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.

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    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
    My love

    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

    Carrie, Carrie,
    Things they change my friend
    Carrie, Carrie,
    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.


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