200 Greatest Pop Songs Of The 80s And 90s

The 80s and 90s were decades that opened the horizon for memorable pop songs. Rekindle memories with the best pop anthems.
200 Greatest Pop Songs of the 80s and 90s
Source - https://pixabay.com/en/cassette-tape-plastic-tape-audio-164396/

Pop music is a genre excessively popular globally. A genre of popular music, pop emerged as a modern form of music in the 50s. The pop music movement stemmed in the United States and United Kingdom in the50s, and since has gone onto become one of the most popular movements in music. This mainstream genre is characterized by the mellow vocal styles accompanied by a variety of musical instruments. While guitar, bass and drums have been popular in pop music since the 50s, keyboard and synthesizers came into prominence in the 70s. Synth pop became a craze in the 80s

with many bands adopting programmed drum beat patterns to lush textures of keyboard sounds. Also, saxophone and clarinet solos in pop songs became a rage in the 80s and 90s.

Typically the length of pop songs is 3 to 4 minutes. Songs in this genre have a simple verse and chorus musical structure where emphasis is on melody. The rhythmic element interspersed with catchy hooks and melody give pop music a unique identity.  Over the years pop songs with a catchy chorus have become number 1 hits in many countries. A number of pop songs of the 80s and 90s have had success on different music charts. Chord progressions in pop music musically structured with root melody notes give a slick and polished feel to sound. Lyrical themes of pop bands and pop artists differ, however some of the popular themes in this genre are love, breakup, sentimental thoughts, and past memories.

Pop music has been dominated by US and British acts since the 50s, however, the Europop style that emerged in the 60s became hugely popular in the 80s and 90s. Several Europop bands from Germany, France, Sweden, Netherlands and United Kingdom had considerable chart success the 80s and early 90s. The boy band and girl band trend became epic in the 90s. Many boy bands from the 90s became popular with their brand of pop love songs. Needless to say, more that 70% of fans globally comprised of teenage girls. A number of musicians embarked on solo careers in pop music in the 80s and 90s. While pop music always dominated in US and UK, the genre in the Asia has developed greatly in Japan and Korea.

The rise of music television channels, MTV in particular showcased many pop bands and artists propelling the genre to new heights. Many pop bands from Europe made a huge impact in The US with their synth-laced pop songs. Towards the end of the 90s many pop-dance bands emerged bringing the club flavor in pop music. Since the year 2000 many acoustic pop bands and indie pop acts have emerged adding new character to the genre. The road for pop music in the years ahead is bright… time will tell how the Pop music evolves. 

Top 200 Pop Songs of the 80s and 90s

  1. Take on Me- A-ha
  2. Beat It- Michael Jackson
  3. Faith- George Michael
  4. Turn Back The Clock- Johnny Hates Jazz
  5. Careless Whisper- Wham!
  6. Hello- Lionel Richie
  7. Girls Just Want To Have Fun- Cyndi Lauper
  8. I Wanna Dance With Somebody- Whitney Houston
  9. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now- Starship
  10. Billie Jean- Michael Jackson
  11. West End Girls- Pet Shop Boys
  12. Never Gonna Give You Up- Rick Astley
  13. Stars- Simply Red
  14. End of The Road- Boyz 2 Men
  15. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go- Wham!
  16. Like A Virgin- Madonna
  17. Everybody Wants To Rule The World- Tears for Fears
  18. Karma Chameleon- Culture Club
  19. Total Eclipse of The Heart- Bonnie Taylor
  20. When Doves Cry- Prince
  21. Say My Name- Destiny’s Child
  22. I Will Always Love You- Whitney Houston
  23. Walk Like An Egyptian- The Bangles
  24. Down Under- Men At Work
  25. Time After Time- Cyndi Lauper
  26. Don’t Know Much- Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt
  27. The Way You Make Me Feel- Michael Jackson
  28. It’s A Sin- Pet Shop Boys
  29. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)- Eurythmics
  30. Call Me- Blondie
  31. The Sign- Ace of Base
  32. Unbreak My Heart- Toni Braxton
  33. Nothing Compares 2 U- Sinead O’ Connor
  34. Genie In A Bottle- Christina Aguleria
  35. Don’t You Want Me- Human League
  36. No Scrubs- TLC
  37. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)- Dead of Alive
  38. Like A Prayer- Madonna
  39. I Swear- All-4-One
  40. Together Forever- Rick Astley
  41. Barbie Girl- Aqua
  42. How Do I Live- LeAnn Rimes
  43. I Want It That Way- Backstreet Boys
  44. Eternal Flame- The Bangles
  45. Wind Beneath My Wings- Bette Midler
  46. Loser- Beck
  47. Baby Baby- Amy Grant
  48. Black Or White- Michael Jackson
  49. Papa Don’t Preach- Madonna
  50. Steal My Sunshine- Len
  51. Kiss From A Rose- Seal
  52. Celebration- Kool & The Gang
  53. Relax- Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  54. Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)- Backstreet Boys
  55. Come On Eileen- Dexys Midnight Runners
  56. Believe- Cher
  57. Walking On Sunshine- Katrina and the Waves
  58. Truly Madly Deeply- Savage Garden
  59. Love Shack- B-52’s
  60. Endless Love- Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
  61. Livin’ la Vida Loca- Ricky Martin
  62. I Know- Dionne Farris
  63. Cherish- Kool And the Gang
  64. Everytime You Go Away- Paul Young
  65. My Heart Will Go On- Celine Dion
  66. Holding Back The Years- Simply Red
  67. Stay (I Missed You)- Lisa Loeb
  68. Hungry Like The Wolf (Night Version- Duran Duran
  69. Baby One More Time- Britney Spears
  70. The Lady In Red- Chris de Burgh
  71. I Wanna Sex You Up- Color Me Badd
  72. Wannabe- Spice Girls
  73. Flashdance… What A Feeling- Irene Cara
  74. Groove Is In The Heart- Deee-Lite
  75. Rush Rush- Paula Abdul
  76. A Groovy Kind of Love- Phil Collins
  77. Tonight I Celebrate My Love- Peabo Bryson & Roberts Flack
  78. Mickey- Tony Basil
  79. Ordinary World- Duran Duran
  80. Venus- Bananarama
  81. Ice Ice Baby- Vanilla Ice
  82. Tarzan Boy- Baltimora
  83. Part Time Lover- Stevie Wonder
  84. I Want It That Way- Backstreet Boys
  85. Red Red Wine- UB 40
  86. I Need To Know- Marc Anthony
  87. What’s Love Got To Do With It- Tina Turner
  88. Sussudio- Phil Collins
  89. Blue Monday- New Order
  90. Truly- Lionel Richie
  91. Islands iN The Stream- Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
  92. I’ll Make Love To You- Boyz 2 Men
  93. Macarena- Los Del Rio
  94. When I Think of You- Janet Jackson
  95. So Amazing Luther Vandross
  96. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now- Starship
  97. Step By Step- New Kids On The Block
  98. Unbelievable- EMF
  99. Every Morning- Sugar Ray
  100. C’est La Vie- Bewitched
  101. Say You, Say Me- Lionel Richie
  102. Right Here Right Now- Jesus Jones
  103. Mambo No. 5- Lou Bega
  104. Heaven Is  a Place on Earth- Belinda Carlisle
  105. Uptown Girl- Billy Joel
  106. Take My Breath Away- Berlin
  107. Come Undone- Duran Duran
  108. Self Control- Laura Branigan
  109. One More Night- Phil Collins
  110. If You Don’t Know Me By Now- Simply Red
  111. Vogue- Madonna
  112. Rock Me Amadeus- Falco
  113. The Boy is Mine- Brandy & Monica
  114. Boombastic- Shaggy
  115. Shattered Dreams- Johnny Hates Jazz
  116. She Drives Me Crazy- Fine Young Cannibals
  117. Candle In The Wind- Elton John
  118. There’ll Be Sad Songs (to Make You Cry)- Billy Ocean
  119. Our House- Madhouse
  120. Circle in The Sand- Belinda Carlisle
  121. I Just Called To Say I Love You- Stevie Wonder
  122. The Tide Is High- Blondie
  123. Kiss- Prince and The Revolution
  124. Vision of Love- Mariah Carey
  125. We Are The World- USA For Africa
  126. I’ll Be Loving You

    (Forever)- New Kids On The Block
  127. Foolish Games- Jewel
  128. Glory of Love- Peter Cetera
  129. Angel of Mine- Monica
  130. So Emotional- Whitney Houston
  131. I Ran (So Far Away)- A Flock of Seagulls
  132. Breakfast At Tiffany’s- Deep Blue Something
  133. Whip It- Devo
  134. A View To Kill- Duran Duran
  135. Caribbean Queen- Billy Ocean
  136. Tell It To My Heart- Taylor Dayne
  137. Father Figure- George Michael
  138. In Your Eyes- Peter Gabriel
  139. Seasons Change- Expose
  140. You Gotta Be- Des’ree
  141. River of Dreams- Billy Joel
  142. Lost In Your Eyes- Debbie Gibson
  143. Baby Don’t Forget My Number- Milli Vanilli
  144. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You- Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett
  145. Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)- Phil Collins
  146. Tearin’ Up My Heart- NSYNC
  147. Insensitive- Jann Arden
  148. Tell Her About it- Billy Joel
  149. The Power of Love- Jennifer Rush
  150. Sweet love- Anita Baker
  151. Anything For You- Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
  152. Getting’ Jiggy With It- Will Smith
  153. How Will I Know- Whitney Houston
  154. I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight- Cutting Crew
  155. Informer- Snow
  156. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car- Billy Ocean
  157. Ghostbusters- Ray Parker, Jr.
  158. Whatta Man- Salt N’ Pepa and En Vogue
  159. Space Age Love Song- A Flock of Seagulls
  160. U Can’t Touch This- MC Hammer
  161. Another Day In Paradise- Phil Collins
  162. S Club Party- S Club 7
  163. Don’t Wanna Lose You- Gloria Estefan
  164. I’ll Be- Edwin McCain
  165. Are you That Somebody?- Aaliyah
  166. Candy- Mandy Moore
  167. Have You Ever- Brandy
  168. The Hardest Thing- 98 Degrees
  169. Good Vibrations- Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch
  170. If You Had My Love- Jennifer Lopez
  171. Love Changes Everything- Climie Fisher
  172. Quit Playing Games With My Heart- Backstreet Boys
  173. Saving All My Love For You- Whitney Houston
  174. I Touch Myself- The Divinyls
  175. Straight Up- Paula Abdul
  176. Woman In Love- Barbara Streisand
  177. All Night Long (All Night)- Lionel Richie
  178. I Do (Cherish You)- 98 Degrees
  179. Killing Me Softly With His Song- The Fugees
  180. O.P.P- Naughty By Nature
  181. True- Spandau Ballet
  182. All My Life- K-Ci & JoJo
  183. Back at One- Brian McKnight
  184. You’re Still The One- Shania Twain
  185. Do What You Do- Jermaine Jackson
  186. Foolish Beat- Debbie Gibson
  187. Time (Clock of the Heart)- Culture Club
  188. I Melt With You- Modern English
  189. Toy Soldiers- Martika
  190. Summer Girls- LFO
  191. Chequered Love- Kim Wilde
  192. Love Will Lead You Back- Taylor Dayne
  193. Tenderness- General Public
  194. Can’t Stay Away From You- Gloria Estefan
  195. Love Plus One- Haircut 100
  196. Could’ve Been- Tiffany
  197. Hold Me Know- Thompson Twins
  198. The More You Live, the More You Love- A Flock of Seagulls
  199. Never Gonna Let You Go- Sergio Mendes
  200. Stuck on You- Lionel Richie


Please login to comment on this post.
  • nbillett  16-05-2017
    The ones I'm familiar with from your list are: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, TLC, Madonna, Backstreet Boys, Lionel Ritchie, Diana Ross, Celine Dion, Tina Turner, Brandy, Monica, Shaggy(as a Caribbean and Jamaican, I am happy he is on the list), Stevie Wonder, KC and Jo Jo, Jennifer Lopez, Shania Twain, and Brain McKnight
    reply 0
Top 100 School Dropouts And College Dropouts That Became Hugely Successful
Top 100 Pop Rock Songs