TOP TEN SONGS of 1980s
1989
1. HEY (The Pixies, Doolittle)
2. GOUGE AWAY (The Pixies, Doolittle)
3. MADONNA OF THE WASPS (Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians, Queen Elvis)
4. ONE LONG PAIR OF EYES (Robin Hitchcock & The Egyptians, Queen Elvis)
5. BRASSNECK (The Wedding Present, Bizarro)
6. BLUE THUNDER (Galaxie 500, On Fire)
7. EPIC (Faith No More, The Real Thing)
8. HEY LADIES (Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique)
9. KENNEDY (The Wedding Present, Bizarro)
10. MOST OF THE TIME (Bob Dylan, Oh Mercy)

1988
1. RIVER EUPHRATES (The Pixies, Surfer Rosa)
2. TEEN AGE RIOT (Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation)
3. THE MERCY SEAT (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Tender Prey)
4. WHERE IS MY MIND? (The Pixies, Surfer Rosa)
5. FREAK SCENE (Dinosaur Jr., Bug)
6. EVERYBODY KNOWS (Leonard Cohen, I'm Your Man)
7. IT'S ONLY LIFE (The Feelies, Only Life)
8. DRIVE IT ALL OVER ME (My Bloody Valentine, You Made Me Realise)
9. FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN (Leonard Cohen, I’m Your Man)
10. DYING FOR IT (The Vaselines, Dying For It)

1987
1. ALEX CHILTON (The Replacements, Pleased to Meet Me)
2. I’VE BEEN TIRED (The Pixies, Come on Pilgrim)
3. NIMROD'S SON (The Pixies, Come on Pilgrim)
4. SON OF A GUN (The Vaselines, Son of a Gun)
5. CAN'T HARDLY WAIT (The Replacements, Pleased to Meet Me)
6. CARIBOU (The Pixies, Come on Pilgrim)
7. YOU THINK YOU'RE A MAN (The Vaselines, Son of a Gun)
8. (I GOT A) CATHOLIC BLOCK (Sonic Youth, Sister)
9. JUST LIKE HEAVEN (The Cure, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me)
10. LAST NIGHT I DREAMT THAT SOMEBODY LOVED ME (The Smiths, Strangeways, Here We Come)

1986
1. THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT (The Smiths, The Queen is Dead)
2. GRACELAND (Paul Simon, Graceland)
3. WHEN I LEFT YOU (Jacobites, Texas)
4. PAUL REVERE (Beastie Boys, Licensed to Ill)
5. I BELIEVE (REM, Lifes Rich Pageant)
6. SOMETIMES I CRY (Guided By Voices, Forever Since Breakfast)
7. ERICA'S WORD (Game Theory, The Big Shot Chronicles)
8. SHE’S AN ANGEL (They Might Be Giants, They Might Be Giants)
9. SAD WATERS (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Your Funeral...My Trial)
10. YOU CAN CALL ME AL (Paul Simon, Graceland)

1985
1. BASTARDS OF YOUNG (The Replacements, Tim)
2. MY WIFE AND MY DEAD WIFE (Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians, Fegmania!)
3. CLOSE TO ME (The Cure, The Head on the Door)
4. YOU DON'T LOVE ME YET (Roky Erickson, Clear Night For Love)
5. CLOUDBUSTING (Kate Bush, Hounds of Love)
6. HOW SOON IS NOW? (The Smiths, Meat is Murder)
7. ROAD TO NOWHERE (Talking Heads, Little Creatures)
8. STARRY EYES (Roky Erickson, Clear Night For Love)
9. RUNNING UP THAT HILL (Kate Bush, Hounds of Love)
10. AND SHE WAS (Talking Heads, Little Creatures)

1984
1. I WILL DARE (The Replacements, Let It Be)
2. HARBORCOAT (REM, The Reckoning)
3. LAKE OF FIRE (Meat Puppets, II)
4. PINK TURNS TO BLUE (Hüsker Dü, Zen Arcade)
5. OH, ME (Meat Puppets, II)
6. ANDROGYNOUS (The Replacements, Let It Be)
7. COUNTRY DEATH SONG (Violent Femmes, Hallowed Ground)
8. STAY (Blue Nile, A Walk Across the Rooftops)
9. SOUNDS GREAT WHEN YOU’RE DEAD (Robyn Hitchcock, I Often Dream of Trains)
10. PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES (The Smiths, The Smiths)

1983
1. MODERN LOVE (David Bowie, Let's Dance)
2. THIS MUST BE THE PLACE [NAĎVE MELODY] (Talking Heads, Speaking in Tongues)
3. DON'T FALL APART ON ME TONIGHT (Bob Dylan, Infidels)
4. AGE OF CONSENT (New Order, Power, Corruption & Lies)
5. A NEW ENGLAND (Billy Bragg, Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs. Spy)
7. GIRLFRIEND IS BETTER (Talking Heads, Speaking in Tongues)
8. JOKERMAN (Bob Dylan, Infidels)
10. COME DANCING (The Kinks, State of Confusion)

1982
1. COME ON EILEEN (Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Too-Rye-Ay)
2. SEXUAL HEALING (Marvin Gaye, Midnight Love)
3. SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO (The Clash, Combat Rock)
4. BILLIE JEAN (Michael Jackson, Thriller)
5. THE MESSAGE (Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, The Message)
6. MAN OUT OF TIME (Elvis Costello & the Attractions, Imperial Bedroom)
7. GET OUT OF MY HOUSE (Kate Bush, The Dreaming)
8. BEAT IT (Michael Jackson, Thriller)
9. ONE HUNDRED YEARS (The Cure, Pornography)
10. STRAIGHT TO HELL (The Clash, Combat Rock)

1981
1. UNDER PRESSURE (David Bowie/Queen, Changestwobowie)
2. DON’T YOU WANT ME (Human League, Dare!)
3. TAINTED LOVE (Soft Cell, Non-Stop Erotic Caberet)
4. PENETRATION (Tom Verlaine, Dreamtime)
5. WITH A HIP (Echo & the Bunnymen, Heaven Up Here)
6. THE THINGS THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF (Human League, Dare!)
7. SINCE YOU’RE GONE (The Cars, Shake It Up)
8. WHAT A DAY THAT WAS (David Byrne, The Catherine Wheel)
9. SEX DWARF (Soft Cell, Non-Stop Erotic Caberet)
10. SHAKE IT UP (The Cars, Shake It Up)

1980
1. ASHES TO ASHES (David Bowie, Scary Monsters)
2. WATCHING THE WHEELS (John Lennon, Double Fantasy)
3. CROSSEYED AND PAINLESS (Talking Heads, Remain in Light)
4. CRAZY RHYTHMS (The Feelies, Crazy Rhythms)
5. ONCE IN A LIFETIME (Talking Heads, Remain in Light)
6. THE BOY WITH THE PERPETUAL NERVOUSNESS (The Feelies, Crazy Rhythms)
7. PEOPLE WHO DIED (Jim Carroll, Catholic Boy)
8. MISSILES (The Sound, Jeopardy)
9. LOVE WILL TEAR US APART (Joy Division, Love Will Tear Us Apart Single)
10. BRASS IN POCKET (Pretenders, Pretenders)