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NME’s 100 Best Tracks Of The ’80s

By Corban Goble / April 30, 2012 - 10:57 am

Earlier in the month, the UK’s NME busted out its Best Tracks Of The ’70s list, and now they’re back in rankonia mode to appraise the best tracks of the following decade. The Smiths, New Order, Pixies, and Stone Roses tie for most selections, with three apiece. Scan the entire list below.

100. Paul Simon – “Graceland”
99. The Clash – “Straight To Hell”
98. Dead Or Alive – “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)”
97. Pixies – “Where Is My Mind?”
96. OMD – “Enola Gay”
95. Elvis Costello – “Shipbuilding”
94. Starship – “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”
93. The Clash – “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”
92. Fleetwood Mac – “Everywhere”
91. INXS – “Need You Tonight”
90. Primal Scream – “Velocity Girl
89. Lil Louis – “French Kiss”
88. Bruce Springsteen – “Atlantic City”
87. Blondie – “Atomic”
86. Madness – “House Of Fun”
85. Womack & Womack – “Teardrops”
84. Soft Cell – “Tainted Love”
83. James – “Sit Down”
82. The Stone Roses – “She Bangs The Drums”
81. Van Halen – “Jump”
80. S’Express – “Theme From S’Express”
79. Cyndi Lauper – “Time After Time”
78. Faith No More – “We Care A Lot”
77. De La Soul – “The Magic Number”
76. Simple Minds – “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”
75. Dead Kennedys – “Too Drunk To Fuck”
74. Orange Juice – “Rip It Up”
73. The Fall – “Hit The North”
72. The Clash – “Rock The Casbah”
71. Queen & David Bowie – “Under Pressure”
70. Talking Heads – “Road To Nowhere”
69. Metallica – “Master Of Puppets”
68. Sonic Youth – “Teen Age Riot”
67. Duran Duran – “Rio”
66. U2 – “With Or Without You”
65. Melle Mel – “White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It)”
64. Nirvana – “About A Girl”
63. Depeche Mode – “Never Let Me Down Again”
62. Sundays – “Can’t Be Sure”
61. The Waterboys – “Whole Of The Moon”
60. Guns N’ Roses – “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
59. Iron Maiden – “Run To The Hills”
58. Bomb The Bass – “Beat Dis”
57. Psychedelic Furs – “Pretty In Pink”
56. Soul II Soul – “Back To Life”
55. 808 State – “Pacific State”
54. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – “Two Tribes”
53. The Cure – “Just Like Heaven”
52. Bruce Springsteen – “The River”
51. The Jam – “Going Underground”
50. MARRS – “Pump Up The Volume”
49. My Bloody Valentine – “You Made Me Realise”
48. Prince – “Sign ‘O’ The Times”
47. Grace Jones – “Pull Up To The Bumper”
46. Pixies – “Monkey Gone To Heaven”
45. Don Henley – “The Boys Of Summer”
44. Morrissey – “Everyday Is Like Sunday”
43. Kate Bush – “Hounds Of Love”
42. Cameo – “Word Up”
41. Dexys Midnight Runners – “Come On Eileen”
40. Happy Mondays – “Hallejulah”
39. Echo And The Bunnymen – “The Killing Moon”
38. Run DMC – “Walk This Way”
37. AC/DC – “Back In Black”
36. R.E.M. – “The One I Love”
35. NWA – “Straight Outta Compton”
34. The Smiths – “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”
33. Madonna – “Like A Prayer”
32. The Stone Roses – “Made Of Stone”
31. New Order – “Temptation”
30. Pet Shop Boys – “What Have I Done To Deserve This?”
29. The Jam – “That’s Entertainment”
28. Sugarcubes – “Birthday”
27. The Pogues – “Fairytale Of New York”
26. David Bowie – “Ashes To Ashes”
25. Public Enemy – “Don’t Believe The Hype”
24. The Jesus And Mary Chain – “Just Like Honey”
23. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – “The Mercy Seat”
22. Dinosaur Jr – “Freak Scene”
21. This Mortal Coil – “Song To The Siren”
20. Salt N’ Pepa – “Push It”
19. Joy Division – “Atmosphere”
18. Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean”
17. Bon Jovi – “Livin’ On A Prayer”
16. Pixies – “Debaser”
15. Pet Shop Boys – “It’s A Sin”
14. The Smiths – “This Charming Man”
13. The Jesus And Mary Chain – “April Skies”
12. The Stone Roses – “Fools Gold”
11. Human League – “Love Action (I Believe In Love)”
10. Eric B. & Rakim – “Paid In Full”
09. New Order – “Bizarre Love Triangle”
08. The Cure – “In Between Days”
07. Neneh Cherry – “Buffalo Stance”
06. Prince – “When Doves Cry”
05. The Specials – “Ghost Town”
04. Talking Heads – “Once In A Lifetime”
03. The Smiths – “How Soon Is Now”
02. Joy Division – “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
01. New Order – “Blue Monday”

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