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The Best Songs of 1980

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The world of music was hitting on all cylinders when the decade flipped from the 1970s into the 1980s. The first year of the new decade saw arena rockers still putting out high-quality music and drawing millions of loyal fans. But the transition into the 80s also saw the beginning of hip-hop and modern rock. Country and R&B also produced their fair share of timeless tracks. For this playlist I have selected 35 songs that I feel represent the very best of 1980.

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The Best Songs of 1980

   1. Games Without Frontiers - Peter Gabriel 

   2. Once In A Lifetime - Talking Heads 

   3. Living After Midnight - Judas Priest 

   4. Romeo And Juliet - Dire Straits 

   5. Lost In The Supermarket - The Clash 

   6. Don't Stand So Close To Me - The Police 

   7. Boys Don't Cry - The Cure 

   8. I Will Follow - U2 

   9. People Who Died - Jim Carroll 

   10. Kid - Pretenders 

   11. The Breaks - Kurtis Blow 

   12. Freedom Of Choice - Devo 

   13. I Think I Got It Now - Betty Carter 

   14. Green Pastures - Emmylou Harris 

   15. Hungry Heart - Bruce Springsteen 

   16. The Spirit Of Radio - Rush 

   17. Too Much Too Young - The Specials 

   18. The Best Of Times - Styx 

   19. The Zoo - Scorpions 

   20. She's So Cold - The Rolling Stones 

   21. And The Cradle Will Rock - Van Halen 

   22. Neon Knights  Black Sabbath 

   23. Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar 

   24. The Winner Takes It All - ABBA 

   25. Dirty Mind - Prince 

   26. Call Me - Blondie 

   27. Another One Bites The Dust - Queen 

   28. Celebration - Kool & the Gang 

   29. (Just Like) Starting Over - John Lennon 

   30. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne 

   31. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division 

   32. You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC 

   33. You May Be Right - Billy Joel 

   34. Redemption Song - Bob Marley 

   35. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden 

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