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Hit Music from the 80's

By Edited Sep 11, 2015 0 0


The music of the 1980’s was influenced by new genres of music such as New Wave and Synthpop. The police, Duran Duran, B-52 fit into this category of 1980’s music. MTV, was, without a doubt, a 1980’s entity which played a significant role in popularizing music by giving them exposure. There were many hits from other categories like country music, with hits from singers like Kenny Rogers and pop with hits from artists like Olivia Newton-John. These are a some hit music from the 80's.


Physical was a single by Olivia Newton-John which turned out to be her most popular US single. It was ranked by Billboard as the number one pop single of 1982 and the most successful song on the Hot 100 during the entire 1980 decade. The song was quite racy for the period as it contained sexual innuendo in its lyrics and was consequently censored and even banned by some radio stations in both the US and UK. The song only managed to reach number 7 in the UK, but gained the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 in November and retained it for ten weeks. The single was edged out by “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),” a song by Hall and Oates. The memorable guitar solo in “Physical” was performed by Steve Lukather, a guitarist with the group, Toto.

Look Away

“Look Away” is a song by Chicago which went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1988 where it stayed for two weeks. The song went on to become the number one song of 1989 and was the only time that Chicago topped the annual list.

Another One Bites The Dust

“Another One Bites The Dust” reached number one in October, 1980 where it stayed for four weeks. It is a song by Queen which features a truly funky baseline. The song turned out to be Queen’s biggest US hit.

Like A Virgin

Madonna premiered “Like A Virgin” in September 1984, at the very first MTV Video Music Awards. It was Madonna’s first Hot 100 number 1 and it retained the spot for six weeks.

Another Day In Paradise

“Another Day In Paradise” was Phill Collin’s third and last number one hit, and the last number one hit of the 1980’s. It reached the number one position on December 23rd, 1989 where it stayed for four weeks.

 All Night Long

“All Night Long” turned out to be Lionel Richie’s third number one hit in a space of two years. It spent a total of four weeks at the top of the Hot 100 list.

 That’s What Friends Are For

Elton John, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, and Dionne Warwick collaborated on this song which reached the top position on the charts in January, 1986, where it spent Four weeks. The proceeds from this song were given to American Foundation for AIDS Research.



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