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PostSubject: 80s Hits - Top 40 charts from 1980 - 1989   10.01.09 17:44

80s Hits - Top 40 charts from 1980 - 1989


The lists of 80s hit music are always controversial. This list is no different. Sourced from Billboard Magazine, these charts are only a reflection of how Billboard determined the popularity of singles in the 80s. Trying to construct a best seller chart was always extremely tricky. Rarely was it done by actual sales that the record companies have on their books. Instead a number of record stores were surveyed and this was statistically analysed to give an indication of the hit singles charts for a given period across the country.

Remember - the record companies rarely knew the real time sales of a song or album. The use of computer systems had not hit the retail sector, so there would be many months before the true sales were known. Then how would you work out the sales for a given week across all songs?

In the 80s, hit singles were far bigger sellers than today, by the middle of the decade many articles were doubting the future of singles. Even though the Internet was unknown at the time, singles sales were sliding throughout the decade.

Some other things to consider are that these are US charts, published by Billboard. It reflects an average across the US, not worldwide. For example, the hit music scene in the UK at the beginning of the 80s was completely different to the US. Also Billboard published their lists in late December, but typically the cut off point was late November to meet their print deadlines - so the sales don't reflect a calender year. Plus the charts are misleading in another way. A strong selling 80s hit in November-December of a year may not make it into either year as the sales would be split between the two years. One final point to keep in mind - hit songs that were popular in your home or on your radio station were not necessarily what everyone else listened to, so don't be too surprised at what appears here...

THIS INFO IS TAKEN FROM : http://www.eightyeightynine.com




80s Hits: Top 40 Chart List - 1980

1. Call Me - Blondie
2. Another Brick In The Wall - Pink Floyd
3. Magic - Olivia Newton-John
4. Rock With You - Michael Jackson
5. Do That To Me One More Time - Captain & Tennille
6. Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
7. Coming Up - Paul McCartney
8. Funkytown - Lipps Inc.
9. It's Still Rock And Roll To Me - Billy Joel
10. The Rose - Bette Midler
11. Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes
12. Cars - Gary Numan
13. Cruisin' - Smokey Robinson
14. Working My Way Back To You-Forgive Me Girl - Spinners
15. Lost In Love - Air Supply
16. Little Jeannie - Elton John
17. Ride Like The Wind - Cristopher Cross
18. Upside Down - Diana Ross
19. Please Don't Go - K.C. & The Sunshine Band
20. Babe - Styx
21. With You I'm Born Again - Billy Preston & Syreeta
22. Shining Star - Manhattans
23. Still - Commodores
24. Yes - I'm Ready - Teri De Sario With K.C.
25. Sexy Eyes - Dr. Hook
26. Steal Away - Robbie Dupree
27. Biggest Part Of Me - Ambrosia
28. This Is It - Kenny Loggins
29. Cupid-I've Loved You For A Long Time - Spinners
30. Let's Get Serious - Jermaine Jackson
31. Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer - Kenny Rogers & Kim Carnes
32. Sailing - Christopher Cross
33. Longer - Dan Fogelberg
34. Coward Of The County - Kenny Rogers
35. Ladies Night - Kool & The Gang
36. Take Your Time - S.O.S. Band
37. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) - Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer
38. Too Hot - Kool & The Gang
39. More Love - Kim Carnes
40. Pop Muzik - M


80s Hits: Top 40 Chart List - 1981

1. Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
2. Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
3. Lady - Kenny Rogers
4. (Just Like) Starting Over - John Lennon
5. Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
6. Celebration - Kool & The Gang
7. Kiss On My List - Daryl Hall & John Oates
8. I Love A Rainy Night - Eddie Rabbitt
9. 9 To 5 - Dolly Parton
10. Keep On Loving You - REO Speedwagon
11. Theme From "Greatest American Hero" - Joey Scarbury
12. Morning Train (Nine To Five) - Sheena Easton
13. Being With You - Smokey Robinson
14. Queen Of Hearts - Juice Newton
15. Rapture - Blondie
16. A Woman Needs Love - Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
17. The Tide Is High - Blondie
18. Just The Two Of Us - Grover Washington Jr.
19. Slow Hand - Pointer Sisters
20. I Love You - Climax Blues Band
21. Woman - John Lennon
22. Sukiyaki - A Taste Of Honey
23. The Winner Takes It All - Abba
24. Medley - Stars On 45
25. Angel Of The Morning - Juice Newton
26. Love On The Rocks - Neil Diamond
27. Every Woman In The World - Air Supply
28. The One That You Love - Air Supply
29. Guilty - Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb
30. The Best Of Times - Styx
31. Elvira - Oak Ridge Boys
32. Take It On The Run - REO Speedwagon
33. No Gettin' Over Me - Ronnie Milsap
34. Living Inside Myself - Gino Vannelli
35. Woman In Love - Barbra Streisand
36. Boy From New York City - Manhattan Transfer
37. Urgent - Foreigner
38. Passion - Rod Stewart
39. Lady (You Bring Me Up) - Commodores
40. Crying - Don Mclean


Top 40 Chart List - 1982

1. Physical - Olivia Newton-John
2. Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor
3. I Love Rock N' Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
4. Ebony And Ivory - Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
5. Centerfold - J. Geils Band
6. Don't You Want M - Human League
7. Jack And Diane - John Cougar
8. Hurts So Good - John Cougar
9. Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band
10. Hard To Say I'm Sorry - Chicago
11. Tainted Love - Soft Cell
12. Chariots Of Fire - Vangelis
13. Harden My Heart - Quarterflash
14. Rosanna - Toto
15. I Can't Go For That - Daryl Hall & John Oates
16. 867-5309 (Jenny) - Tommy Tutone
17. Key Largo - Bertie Higgins
18. You Should Hear How She Talks About You - Melissa Manchester
19. Waiting For A Girl Like You - Foreigner
20. Don't Talk To Strangers - Rick Springfield
21. The Sweetest Thing - Juice Newton
22. Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson
23. Shake It Up - Cars
24. Let It Whip - Dazz Band
25. We Got The Beat - Go-Go's
26. The Other Woman - Ray Parker Jr.
27. Turn Your Love Around - George Benson
28. Sweet Dreams - Air Supply
29. Only The Lonely - Motels
30. Who Can It Be Now? - Men At Work
31. Hold Me - Fleetwood Mac
32. Eye In The Sky - Alan Parsons Project
33. Let's Groove - Earth - Wind & Fire
34. Open Arms - Journey
35. Leader Of The Band - Dan Fogelberg
36. Leather And Lace - Stevie Nicks & Don Henley
37. Even The Nights Are Better - Air Supply
38. I've Never Been To Me - Charlene
39. '65 Love Affair - Paul Davis
40. Heat Of The Moment - Asia


Top 40 Chart List - 1983

1. Every Breath You Take - Police
2. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
3. Flashdance... What A Feelin - Irene Cara
4. Down Unde - Men At Work
5. Beat It - Michael Jackson
6. Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler
7. Maneater - Daryl Hall & John Oates
8. Baby Come To Me - Patti Austin & James Ingram
9. Maniac - Michael Sembello
10. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - Eurythmics
11. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Culture Club
12. You And I - Eddie Rabbitt & Crystal Gayle
13. Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
14. Shame On The Moon - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
15. She Works Hard For The Money - Donna Summer
16. Never Gonna Let You Go - Sergio Mendes
17. Hungry Like The Wolf - Duran Duran
18. Let's Dance - David Bowie
19. Twilight Zone - Golden Earring
20. I Know There's Something Going On - Frida
21. Jeopardy - Greg Kihn Band
22. Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
23. She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby
24. Africa - Toto
25. Little Red Corvette - Prince
26. Back On The Chain Gang - Pretenders
27. Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
28. Mr. Roboto - Styx
29. You Are - Lionel Richie
30. Der Kommissar - After The Fire
31. Puttin' On The Ritz - Taco
32. Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
33. (Keep Feeling) Fascination - Human League
34. Time (Clock Of The Heart) - Culture Club
35. The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
36. Mickey - Toni Basil
37. You Can't Hurry Love - Phil Collins
38. Separate Ways - Journey
39. One On One - Daryl Hall & John Oates
40. We've Got Tonight - Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton


Top 40 Chart List - 1984

1. When Doves Cry - Prince
2. What's Love Got To Do With It - Tina Turner
3. Say, Say, Say - Paul Mccartney And Michael Jackson
4. Footloose - Kenny Loggins
5. Against All Odds - Phil Collins
6. Jump - Van Halen
7. Hello - Lionel Richie
8. Owner Of A Lonely Heart - Yes
9. Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
10. Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
11. Missing You - John Waite
12. All Night Long - Lionel Richie
13. Let's Hear It For The Boy - Denise Williams
14. Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen
15. Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
16. The Reflex - Duran Duran
17. Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
18. Jump - The Pointer Sisters
19. Talking In Your Sleep - The Romantics
20. Self Control - Laura Branigan
21. Let's Go Crazy - Prince And The Revolution
22. Say It Isn't So - Daryl Hall And John Oates
23. Hold Me Now - The Thompson Twins
24. Joanna - Kool And The Gang
25. I Just Called To Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
26. Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell
27. Break My Stride - Matthew Wilder
28. 99 Luftballons - Nena
29. I Can Dream About You - Dan Hartman
30. The Glamorous Life - Sheila E.
31. Oh Sherry - Steve Perry
32. Stuck On You - Lionel Richie
33. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues - Elton John
34. She Bop - Cyndi Lauper
35. Borderline - Madonna
36. Sunglasses At Night - Corey Hart
37. Eyes Without A Face - Billy Idol
38. Here Comes The Rain Again - The Eurythmics
39. Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
40. Sister Christian - Night Ranger


Top 40 Chart List - 1985

1. Careless Whisper - Wham! Featuring George Michael
2. Like A Virgin - Madonna
3. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!
4. I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
5. I Feel For You - Chaka Khan
6. Out Of Touch - Daryl Hall And John Oates
7. Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears
8. Money For Nothing - Dire Straits
9. Crazy For You - Madonna
10. Take On Me - A-Ha
11. Everytime You Go Away - Paul Young
12. Easy Lover - Philip Bailey With Phil Collins
13. Can't Fight This Feeling - Reo Speedwagon
14. We Built This City - Starship
15. The Power Of Love - Huey Lewis And The News
16. Don't You - Simple Minds
17. Cherish - Kool And The Gang
18. St. Elmo's Fire - John Parr
19. The Heat Is On - Glenn Frey
20. We Are The World - Usa For Africa
21. Shout - Tears For Fears
22. Part-Time Lover - Stevie Wonder
23. Saving All My Love For You - Whitney Houston
24. Heaven - Bryan Adams
25. Everything She Wants - Wham!
26. Cool It Now - New Edition
27. Miami Vice Theme - Jan Hammer
28. Lover Boy - Billy Ocean
29. Lover Girl - Teena Marie
30. You Belong To The City - Glenn Frey
31. Oh Sheila - Ready For The World
32. Rhythm Of The Night - Debarge
33. One More Night - Phil Collins
34. Sea Of Love - The Honeydrippers
35. A View To A Kill - Duran Duran
36. The Wild Boys - Duran Duran
37. You're The Inspiration – Chicago
38. Neutron Dance - The Pointer Sisters
39. We Belong - Pat Benatar
40. Nightshift - The Commodores
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PostSubject: Re: 80s Hits - Top 40 charts from 1980 - 1989   10.01.09 17:45

Top 40 Chart List - 1986

1. That's What Friends Are For - Dionne & Friends
2. Say You - Say Me - Lionel Richie
3. I Miss You - Klymaxx
4. On My Own - Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald
5. Broken Wings - Mr. Mister
6. How Will I Know - Whitney Houston
7. Party All The Time - Eddie Murphy
8. Burning Heart - Survivor
9. Kyrie - Mr. Mister
10. Addicted To Love - Robert Palmer
11. Greatest Love Of All - Whitney Houston
12. Secret Lovers - Atlantic Starr
13. Friends And Lovers - Carl Anderson & Gloria Loring
14. Glory Of Love - Peter Cetera
15. West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
16. There'll Be Sad Songs - Billy Ocean
17. Alive And Kicking - Simple Minds
18. Never - Heart
19. Kiss - Prince & The Revolution
20. Higher Love - Steve Winwood
21. Stuck With You - Huey Lewis & The News
22. Holding Back The Years - Simply Red
23. Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
24. Sara - Starship
25. Human - Human League
26. I Can't Wait - Nu Shooz
27. Take My Breath Away - Berlin
28. Rock Me Amadeus - Falco
29. Papa Don't Preach - Madonna
30. You Give Love A Bad Name - Bon Jovi
31. When The Going Gets Tough - Billy Ocean
32. When I Think Of You - Janet Jackson
33. These Dreams - Heart
34. Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone) - Glass Tiger
35. Live To Tell - Madonna
36. Mad About You - Belinda Carlisle
37. Something About You - Level 42
38. Venus - Bananarama
39. Dancing On The Ceiling - Lionel Richie
40. Conga - Miami Sound Machine

Top 40 Chart List - 1987

1. Walk Like An Egyptian - Bangles
2. Alone - Heart
3. Shake You Down - Gregory Abbott
4. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston
5. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship
6. C'est La Vie - Robbie Nevil
7. Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
8. The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby & The Range
9. Shakedown - Bob Seger
10. Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
11. La Bamba - Los Lobos
12. Everybody Have Fun Tonight - Wang Chung
13. Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House
14. Always - Atlantic Starr
15. With Or Without You - U2
16. Looking For A New Love - Jody Watley
17. Head To Toe - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
18. I Think We're Alone Now - Tiffany
19. Mony Mony - Billy Idol
20. At This Moment - Billy Vera & The Beaters
21. The Lady In Red - Chris De Burgh
22. Didn't We Almost Have It All - Whitney Houston
23. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
24. I Want Your *** - George Michael
25. Notorious - Duran Duran
26. Only In My Dreams - Debbie Gibson
27. (I've Had) The Time Of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
28. The Next Time I Fall - Peter Cetera & Amy Grant
29. Lean On Me - Club Nouveau
30. Open Your Heart - Madonna
31. Lost In Emotion - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
32. (I Just) Died In Your Arms - Cutting Crew
33. Heart And Soul - T'pau
34. You Keep Me Hangin' On - Kim Wilde
35. Keep Your Hands To Yourself - Georgia Satellites
36. I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) - Aretha Franklin & George Michael
37. Control - Janet Jackson
38. Somewhere Out There - Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
39. U Got The Look - Prince
40. Land Of Confusion - Genesis


Top 40 Chart List - 1988

1. Faith - George Michael
2. Need You Tonight - INXS
3. Got My Mind Set On You - George Harrison
4. Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
5. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
6. So Emotional - Whitney Houston
7. Heaven Is A Place On Earth - Belinda Carlisle
8. Could've Been - Tiffany
9. Hands To Heaven - Breathe
10. Roll With It - Steve Winwood
11. One More Try - George Michael
12. Wishing Well - Terence Trent d'Arby
13. Anything For You - Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
14. The Flame - Cheap Trick
15. Get Outta My Dreams - Get Into My Car - Billy Ocean
16. Seasons Change - Expose
17. Is This Love - Whitesnake
18. Wild - Wild West - Escape Club
19. Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
20. I'll Always Love You - Taylor Dayne
21. Man In The Mirror - Michael Jackson
22. Shake Your Love - Debbie Gibson
23. Simply Irresistible - Robert Palmer
24. Hold On To The Nights - Richard Marx
25. Hungry Eyes - Eric Carnen
26. Shattered Dreams - Johnny Hates Jazz
27. Father Figure - George Michael
28. Naught Girls (Need Love Too) - Samantha Fox
29. A Groovy Kind Of Love - Phil Collins
30. Love Bites - Def Leppard
31. Endless Summer Nights - Richard Marx
32. Foolish Beat - Debbie Gibson
33. Where Do Broken Hearts Go - Whitney Houston
34. Angel - Aerosmith
35. Hazy Shade Of Winter - Bangles
36. The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
37. Don't Worry - Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
38. Make Me Lose Control - Eric Carnen
39. Red Red Wine - UB40
40. She's Like The Wind - Patric Swayze


Top 40 Chart List - 1989

1. Look Away - Chicago
2. My Prerogative - Bobby Brown
3. Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
4. Straight Up - Paula Abdul
5. Miss You Much - Janet Jackson
6. Cold Hearted - Paula Abdul
7. Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
8. Girl You Know Its True - Milli Vanilli
9. Baby - I Love Your Way-Freebird - Will To Power
10. Giving You The Best That I Got - Anita Baker
11. Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
12. Waiting For A Star To Fall - Boy Meets Girl
13. Lost In Your Eyes - Debbie Gibson
14. Don't Wanna Lose You - Gloria Estefan
15. Heavan - Warrant
16. Girl I'm Gonna Miss You - Milli Vanilli
17. The Look - Roxette
18. She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals
19. On Our Own - Bobby Brown
20. Two Hearts - Phil Collins
21. Blame It On The Rain - Milli Vanilli
22. Listen To Your Heart - Roxette
23. I'll Be There For You - Bon Jovi
24. If You Don't Know Be By Now - Simply Red
25. Like A Prayer - Madonna
26. I'll Be Loving You (Forever) - New Kids On The Block
27. How Can I Fall? - Breathe
28. Baby Don't Forget My Number - Milli Vanilli
29. Toy Solider - Martika
30. Forever Your Girl. - Paula Abdul
31. The Living Years - Mike & The Mechanics
32. Eternal Flame - The Bangles
33. Wild Thing - Tone Loc
34. When I See You Smile - Bad English
35. If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher
36. Buffalo Stance - Neneh Cherry
37. When I'm With You - Sheriff
38. Don't Rush Me - Taylor Dayne
39. Born To Be My Baby - Bon Jovi
40. Good Thing - Fine Young Cannibals
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