Best Rock Anthems Of The 80’s

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The best rock anthems of the 80s still reverberate in the minds of a lot of people who grew up during that time. What’s even better is that people born decades later have taken to appreciating the music from this decade.

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I Want To Know What Love Is-Foreigner

This was the biggest hit by Foreigner as it reached the top of the charts in the USA and the UK. As one of the best rock anthems of the 80s, it’s resurfaced a few times in the recent past.

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Don’t You (Forget About Me)-Simple Minds

This was one of the best rock anthems of the 80s and a defining track for this decade. Anyone who doesn’t think of The Breakfast Club when hearing this song needs to do a little research.

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Pour Some Sugar On Me-Def Leppard

Some songs are just fun and others endure for years after they’re released. This one falls somewhere in the middle, but it still brings a smile to many faces.

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I Love Rock ‘N Roll-Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

As one of the best rock anthems that helped define an era, this is a solid, foundational track that’s not too difficult to enjoy. Not only that, but it stands out as a great starting point for those learning about 80s music.

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I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For-U2

Considering it was, in the recent past, featured in a kid’s movie (Sing 2), it’s fair to state that U2’s legacy is still extremely solid. Not only that, but the depth of meaning in their songs keeps them relevant in a big way.

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The Final Countdown-Europe

One might hear a lot of snickers erupt when this song plays since it’s a fun song, but it’s a little grandiose at times, depending on when it’s played. Still, it’s a nice look back at a very musical decade.

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Jump-Van Halen

This is just a fun song in a lot of ways since it’s energetic and has an interesting range throughout the track. It doesn’t evoke positive feelings all the way through, but it does give one a few feelings that speak of inspiration.

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The Power of Love-Huey Lewis and The News

Those who think of Back to The Future probably get a good chuckle out of this. Especially because Huey had a cameo in the movie.

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The Look-Roxette

This band was edgy, they were a bit rough around the edges, and they were cool because of it. They only had two great songs during this decade, but they remain memorable to this day.

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Livin’ On A Prayer-Bon Jovi

Imagine this, a man sitting on a bench starts singing this song, and a park full of people join in at some point. That’s enough to make it clear how important this song was to a lot of people.

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Keep On Loving You-REO Speedwagon

Asking people who REO Speedwagon is these days is usually met with a blank stare. But back in the 80s, this band was known for at least a few hit songs that had people busting out in song now and then.

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Crazy Train-Ozzy Osbourne

When a person hears that distinctive opening it takes a lot of people back and almost forces them to start singing along. Young or old, there’s no denying that Ozzy knew how to get a person’s attention.

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Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) Eurythmics

What’s amusing about this song is that people know the melody, they know the words, but they don’t remember the band. It’s likely due to the Eurythmics not doing much after this one track, but opinions vary.

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Dude (Looks Like A Lady)

Aerosmith is one of the several bands that crossed the decades without missing a beat. Their sound has evolved and continued to adapt throughout the years to keep them at the top of their game.

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Sister Christian-Night Ranger

It’s usually the more dedicated rockers that remember songs such as this one. It’s got a great opening, a solid middle and ending, but many people have never heard of it, while those who know about it haven’t forgotten.

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When I See You Smile-Bad English

In a few ways, Bad English was good for their time, and they did come out with at least one or two hits. But this is one of the only tracks that people remember them for.

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Take On Me-Ah-ha

This song almost feels like it’s a joke or a pleasant memory that people laugh at from time to time. However, it’s used quite often when people feel the need for nostalgia, so it’s still an effective track.

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Sweet Child O’ Mine-Guns n’ RosesĀ 

When GNR started rolling, this song was one of those that helped them to keep attracting new fans while they kept those who had stuck with them. As a kid, this song wasn’t fully understood, but it was still enjoyed.

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Shout-Tears for Fears

The depth of emotion in this song was easy to feel since it was one of those that people could use to vent or just use as a means of getting through a bad day. Even now it’s a great track when one is feeling a little melancholy.

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Call Me-BlondieĀ 

There was enough force in this song to make it popular and even attractive to a lot of people. Not only that but it’s seen use in recent pop culture more than a few times.


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