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Pitchfork The 200 Best Songs of the 1980s
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Find the list by Pitchfork here:
http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/9700-the-200-best-songs-of-the-1980s/
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RankArtistTrackLabelYear
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1Prince and the RevolutionPurple RainWarner Bros.1984
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2Michael JacksonWanna Be Startin' Somethin'Epic1983
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3N.W.AStraight Outta ComptonRuthless/Priority1988
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4New OrderBlue MondayFactory1983
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5Public EnemyFight the PowerMotown1989
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6Kate BushRunning Up That Hill (A Deal with God)EMI1985
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7Joy DivisionLove Will Tear Us ApartFactory1980
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8Talking HeadsOnce in a LifetimeSire1981
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Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
The MessageSugar Hill1982
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10The SmithsHow Soon Is Now?Rough Trade/Sire1984
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11Prince and the RevolutionWhen Doves CryWarner Bros.1984
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12The CureJust Like HeavenFiction1987
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13Michael JacksonBillie JeanEpic1983
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14The SmithsThere Is a Light That Never Goes OutRough Trade1986
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15Sonic YouthTeen Age RiotEnigma/Blast First1988
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16FugaziWaiting RoomDischord1988
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17MadonnaInto the GrooveSire/Warner Bros.1985
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18Marvin GayeSexual HealingColumbia1982
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19Eric B. & RakimPaid in Full / Paid in Full (Seven Minutes of Madness Mix)4th && B'way1987
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20Whitney HoustonI Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)Arista1987
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21Prince and the RevolutionKissPaisley Park1986
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22Talking HeadsThis Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)Sire1983
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23Slick RickChildren's StoryDef Jam/Columbia1988
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24PixiesWhere Is My Mind?4AD1988
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25New OrderTemptationFactory1982
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26Public EnemyBring the NoiseDef Jam1987
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27Janet JacksonLove Will Never Do (Without You)A&M1989
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28Kate BushHounds of LoveEMI1986
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29Diana RossI'm Coming OutMotown1980
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30Beastie BoysShake Your RumpCapitol1989
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31Frankie Knuckles / Jamie PrincipleYour LoveTrax1987
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32N.W.AFuck tha PolicePriority/Ruthless1988
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33Prince and the RevolutionI Would Die 4 UWarner Bros.1984
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Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force
Planet RockTommy Boy/Warner Bros.1982
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35SadeThe Sweetest TabooEpic/Portrait1985
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36Michael JacksonHuman NatureEpic1983
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37Tom Tom ClubGenius of LoveIsland/Sire/Warner Bros.1981
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38Salt-n-PepaPush ItNext Plateau/London1987
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39Cocteau TwinsLorelei4AD1982
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40The CureClose to MeFiction1985
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41Guns N' RosesWelcome to the JungleGeffen1987
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42EurythmicsSweet Dreams (Are Made of This)RCA1983
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43New OrderBizarre Love TriangleFactory1986
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44Laurie AndersonO Superman (For Massenet)Warner Bros.1981
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45De La SoulMe, Myself and ITommy Boy1989
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46The Jesus and Mary ChainJust Like HoneyBlanco y Negro1985
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47Joy DivisionAtmosphereFactory1980
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48Janet JacksonWhen I Think of YouA&M1986
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49Neneh CherryBuffalo StanceVirgin1988
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50MadonnaLike a PrayerSire/Warner Bros.1989
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51Bruce SpringsteenI'm on FireColumbia1985
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52The Stone RosesI Wanna Be AdoredSilvertone1989
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53KraftwerkComputer LoveEMI/Warner Bros.1981
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54Roxy MusicMore Than ThisPolydor/Warner Bros./E.G./Atco1982
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55New OrderCeremonyFactory1981
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56Bob Marley & the WailersCould You Be LovedIsland1980
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57Eric B. & RakimFollow the LeaderMCA1988
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58Daryl Hall & John OatesI Can't Go for That (No Can Do)RCA1981
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59Depeche ModeNever Let Me Down AgainMute1987
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60ESGMoodyC.T.1981
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61Gang StarrDJ Premier in Deep ConcentrationWild Pitch1989
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62Art of NoiseMoments in LoveZTT1987
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63Stevie NicksEdge of SeventeenModern1982
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64David BowieLet's DanceEMI1983
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65Echo & the BunnymenThe Killing MoonKorova1984
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66The ReplacementsAlex ChiltonSire1987
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67Guns N' RosesSweet Child o' MineGeffen1987
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68Biz MarkieJust a FriendCold Chillin'1989
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69PrinceWhen You Were MineWarner Bros.1980
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70Pet Shop BoysWest End GirlsBobcat1984
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71Bruce SpringsteenAtlantic CityColumbia1982
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72Bad BrainsPay to CumBad Brain1982
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73PixiesDebaserElektra1989
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74Dinosaur Jr.Freak SceneSST1988
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75Black FlagRise AboveSST1981
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76Fingers Inc.Can You Feel It?Trax1986
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77MetallicaMaster of PuppetsElektra1986
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78The SpecialsGhost Town2 Tone1981
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79Boogie Down ProductionsSouth BronxB-Boy1986
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80ZappComputer LoveWarner Bros.1986
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81Diana RossUpside DownMotown1980
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82Tears for FearsEverybody Wants to Rule the WorldMercury1985
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83My Bloody ValentineYou Made Me RealiseCreation1988
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84SlayerAngel of DeathDef Jam1986
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85Luther VandrossNever Too MuchEpic1981
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86Tracy ChapmanFast CarElektra1988
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87Tenor SawRing the AlarmTechniques1985
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88Evelyn "Champagne" KingLove Come DownRCA1982
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89Fela KutiCoffin for Head of StateLa Cile/Label Maison1981
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90BlondieCall MePolydor/Chrysalis/Salsoul1980
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91Bill Withers / Grover Washington, Jr.Just the Two of UsElektra1981
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92Fleetwood MacGypsyWarner Bros.1982
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93U2With or Without YouIsland1987
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94ChangeThe Glow of LoveWarner Bros./WEA1980
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95Grace JonesPull Up to the BumperIsland1981
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96Cherrelle / Alexander O'NealSaturday LoveTabu1985
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The 200 Best Songs of the 1980s