Top 14 songs of the 1980s ranked

What were the biggest hit songs of the 1980s? The decade was dominated by dance songs, traditional ballads and pure rock hits. Tour our gallery below as we reveal the top 12 singles according to our sister PMC company Billboard.

Disco still reigned as the decade began, with KC and the Sunshine Band on top with “Please Don’t Go.” Phil Collins completed the decade with the final #1 hit song, “Another Day in Paradise.” Some of the longest-lasting hit tunes were from Olivia Newton-John, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Blondie and Paul McCartney (with two different duet partners).

The artists with the most #1 singles were Michael Jackson (9), Madonna (7), Whitney Houston (7), Phil Collins (7), George Michael (5), Lionel Richie (5), Hall and Oates (5), Stevie Wonder (4), Bon Jovi (4) and Prince (4).

Which of those artists were the best of the decade for weeks in the #1 position? Enjoy going back 30 to 40 years in our photo gallery below.