10 Best ’80s Rock Songs

The 1980's were the decade that produced the ten best 80's rock songs of all time. From hair bands to the newest invasion from Britain, the 1980's released some of the most iconic songs ever heard. It was an era never to  be repeated and people still love listening to the songs to this day. Newer generations are developing a love for the music and the hair bands live on. From guitar solos to the introduction of a synthesizer, the best rock songs of the 80's are forever in our minds and on vinyl.

  1. "Dr. Feelgood" Motley Crue's 1989 rock song hit all the right notes with lead singer Vince Neil's vocals and Nikki Sixx's bass guitar. The band triumphed with this top 80's rock song with many more to follow.
  2. "Janie's Got a Gun" Aerosmith's lead singer Steven Tyler wrote this song to recognize a young girl's feelings towards her father's sexual abuse. Some song lyrics were changed to make it the radio. Regardless of the topic of the song, it hit big on the Billboard in 1989 going down as one of the era's top 80's rock songs.
  3. "You Shook Me All Night Long" This monumental song came off of AC/DC's most successful album (Back In Black, 1980) and soon became an anthem for all young adults and teenagers alike. The song has won a spot in many 1980's countdown and is known as one of the top rock songs of the 1980's. 
  4. "Living On A Prayer" The song has a quirky introduction but was made popular in 1986 when Bon Jovi released its "Slippery When Wet" album. The song's video hit it big on MTV and was made popular in both the rock and pop music genres.
  5. "Welcome to the Jungle" Released in 1987, on Guns N' Roses debut album, the song helped the band hit pay dirt and lead them to be known as one of the best hair bands during the 1980's. The song was co-written by band members Axl Rose and Slash and has found its place in the top rock songs of the 80's.
  6. "Sweet Child O' Mine" This was the third single off Guns N Roses' debut album. The song came about when guitarist, Slash, played the music riff as a joke during a practice session.
  7. "Jump" This song was the only Van Halen song to hit Number One and came off of their 1984 album released the same year. The rock song broke barriers when it became known for the introduction of the synthesizer. Many rock fans were awestruck, either in appreciation or dismay, over the new music sound.
  8. "Pour Some Sugar On Me" The British Band Def Leppard exploded on the U.S. rock music scene in 1987 with their "Pour Some Sugar On Me", a sexy lyrical rock song with more sexual innuendoes than imaginable.
  9. "Here I Go Again" For Whitesnake, the 1987 release of Here I go Again set their careers on fire in the rock genre. The hair band hit Number One with this single and actress and model Tawny Kitaen's dance appearance in the video made young boys across the nation appreciate not only Jaguar hoods but long flowing dresses.
  10. "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" This song gives rock's power ballads their justice. In 1988, Poison's most powerful and signature songs stayed at Number One for three weeks over the holidays giving Poison their due recognition. The song caused controversy within the band and was almost not released due to conflict. Luckily for all 80's rock band fans, Poison released the hit and soon their career skyrocketed.