Are the Champions  and We Will Rock You together peaked at #3. We Are the Champions was the intended hit song, with We Will Rock You as the B-side of the single. During the time of vinyl records, songs were released as singles, issued as seven-inch discs that played at 45 revolutions per minute on a record player (they were called “45 rpm singles”). The singles were double-sided, but usually, the A-side was the intended side to be played on the radio. In this case, We Are the Champions was the A-side, and We Will Rock You was the B-side. But radio stations played both sides of the single (often one after the other) and both songs became huge hits, which led to them sometimes being referred to as a double A-side single. In 1978, Queen released Fat Bottomed Girls / Bicycle Race as a double A-side single, because both sides were designated A-sides, with no B-side; which meant that both songs were prospective hits and that neither song would be promoted over the other. Fat Bottomed Girls / Bicycle Race peaked at #24 on the U.S. Billboard Top 40.

 

Queen’s next hit was the band’s first #1 song in the U.S., Crazy Little Thing Called Love (song #70 on this list of THE TOP 500 POP SONGS OF THE 1980S), which was not like anything Queen had recorded before: a catchy, ‘50s-style, rockabilly-flavored song in the vein of Elvis Presley. Crazy Little Thing Called Love was the first single released from the band’s eighth studio album The Game, which is Queen’s best-selling album in the U.S. and the band’s only album to reach #1 in the U.S. In October 1980, Queen hit #1 in the U.S. a second and final time with Another One Bites the Dust, also from The Game. After the huge success of the Another One Bites the Dust, Queen made a noticeable shift in music style, adding synthesizers and incorporating elements of disco, R&B, dance, and pop music on the band’s 1982 album Hot Space, in contrast to the traditional hard rock style that fans associated with the band. In fact, Queen had been well-known for a “no synths” rule, and Hot Space was the first Queen album to include synthesizers.

 

Under Pressure (song #44 on this list), was the band’s next hit, an impromptu jam session collaboration with English singer/songwriter David Bowie, who has two more songs on this list: Let’s Dance at #93 and Modern Love at #114. Under Pressure is featured on Hot Space, but it was released as a single seven months before the album was released; the song was a separate project and was recorded before the album and before the controversy over Queen’s new disco-oriented sound. Surprisingly, Under Pressure was not a big hit in the U.S., peaking at #29 on the U.S. Billboard Top 40 (of course, since the ‘80s, Under Pressure has become one of the most popular songs of the entire decade). Queen’s next U.S. hit was also from Hot Space: Body Language peaked at #11, but because of its dance/pop sound and more synthetic direction, Hot Space is widely considered by both fans and critics to be a disappointing album. In 1989, Brian May lamented, “We got heavily into funk and it was quite similar to what Michael Jackson did on Thriller. But the timing was wrong. Disco was a dirty word.”

According to AllMusic, the success of Another One Bites the Dust was responsible for a drastic change in the band’s musical style, because it “pushed the members of Queen into some questionable musical decisions in the near future. The most blatant and negative of these was their decision to commit the bulk of their next effort, 1982’s Hot Space, to experimental, dancey funk and electrified soul——a catastrophic move which alienated many longtime fans and effectively killed the band’s career in America. Lucky for them, the rest of the world wasn’t as unforgiving and quickly embraced Queen once again when they retreated to somewhat more familiar (though no less eclectic) hard rock territory with 1984’s The Works.”

Queen’s final hit in the U.S. was from The Works, Radio Gaga, which peaked at #16 on the U.S. Billboard Top 40. A notable song from this album that was not popular in the U.S. but was popular around the world is I Want To Break Free, which is the #34 song on a separate list on this website: THE TOP 50 CRUCIALLY ICONIC SONGS THAT WERE NOT POPULAR (IN THE UNITED STATES) IN THE ‘80S. The songs on this list are some of the most beloved ‘80s songs, despite the fact that they were not “popular” in the 1980s. I Want To Break Free was a big hit in the U.K. and several countries, but why wasn’t it a hit in the U.S.? American television channel MTV banned the video of the song because it features bandmembers dressed in drag, as a parody of the popular British soap opera Coronation Street. According to Brian May in a 2010 interview with National Public Radio, the video was understood as a lampoon in the U.K., but the U.S. audience didn’t get the soap-opera connection and probably interpreted the video as an affirmation of transvestism and Freddie Mercury’s sexual orientation.

 

In 1985, Queen performed at Live Aid, a benefit concert that raised funds for the people of Ethiopia during a devastating famine. The event was held simultaneously in London and in Philadelphia on July 13, 1985. Queen’s 21-minute performance is ranked among the greatest in rock history by various publications and music industry entities. The band’s six-song set includes abbreviated versions of Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Will Rock You, and We Are the Champions (but not Another One Bites the Dust!). Watch Queen’s full Live Aid performance here. The climax of the 2018 Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody depicts the Live Aid performance. Watch a side-by-side comparison of the actual Queen performance and the one in the film here.

 

Queen had many more hit songs that were not popular in the United States, including 1979’s Don’t Stop Me Now, 1980’s Play the Game, 1980’s Flash, 1986’s A Kind Of Magic, 1989’s I Want It All, 1991’s Innuendo, and 1995’s Heaven For Everyone, which was released four years after Freddie Mercury’s death but features vocals he had recorded in 1987.

 

Even though Queen’s popularity in the United States dwindled in the late-‘80s, the band sustained its popularity around the world. The renewal of Queen’s popularity in the U.S. began after Freddie Mercury’s death in 1991, prompted by the inclusion of Bohemian Rhapsody in the popular 1992 film Wayne’s World. Queen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2003, Queen became the first band to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Brian May and Roger Taylor toured the U.S. as Queen in 2005/2006 (with Paul Rodgers) and again in 2014 (with Adam Lambert). In 2018, Queen was presented a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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.

 

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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
Right Here Waiting Richard Marx
Back To Life Soul
Love Battlefield Pat Benatar
Take My Breath Away
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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Hey Nineteen Steely Dan
Hungry Like the Wolf Duran Duran
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