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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z OtherTop 1000

Top R&B Songs of the 1980s

1970s <-1980-> 1990s


  

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Ebony and Ivory
1.
04/1982
426

✫1
US
✫1
AC




8
R&B
34
rock


✫1
UK
[Columbia 02860]
written by Paul McCartney
Flashdance ... What a Feeling!
2.
04/1983
390

✫1
US
4
AC


✫1
dance
2
R&B




2
UK
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1983]
[Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song 1983]
[Casablanca 811440-7]
written by Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey & Irene Cara
Upside Down
3.
07/1980
382

✫1
US
18
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




2
UK
produced by Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers; charted as Upside Down / I'm Coming Out in US dance charts
[Motown 1494]
written by Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards
Billie Jean
4.
01/1983
378

✫1
US
9
AC




✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #58]

[Epic 03509]
written by Michael Jackson
Endless Love
5.
07/1981
377

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




7
UK
[Motown 1519]
written by Lionel Richie
6.
05/1982
376

✫1
US
28
AC


14
dance
26
R&B
4
rock


2
UK
[Capitol 5126]
written by Steve Miller
Say, Say, Say
7.
10/1983
375

✫1
US
3
AC


2
dance
2
R&B
24
rock


2
UK
as Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
[Epic 04169]
written by Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
Funkytown
8.
03/1980
369

✫1
US




✫1
dance
2
R&B




2
UK
charted as Funkytown / All Night Dancing in US dance charts
[Casablanca 2233]
written by Steven Greenberg
All Night Long (All Night)
9.
09/1983
364

✫1
US
✫1
AC


5
dance
✫1
R&B




2
UK
[Motown 1698]
written by Lionel Richie
Physical
10.
10/1981
353

✫1
US
29
AC


22
dance
28
R&B




7
UK
[MCA 51182]
written by Steve Kipner & Terry Shaddick
I Just Called to Say I Love You
11.
08/1984
353

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1984]
[Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song 1984]
[Motown 1745]
written by Stevie Wonder
Karma Chameleon
12.
09/1983
349

✫1
US
3
AC




67
R&B




✫1
UK
[BRIT Awards Best British Single 1984]
[Virgin/Epic 04221]
written by Boy George, Jon Moss, Mikey Craig, Roy Hay & Phil Pickett
Being with You
13.
02/1981
347

2
US
4
AC




✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
[Tamla 54321]
written by Smokey Robinson
Let's Dance
14.
03/1983
345

✫1
US




✫1
dance
14
R&B
8
rock


✫1
UK
featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan on guitar
co-produced by Nile Rodgers
[EMI America 8158]
written by David Bowie
Hello
15.
02/1984
345

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
[Motown 1722]
written by Lionel Richie
We Are the World
16.
03/1985
342

✫1
US
✫1
AC
76
country


✫1
R&B
27
rock


✫1
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1986]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1986]
benefit recording by all-star group
[Columbia 04839]
written by Michael Jackson & Lionel Richie
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?
17.
09/1982
342

2
US
8
AC


34
dance
39
R&B
21
rock


✫1
UK
charted as I'm Afraid of Me / Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? in US dance charts
[Virgin/Epic 03368]
written by Boy George, Mikey Craig (as Michael Craig), Roy Hay & Jon Moss
18.
05/1987
337

✫1
US
✫1
AC


✫1
dance
2
R&B




✫1
UK
produced by Narada Michael Walden
[Arista 9598]
written by George Merrill & Shannon Rubicam
Lady
19.
10/1980
333

✫1
US
✫1
AC
✫1
country


42
R&B




12
UK
produced by Lionel Richie
[Liberty 1380]
written by Lionel Richie
Maneater
20.
10/1982
330

✫1
US
14
AC


18
dance
78
R&B
18
rock


6
UK
[RCA 13354]
written by Sara Allen, Daryl Hall & John Oates
Celebration
21.
10/1980
327

✫1
US
34
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




7
UK
charted as Celebration / Take It to the Top in US dance charts
[De-lite 807]
written by Donna Johnson, Claydes Charles Smith, Earl Eugene Toon Jr., James "J.T." Taylor, Ronald Bell (as Ronald Nathan Bell), George Brown (as George Melvin Brown), Dennis Ronald Thomas, Eumir Deodato, Robert Mickens, Robert Bell & Kool & the Gang
Another One Bites the Dust
22.
08/1980
327

✫1
US




2
dance
2
R&B




7
UK
[Elektra 47031]
written by John Deacon
Careless Whisper
23.
08/1984
327

✫1
US
✫1
AC




8
R&B




✫1
UK
I Want to Know What Love Is
24.
12/1984
324

✫1
US
3
AC




85
R&B
✫1
rock


✫1
UK
featuring New Jersey Mass Choir & Jennifer Holliday
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #476]
[Atlantic 89596]
written by Mick Jones [Foreigner] & Lou Gramm (uncredited)
Saving All My Love for You
25.
08/1985
322

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
[Arista 9381]
written by Gerry Goffin & Michael Masser
I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)
26.
11/1981
320

✫1
US
12
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B
28
rock


8
UK
[RCA 12357]
written by Daryl Hall, John Oates & Sara Allen
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
27.
01/1987
318

✫1
US
2
AC


12
dance
5
R&B




✫1
UK
Like a Prayer
28.
03/1989
318

✫1
US
3
AC


✫1
dance
20
R&B




✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #300]
[Sire 27539]
written by Madonna & Patrick Leonard
Beat It
29.
02/1983
318

✫1
US






✫1
R&B
14
rock


3
UK
featuring Eddie Van Halen
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1984]
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #337]

[Epic 03759]
written by Michael Jackson
Let's Hear It for the Boy
30.
04/1984
318

✫1
US
3
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




2
UK
[Columbia 04417]
written by Tom Snow & Dean Pitchford
31.
10/1982
317

✫1
US
✫1
AC




2
R&B




6
UK
[Motown 1644]
written by Lionel Richie
Ghostbusters
32.
06/1984
315

✫1
US
9
AC


6
dance
✫1
R&B
38
rock


2
UK
[Arista 9212]
written by Ray Parker Jr
Baby, Come to Me
33.
10/1982
313

✫1
US
✫1
AC




9
R&B




11
UK
[R]
[Qwest 50036]
written by Rod Temperton
When Doves Cry
34.
06/1984
312

✫1
US




✫1
dance
✫1
R&B
31
rock


4
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #52]
charted as When Doves Cry / 17 Days in US dance charts
[Warner 29286]
written by Prince
Rapture
35.
01/1981
311

✫1
US




✫1
dance
33
R&B
35
rock


5
UK
charted as Rapture / The Tide Is High in US dance charts
[Chrysalis 2485]
written by Debbie Harry & Chris Stein
Easy Lover
36.
11/1984
311

2
US
15
AC


7
dance
3
R&B
5
rock


✫1
UK
with Phil Collins
[Columbia 04679]
written by Philip Bailey, Phil Collins & Nathan East
On My Own
37.
03/1986
307

✫1
US
2
AC




✫1
R&B




2
UK
[MCA 52770]
written by Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager
Part-Time Lover
38.
09/1985
307

✫1
US
✫1
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




3
UK
[Tamla 1808]
written by Stevie Wonder
39.
12/1988
306

✫1
US
39
AC


3
dance
2
R&B




3
UK
[Virgin 99256]
written by Elliot Wolff
Batdance
40.
06/1989

Batdance by Prince

from Batman   
305

✫1
US




✫1
dance
✫1
R&B


18
alt.
2
UK
[Warner 22924]
written by Prince
41.
11/1983
301

2
US
2
AC




✫1
R&B




2
UK
Joanna / Tonight was released as a double a-side in the UK
[De-lite 829]
written by Charles Smith, James "J.T." Taylor & Kool & The Gang
42.
11/1985
301

2
US
2
AC


31
dance
6
R&B




✫1
UK
written by Wayne Brathwaite (as Wayne Anton Braithwaite), Barry Eastmond (as Barry James Eastmond), Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Billy Ocean
Time After Time
43.
12/1983
301

✫1
US
✫1
AC




78
R&B
10
rock


3
UK
[Portrait 04432]
written by Rob Hyman & Cyndi Lauper
What's Love Got to Do with It
44.
05/1984
299

✫1
US
8
AC


21
dance
2
R&B
51
rock


3
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1985]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1985]
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #309]
[Capitol 5354]
written by Terry Britten & Graham Lyle
Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car
45.
02/1988
299

✫1
US
5
AC


25
dance
✫1
R&B




3
UK
[Jive 9678]
written by Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Billy Ocean
How Will I Know
46.
12/1985
298

✫1
US
✫1
AC


3
dance
✫1
R&B




5
UK
Don't Worry, Be Happy
47.
07/1988
297

✫1
US
7
AC




11
R&B




2
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1989]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1989]
[EMI-Manhattan 50146]
written by Bobby McFerrin
Everything She Wants
48.
12/1984
297

✫1
US
4
AC


7
dance
12
R&B




2
UK
double A-side with Last Christmas in the UK ; charted as Everything She Wants / Like a Baby in US dance charts
written by George Michael
West End Girls
49.
11/1985
296

✫1
US
26
AC


✫1
dance
36
R&B
37
rock


✫1
UK
[BRIT Awards Best British Single 1987]
[R]
[EMI America 8307]
written by Neil Tennant & Chris Lowe
Opposites Attract
50.
12/1989
294

✫1
US
45
AC


24
dance
3
R&B




2
UK
with The Wild Pair
rap by Derrick Delite from the Soul Purpose
[Virgin 99158]
written by Oliver Leiber
Rock Me Amadeus
51.
02/1986
294

✫1
US




4
dance
6
R&B




✫1
UK
charted as Rock Me Amadeus / Vienna Calling in US dance charts
[A&M 2821]
written by Rob Bolland, Ferdi Bolland & Falco
I Just Can't Stop Loving You
52.
08/1987
293

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
with Siedah Garrett
[Epic 07253]
written by Michael Jackson
Like a Virgin
53.
11/1984
292

✫1
US
29
AC


✫1
dance
9
R&B




3
UK
[Sire 29210]
written by Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly
Let's Groove
54.
10/1981
292

3
US




3
dance
✫1
R&B




3
UK
charted as Let's Groove/I've Had Enough in US dance charts
[Columbia 02536]
written by Wayne Vaughn & Maurice White
Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)
55.
08/1984
291

✫1
US
7
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




6
UK
[Jive 9199]
written by Billy Ocean & Keith Diamond
Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)
56.
06/1989
291

4
US




✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
I Feel for You
57.
09/1984
290

3
US




✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
featuring Stevie Wonder & Grandmaster Melle Mel
[Warner 29195]
written by Prince
True
58.
04/1983

True by Spandau Ballet

from True   
290

4
US
✫1
AC




76
R&B
34
rock


✫1
UK
[Chrysalis 42720]
written by Gary Kemp
Electric Avenue
59.
01/1983
288

2
US




6
dance
18
R&B
12
rock


2
UK
[Columbia 03793 (Portrait)]
written by Eddy Grant
Shout
60.
12/1984
287

✫1
US




✫1
dance
56
R&B
6
rock


4
UK
Jump
61.
01/1984

Jump by Van Halen

from 1984   
285

✫1
US




17
dance
88
R&B
✫1
rock


7
UK
If You Don't Know Me by Now
62.
04/1989
285

✫1
US
✫1
AC




38
R&B




2
UK
[Elektra 69297]
written by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff
Lean on Me
63.
02/1987
284

✫1
US
31
AC


✫1
dance
2
R&B




3
UK
[King Jay 28430]
written by Bill Withers
Sexual Healing
64.
10/1982
284

3
US
34
AC


12
dance
✫1
R&B




4
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #231]
[Columbia 03302]
written by Marvin Gaye
Always
65.
03/1987
283

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




3
UK
[Warner 28455]
written by Jonathan Lewis, David Lewis & Wayne Lewis
Time (Clock of the Heart)
66.
11/1982
281

2
US
6
AC


46
dance
34
R&B




3
UK
[Virgin/Epic 03796]
written by Boy George, Mikey Craig (as Michael Craig), Roy Hay & Jon Moss
All Around the World
67.
10/1989
281

3
US
7
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
[Arista 9928]
written by Lisa Stansfield, Ian Devaney & Andy Morris
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
68.
12/1983
280

2
US




✫1
dance
80
R&B
16
rock


2
UK
[Portrait 37-04120]
written by Robert Hazard
One More Try
69.
04/1988
279

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




8
UK
[R]
[Columbia 07773]
written by George Michael
Master Blaster (Jammin')
70.
09/1980
278

5
US




10
dance
✫1
R&B




2
UK
[Tamla 54317]
written by Stevie Wonder
71.
02/1985
275

✫1
US
✫1
AC




80
R&B
4
rock


4
UK
[Atlantic 89588]
written by Phil Collins
The Girl Is Mine
72.
11/1982
275

2
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




8
UK
[Epic 03288]
written by Michael Jackson
So Emotional
73.
10/1987
274

✫1
US
8
AC


✫1
dance
5
R&B




5
UK
produced by Narada Michael Walden
[Arista 9642]
written by Tom Kelly & Billy Steinberg
Need You Tonight
74.
10/1987
274

✫1
US




7
dance
73
R&B
12
rock


2
UK
charted as Need You Tonight / Mediate in US dance charts
[Atlantic 89188]
written by Andrew Farriss & Michael Hutchence
75.
06/1987
274

✫1
US
44
AC


7
dance
✫1
R&B




4
UK
[Columbia 07675]
written by Terence Trent D'Arby & Sean Oliver
The Way You Make Me Feel
76.
11/1987
274

✫1
US
9
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




3
UK
[Epic 07645]
written by Michael Jackson
77.
02/1986

Kiss by Prince

from Parade   
274

✫1
US




✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




6
UK
with The Revolution
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #461]
[Paisley Park 28751]
written by Prince
Crazy for You
78.
03/1985
273

✫1
US
2
AC




80
R&B




2
UK
[Geffen 29051]
written by John Bettis & Jon Lind
My Prerogative
79.
08/1988
271

✫1
US




7
dance
✫1
R&B




6
UK
[MCA 53383]
written by Bobby Brown, Gene Griffin & Teddy Riley
Pump Up the Jam
80.
09/1989
270

2
US




✫1
dance
10
R&B




2
UK
featuring Felly
written by Ya Kid K (as Manuela Kamosi) & Jo Bogaert (as Thomas de Quincey)
She Drives Me Crazy
81.
01/1989
270

✫1
US




✫1
dance
54
R&B


5
alt.
5
UK
[MCA 53483]
written by Roland Gift, David Steele & Andy Cox
That's What Friends Are For
82.
11/1985
269

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




16
UK
as Dionne Warwick and Friends featuring Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder & Elton John
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1987]
written by Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager
You Got It (The Right Stuff)
83.
11/1988
268

3
US




20
dance
28
R&B




✫1
UK
[Columbia 08092]
written by Maurice Starr
Pass the Dutchie
84.
09/1982
268

10
US




11
dance
8
R&B




✫1
UK
Shake You Down
85.
08/1986
268

✫1
US
2
AC




✫1
R&B




6
UK
[Columbia 06191]
written by Gregory Abbott
Bad
86.
09/1987

Bad by Michael Jackson

from Bad   
267

✫1
US
33
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




3
UK
[Epic 07418]
written by Michael Jackson
Who's That Girl
87.
07/1987
267

✫1
US
5
AC


44
dance
78
R&B




✫1
UK
[Sire 28341]
written by Madonna & Patrick Leonard
Sledgehammer
88.
04/1986
266

✫1
US




✫1
dance
61
R&B
✫1
rock


4
UK
[MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year 1987]
[Geffen 28718]
written by Peter Gabriel
89.
08/1986
265

✫1
US
3
AC


✫1
dance
3
R&B




8
UK
[A&M 2861]
written by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
Holding Back the Years
90.
04/1986
265

✫1
US






29
R&B




2
UK
[R]
[Elektra 69564]
written by Mick Hucknall & Neil Moss
Say You, Say Me
91.
11/1985
264

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




8
UK
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1985]
[Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song 1985]
[Motown 1819]
written by Lionel Richie
Cherish
92.
05/1985
264

2
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




4
UK
[Polygram 880869 (De-lite)]
written by Robert Bell (as Robert "Kool" Bell), Kool & the Gang & James "J.T." Taylor
Greatest Love of All
93.
03/1986
263

✫1
US
✫1
AC




3
R&B




8
UK
[Arista 9466]
written by Linda Creed & Michael Masser
Girl I'm Gonna Miss You
94.
08/1989
263

✫1
US
21
AC




20
R&B




2
UK
Owner of a Lonely Heart
95.
11/1983
262

✫1
US




3
dance
69
R&B
✫1
rock


28
UK
96.
05/1980
262

4
US
3
AC


50
dance
5
R&B




4
UK
97.
03/1985
262

3
US
✫1
AC


✫1
dance
13
R&B




2
UK
chated as New Attitude / Axel F in US dance charts [instrumental]
[MCA 52536]
written by Harold Faltermeyer
Miami Vice Theme
98.
09/1985
261

✫1
US
16
AC


23
dance
10
R&B
29
rock


5
UK
[instrumental]
[MCA 52666]
written by Jan Hammer
99.
06/1980
261

4
US
26
AC


2
dance
✫1
R&B




7
UK
[Warner 49505]
written by Rod Temperton
I'll Be Loving You (Forever)
100.
04/1989
261

✫1
US
3
AC




12
R&B




5
UK
[Columbia 68671]
written by Maurice Starr

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