100 Best 80s SongsMatt Campbell

Best 1980s Music for Weddings

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These are the Best 80s Songs for Weddings to get people on the dance floor! As in previous years, the music defined what is happening in the world. War protest songs were common in the 40’s with World War II and again in the 70’s with the Vietnam War. This holds true for the Best 80s Songs also. With the beginning of music television in 1981, teens tuned-in on their TVs to watch music videos on MTV. Apropos to the start of MTV, the first video shown was Video Killed The Radio Star by the Buggles. Times of the Eighties were very prosperous in America. Therefore, many charity events/concerts took place like USA For Africa, Band Aid and Live Aid.

With the 1979 Disco Demolition Night at Cominskey Park in Chicago, there was a beginning of new music styles in the 80s. Born from the punk rock style music were New Wave and Synthpop. Bands such as the B52’s and Duran Duran can be categorized in the New Wave style music. Also coming from the 80s was many forms of rock and roll such as glam rock, heavy metal, and thrash metal. We commonly refer to many rock bands of the Best 80s Songs as hair bands. Bands such as Van Halen, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard were formidable 80s mega-rock stars. Run D.M.C also becomes the first rap group to have an album become certified gold.

The Best 80s Songs were known for many historical events. The Berlin Wall came down and many eastern countries wanted the freedom and “stuff” of western prosperous countries. Advertising companies created buzzwords for the 80s like yuppies and empty nesters. Western countries were all about consumption. Designer names and particular brand names became status symbols. Everyone was about themselves and greed. Teens’ technology improved from Atari to Nintendo and the creation of Super Mario Brothers video game. Hip hop blared on gettoblasters while kids enjoyed watching break dancing by their talented cohorts. Music was also very mobile in teen’s society with gettoblasters and the invention of the Walkman by Sony. The explosion of NASA’s space shuttle Challenger, the marriage of Prince Charles to Diana and Apple Computer releases the Macintosh all took place in the 80s.

Best 80s Songs teens were entertained at the movies with blockbuster hits such as ET – The Extra-Terrestrial, Indiana Jones, The Breakfast Club, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Comedy clubs became popular in the 80s and comedy on TV rose. TV comedy shows such as The Cosby Show, Roseanne and Saturday Night Live. Other popular TV shows included Dallas, Falcon Crest and Dynasty. Eighties teens were also fascinated by Cabbage Patch kids, Pac Man and the invention of the CD (compact disc). The CD outsells vinyl by 1988.

Our Top 5 Best 80s Songs for weddings are as follows: 1) Endless Love - Lionel Richie & Diana Ross, 2) Don’t Stop Believin’ - Journey, 3) Hot Hot Hot - Buster Poindexter, 4) Livin’ On A Prayer - Bon Jovi, 5) You And I - Eddie Rabbitt & Crystal Gayle.

a-Ha – Take On Me
AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long
Beastie Boys – Fight For Your Right
Berlin – Take My Breath Away
Billy Idol – Mony Mony
Billy Idol – White Wedding
Blondie – Call Me
Bobby Brown – My Prerogative
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Bow Wow Wow – I Want Candy
Bruce Springsteen – Born In The USA
Bryan Adams – Summer of ’69
Buster Poindexter – Hot Hot Hot
Cameo – Word Up!
Captain & Tennille – Do That To Me One More Time
Chris De Burgh – The Lady In Red
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Dead Or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me
Devo – Whip It
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out
Dolly Parton – 9 To 5
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Eddie Rabbitt – I Love A Rainy Night
Eddie Rabbitt & Crystal Gayle – You And I
Eddy Grant – Electric Avenue
Flock Of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)
Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax
Georgia Satellites – Keep Your Hands To Yourself
Go-Go’s – We Got The Beat
Great White – Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Hall & Oates – Maneater
Human League – Don’t You Want Me?
INXS – Need You Tonight
Irene Cara – Flashdance…What A Feeling
J. Geils Band – Centerfold
Joan Jett – I Love Rock ‘N Roll
John Cougar – Hurts So Good
John Mellencamp – Jack & Diane
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
Kenny Rogers – Lady
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton – Islands In The Stream
Kool & The Gang – Celebration
Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)
Lionel Richie – Hello
Lionel Richie & Diana Ross – Endless Love
Lipps Inc. – Funkytown
Madonna – Into the Groove
Madonna – Like A Virgin
Marcia Griffiths – Electric Boogie
Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing
Men At Work – Down Under
Michael Jackson – Beat It
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Michael Jackson – Rock With You
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Michael Sembello – Maniac
Modern English – I Melt With You
Naked Eyes – Always Something There To Remind Me
New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle
Paula Abdul – Straight Up
Prince – 1999
Prince – Kiss
Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters
Rick James – Super Freak
Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl
Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock – It Takes Two
Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love
Run DMC and Aerosmith – Walk This Way
Salt ‘N Pepa – Push It
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra
Stray Cats – Rock This Town
Technotronic – Pump Up the Jam
The B-52’s – Love Shack
The Bangles – Walk Like An Egyptian
The Fixx – One Thing Leads To Another
The Knack – My Sharona
The Pointer Sisters – Jump (For My Love)
The Police – Every Breath You Take
The Rolling Stones – Start Me Up
The Romantics – What I Like About You
The Spinners – Working My Way Back To You
The Tubes – She’s A Beauty
Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me with Science
Tommy Tutone – 867-5309
Tone-Loc – Wild Thing
Toni Basil – Mickey
Van Halen – Jump
Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Young MC – Bust A Move
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