The Top 10 Most Streamed 80s Songs Have Been Revealed!
Songs from the 80s may be at least three decades old by now, but we remember listening to them for the first time like it was yesterday! And which are the most popular 80s songs in the modern era? You need wonder no longer, because music streaming service Spotify has kindly released details of their most streamed songs by decade – and you can view the top 10 songs from the 1980s below, listed in reverse order!
10. Guns N’ Roses – Welcome to the Jungle
Spoiler Alert: This is not the only Guns N’Roses song in the top 10, but we are rather surprised at which one of their tracks opens our countdown at number 10.
Welcome to the Jungle was the second single from Guns N’ Roses’ debut album Appetite for Destruction, and originally only reached number 7 in the US and number 24 in the UK.
9. Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure
This legendary collaboration is the ninth most streamed 80s song, but sadly, although the song may be an absolute classic, the story behind it is far from romantic…
Queen didn’t get on with David Bowie at all when they collaborated together, with Brian May once saying “I think it was the only time in Queen history where I’ve bowed out.”
8. Queen – Another One Bites the Dust
Yes it’s Queen again, and we’re sure you’ll agree that Another One Bites the Dust is well deserving of its position on this list, but Queen also have another 80s legend to thank for its success…
It was the king of pop Michael Jackson who persuaded the band to release Another One Bites the Dust as a single, something they hadn’t originally planned on doing!
7. Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer
A song that many of us will have sung at karaoke at some point in our lives, Livin’ on a Prayer is a bonafide 80s classic.
Livin’ on a Prayer featured on Slippery When Wet, Bon Jovi’s 1986 album, which sold over 28 million copies and also featured the classic singles You Give Love a Bad Name and Wanted Dead or Alive.
6. A-ha – Take On Me
Coming with an animated video that is one of the most memorable of all time, Take on Me appears at number 6 on this list.
Unbelievably, A-ha’s classic single only became a hit on its third attempt, after the band had re-recorded it and after the now legendary music video had been created.
5. Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
Sylvester Stallone personally chose Eye of the Tiger to appear on the soundtrack for Rocky III, although things could have been very different…
Joe Esposito’s You’re the Best was originally going to be the featured song for Rocky III, but after Stallone chose Survivor’s song instead, You’re the Best was instead used on the soundtrack for The Karate Kid!
4. Toto – Africa
Whisking us away on an African adventure that we would happily picture in our heads, Toto’s 1981 hit is one of the most loved of all time, let alone just the 1980s.
Toto’s only number one hit in the US, Africa also reached the top 10 in a number of other countries, including the UK, Canada and New Zealand.
3. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
When you think of music in the 1980s, you of course think about Michael Jackson, and Billie Jean was the song that sent his career into the stratosphere.
Billie Jean was the second of seven singles from Jackson’s blockbuster album Thriller, and if we had to choose one song for him to be remembered for, we can’t think of another that would ‘Beat It’.
2. Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child o’ Mine
Whilst we aren’t denying that Guns N’ Roses’ Sweet Child o’ Mine is an absolute classic, we are somewhat surprised that it is the second most streamed 80s song!
The third single from their debut album Appetite for Destruction, Sweet Child o’ Mine was Guns N’ Roses’ only US number one.
1. Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Yes, Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ is the most streamed 80s song, which can’t be too much of a shock when you consider that it featured heavily in the TV show Glee and the Rock of Ages stage show and movie. Is it the best song released in the 1980s? Probably not, but there’s no doubting its massive popularity!
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