The launch of MTV in 1981 was a real revolution, beaming an endless stream of music into living rooms across the planet, producing an army of bands who rapidly became superstars: Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica… Today, they all stand as metal’s eternals, the benchmark to which successive generations aspire. Louder is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. Every Breath You Take - The Police. The '80s witnessed guitar players employing a wide-variety of guitar techniques. 4. Current page: Chest-beating metal bravado, with a killer video to boot. More Sweet Child of Mine Album-oriented rock, also referred to as arena rock and anthem rock, witnessed a rise in popularity with fans who were looking for softer, but more dramatic rock music. #10 of 36 The Best Angus Young Guitar Solos Of All Time #6... 2 347 Rock Songs Of The 1980's. Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. They had streaked ahead of the pack, and stayed there. Feelgood” Killing Joke - Eighties The 1980s were known for big hair, big crucifixes and most notably, big cinematic power ballads. 77. but its caveman wallop would prove insanely influential. Even when it did intersect with the mainstream – whether that was via hit movies such as Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure or MTV’s Headbangers Ball show – it felt like the mainstream didn’t really understand what it was all about. "I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For". However, it was the 80s and 90s that gave new life and meaning to love songs through various genres. Scorpions - Rock You Like A Hurricane Any dancefloor, any time, this will get you dancing. Genres were forged in the white heat of the tape-trading underground: black metal, death metal, industrial, grindcore. Punk and metal were warring tribes back then, but Wardance’s convulsing rhythms and Jaz Coleman’s distorted bark-at- the-moon howl united both sides. In 1980, when he was 17, he sent recordings of his original songs to American singer/songwriter Lionel Richie (who has seven songs on this list of THE TOP 500 POP SONGS OF THE 1980S). The advent of the CD changed the way we listened to music. The death of talismanic singer Bon Scott should have finished AC/DC. Motley Crue - Live Wire Their first prog-metal epic, and a pointer to the band they are today. Adam and the Ants. All three men who played on it are gone, but Ace Of Spades will live forever. We guarantee it. The Danish diabolists announced their arrival with this slice of hellbound occult metal, with shrieker- in-chief King Diamond ramping up the theatricality to lunatic levels. W.A.S.P.’s label wouldn’t release it, and it partly inspired the foundation of infamous censorship cabal the PMRC. Within seconds of that keyboard fanfare firing up, any dancefloor will be full. Proto-black metal so primitive it made Venom sound like the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Angus and co. serve up one of the greatest salutes to guitar music on the title track to their second Brian Johnson-fronted album. During this decade, a number of extreme subgenres emerged through the underground music scene. Nirvana loved its cavernous pulse so much they ripped it off for Come As You Are. Different types of guitar tapping techniques became hugely popular on hard rock songs. Because I prefer this quintessential hard rock band's Bon Scott era to the still successful and ongoing Brian Johnson version, I tried to squeeze AC/DC off this list. The strong emphasis on melodic elements, encompassed with anthem-like choruses, became the signature sound in rock ballads and power ballads of the decade. Quiet Riot - Metal Health (Bang Your Head) Van Halen - Jump Suddenly every suburban malcontent had an anthem to trash their bedroom to. Iron Maiden - Sanctuary Billie Jean - Michael Jackson. Certain rock songs became huge underground hits before they ever received commercial acclaim from critics. Love songs have been popular since the early 40s. A number of present-day rock bands associated with extreme metal genres cite speed metal bands and thrash metal bands of this decade as their major influences. Call the cops! A number of albums released by rock bands featured hard-hitting ballads that had chart-topping success. Cannons have never been better deployed. If Metallica had the speed, Slayer had the malevolence, as the highpoint of debut album Show No Mercy proved. Girlschool - Emergency Lzzy Hale, for one, was paying attention. We countdown this subjective list from #9 to #1. By #21 of 112 The Best Songs with Sweet in … Into glory ride! Over the years, this has been one of the most requested songs behind "Don't Stop Believin". Sign up below to get the latest from Metal Hammer, plus exclusive special offers, direct to your inbox! In the U.S., bands with a radio-friendly sound became exceptionally popular with audiences. Anvil - Metal On Metal This pushed popular music into new dimensions, submerged in deep ethereal soundscapes. Middle America bought into it in their droves, and the Sunset Strip had its new kings. Top 100 songs for the year 1980 from the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 charts. These are pop/rock songs which may have briefly entered the national charts or rotation on MTV, but have regrettably been lost in the inexactitude of music history. Bath Devil-locked New Jersey brats with embalming fluid in their veins and B-movies on the brain, Misfits were the original and greatest horror punks – and this gleefully nihilistic romp would become their calling card. Decades before they became documentary stars, the larger-than- life Canadians were the headbangingest band on the block, and their pounding signature song was one of the great heavy metal anthems about playing heavy metal. Metallica - Fade To Black But their snarling second single suggested it wasn’t that wide of the mark – not least in singer Paul Di’Anno’s football hooligan bellow. It was also the decade where metal established itself as a true outsider culture, with its own look, clubs, pubs and language. Today we look at some forgotten gems from the 1980s. Rock music gained new momentum, spreading its roots globally. The year that chaotically bridged the '70s and its latter trends of disco and punk rock with the new decade, 1980 was a dynamic and intriguing year for pop music. The bastard offspring of the Sex Pistols and Motörhead, Discharge bottled all their punk- metal fury in their debut album’s title track. Like powerlifting barbarians back from a raid on the Boots make-up counter, Dee Snider and co. took Kiss’s panto-rock and bulked it up on steroids and attitude – never more so than on the snarling title track of their debut album. The hard rock and metal scene became prominent in the ‘80s, leading to a "whiplash" movement in bands emerging in rock subgenres. Like Judas Priest, the Scorpions were 70s holdovers who easily adapted to the new decade. Stunning. Dio - Holy Diver He’d fronted up stone-cold classic albums with Rainbow and Black Sabbath, but now it was Ronnie’s turn to step into the spotlight. Its titanic closing track sounded like nothing they had written before and pointed towards a world- beating future. Not every band would get their own chapters in the history books. Hey, don’t laugh…. Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance The top 100 rock songs for the entire Big 80's Decade: Rock Songs Of The 1990's. Related Song Features for Big Rock Top 200 Songs Of The 1980's. If Carlsberg did metal bands, they’d sound nothing like this. 810 From the first weekly rock chart anywhere, find the top rock songs for 1980 or find another year from 1980 to 2014. Result: a bone-shaking classic and the greatest duet in heavy metal history. Music television channels, MTV in particular, helped a significant number of mainstream and non-mainstream bands during the ‘80s. Nobody would’ve put money on a washed- up Ozzy becoming the biggest metal star of the decade. into the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal’s first global superstars, with a little help from MTV. Tom G. Warrior took the bestial template he’d laid down with Hellhammer and refined it with his next band. Iron Maiden - Rime Of The Ancient Mariner You will receive a verification email shortly. The press ridiculed them, and Tom G Warrior spent years disowning it, The AOR scene became magnanimous. "I Love Rock and Roll" Joan Jett: 5 March 13 "(Oh) Pretty Woman" Van … Iron Maiden - The Trooper grrbear added The 80s was the decade in which modern metal was born. Minor Threat - I Don’t Wanna Hear It While the decade is long gone, its music continues to mesmerize and influence people from all walks of life. He achieved this with his songs … Dee Snider played the shock-haired Pied Piper leading The Kids in revolt against their parents, teachers and anyone else who got in the way on his band’s monstrous breakout single. Receive mail from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors? The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked 1 Black Flag - Rise Above 677 They might have been late out of the gate, but this early Anthrax classic signalled their intent. The pinnacle of early 80s pop-metal and the song that turned the Sheffield oiks A number of shred guitar players became exceedingly popular for their guitar work.