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

About the main rock hits of the 80s...

Top Greatest Rock Hits of the 80s (Part 2)

Today we will talk about the main rock hits of the 80s ... It is worth noting that with the onset of the eighties, the hard rock scene that prevailed in the 70s changed dramatically: guitar-based hard rock, combining painful riffs and brilliant guitar solos, became the quintessence of rock -sounds of the decade. The 1980s also saw guitarists using a wide variety of guitar playing techniques. It took popular music to a new dimension, immersing itself in deep, ethereal soundscapes... Drum solos and extended guitar solos were the hallmarks of live performances by hard rock bands during this decade. Heavy metal continued to dominate throughout the 80s, while soft rock and power ballads began to take over. The heavy emphasis on melodic elements, combined with hymn-like choruses, became the signature sound of rock ballads and power ballads of the decade. The soft rock feel (interspersed with a heavy ballad) has given rock love songs a unique personality...and popularity! So - less words, more to the point: these are the main rock hits of the 80s ...

Guns N' Roses - "Welcome to the Jungle"

We can say that this song has become an attribute of the rock scene of the 80s! "Welcome to the Jungle" is also one of the biggest hits in Guns N' Roses' dazzling career... According to VH1, it's the greatest hard rock hit ever...

Scorpions - "Still Loving You"

And this is the main rock anthem about love, which provoked a real baby boom in France (in this country, the single sold approximately 1.7 million copies)! Today, the ballad "Still Loving You" has reached the status of the international "calling card" of the group ...

Whitesnake - "Here I Go Again"

Another powerful ballad on our list, this time from love lyric kings Whitesnake! It is on VH1's Top 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s, and according to a Rolling Stone Reader's Poll, "Here I Go Again" ranks at a respectable 9th place...

Poison - "Every Rose Has It's Thorn"

Here comes the power ballad by the American glam metal band Poison! The song also featured a romanticized music video directed by Marty Kallner... Let's see:

Bruce Springteen - "Dancing in the Dark"

Rolling Stone magazine named "Dancing in the Dark" the best rock song of 1984! This hit track also brought Bruce Springsteen the MTV Video Music Award and several more prestigious victories and nominations.

Metallica - "One"

In fact, this is a very deep and sad composition... Inspired by Dalton Trumbo's novel "Johnny Got a Gun", it tells the thoughts and nightmarish images of a man left without limbs and senses... But even in such conditions, the hero of the song continues to live and think... Beautiful as the track itself, and the story (by the way).

U2 - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"

Today "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" proudly bears the status of an international hit: the song has received warm criticism and a resounding success all over the world! It is not surprising that in her time she won a number of victories, including "Song of the Year"! Subsequently, the composition became an integral attribute of all live performances of the group ... It is also included in the list of "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" by Rolling Stone magazine!

Bon Jovi - "You Give Love a Bad Name"

"You Give Love a Bad Name" became Bon Jovi's first US number one...

Motörhead - "Ace of Spades"

Every rock listener knows this song for sure... "Ace of Spades" became the pearl of the repertoire of the legendary band Motörhead...

Aerosmith - "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)"

This song has a rather interesting story... For those who know at least a little English (well, or own an online translator), it's no secret that "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" is about a guy with a feminine appearance... So, if believe the legend, Steven Tyler was inspired to this song by Vince Neil, the vocalist of Mötley Crüe, whom he met in a bar and mistook for a woman with long blond hair ...

Mötley Crüe - "Girls Girls Girls"

And here, in fact, Mötley Crüe is on our list with their 1987 hit!

Cheap Trick - "The Flame"

A powerful ballad written by Bob Mitchell and Nick Graham. Critics described "The Flame" as a very "lush and energetic ballad..."

Billy Idol - "Rebel Yell"

Released from Billy Idol's self-titled studio album in 1983, this high-energy song has only increased its success over the years!

Skid Row - "18 and Life"

This composition became the group's biggest hit: according to VH1, this is one of the best hard rock songs in history ...

Tom Petty - "Free Fallin'"

Tom Petty co-wrote this masterpiece with Jeff Lynne. By the way: it took these two no more than two days to write the text, music and record the track!

The Clash - "Should I Stay or Should I Go"

Like many (if not all) of the songs featured on today's list, The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go" is on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list... And it seems to be fully deserved. !

Iron Maiden - "Hallowed Be Thy Name"

Speaking of the 80's rock scene, it's unforgivable to ignore Iron Maiden and their cult hit "Hallowed Be Thy Name"! The lyrics are about a man who is about to see his future - he is sentenced to death...

Heart - "Barracuda"

You may not remember Heart, but you must remember their song "Barracuda"... No wonder it was hailed as one of the best hard rock songs of all time by VH1!

Dire Straits - "Walk of Life"

It is a masterpiece hit track from Dire Straits' fifth studio album Brothers in Arms, released in 1985. The most interesting thing is that this composition might never have been included in the record: co-producer Neil Dorfsman voted against its inclusion ... Much to the happiness of the fans, the band members managed to defend their opinion!

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