The 1980s was filled with vibrant colors, rebellion, self- expression, and music that can make anyone today feel nostalgic, even if they never lived through the era. Here are 10 amazing songs that came out in the 80s.
1) I’m Coming Out by Diana Ross (1980)
“I’m Coming Out” was and quite frankly still is one of the best party songs of all time! Today it is a very fitting anthem for many LGBTQ members. This song, which was released in 1980, was a fantastic way to set the theme of the era.
2) Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey (1981)
Exploration, doing whatever you must to make your dreams come true, and believing in yourself are all the things this song represents. The 80’s was a time of rebellion. It was a time that allowed people to forget what was considered “normal” and follow their own path. This is the song for dreamers and rebels alike.
3) Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper (1983)
Feminism in catchy tune attached is a great way to describe Cyndi Lauper’s smash hit of the 80s, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”. This song is the women’s upbeat battle cry of refusal to conform any longer. Colorful hair, short skirts and freedom of expression was the new and powerful wave for women around the world.
4) Like A Virgin by Madonna (1984)
Sexual expression, at least for women, is something that is to this day scoffed at and seen as extremely inappropriate, to say the least. Madonna threw the rule book out the window and paved the way for performers like Lady Gaga and Britney Spears. “Like A Virgin” was the definition of controversy at the time but much like Cyndi Lauper, Madonna encouraged women to refuse conformity.
5) Conga by Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine (1985)
Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine managed to make a song that will forever get people to dance. “Let the music move your feet” and that it does, without a doubt.
6) Push It by Salt N’ Pepa (1986)
The rapping, singing duo was famous for making songs that anyone could party to. “Push It” is aggressive and fun. It’s a song where the woman is in full control, “Yeah, you, come here give me a kiss! Better make it fast or else I’m gonna get pissed!”
7) Livin’ On a Prayer by Bon Jovi (1986)
Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On a Prayer” is one that almost all of us know the chorus to. But, this song is so much more than its memorable chorus. The song is one of few that actually tells a story. Give it another listen and hear how Bon Jovi wrote a love song like no other.
8) I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston (1987)
A song about dancing the loneliness away – Houston made a party hit that nearly everyone can relate to. There are plenty of distractions during the day but the worries start to arise once the sun goes down. This song is for anyone who’s felt the increasing urge to find “Somebody who loves them”.
9) Leave Me Alone by Michael Jackson (1987)
“So, Just Leave Me Alone!” This Michael Jackson’s song is a relatable mood that has been felt by us all at one point or another. The beat, the lyrics, and well, the fact that it’s sung by the King of Pop, are all reasons behind the success of this song.
10) Fast Car by Tracy Chapman (1988)
“Fast Car” is a bit like “Don’t Stop Believin’” when it comes to the message. This relaxing melody is about someone who just wants to get out of town and start a new life. Tracy Chapman’s voice can lull almost anyone as she tells the story of two people planning their escapes in this beautiful song.