Spoiler alert. Here’s what topped the Flav network’s 936-hour, totally rad talking head countdown, premiering Monday at 9PM EST.

5. “When Doves Cry” – Prince
4. “Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson
3. “Hungry Like The Wolf” – Duran Duran
2. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Def Leppard
1. “Livin’ On A Prayer” – Bon Jovi

Can’t wait to hear what Hal Sparks has to say about Dexy’s Midnight Runners! Those overalls! Oh my!

Don’t like the Top 5? In fairness, we must mention the results were decided by an online survey. But we all know how VH1′s producers are more than happy to swap #80 for #8 if someone’s manager starts complaining. Or did you not know that? Now you do!

Tell us YOUR top five ’80s songs. And don’t go all indie on us …. We know you love you some “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”

Comments (128)
  1. ian  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    men without hats-safety dance

    prince- raspberry beret

    tommy tutone- jenny

    bruce springsteen- dancing in the dark

    smiths- there is a light that never goes out

  2. Bon Jovi at number 1??? Ugh! Prince should fucking own that Top Five!

    • christle  |   Posted on Sep 24th, 2008 0

      hey. dnt bash bon jovi. he is one of the greats. his music was amazing…….well in recent years i admit he is lacking. although i do agree with you. prince should be number one with “little red corvette”. but bon jovi deserves it just as well.

  3. Sarah  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    No Madonna in the top 5? I guess she shouldn’t have kept her baby.

  4. tk.  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    some favorites off the top of my head..

    “everybody wants to rule the world” – tears for fears
    “take on me” – aha!
    “don’t you (forget about me)” – simple minds
    “power of love” – huey lewis & the news
    “the tide is high” – blondie

    most of my music taste in the 80′s was, i think, driven by movies…

  5. The 80′s were humorously awful…why do indie/hipster people look like they are in the 80′s?

  6. 5. Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
    4. Men Without Hats – Safety Dance
    3. Sparks – Monster of Love
    2. Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off
    1. El Debarge – Who’s Johnny

  7. The good old days when pop stars actually understood the power of good melody.

    1. Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants to Rule The World
    2. Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
    3. Tears for Fears – Head Over Heels
    4. Depeche Mode – Policy of Truth
    5. Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes

  8. HOLIDAY — still, in my opinion, madonna’s best song….

    DELIRIOUS — that black dude in panties, prince, was playing some great new wave…

    PASS THE DUTCHIE — oh shit, that’s the jam! musical youth had me smokin’ weed…”this generation…rules the nation”

    HOW SOON IS NOW — was this song too cool for this list? nothing ever sounded like this smiths song….probably the best song written in the 80′s….

    BLISTER IN THE SUN — this song still makes people scream whenever it’s played in a crowded bar…..they’re either drunk or just love this violent femmes classic……or both….

    other songs:

    JUST LIKE HEAVEN
    whip it
    DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT ME
    west end girls

  9. 5. The Go-Gos: Our Lips are Sealed
    4. Stone Roses: I Wanna Be Adored
    3. Prince: When Doves Cry
    2. Tom Tom Club: Genius of Love
    1. The Smiths: There is a Light that Never Goes Out

  10. One word: ALPHAVILLE.

  11. Brendan  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    5. Berlin: “Metro”
    4. The Romantics “Talking In Your Sleep”
    3. New Order: “Blue Monday”
    2. Joan Jett “I Love Rock n Roll”
    1. Dramarama: “Hundered Dollar Bills”

  12. tk.  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    New commenting system, now with more comment-eating goodness?

  13. Matty  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    Amen, Paul H.
    Prince was the best thing that ever happened to the 80s.

    1. When You Were Mine
    2. When Doves Cry
    3. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
    4. Kiss
    5. (tie) Dirty Mind, Head, Sister, Uptown, Controversy, 1999, Little Red Corvette, DMSR, Let’s Go Crazy, I Would Die for You, Purple Rain, Pop Life, Raspberry Beret, Anotherloverholeinyohead,Sign ‘O’ the Times, Hot Thing, U Got the Look, If I was Your Girlfriend, Lovesexy, Alphabet St., and why the hell not, Batdance.

  14. The pre-YO! Mtv Raps list:

    The Outfield – Your Love
    Duran Duran – Girls on Film
    Adam Ant – Ant Music
    John Waite – Change
    Joe Walsh – Life of Illusion (on the strength of the video alone)

  15. 5. Upside Down
    4. Cut Me Dead
    3. My Little Underground
    2. Never Understand
    1. Just Like Honey

    “They write encyclopedias on the Eighties and we’re not even mentioned. We WERE the fucking eighties.”
    -Jim Reid, Jesus and Mary Chain

  16. This list is racist – how could MJ and Prince not be in the top 2. Livin on a prayer? Come on!

  17. 1. The Replacements – “Bastards of Young”
    2. Toto – “Africa”
    3. Fugazi – “Waiting Room”
    4. Guns N ‘Roses – “Rocket Queen”
    5. Prince – “When Doves Cry”

  18. Urethra Franklin  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    Chuck, don’t wanna be a stickler, but “Violator” was released in 1990, so technically your D-Mode selections can’t count…As for mine:
    5. Ministry – Everyday Is Halloween
    4. Nik Kershaw – Wouldn’t It Be Good?
    3. Depeche Mode – Everything Counts
    2. Prince – Raspberry Beret
    1. The Cure – Just Like Heaven

  19. 6. Talking Heads – “Once in a Lifetime”

    Had to get that one in there too.

  20. Chris  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    If we are talking singles (and not just songs) then:

    1) The Cure – “Just Like Heaven”
    2) The Smiths – “How Soon Is Now”
    3) Echo & the Bunnymen – “Lips Like Sugar”
    4) New Order – “Age of Consent”
    5) Genesis – “Land of Confusion” (greatest video ever, I might add)

  21. richard  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    anything by anybody other than bon jovi.

  22. robyn  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    1. Centerfold – J. Geils Band
    2. I Melt with You – Modern English
    3. China Girl – David Bowie
    4. Jesse’s Girl – Rick Springfield
    5. 99 Luftballoons – Nena

    …but admit it, we all still get a little excited when we hear the opening for “Taited Love” on the radio.

  23. robyn  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    1. Centerfold – J. Geils Band
    2. I Melt with You – Modern English
    3. China Girl – David Bowie
    4. Jesse’s Girl – Rick Springfield
    5. 99 Luftballoons – Nena

    …but admit it, we all still get a little excited when we hear the opening for “Taited Love” on the radio.

  24. Amy  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    1. Cruel Summer – Bananarama
    2. Sister Christian – Night Ranger
    3. Voices Carry – Til Tuesday
    4. Oh, Sherrie – Steve Perry
    5. Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna

  25. Rina  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    Yay!! for Jon and his top 2 – at one other person other than me who frequents this site didn’t grow up a total honkey. I thought I was the only one.

    Honorable Mention goes to Maya for choosing Musical Youth.

  26. jordan  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    XTC – King For A Day
    XTC – All You Pretty Girls
    XTC – Dear God
    XTC – Mayor Of Simpleton
    XTC – Senses Working Overtime

  27. 1.) aha – take on me
    2.) prince – when doves cry
    3.) men without hats – the safety dance
    4.) dire straits – money for nothing
    5.) cyndi lauper – girls just wanna have fun

    big whup, wanna fight about it?

  28. Jake  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    Ah come on! No love For Simple Minds?

    1) Simple Minds – Don’t you Forget About Me
    2) Dreams – Van Halen
    2) Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)
    4) Men At Work – Down Under
    5) The Cars – Just What I Needed

    If you don’t pump you fist in the air after the end of ‘Don’t you forget about me’, you need to get with it.

  29. Jen  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off! Awesome! I remember dancing on my friend’s picnic table in her backyard to this song. What do 8 year olds know about drinking cherry wine?

    My top 5 then – George Michael, MJ, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston?

    now – The Smiths, New Order, Prince, Madonna, REM

  30. Raz  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    When Doves Cry should be #1 by a mile. They could even revers those numbers & I wouldn’t freak out. VH-1 isn’t for real music fans anyway. It’s for people who enjoy Matchbox 20 as the soundtrack to their lives.

  31. ambidexican  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    1) Sonic Youth- Teen Age Riot
    2) Prince- When Doves Cry
    3) Pixies- Debaser
    4) Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five- The Message
    5) Michael Jackson- Billie Jean

  32. Cathy  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    Jimbear, where can I get that John Waite song??? I looked for it a couple of weeks ago and could not find it. Help!!!! I am desperate.

  33. Mikey K  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    1) The Smiths “There is a Light…”
    2) The Cure “Fascination Street
    3) New Order “Bizarre Love Triangle”
    4) Toto “Africa”
    5) Whoever sang that song about One Night in Bangkok

  34. brandy  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    5. One More Try by George Michael
    4. Groove is in the Heart by Deee-Lite
    3. Parents Just Don’t Understand by Fresh Prince
    2. Borderline by Madonna
    1. Material Girl by Madonna

  35. Tom  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 -1

    5. New Order “True Faith”
    4. Prince “When Doves Cry”
    3. Eric B & Rakim “Paid In Full”
    2. Depeche Mode “Personal Jesus”
    1. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean”

  36. sfenn  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    Hell yeah, Musical Youth. I’d go with Maya’s list except for the Madonna.

    5. Ashes to Ashes – David Bowie
    4. One Night in Bangkok – Murray Head
    3. Under the Milky Way – The Church
    2. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
    1. Save a Prayer – Duran Duran

  37. Tom  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    5. New Order “True Faith”
    4. Roxy Music “Avalon”
    3. Boogie Down Productions “Bridge Is Over”
    2. Depeche Mode “Personal Jesus”
    1. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean”

  38. 1. Matthew Wilder – Nobody Gonna Break My Stride
    2. Hall & Oates – Private Eyes
    3. Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants…
    4. Gary Numan – Cars
    5. M – Pop Muzik

    I think some Prince and MJ belong up there, but I thought i’d throw some others up there for the purpose of discussion. I do stand by that #1, though.

  39. safety dance- men without hats

    Jenny (867-5309)- tommy tutone

    She Bop- cyndi lauper

    mr roboto- styx

    where is my mind?- the pixies

  40. One possible scenario:

    5. Our Lips Are Sealed – Fun Boy Three
    4. Tainted Love – Soft Cell
    3. Don’t You Want Me? – Human League
    2. Favourite Shirts – Haircut One Hundred
    1. Promised You a Miracle – Simple Minds

  41. Sadparadise  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    My top 5…

    1. Talking Heads – Naive Melody (This Must Be the Place)
    2. The Replacements – Unsatisfied
    3. Violent Femmes – Good Feeling
    4. They Might Be Giants – Don’t Let’s Start
    5. Pixies – Hey

  42. Nate  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    #1) “It Takes Two” – MC Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock

    Also, as much as I absolutely LOATHE the song, Van Halen’s “Jump” should probably up there near the top somewhere. That song was fucking everywhere 1984-85.

  43. no FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD??!?!?

    lame.

  44. kylie  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2006 0

    head over heels – tears for fears
    love will tear us apart – joy division
    don’t you want me? – human league
    the walk – the cure
    father figure – george michael

  45. What’s wrong with Bon Jovi?

  46. Vic  |   Posted on Oct 27th, 2006 0

    “LIKE A PRAYER” by MADONNA better be #6.

  47. Trev  |   Posted on Oct 27th, 2006 0

    1. Pixies- Hey
    2. Sonic Youth- Teenage Riot
    3. Dinosaur Jr.- In A Jar
    4. Talking Heads- Once In A Lifetime
    5. REM- Radio Free Europe

  48. 1945  |   Posted on Oct 27th, 2006 0

    1) Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin Somethin
    2) The Talking Heads – Life During Wartime
    3) Tom Waits – In the Neighborhood
    4) XTC – Respectable Street
    5) Tears for Fears – Mad World

  49. dude  |   Posted on Oct 27th, 2006 0

    Eddy Grant – Electic Avenue
    Terence Trent D’Arby – Wishing Well
    Milli Vannili – Can I have Your Number
    Bobby Brown – My Perogative
    Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up

    and just because I have to list it
    Falco – Rock Me Amadeus

  50. dude  |   Posted on Oct 27th, 2006 0

    Eddy Grant – Electic Avenue
    Terence Trent D’Arby – Wishing Well
    Milli Vannili – Can I have Your Number
    Bobby Brown – My Perogative
    Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up

    and just because I have to list it
    Falco – Rock Me Amadeus

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