1980s soft rock mix (first draft)


Clearly, not all these are from the 1980s. Nor are all of them soft rock, strictly speaking. There is a a fair smattering of New Wave among the bandanas. The idea is however that all of these would have been played on commercial radio in the US during the 1980s.

Do you have any more suggestions? Stuff you think should be taken out? (City Boy? Really?) Please let me know.

AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Aerosmith Last Child
Air Supply All Out Of Love
Argent Hold Your Head Up
Autograph Turn up the Radio
Bachman Turner Overdrive You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
Belinda Carlisle Heaven Is A Place On Earth
Big Star September Gurls
Blondie Dreaming
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Hollywood Nights
Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse of the Heart
Boston More Than A Feeling
Brownsville Station Smokin’ In The Boys Room
Bruce Springsteen Glory Days
Bruce Springsteen Hungry Heart
Bruce Springsteen I’m Going Down
Bruce Springsteen I’m On Fire
Bryan Adams Summer Of ’69
Carly Simon You’re So Vain
Cheap Trick I Want You To Want Me
Cheap Trick If You Want My Love
Cheap Trick Surrender
Chicago 25 Or 6 To 4
City Boy
Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Want To Have Fun
David Bowie Fame
David Bowie Rebel Rebel
Def Leppard Pour Some Sugar On Me
Dire Straits Money For Nothing
Dire Straits Sultans of Swing
Electric Light Orchestra Can’t Get It Out Of My Head
Electric Light Orchestra Don’t Bring Me Down
Electric Light Orchestra Don’t Bring Me Down
Ellen Foley We Belong To The Night
Elton John & Kiki Dee Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Europe The Final Countdown
Feargal Sharkey A Good Heart
Fleetwood Mac Go Your Own Way
Fleetwood Mac Rhiannon
Foreigner Cold As Ice
Foreigner I Wanna Know What Love Is
Grand Funk Railroad Bad Time
Greg Kihn Band The Break Up Song
Guns N’ Roses Sweet Child O’ Mine
Head East Never Been Any Reason
Heart All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You
Heart Barracuda
Heart These Dreams
Ian Hunter Cleveland Rocks
Ian Hunter Once Bitten Twice Shy
Jane Wiedlin Rush Hour
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Crimson And Clover
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts I Hate Myself For Loving You
Joan Jett Good Music
Joe Walsh Life’s Been Good
John Cougar Mellencamp Lonely Ol’ Night
John Mellencamp Jack And Diane
Journey Don’t Stop Believin’
Juice Newton Angel Of The Morning
Katrina & The Waves Walking On Sunshine
Kim Carnes Bette Davis Eyes
Kim Wilde Kids In America
Kim Wilde You came
Kiss I Was Made For Loving You
Laura Branigan Gloria
Laura Branigan Self Control
Lynyrd Skynyrd FreeBird
Meat Loaf Dead Ringer for Love
Meat Loaf Paradise By The Dashboard Light
Nazareth Love Hurts
Nena 99 Red Balloons
Nick Lowe Cruel To Be Kind
Ozark Mountain Daredevils Jackie Blue
Pat Benatar Love Is A Battlefield
Pat Benatar Shadows Of The Night
Pete Townshend Rough Boys
Pink Floyd Another Brick In The Wall
Psychedelic Furs Pretty In Pink
Quarterflash Harden My Heart
Queen Another One Bites The Dust
Queen Killer Queen
Quiet Riot Bang Your Head (Metal Health)
Ram Jam Black Betty
Rush Tom Sawyer
Scandal ft Patty Smyth The Warrior
Slade Run, Runaway
Split Enz I Got You
Steve Miller Band Abracadabra
Steve Miller Band Rock ‘n’ Me
Stevie Nicks Edge Of Seventeen
Styx Babe
Supertramp The Logical Song
Survivor Eye of the Tiger
Talking Heads Burning Down The House
The Babys California
The Cars Just What I Needed
The Cars My Best Friend’s Girl
The Clash Should I Stay Or Should I Go
The Divinyls I Touch Myself
The Go-Go’s Our Lips Are Sealed
The J. Geils Band Centerfold
The Kinks Destroyer
The Knack My Sharona
The Outfield Your Love
The Pretenders Mystery Achievement
The Pretenders Talk Of The Town
The Sweet Fox On The Run
Thin Lizzy Whiskey In The Jar
Tiffany I Think We’re Alone Now
Todd Rundgren I Saw The Light
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers American Girl
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Breakdown
Toto Hold the Line
Toto Rosanna
UFO Rock Bottom
Van Halen Dance The Night Away
Van Halen Secrets
Van Halen Unchained
Wall Of Voodoo Mexican Radio
ZZ Top Tush

7 Responses to 1980s soft rock mix (first draft)

  1. Mat says:

    Check out the GTA Vice City soundtrack (if you haven’t already) – there’s a whole CD of this stuff, beautifully put together. Features Night Ranger’s Sister Christian (which you really need) alongside several you already have.

  2. E. P Tamir says:

    How could you forget The Crawl’s Downhearted and Things Dont Seem–great great songs.

  3. […] have spent the last few weeks mainlining soft rock from the 1970s and 1980s – McCartney, Foreigner, Bowie, sundry Beatles remnants, Laura Branigan. Jenny […]

  4. Jonathan says:

    Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

  5. Jonathan says:

    Hello It’s Me

  6. Jonathan says:

    No Matter What. Knock down the old grey wall; be a part of it all.

  7. […] have spent the last few weeks mainlining soft rock from the 1970s and 1980s – McCartney, Foreigner, Bowie, sundry Beatles remnants, Laura Branigan. Jenny […]

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