Our selection of greatest love songs of the eighties. What’s your favourite 80s ballad? Cast your vote or let us know in the comments below.
Lionel Richie – Hello
Hello! Is it me you’re looking for?
’cause I wonder where you are
And I wonder what you do
Are you somewhere feeling lonely?
Or is someone loving you?
The third single from Lionel‘s multi-platinum 1983 album Can’t Slow Down. It went to number 1 on the singles chart in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands and the U.K.
► Stevie Wonder – I Just Called To Say I Love You
I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care, I do
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart
The single from Stevie’s 1984 soundtrack album The Woman In Red (romantic comedy film starring and directed by Gene Wilde). It hit number 1 spot on the singles charts all over the world, including the U.S., U.K., Australia and Germany.
► Eurythmics – Miracle Of Love
The miracle of love
Will take away your pain
When the miracle of love
Comes your way again.
The third single from the Eurythmics‘ sixth album Revenge (1986). The music video was directed by David A. Stewart. The ballad reached number 1 on the charts in Poland and Top 20 in many European countries.
► Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is
I wanna know what love is
I want you to show me
I wanna feel what love is
I know you can show me
The lead single from the band’s 1984 album Agent Provocateur. It reached number 1 in many countries, including the United States, Canada, U.K. and Australia.
► Roxette – Listen To Your Heart
Listen to your heart
when he’s calling for you.
Listen to your heart
there’s nothing else you can do.
The fourth single from Roxette’s second album, Look Sharp! (1988). The single was originally released in Sweden only. Its 1989 re-release reached number 1 on the singles charts in the U.S., Canada and Poland.
► Culture Club – Love Is Love
Love is love is nothing without you
Love is love is everything you do
Open up your eyes
And you will see
The song from the 1984 soundtrack album Electric Dreams (science fiction romantic movie with Lenny Von Dohlen and Virginia Madsen starring). The Culture Club‘s single reached number 3 on the Canadian singles chart.
► The Cars – Drive
You can’t go on
Thinking nothing’s wrong
Who’s gonna drive you home tonight
The third single from the band’s 1984 Heartbeat City album. The song is sung by The Cars‘ bassist Benjamin Orr. The music video features Ric Ocasek’s future wife, model and actress Paulina Porizkova. The single reached number 3 in the U.S., Norway and Ireland and #4 in the U.K. and Germany.
► George Michael – Careless Whisper
I should have known better than to cheat a friend
And waste a chance that I’ve been given
So I’m never gonna dance again
The way I danced with you
The first George Michael‘s solo single – (credited to “Wham! featuring George Michael” in the U.S., Canada and Japan), however the song appears on Wham!’s 1984 album “Make It Big”) and it was co-written by Andrew Ridgeley, the other member of the Wham! band. The single hit number 1 spot in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and many other countries.
► Kool & The Gang – Cherish
Cherish the love we have,
For as long as we both shall live
Cherish the love, cherish the life, cherish the love
Romantic ballad Cherish by Kool & the Gang was released as a third single from the band’s multi-platinum album Emergency (1984). It reached number one on the singles charts in Ireland and Canada and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in the U.S. and top ten on the charts all over the world in 1985.
► Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power Of Love
This time we go sublime
Lovers entwine-divine divine
Love is danger, love is pleasure
Love is pure-the only treasure
The song was written by FGTH‘s members Holly Johnson, Peter Gill, Mark O’Toole and Brian Nash. It was released as a third single from the 1984 album Welcome to the Pleasuredome. The single reached number 1 on the UK Singles Chart and top ten in many European countries, being successful also in Australia and New Zealand.
► Jennifer Rush – The Power Of Love
‘Cause I am your lady
And you are my man
Whenever you reach for me
I’ll do all that I can
The first single from Jennifer’s 1984 eponymous album. It hit number 1 spot in many countries, including U.K., Australia and Spain. The song was covered by many artists (for example Celine Dion, Laura Branigan and Air Supply) and translated into several languages.
► Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
Whatever it takes
Or how my heart breaks
I will be right here waiting for you
The second single from Richard’s second album, Repeat Offender (1989). Richard Marx wrote the song as a love letter to his then wife, actress Cynthia Rhodes (Staying Alive, Dirty Dancing). The single reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in the U.S. and many other countries incl. Canada, Australia and Japan.
► Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love For You
No other woman, is gonna love you more
Cause tonight is the night, that I’m feeling alright
We’ll be making love the whole night through
So I’m saving all my love for you
The song was written by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin and originally released by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. in 1978. Whitney Houston‘s cover was released as a second single from her self-titled debut album in 1985. The single reached number 1 both on the U.S. and U.K. official singles charts.
► Duran Duran – Save a Prayer
And you wanted to dance so I asked you to dance
But fear is in your soul
Some people call it a one night stand
But we can call it paradise
The fourth single from Duran Duran‘s 1982 famous album Rio. The video was filmed by director Russell Mulcah in Sri Lanka. The single hit number 1 spot on the French Airplay Chart and reached #2 in the U.K. and Ireland. The US single version was released in January 1985 reaching number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
► a-ha – Hunting High And Low
Next to mine
She’s the sweetest love I could find
So I guess I’ll be hunting high and low
The fifth (and the final) single from the a-ha‘s 1986 debut album of the same name. The original album version is played with synthesizers, the remixed single version contains additional production and features an orchestra. The single reached number 1 in Norway and top ten on many European charts.
► Berlin – Take My Breath Away
To some secret place to find
Watching in slow motion
As you turn to me and say
A song written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock for the film Top Gun (Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer). The Berlin‘s single reached number 1 on the UK and US singles charts. The song won both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1986.
► Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
And I need you now tonight
And I need you more than ever
And if you only hold me tight
We’ll be holding on forever
The first single from the Welsh singer’s 1983 album Faster Than the Speed of Night. Number 1 in many countries, including the U.S., France and the U.K. Worldwide, the Bonnie Tyler‘s single has sales of more than 6 million copies
► Chris de Burgh – The Lady In Red
The lady in red is dancing with me,
Cheek to cheek,
There’s nobody here,
It’s just you and me…
The single was released in the summer of 1986 as the second single from the album Into the Light. It became de Burgh’s best-selling single – it reached the number one spot in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Poland, Belgium, Norway and South Africa… It also reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the U.S. one year later.
► Chris Norman – Midnight Lady
Midnight lady, just you and me
Midnight lady, eternaly
Midnight lady, I can fly in your arms
I’ll get high
The song was written and produced by Dieter Bohlen (Modern Talking, Blue System). It reached number 1 on the singles charts in Germany and Austria in 1986. The song appears on the soundtrack to German TV series “Tatort”.
► Europe – Carrie
Things they change my friend
Maybe we’ll meet again
The third single from band’s 1986 album The Final Countdown. The ballad was co-written by Europe‘s vocalist Joey Tempest and keyboardist Mic Michaeli. The single was released in January 1987, reaching number 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
► Bangles – Eternal Flame
Do you feel the same
Am I only dreaming
Or is this burning an eternal flame
The second single from Bangles‘ 1988 album Everything. The ballad Eternal Flame was written by Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly and the Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs. It went to number 1 on the singles charts in many countries, including the U.S., Australia and the U.K.
► Heart – Alone
Till now I always got by on my own
I never really cared until I met you
And now it chills me to the bone
How do I get you alone
A song written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly was originally released for their project I-Ten in 1983. The Heart‘s cover was released as the first single from their 1987 album Bad Animals that reached number 1 in the U.S and Canada and #3 in the U.K.
► Robin Beck – The First Time
This life this love
oh what sweetness I feel
So mysterious yet
so incredible real
The song was originally recorded for a Coca-Cola commercial in 1987. It was released as a single in January 1998 and went to number 1 spot on the singles chart in the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland and many other countries.
► Simply Red – If You Don’t Know Me By Now
Just get yourself together
Or we might as well say goodbye
What good is a love affair
When you can’t see eye to eye
The song was originally written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff for (but never recorded) Labelle. At last it was released as a single in 1972 by soul musical group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. The Simply Red‘s cover was released in 1989 and reached number 1 in the U.S., New Zealand and Australia, and #2 in the U.K.
► Terence Trent D’Arby – Sign Your Name
Oh, sign your name across my heart
I want you to be my baby
Sign your name across my heart
I want you to be my lady
The fourth single from his 1987 debut album “Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby“. The single was released in December 1987 reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart, #3 in Australia and #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart.