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15 ‘80s Songs That Will Get You Into the Spring of Things

When we think about the ‘80s, we think of the big hair, heavy eyeliner and loud, crazy outfits. We’ve all sung “Africa” by Toto, “Take on Me” by A-ha and yes, “Don’t Stop Believing" by Journey.  These timeless ‘80s classics were present during our parent’s generation as well as ours. Whether we’re out and about at a club or listening to the car radio, to our generation these songs are iconic classics that represent ‘80s music as a whole. From the meaningful lyrics to the amazing mix of melodies and beats, the ‘80s were amazing years for the music industry.

Songs like “Ebony and Ivory” written by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder represent the social injustices that exist in the world and songs like “Faithfully” by Journey narrates the hardships of being a successful artist while wanting to be present with your loved ones. Each one of these songs has not only meaning behind them but tons of history as well.

I bestow to all the Her Campus readers my list of ‘80s favorites, my goal being either that nostalgic memories of singing these songs in the car with your parents will make you reminiscent or introduce you a whole new world of music you have yet to discover.  The list starts off from slow melodic songs to songs that you can turn up in the car and scream at the top of your lungs to—Foreigner, Journey, David Bowie and many more. Enjoy!

Number 1 Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder


Number 2 Faithfully - Journey


Number 3 Drive - The Cars



Number 4 Is This Love – White Snake


Number 5 I Want to Know What Love Is – Foreigner


Number 6 Kokomo – The Beach Boys


Number 7 High Enough - Damn Yankees


Number 8 Let’s Dance – Davie Bowie


Number 9 I Want to Break Free – Queen


Number 10 Jessie’s Girl - Rick Springfield


Number 11 We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel


Number 12 Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen


Number 13 Take Me Home Tonight- Eddie Money


Number 14 Hold the Line – Toto


Number 15 Burning Down the House – Talking Heads


If you enjoyed this list and want to listen to more songs made in the ‘80s decades, I highly recommend exploring this era. Be sure to check out this playlist with over 300 songs from the ‘80s made by a fellow music connoisseur.




Majoring in Italian and Business with a French minor, Maria hopes to combine both her love for European culture and her public relations skills to kill it in the business world. When she's not falling in love with her latest romance novel or trying to learn her 6th language; you can find her snuggled up with her cat Figaro or her Pug Rudolf watching a Disney classic. Whether it's fashion, food, music, or current events; you can catch her enjoying every moment that life brings her.
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