Best Love Songs from the 80s

What are the best love songs from the 80’s?

The 80s, oh what an awesome era they were. The original melodies of the decade were full of love and enticement, expressed so beautifully to music. There are endless all-time love songs that were produced during this period, but there are a few that stand out among the rest as some of the best. If you wish to go back to the 80s and relive those precious loving moments read on. If you want to see how love was expressed in music during that time— then read on as well.

Listed below are the best love song hits from the 80s. For your convenience, we have included iTunes links so that you can either purchase or sample the songs. For your convenience, we have compiled the songs in a playlist, making it easy for you to listen to a sample or purchase a song. A detailed listing, including choruses and significant verses for some of the songs, is provided below the playlist.

Playlist of the Best Love Songs of the 80’s

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Addicted to Love

This lively upbeat love song was written and sung by Robert Palmer in the 80s. You can hardly stop yourself from joining in the chorus as it repeats over and over. It may not be a love ballad, but it was and is a great, jumping love song. Go ahead and see if you can listen to it and not sing along!


Whoa, you like to think that you’re immune to the stuff, oh yeah
It’s closer to the truth to say you can’t get enough, you
know you’re gonna have to face it, you’re addicted to love
Might as well face it, you’re addicted to love (Repeat)


Endless Love

Lionel Richie and Diana Ross sung this stunning beautiful love song written by Richie in 1981. As the name suggests, it is the joint announcement of the two of their “endless love”. Others have sung it, but these two provide a harmonizing, glorious sound others could not copy. It was first released for the movie of the same name starring Brook Shields.

Significant Verse:

Two hearts, two hearts that beat as one
Our lives have just begun
Forever I’ll hold you close in my arms
I can’t resist your charms
And love I’ll be a fool for you I’m sure
You know I don’t mind
‘Cause you, you mean the world to me
Oh, I know I found in you my endless love


Every Breath You Take

This song about the heartache felt after lost love was written by Sting and first sung by The Police in 1983. This song was written during the breakup of Stings marriage. It is regarded as a popular love song, but if you really read the chorus words, it is about a character that could easily be considered sinister (or a stalker).


Every move you make
Every vow you break
Every smile you fake
Every claim you stake
I’ll be watching you.


I Want to Know What Love Is

Foreigner sang this powerful love ballad for the first time in 1984, which was written by Mick Jones. It was one of the top songs Foreigner has ever released and is still widely played today. It starts out slow, but increases ever so slightly as it plays. The chorus explodes each time and ends with a choir joining in to finish it off, before it fades. Powerful words and music created this stunning love song positively giving you hope that love can be found.

Significant Verse:

I’m gonna take a little time, a little time to look around me
I’ve got nowhere left to hide, it looks like love has finally found me
In my life there’s been heartache and pain
I don’t know if I can face it again
Can’t stop now, I’ve traveled so far, to change this lonely life


One More Night

Phil Collins sang this very romantic love song, which was released for the first time in 1985. He plays the piano beautifully in this great pop song that finishes off with a wonderful hypnotic trumpet. He produced this solo even though he was with Genesis at the time. This was just one of many hits sung by Collins, who has such a calming voice.

Significant Verse:

I’ve been sitting here so long,
Just wasting time, just staring at the phone
And I was wondering, should I call you,
Then I thought, maybe you’re not alone


Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around

Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty (with the Heartbreakers) sang this hip love song written by Petty with M. Campbell in 1981. It was Nick’s debut solo album and she was well known as a Fleetwood Mac singer. It’s a lively rock song about a girl who just can let go of her ex bad-boy love. How many people do you know who has a similar story to tell? Sometimes it’s hard to let a love go.

Her Significant Verse:

It’s hard to think about what you’ve wanted
It’s hard to think about what you’ve lost
This doesn’t have to be the big get even
This doesn’t have to be anything at all

His Reply:

I know you really want to tell me goodbye
I know you really want to be your own girl


Baby, you could never look me in the eye
Yeah, you buckle with the weight of the words
Stop draggin’ my heart around


More of the Best Love Songs of the 80’s

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  • “Against All Odds” performed by Phil Collins
  • “Almost Paradise” performed by Ann Wilson & Mike Reno
  • “Always and Forever” performed by Heatwave
  • “Alone” performed by Heart
  • “All out of Love” performed by Air Supply
  • “Amanda” performed by Boston
  • “Broken Wings” performed by Mr. Mister
  • “Can’t Fight This Feeling” performed by REO Speedwagon
  • “Careless Whisper” performed by Wham!
  • “Crazy For You” performed by Madonna
  • “Could’ve Been” performed by Tiffany
  • “Eternal Flame” performed by The Bangles
  • “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” performed by Poison
  • “Greatest Love of All” performed by Whitney Houston
  • “Holding Back The Years” performed by Simply Red
  • “(I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight” performed by Cutting Crew
  • “If You Leave Me Now” performed by Chicago
  • “I’ll Be There For You” performed by Bon Jovi
  • “Keep On Loving You” performed by REO Speedwagon
  • “Longer” performed by Dan Fogelberg
  • “Love Bites” performed by Judas Priest
  • “More Than Words” performed by Extreme
  • “Never Gonna Let You Go” performed by Sergio Mendes
  • “Never Tear Us Apart” performed by INXS
  • “On My Own” performed by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
  • “Open Arms” performed by Journey
  • “Sailing” performed by Christopher Cross
  • “Sara” performed by Starship
  • “She’s Got a Way” performed by Billy Joel
  • “She’s Like The Wind” performed by Patrick Swayze
  • “The Search Is Over “ performed by Survivor
  • “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)” performed by Billy Ocean
  • “Time After Time” performed by Cyndi Lauper
  • “Tonight I Celebrate my Love” performed by Peablo Bryson and Roberta Flask
  • “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” performed by Bonnie Tyler
  • “True” performed by Spandau Ballet
  • “Truly” performed by Lionel Richie
  • “Up Where We Belong” performed by Joe Cocker
  • “We Belong” performed by Pat Benetar
  • “When I See You Smile” performed by Bad English
  • “When I’m With You” performed by Sheriff
  • “Wind Beneath My Wings” performed by Bette Midler


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