The Top 100 U.S. Hit Singles Of The 1980s

The Top 100 U.S. Hit Singles Of The 1980s

Here it is…The list of the Top 100 U.S. Hit Singles of The 1980s. The single of the year is highlighted in red.

Note that a song released near the end of one year can qualify for the single of the next year if it charted well enough.

1980

Reached number one

Artist(s)

Single

Weeks at
number one

01/05/80

KC and the Sunshine Band

“Please Don’t Go”

1

01/19/80

Michael Jackson

“Rock with You”

4

02/16/80

Captain & Tennille

“Do That to Me One More Time”

1

02/23/80

Queen

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

4

03/22/80

Pink Floyd

“Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)”

4

04/19/80

Blondie

“Call Me”♪ (1980)

6

05/31/80

Lipps, Inc.

“Funkytown”

4

06/28/80

Paul McCartney

“Coming Up (Live at Glasgow)”

3

07/19/80

Billy Joel

“It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me”

2

08/02/80

Olivia Newton-John

“Magic”

4

08/30/80

Christopher Cross

“Sailing”

1

09/06/80

Diana Ross

“Upside Down”

4

10/04/80

Queen

“Another One Bites the Dust”

3

10/25/80

Barbra Streisand

“Woman in Love”

3

11/15/80

Kenny Rogers

“Lady”

6

12/27/80

John Lennon

“(Just Like) Starting Over”

5

1981

Reached number one

Artist(s)

Single

Weeks at
number one

01/31/81

Blondie

“The Tide Is High”

1

02/07/81

Kool & the Gang

“Celebration”

2

02/21/81

Dolly Parton

“9 to 5”

2

02/28/81

Eddie Rabbitt

“I Love a Rainy Night”

2

03/21/81

REO Speedwagon

“Keep On Loving You”

1

03/28/81

Blondie

“Rapture”

2

04/11/81

Daryl Hall and John Oates

“Kiss on My List”

3

05/02/81

Sheena Easton

“Morning Train (Nine to Five)”

2

05/16/81

Kim Carnes

“Bette Davis Eyes”♪ (1981)

9

06/20/81

Stars on 45

“Stars on 45”

1

07/25/81

Air Supply

“The One That You Love”

1

08/01/81

Rick Springfield

“Jessie’s Girl”

2

08/15/81

Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

“Endless Love”

9

10/17/81

Christopher Cross

“Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)”

3

11/07/81

Daryl Hall and John Oates

“Private Eyes”

2

11/21/81

Olivia Newton-John

“Physical”♪ (1982)

10

1982

Reached number one

Artist(s)

Single

Weeks at
number one

01/30/82

Daryl Hall and John Oates

“I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)”

1

02/06/82

The J. Geils Band

“Centerfold”

6

03/20/82

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

“I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”

7

05/08/82

Vangelis

“Chariots of Fire”

1

05/15/82

Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder

“Ebony and Ivory”

7

07/03/82

The Human League

“Don’t You Want Me”

3

07/24/82

Survivor

“Eye of the Tiger”

6

09/04/82

Steve Miller Band

“Abracadabra”

2

09/11/82

Chicago

“Hard to Say I’m Sorry”

2

10/02/82

John Mellencamp

“Jack and Diane”

4

10/30/82

Men at Work

“Who Can It Be Now”

1

11/06/82

Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

“Up Where We Belong”

3

11/27/82

Lionel Richie

“Truly”

2

12/11/82

Toni Basil

“Mickey”

1

12/18/82

Daryl Hall and John Oates

“Maneater”

4

1983

Reached number one

Artist(s)

Single

Weeks at
number one

01/15/83

Men at Work

“Down Under”

4

02/05/83

Toto

“Africa”

1

02/19/83

Patti Austin and James Ingram

“Baby, Come to Me”

2

03/05/83

Michael Jackson

“Billie Jean”

7

04/23/83

Dexys Midnight Runners

“Come On Eileen”

1

04/30/83

Michael Jackson

“Beat It”

3

05/21/83

David Bowie

“Let’s Dance”

1

05/28/83

Irene Cara

“Flashdance… What a Feeling”

6

07/09/83

The Police

“Every Breath You Take”♪ (1983)

8

09/03/83

Eurythmics

“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”

1

09/10/83

Michael Sembello

“Maniac”

2

09/24/83

Billy Joel

“Tell Her About It”

1

10/01/83

Bonnie Tyler

“Total Eclipse of the Heart”

4

10/29/83

Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton

“Islands in the Stream”

2

11/12/83

Lionel Richie

“All Night Long (All Night)”

4

12/10/83

Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson

“Say, Say, Say”

6

1984

Reached number one

Artist(s)

Single

Weeks at
number one

01/21/84

Yes

“Owner of a Lonely Heart”

2

02/04/84

Culture Club

“Karma Chameleon”

3

02/25/84

Van Halen

“Jump”

5

03/31/84

Kenny Loggins

“Footloose”

3

04/21/84

Phil Collins

“Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)”

3

05/12/84

Lionel Richie

“Hello”

2

05/26/84

Deniece Williams

“Let’s Hear It for the Boy”

2

06/09/84

Cyndi Lauper

“Time After Time”

2

06/23/84

Duran Duran

“The Reflex”

2

07/07/84

Prince

“When Doves Cry”♪ (1984)

5

08/11/84

Ray Parker, Jr.

“Ghostbusters”

3

09/01/84

Tina Turner

“What’s Love Got to Do with It”

3

09/22/84

John Waite

“Missing You”

1

09/29/84

Prince and The Revolution

“Let’s Go Crazy”

2

10/13/84

Stevie Wonder

“I Just Called to Say I Love You”

3

11/03/84

Billy Ocean

“Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)”

2

11/17/84

Wham!

“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”

3

12/08/84

Daryl Hall and John Oates

“Out of Touch”

2

12/22/84

Madonna

“Like a Virgin”

6

1985

Reached number one

Artist(s)

Single

Weeks at
number one

02/02/85

Foreigner

“I Want to Know What Love Is”

2

02/16/85

Wham! featuring George Michael

“Careless Whisper”♪ (1985)

3

03/09/85

REO Speedwagon

“Can’t Fight This Feeling”

3

03/30/85

Phil Collins

“One More Night”

2

04/13/85

USA for Africa

“We Are the World”

4

05/11/85

Madonna

“Crazy for You”

1

05/18/85

Simple Minds

“Don’t You (Forget About Me)”

1

05/25/85

Wham!

“Everything She Wants”

2

06/08/85

Tears for Fears

“Everybody Wants to Rule the World”

2

06/22/85

Bryan Adams

“Heaven”

2

07/06/85

Phil Collins

“Sussudio”

1

07/13/85

Duran Duran

“A View to a Kill”

2

07/27/85

Paul Young

“Everytime You Go Away”

1

08/03/85

Tears for Fears

“Shout”

3

08/24/85

Huey Lewis and the News

“The Power of Love”

2

09/07/85

John Parr

“St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)”

2

09/21/85

Dire Straits

“Money for Nothing”

3

10/12/85

Ready for the World

“Oh Sheila”

1

10/19/85

a-ha

“Take On Me”

1

10/26/85

Whitney Houston

“Saving All My Love for You”

1

11/02/85

Stevie Wonder

“Part-Time Lover”

1

11/09/85

Jan Hammer

“Miami Vice Theme”

1

11/16/85

Starship

“We Built This City”

2

11/30/85

Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin

“Separate Lives”

1

12/07/85

Mr. Mister

“Broken Wings”

2

12/21/85

Lionel Richie

“Say You, Say Me”

4

1986

Reached number one

Artist(s)

Single

Weeks at
number one

01/18/86

Dionne Warwick

“That’s What Friends Are For”♪ (1986)

4

02/15/86

Whitney Houston

“How Will I Know”

2

03/01/86

Mr. Mister

“Kyrie”

2

03/15/86

Starship

“Sara”

1

03/22/86

Heart

“These Dreams”

1

03/29/86

Falco

“Rock Me Amadeus”

3

04/19/86

Prince and the Revolution

“Kiss”

2

05/03/86

Robert Palmer

“Addicted to Love”

1

05/10/86

Pet Shop Boys

“West End Girls”

1

05/17/86

Whitney Houston

“Greatest Love of All”

3

06/07/86

Madonna

“Live to Tell”

1

06/14/86

Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald

“On My Own”

3

07/05/86

Billy Ocean

“There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)”

1

07/12/86

Simply Red

“Holding Back the Years”

1

07/19/86

Genesis

“Invisible Touch”

1

07/26/86

Peter Gabriel

“Sledgehammer”

1

08/02/86

Peter Cetera

“Glory of Love”

2

08/16/86

Madonna

“Papa Don’t Preach”

2

08/30/86

Steve Winwood

“Higher Love”

1

09/06/86

Bananarama

“Venus”

1

09/13/86

Berlin

“Take My Breath Away”

1

09/20/86

Huey Lewis and the News

“Stuck with You”

3

10/11/86

Janet Jackson

“When I Think of You”

2

10/25/86

Cyndi Lauper

“True Colors”

2

11/08/86

Boston

“Amanda”

2

11/22/86

Human League

“Human”

1

11/29/86

Bon Jovi

“You Give Love a Bad Name”

1

12/06/86

Peter Cetera and Amy Grant

“The Next Time I Fall”

1

12/13/86

Bruce Hornsby & the Range

“The Way It Is”

1

12/20/86

The Bangles

“Walk Like an Egyptian”♪ (1987)

4

1987

Reached number one

Artist(s)

Single

Weeks at
number one

01/17/87

Gregory Abbott

“Shake You Down”

1

01/24/87

Billy Vera and the Beaters

“At This Moment”

2

02/07/87

Madonna

“Open Your Heart”

1

02/14/87

Bon Jovi

“Livin’ on a Prayer”

4

03/14/87

Huey Lewis and the News

“Jacob’s Ladder”

1

03/21/87

Club Nouveau

“Lean on Me”

2

04/04/87

Starship

“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”

2

04/18/87

Aretha Franklin and George Michael

“I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)”

2

05/02/87

Cutting Crew

“(I Just) Died in Your Arms”

2

05/16/87

U2

“With or Without You”

3

06/06/87

Kim Wilde

“You Keep Me Hangin’ On”

1

06/13/87

Atlantic Starr

“Always”

1

06/20/87

Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam

“Head to Toe”

1

06/27/87

Whitney Houston

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”

2

07/11/87

Heart

“Alone”

3

08/01/87

Bob Seger

“Shakedown”

1

08/08/87

U2

“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”

2

08/22/87

Madonna

“Who’s That Girl”

1

08/29/87

Los Lobos

“La Bamba”

3

09/19/87

Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett

“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”

1

09/26/87

Whitney Houston

“Didn’t We Almost Have It All”

2

10/10/87

Whitesnake

“Here I Go Again”

1

10/17/87

Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam

“Lost in Emotion”

1

10/24/87

Michael Jackson

“Bad”

2

11/07/87

Tiffany

“I Think We’re Alone Now”

2

11/21/87

Billy Idol

“Mony Mony”

1

11/28/87

Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”

1

12/05/87

Belinda Carlisle

“Heaven Is a Place on Earth”

1

12/12/87

George Michael

“Faith”♪ (1988)

4

1988

Reached number one

Artist(s)

Single

Weeks at
number one

01/09/88

Whitney Houston

“So Emotional”

1

01/16/88

George Harrison

“Got My Mind Set on You”

1

01/23/88

Michael Jackson

“The Way You Make Me Feel”

1

01/30/88

INXS

“Need You Tonight”

1

02/06/88

Tiffany

“Could’ve Been”

2

02/20/88

Exposé

“Seasons Change”

1

02/27/88

George Michael

“Father Figure”

2

03/12/88

Rick Astley

“Never Gonna Give You Up”

2

03/26/88

Michael Jackson

“Man in the Mirror”

2

04/09/88

Billy Ocean

“Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car”

2

04/23/88

Whitney Houston

“Where Do Broken Hearts Go”

2

05/07/88

Terence Trent D’Arby

“Wishing Well”

1

05/14/88

Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine

“Anything for You”

2

05/28/88

George Michael

“One More Try”

3

06/18/88

Rick Astley

“Together Forever”

1

06/25/88

Debbie Gibson

“Foolish Beat”

1

07/02/88

Michael Jackson

“Dirty Diana”

1

07/09/88

Cheap Trick

“The Flame”

2

07/23/88

Richard Marx

“Hold On to the Nights”

1

07/30/88

Steve Winwood

“Roll with It”

4

08/27/88

George Michael

“Monkey”

2

09/10/88

Guns N’ Roses

“Sweet Child o’ Mine”

2

09/24/88

Bobby McFerrin

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

2

10/08/88

Def Leppard

“Love Bites”

1

10/15/88

UB40

“Red Red Wine”

1

10/22/88

Phil Collins

“A Groovy Kind of Love”

2

11/05/88

The Beach Boys

“Kokomo”

1

11/12/88

The Escape Club

“Wild, Wild West”

1

11/19/88

Bon Jovi

“Bad Medicine”

2

12/03/88

Will to Power

“Baby, I Love Your Way / Freebird Medley (Free Baby)”

1

12/10/88

Chicago

“Look Away”♪ (1989)

2

12/24/88

Poison

“Every Rose Has Its Thorn”

3

1989

Reached number one

Artist(s)

Single

Weeks at
number one

01/14/89

Bobby Brown

“My Prerogative”

1

01/21/89

Phil Collins

“Two Hearts”

2

02/04/89

Sheriff

“When I’m with You”

1

02/11/89

Paula Abdul

“Straight Up”

3

03/04/89

Debbie Gibson

“Lost in Your Eyes”

3

03/25/89

Mike + The Mechanics

“The Living Years”

1

04/01/89

The Bangles

“Eternal Flame”

1

04/08/89

Roxette

“The Look”

1

04/15/89

Fine Young Cannibals

“She Drives Me Crazy”

1

04/22/89

Madonna

“Like a Prayer”

3

05/13/89

Bon Jovi

“I’ll Be There for You”

1

05/20/89

Paula Abdul

“Forever Your Girl”

2

06/03/89

Michael Damian

“Rock On”

1

06/10/89

Bette Midler

“Wind Beneath My Wings”

1

06/17/89

New Kids on the Block

“I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)”

1

06/24/89

Richard Marx

“Satisfied”

1

07/01/89

Milli Vanilli

“Baby Don’t Forget My Number”

1

07/08/89

Fine Young Cannibals

“Good Thing”

1

07/15/89

Simply Red

“If You Don’t Know Me by Now”

1

07/22/89

Martika

“Toy Soldiers”

2

08/05/89

Prince

“Batdance”

1

08/12/89

Richard Marx

“Right Here Waiting”

3

09/02/89

Paula Abdul

“Cold Hearted”

1

09/09/89

New Kids on the Block

“Hangin’ Tough”

1

09/16/89

Gloria Estefan

“Don’t Wanna Lose You”

1

09/23/89

Milli Vanilli

“Girl I’m Gonna Miss You”

2

10/07/89

Janet Jackson

“Miss You Much”

4

11/04/89

Roxette

“Listen to Your Heart”

1

11/11/89

Bad English

“When I See You Smile”

2

11/25/89

Milli Vanilli

“Blame It on the Rain”

2

12/09/89

Billy Joel

“We Didn’t Start the Fire”

2

12/23/89

Phil Collins

“Another Day in Paradise”

4

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