The 100 Greatest Songs of the 1980’s – The Playlist

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Here’s the full rundown.

100. AC/DC – Back In Black

99. Gary Byrd & The GB Experience – The Crown

98. The Monochrome Set – Jetset Junta

97. The Fall – Cruiser’s Creek

96. Stakker Humanoid – Humanoid

95. The Gun Club – She’s Like Heroin To Me

94. Minor Threat – Straight Edge

93. Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

92. De La Soul – Me, Myself & I

91. The Church – Under The Milky Way Tonight

90. Wall of Voodoo – Mexican Radio

89. Change – Change of Heart

88. The Beat – Mirror In The Bathroom

87. Visage – Fade To Grey

86. Icehouse – Hey Little Girl

85. Sueño Latino – Sueño Latino

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83. Grace Jones – Slave To The Rhythm

82. Black Flag – Six Pack

81. Thomas Dolby – Airwaves

80. Marshall Crenshaw – Someday, Someway

79. Lil Louis – French Kiss

78. Finitribe – De Testimony

77. Echo & The Bunnymen – The Cutter

76. Belouis Some – Imagination

75. Cabaret Voltaire – The Crackdown

74. Boogie Down Productions – The Bridge Is Over

73. Motorhead – Ace of Spades

72. Tom Tom Club – Genius of Love

71. Soft Cell – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

70. Japan – Ghosts

69. Primal Scream – Velocity Girl

68. Fine Young Cannibals – Funny How Love Is

67. Joe Smooth – Promised Land

66. EPMD – Strictly Business

65. Celtic Frost – Into The Crypts of Rays

64. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message

63. Fugazi – Waiting Room

62. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Geno

61. Robert Wyatt – Shipbuilding

60. NWA – Straight Outta Compton

59. Guns N’ Roses – Welcome To The Jungle

58. U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday

57. A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray

56. Dinosaur Jr. – Freakscene

55. The Sugarcubes – Birthday

54. The Stranglers – Golden Brown

53. Big Black – Bad Penny

52. Don Henley – The Boys of Summer

51. M/A/R/R/S – Pump Up The Volume

50. Big Audio Dynamite – e=MC2

49. Kraftwerk – Tour De France

48. Slayer – Raining Blood

47. The Go-Betweens – Streets of Your Town

46. The Specials – Ghost Town

45. The Wedding Present – My Favourite Dress

44. Rhythim is Rhythim – Strings of Life

43. The Pixies – Monkey Gone To Heaven

42. 808 State – Pacific State

41. Orange Juice – Rip It Up

40. R.E.M – It’s The End of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

39. Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)

38. Prince – Sign O’ The Times

37. Big Country – Where The Rose Is Sown

36. China Crisis – African And White

35. Eric B & Rakin – I Know You Got Soul

34. XTC – Senses Working Overtime

33. Chris Isaak – Wicked Game

32. The Clash – Straight To Hell

31. Hüsker Dü – Don’t Want to Know If You Are Lonely

30. Gang of Four – I Love A Man In A Uniform

29. Electronic – Getting Away With It

28. The Cramps – Fever

27. Scritti Politti – Absolute

26. Talk Talk – Life’s What You Make It

25. Pet Shop Boys – King’s Cross

24. ABC – Poison Arrow

23. Soul II Soul ft. Caron Weaver – Back to Life

22. The Jesus & Mary Chain – Never Understand

21. David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes

20. Metallica – Seek & Destroy

19. Happy Mondays – Wrote For Luck

18. The Human League – Love Action (I Believe in Love)

17. Madonna – Into The Groove

16. Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Perfect Skin

15. Joy Division – Isolation

14. This Mortal Coil – Song To The Siren

13. The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary

12. The Associates – Party Fears Two

11. Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)

10. Talking Heads – The Great Curve

9. The Cure – A Forest

8. Aztec Camera – Oblivious

7. Public Enemy – Fight The Power

6. New Order – Thieves Like Us

5. The Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection

4. The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

3. Prefab Sprout – Bonny

2. The the – Uncertain Smile

  1. The Blue Nile – Tinseltown In The Rain

The Voice Of Unreason

Over the year the list will be regularly updated. Find it without the blurb here.

Or read on…

For all the nineteen eighties have been misrepresented, misunderstood and subsequently mined for profit, at least one aspect of the decade will always remain indisputable; during the most artistically diverse period in the history of the art form, if you didn’t like something you could rest assured that a new sound would be along at any minute.

The former executives at MTV might have you believe that this was somehow partially down to their evangelisation, but much of the era’s best music grew in the weeds, in fire hazard clubs or dingy recording studios. Of course drugs played a part – the pre-eminence of cocaine and ecstacy shaping the music their users made – but in reality the establishment became reflectors, not taste makers, as dozens of new underground scenes from…

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