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Ultimate Songs of 1985
These are some of the songs that we were dancing to, talking about, and singing along with in 1985.  They were released and/or hit the pop charts in that year.  While you will see many top hits, they are not all well known, and a few never even made a mark on the U.S. pop charts.

You may find the list helpful in reunion planning, trivia games, or simply for browsing.

Just click on the song title for lyrics and for a list of compilation albums on which the song appears.

You can also get a list of all Ultimate '80s Songs sorted by artist or by song title.


Mr. Mister/Broken Wings
REO Speedwagon/Can't Fight This Feeling
Wham!/Careless Whisper
Madonna/Crazy for You
Simple Minds/Don't You Forget About Me
Tears for Fears/Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Paul Young/Everytime You Go Away
Bryan Adams/Heaven
Foreigner/I Want To Know What Love Is
Dire Straits/Money for Nothing
Phil Collins/One More Night
Mike + the Mechanics/Silent Running
a-ha/Take On Me
Duran Duran/View to a Kill
Starship/We Built This City
Jack Wagner/All I Need
Kool & the Gang/Cherish
Phil Collins & Philip Bailey/Easy Lover
Asia/Heat of the Moment
Glenn Frey/You Belong to the City
Harold Faltermeyer/Axel F
Tears for Fears/Head Over Heels
Commodores/Night Shift
Murray Head/One Night in Bangkok
Honeydrippers/Sea of Love
Survivor/The Search Is Over
Don Henley/Boys of Summer
Sade/Smooth Operator
Bryan Adams/Summer of '69
Julian Lennon/Too Late for Goodbyes
Bruce Springsteen/I'm On Fire
Power Station/Some Like It Hot
Tina Turner/Private Dancer
Sting/Fortress Around Your Heart
'Til Tuesday/Voices Carry
Julian Lennon/Valotte
John Fogerty/Old Man Down the Road
Frankie Goes to Hollywood/Relax
David Lee Roth/Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody
Foreigner/That Was Yesterday
Band-Aid/Do They Know It's Christmas?
Jermaine Jackson/Do What You Do
Paul Hardcastle/19
Duran Duran/Save a Prayer
Howard Jones/Life in One Day
Hooters/And We Danced
General Public/Tenderness
John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band/Tender Years
John Fogerty/Centerfield
Talking Heads/And She Was
Dead Milkmen/Bitchin' Camaro
Oingo Boingo/Dead Man's Party
Thompson Twins/Hold Me Now
Madonna/Into the Groove
Dire Straits/Why Worry
ABC/Be Near Me
Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne/You're a Friend of Mine
Madonna/Material Girl
Heart/What About Love
Talking Heads/Stay Up Late
David Foster/Love Theme from St. Elmo's Fire
Jan Hammer/Miami Vice Theme
Depeche Mode/People Are People

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A 7-CD box set of 142 songs from the 1980s was released recently. Nearly 100 of the songs in "Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally)" are ones that we felt strongly enough about to put on this site. Another 15 songs are strong contenders to be added here. It even has all those songs you want that don't appear on the website (Mickey, Video Killed the Radio Star, Call Me, etc.) It's the most perfect eighties compilation CD that we've seen so far.


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