From Beat It to Buffalo Stance – During the 1980’s Betamax started the trend of being able to watch pre-recorded movies at home. The best songs from this decade are full of flashy pomp and extravagance and included songs that are still loved today that include “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi and Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey.
These songs show this decades love for everything over-the-top inspired songs that are considered to be some of the best karaoke songs imaginable. These songs are the best karaoke songs of the 1980’s so tease your hair up and go listen to your friends sing them or sing them yourself on the karaoke stage.
#15 It Takes Two by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock
“I wanna rock right now / I’m Rob Base and I came to get down / I’m not internationally known / But…” Those of us that are 80’s kids are probably singing this song to ourselves. Released in 1988, it was the introduction song to the very first season of YO! MTV Raps.
#14 “Super Freak” by Rick James
Rick James hit the summit of his career with this sordid song. It was in 1981 that he, along with the Temptations produced this song that became a hit worldwide. The change in the attitude today regarding gender equality has taken away from how truly great this song really is.
#13 “In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins
This song was the first solo song that this English-born drummer/singer-songwriter by Phil Collins. It was the lead single on his debut album Face Value in 1981. This international hit has a drum break towards the end that is described as “”the sleekest, most melodramatic drum break in history.”
#12 “Sweet Child o’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
This song is the third single from Guns N’ Roses debut album in 1987, Appetite For Destruction. It was their first and only number one single and it is famous for its guitar riffs. Three decades later, it is still loved by the people that grew up in the 1980’s.
#11 “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper
This song was sung by this American singer/songwriter on her debut album She’s So Unusual. It was her first number one song in America. For those of us that grew up in the 1980’s, it is a classic slow song that is considered a strong song from this decade.
#10 “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany
Tiffany made this Tommy James and the Shondells song popular again in 1987. She made it a teen anthem that was a chart hit. A mall tour “Celebrating the Good Life Shopping Mall Tour ’87” ensured that Tiffany and this song would always be on any top 80’s song list.
#9 “End of The World as We Know It” by R.E.M.
This song appeared on REM’s 1987 album Document. In 1987, it was released as a single and was #69 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. This track is well-known for its “quick-flying seemingly stream of consciousness with a number of diverse references.” It is described as a “punk-ironic beat poem.”
#8 “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard
Released in 1987, this song is considered one of Def Leppard’s finest efforts. The sexual innuendo of it is obvious. Many teenagers made out to this song in the 1980’s. However, the chorus of it was written when singer Joe Elliott and his producer shared a cup of tea… with sugar.
#7 “She Drives Me Crazy” by The Fine Young Cannibals
The Fine Young Cannibals released this song in 1988 and it is on their 1989 album The Raw & the Cooked. It became very popular in their home country U.K and other countries. and in many other countries. They re released this song in 1997 on their album entitled The Finest.
#6 “Faith” by George Michael
The jukeboxes and leather jackets in this video has an old time rock and roll theme. It is part of George Michael’s debut solo album of the same name that he released in October 1987. It held the number one spot on Billboard’s Magazine top 100 list for four weeks.
#5 “Buffalo Stance” by Neneh Cherry
Neneh Cherry is the stepdaughter of jazz musician Don Cherry. The title of this song is about a group of photographers, models, and musicians that was started by fashion stylist Ray Petri. The stance refers to a group of people that are posing for a photo shoot in a London fashion magazine.
#4 “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News
In 1985, this band made this song just for the movie Back to The Future. It gave this band their first number one hit on the U.S. Billboard Top 100 list. This song was also nominated for a Grammy award for Best Original Song at the 58th Academy Awards.
#3 “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
This song is Bon Jovi’s second chart-topping song from their album Slippery When Wet. It was released at the end of 1986 and was very popular. It is this band’s signature song that sold 800,000 copies in America. In the year 2013, it had over three million digital downloads.
#2 “Beat It” by Michael Jackson
This song was on Michael Jackson’s sixth album in 1982. Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones produced it together. The video for the song is well-known for its music video where Jackson brings together two gangsters together through the power of music and dance and for Eddie Van Halen’s guitar solo.
#1 “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston came out with this song in 1987. It was a commercial success, topping the charts in 13 countries. In America, it became her fourth number one song and sold over one million copies. It was her biggest hit at the time until she sang “I Will Always Love You” in 1992.
From Beat It to Buffalo Stance, these songs will kick start up any karaoke night while giving us 80’s kids a chance to reflect on the songs of our youth.