The decade, which produced some of the pop songs in history (“Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Don’t Stop Believin’”), as well as a good share of the best karaoke songs and best workout songs out there, refuses to go silently into obscurity. And why should it? These songs, some of the best party tunes ever, stand the test of time. So do up your hair, prep your dance routine, and get ready to wear your heart on your shoulder pads—here are the top 10 ’80s hit songs.
10. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears
We may dismiss the '80s as an age of musical cheese, light on substance and heavy on excess (turn up the treble! more sax! etc.). But the decade produced some of music’s most touching, teary moments, the more touching for the fact that the vehicle is pop. This 1985 hit by Tears for Fears is one such a song, like an existential meditation, opening with the line, “Welcome to your life—there’s no turning back.” It’s a serious pop song, as bassist-singer Curt Smith remarked: “It's about everybody wanting power, about warfare and the misery it causes.”
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