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Rock Hits of the 80s: A Selection of the Best (Part One)

About the major rock gems of the '80s...

Top Rock Hits of the '80s (Part 1)

Do you remember the major rock hits of the 80's? The 80's was an unforgettable decade in music... It was the period when the rock scene got a new impetus, spreading its roots all over the world! For many rock bands of the late 70's new doors opened and they began to experiment boldly with sound... And the hard rock and metal scene became noticeable just with the onset of this beautiful decade... The flaming high vocals and vivid images of rockers became a hypnotic center for millions of fans! Rock bands toured extensively in the 80's, performing at venues of many thousands... Soon rock songs became popular among young people all over the world! Today we're going to dive into a time machine and recall the major rock hits of the 80s: from U2 and The Police to Guns n' Roses and Judas Priest...

Guns n' Roses - "Sweet Child O' Mine"

This song made a big splash on the band's debut LP, Appetite for Destruction. Upon its release the single became the leader of Billboard Hot 100 (the only track to top that chart in Guns n' Roses' career). And Slash's magnificent solo became one of the top 100 greatest guitar solos in history according to Guitar World magazine...

AC/DC - "Back in Black"

This is the legendary AC/DC song from their album of the same name, written in memory of Bon Scott... The band members themselves said:

"They were lines that seemed devoid of meaning: 'Nine lives and cat's eyes. Getting rid of the unnecessary and getting out of control..." But in them we suddenly saw Bon's life..."

Bon Jovi - "Livin' on a Prayer"

This song hardly needs an introduction: everyone knows it, even those who are not particularly close to Bon Jovi...

The Police - "Every Breath You Take"

As you can tell just from the title (which translates as "Every Breath You Take"), this is a very tender, romanticized song that is sure to touch the soul of every listener...

U2 - "With or Without You"

And this is one of the most successful singles of 1987: the song not only brought the band worldwide success, but also received a warm reception from the critics...

Survivor - "Eye of the Tiger"

Did you know that this iconic track was written specifically at the request of Sylvester Stallone for the movie Rocky 3? As a result, the song became one of the best hard rock songs ever according to VH1...

Van Halen - "Jump"

To date, "Jump" remains the most successful single by Van Halen: the track became the leader of the American Billboard Hot 100. This song differs from the band's earlier recordings by the fact that it is controlled by a synth line (at the same time, the song includes a guitar solo, glued together from several takes). Rumor has it that David Lee Roth dedicated the song to the martial arts master Benny "the Jet" Urquidez, of whom he was a student. The musician sketched the lines, "Go ahead and jump," after watching the news about a guy who was about to jump off a roof...

Def Leppard - "Pour Some Sugar on Me"

A beautiful track by Def Leppard from the album Hysteria...

Judas Priest - "Breaking the Law"

Not only has this song been the subject of an incredible number of covers (including the Motörhead version), it has also become part of the soundtrack of several computer games...

Whitesnake - "Is This Love"

True Whitesnake fans know that "Is This Love" was not just the crown jewel of their song repertoire, but the backbone of all their live performances... Today this song is on the list of the most powerful ballads in history!

Scorpions - "Rock You Like a Hurricane"

A classy rock hit from the Germans Scorpions. What else is there to add? The whole era is associated with this song...

Journey - "Don't Stop Believin'"

Journey may not be as popular as Scorpions or Judas Priest... but they also have a few big hits in their musical output, like "Don't Stop Believin'"!

Foreigner - "I Wanna Know What Love Is"

To this day, the song remains one of the most successful and recognizable radio rock hits of the 1980s... By the way: soon after its release as a single, in 1984, "I Wanna Know What Love Is" became number one on both sides of the Atlantic!

Queen - "Another One Bites the Dust"

One of the most dynamic songs of Queen's career! Not only Freddie Mercury's stunning performance, but also John Deacon's bass line deserves special attention... Later Mercury told how people who didn't know them (Queen) but heard this song on the radio thought it was a black band!

Bryan Adams - "Summer of 69"

This hit has brought Bryan Adams to platinum status in Great Britain! No less interesting is the video for "Summer of 69", which got more than 130 million views!

REO Speedwagon - "Keep on Loving You"

For the American rock band REO Speedwagon "Keep on Loving You" became the first hit, which entered the top 50 of the American Billboard Hot 100! What is more: in the first week the track became a chart leader! As a result, the single sold more than one million copies in the USA...

Joan Jett - "I Love Rock 'n' Roll"

Despite the fact that Joan Jett is not the author of this hit (the song belongs to The Arrows), she made this song an international hit! Today "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" is included in many prestigious ratings, for example - "The 100 Best Songs of the 20th Century".

Europe - "The Final Countdown"

According to Joey Tempest, the songwriter, he was inspired to write "The Final Countdown" by David Bowie, specifically his "Space Oddity."

"Bowie's Space Oddity has an absolutely delightful depth... It fascinated me. David sings about "floating in a tin can" - it's pretty damn catchy! On The Final Countdown lies the message that the world is slowly expanding and we're just dissolving into space..."

Dire Straits - "Money for Nothing"

And we owe this hit to the two workers whose conversation motivated Mark Knopfler to write such a cool track! The music video is no less interesting, let's see:

Rolling Stones - "Start Me Up"

And this song was the last composition in the career of the iconic Rollings to reach the top ten in the British hit parade...

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