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Billboard Hot 100 Number One Hits 1980-1989

by Jim H

The Full List of the Billboard Hot 100 Number One Hits from 1980-1989

Here is a complete list of the Billboard Hot 100 number one hits in the 80s. Please note that these are number one songs in the United States only.  For people who grew up in the 80s, each of these songs should be immediately recognizable. Seeing all these songs will definitely bring you back in time. Perhaps it reminds you of a high school dance, good times with your friends or a special someone. Either way, they just don’t make songs like these anymore.

Billboard Hot 100 Number One Hits 80s

You will notice how some musicians really owned the charts in this decade. Artists such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Lionel Richie and Daryl Hall & John Oats were at their peak. There was such an abundance of amazing music back then.

#1 Hits of 1980

Song Artist Date
Please Don't Go KC & The Sunshine Band 5 January 1980
Escape (The Piña Colada Song) Rupert Holmes 12 January 1980
Rock With You Michael Jackson 26 January - 9 February 1980
Do That To Me One More Time Captain & Tennille 16 February 1980
Crazy Little Thing Called Love Queen 1-15 March 1980
Another Brick in the Wall, Part II Pink Floyd 22 March - 12 April 1980
Call Me Blondie 19 April - 24 May 1980
Funky Town Lipps Inc. 31 May - 21 June 1980
Coming Up Paul McCartney 28 June - 12 July 1980
It's Still Rock and Roll to Me Billy Joel 19 -26 July 1980
Magic Olivia Newton-John 2-23 August 1980
Sailing Christopher Cross 30 August 1980
Upside Down Diana Ross 6-27 September 1980
Another One Bites the Dust Queen 4-18 October 1980
Woman In Love Barbra Streisand 25 October - 8 November 1980
Lady Kenny Rogers 15 November - 20 December 1980
(Just Like) Starting Over John Lennon 27 December 1980

Related: Every #1 One Hit Wonder of the 1980s


#1 Hits of 1981

Song Artist Date
(Just Like) Starting Over John Lennon 3-24 January 1981
The Tide Is High Blondie 31 January 1981
Celebration Kool & the Gang 7-14 February 1981
9 to 5 Dolly Parton 21 February 1981
Keep On Loving You REO Speedwagon 21 March 1981
Rapture Blondie 28 March - 4 April 1981
Kiss On My List Daryl Hall and John Oates 11 April - 25 April 1981
Morning Train (Nine to Five) Sheena Easton 2-9 May 1981
Bette Davis Eyes Kim Carnes 27 June - 18 July 1981
The One That You Love Air Supply 25 July 1981
Jessie's Girl Rick Springfield 1-8 August 1981
Endless Love Diana Ross and Lionel Richie 15 August - 10 October 1981
Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) Christopher Cross 17-31 October 1981
Private Eyes Daryl Hall and John Oates 7-14 November 1981
Physical Olivia Newton-John 21 November - 26 December 1981

#1 Hits of 1982

Song Artist Date
Physical Olivia Newton-John 2-23 January 1982
I Can't Go for That (No Can Do) Daryl Hall and John Oates 30 January 1982
Centerfold The J. Geils Band 6 February - 13 March 1982
I Love Rock 'N' Roll Joan Jett and the Blackhearts 20 March - 1 May 1982
Chariots of Fire Vangelis 8 May 1982
Ebony and Ivory Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder 15 May - 26 June 1982
Don't You Want Me The Human League 3-17 July 1982
Eye Of The Tiger Survivor 24 July - 28 August 1982
Abracadabra Steve Miller Band 4 September 1982
Hard to Say I'm Sorry Chicago 11-18 September 1982
Abracadabra Steve Miller Band 25 September 1982
Jack & Diane John Cougar 2-23 October 1982
Who Can It Be Now? Men At Work 30 October 1982
Up Where We Belong Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes 6-20 November 1982
Truly Lionel Ritchie 27 November - 4 December 1982
Mickey Toni Basil 11 December 1982
Maneater Daryl Hall and John Oates 18-25 December 1982

#1 Hits of 1983

Song Artist Date
Maneater Daryl Hall and John Oates 1-8 January 1983
Down Under Men At Work 15-29 January 1983
Africa Toto 5 February 1983
Baby, Come To Me Patti Austin and James Ingram 19-26 February 1983
Billie Jean Michael Jackson 5 March - 16 April 1983
Come On Eileen Dexys Midnight Runners 23 April 1983
Beat It Michael Jackson 30 April - 14 May 1983
Let's Dance David Bowie 21 May 1983
Flashdance... What a Feeling Irene Cara 28 May - 2 July 1983
Every Breath You Take The Police 9 July - 27 August 1983
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) Eurythmics 3 September 1983
Maniac Michael Sembello 10-17 September 1983
Tell Her About It Billy Joel 24 September 1983
Total Eclipse of the Heart Bonnie Tyler 1-22 October 1983
Islands In The Stream Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton 29 October - 5 November 1983
All Night Long Lionel Richie 12 November - 3 December 1983
Say Say Say Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson 10-31 December 1983

#1 Hits of 1984

Song Artist Date
Say Say Say Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson 1-14 January 1984
Owner of a Lonely Heart Yes 21-28 January 1984
Karma Chameleon Culture Club 4-18 February 1984
Jump Van Halen 25 February - 24 March 1984
Footloose Kenny Loggins 31 March - 14 April 1984
Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) Phil Collins 21 April - 5 May 1984
Hello Lionel Richie 12-19 May 1984
Let's Hear It For The Boy Deniece Williams 26 May - 2 June 1984
Time After Time Cyndi Lauper 9-16 June 1984
The Reflex Duran Duran 23-30 June 1984
When Doves Cry Prince 7 July - 4 August 1984
Ghostbusters Ray Parker, Jr. 11-25 August 1984
What's Love Got to Do with It Tina Turner 1-15 September 1984
Missing You John Waite 22 September 1984
Let's Go Crazy Prince and the Revolution 29 September - 6 October 1984
I Just Called to Say I Love You Stevie Wonder 13-27 October 1984
Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run) Billy Ocean 3-10 November 1984
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Wham! 17 November - 1 December 1984
Out Of Touch Daryl Hall and John Oates 8-15 December 1984
Like A Virgin Madonna 22-29 December 1984

#1 Hits of 1985

Song Artist Date
Like A Virgin Madonna 5-26 January 1985
I Want to Know What Love Is Foreigner 2-9 February 1985
Careless Whisper Wham! featuring George Michael 16 February - 2 March 1985
Can't Fight This Feeling REO Speedwagon 9-23 March 1985
One More Night Phil Collins 30 March - 6 April 1985
We Are The World USA for Africa 20 April - 4 May 1985
Crazy For You Madonna 11 May 1985
Don't You (Forget About Me) Simple Minds 18 May 1985
Everything She Wants Wham! 25 May - 1 June 1985
Everybody Wants to Rule the World Tears For Fears 8-15 June 1985
Heaven Bryan Adams 22-29 June 1985
Sussudio Phil Collins 6 July 1985
A View to a Kill Duran Duran 13-20 July 1985
Everytime You Go Away Paul Young 27 July 1985
Shout Tears For Fears 10-17 August 1985
The Power Of Love Huey Lewis and the News 24-31 August 1985
St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion) John Parr 7-14 September 1985
Money For Nothing Dire Straits 21 September - 5 October 1985
Oh Sheila Ready for the World 12 October 1985
Take On Me A-ha 19 October 1985
Saving All My Love for You Whitney Houston 26 October 1985
Part-Time Lover Stevie Wonder 2 November 1985
Miami Vice Theme Jan Hammer 9 November 1985
We Built This City Starship 16-23 November 1985
Separate Lives Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin 30 November 1985
Broken Wings Mr. Mister 7-14 December 1985
Say You, Say Me Lionel Richie 21-28 December 1985

#1 Hits of 1986

Song Artist Date
Say You, Say Me Lionel Richie 4-11 January 1986
That's What Friends Are For Dionne and Friends 25 January - 8 February 1986
How Will I Know Whitney Houston 15-22 February 1986
Kyrie Mr. Mister 1-8 March 1986
Sara Starship 15 March 1986
These Dreams Heart 22 March 1986
Rock Me Amadeus Falco 29 March - 12 April 1986
Kiss Prince and the Revolution 19-26 April 1986
Addicted To Love Robert Palmer 3 May 1986
West End Girls Pet Shop Boys 10 May 1986
Greatest Love Of All Whitney Houston 17-31 May 1986
Live To Tell Madonna 7 June 1986
On My Own Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald 14-28 June 1986
There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) Billy Ocean 5 July 1986
Holding Back the Years Simply Red 12 July 1986
Invisible Touch Genesis 19 July 1986
Sledgehammer Peter Gabriel 26 July 1986
Glory Of Love Peter Cetera 2-9 August 1986
Papa Don't Preach Madonna 16-23 August 1986
Higher Love Steve Winwood 30 August 1986
Venus Bananarama 6 September 1986
Take My Breath Away Berlin 13 September 1986
Stuck With You Huey Lewis and the News 20 September - 4 October 1986
When I Think Of You Janet Jackson 11-18 October 1986
True Colors Cyndi Lauper 25 October - 1 November 1986
Amanda Boston 8 - 15 November 1986
Human The Human League 22 November 1986
You Give Love a Bad Name Bon Jovi 29 November 1986
The Next Time I Fall Peter Cetera and Amy Grant 6 December 1986
The Way It Is Bruce Hornsby & the Range 13 December 1986
Walk Like an Egyptian The Bangles 20-27 December 1986

#1 Hits of 1987

Song Artist Date
Walk Like an Egyptian The Bangles 3-10 January 1987
Shake You Down Gregory Abbott 17 January 1987
At This Moment Billy Vera and the Beaters 24-31 January 1987
Open Your Heart Madonna 7 February 1987
Livin' on a Prayer Bon Jovi 14 February - 7 March 1987
Jacob's Ladder Huey Lewis and the News 14 March 1987
Lean On Me Club Nouveau 21-28 March 1987
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now Starship 4-11 April 1987
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) Aretha Franklin and George Michael 18-25 April 1987
(I Just) Died in Your Arms Cutting Crew 2-9 May 1987
With or Without You U2 16-30 May 1987
You Keep Me Hangin' On Kim Wilde 6 June 1987
Always Atlantic Starr 13 June 1987
Head To Toe Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam 20 June 1987
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) Whitney Houston 27 June - 4 July 1987
Alone Heart 11-25 July 1987
Shakedown Bob Seger 1 August 1987
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For U2 8 -15 August 1987
Who's That Girl Madonna 22 August 1987
La Bamba Los Lobos 29 August - 12 September 1987
I Just Can't Stop Loving You Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett 19 September 1987
Didn't We Almost Have It All Whitney Houston 26 September - 3 October 1987
Here I Go Again Whitesnake 10 October 1987
Lost In Emotion Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam 17 October 1987
Bad Michael Jackson 24-31 October 1987
I Think We're Alone Now Tiffany 7-14 November 1987
Mony Mony Billy Idol 21 November 1987
(I've Had) The Time of My Life Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes 28 November 1987
Heaven Is a Place on Earth Belinda Carlisle 5 December 1987
Faith George Michael 12-26 December 1987

#1 Hits of 1988

Song Artist Date
Faith George Michael 2 January 1988
So Emotional Whitney Houston 9 January 1988
Got My Mind Set on You George Harrison 16 January 1988
The Way You Make Me Feel Michael Jackson 23 January 1988
Need You Tonight INXS 30 January 1988
Could've Been Tiffany 6-13 February 1988
Seasons Change Exposé 20 February 1988
Father Figure George Michael 27 February - 5 March 1988
Never Gonna Give You Up Rick Astley 12-19 March 1988
Man In The Mirror Michael Jackson 26 March - 2 April 1988
Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car Billy Ocean 9-16 April 1988
Where Do Broken Hearts Go Whitney Houston 23-30 April 1988
Wishing Well Terence Trent D'Arby 7 May 1988
Anything For You Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine 14-21 May 1988
One More Try George Michael 4-11 June 1988
Together Forever Rick Astley 18 June 1988
Foolish Beat Debbie Gibson 25 June 1988
Dirty Diana Michael Jackson 2 July 1988
The Flame Cheap Trick 9-16 July 1988
Hold On to the Nights Richard Marx 23 July 1988
Roll With It Steve Winwood 30 July - 20 August 1988
Monkey George Michael 27 August- 3 September 1988
Sweet Child o' Mine Guns N' Roses 10-17 September 1988
Don't Worry, Be Happy Bobby McFerrin 24 September - 1 October 1988
Love Bites Def Leppard 8 October 1988
Red Red Wine UB40 15 October 1988
A Groovy Kind of Love Phil Collins 22-29 October 1988
Kokomo The Beach Boys 5 November 1988
Wild, Wild West The Escape Club 12 November 1988
Bad Medicine Bon Jovi 19-26 November 1988
Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley Will To Power 3 December 1988
Look Away Chicago 10-17 December 1988
Every Rose Has Its Thorn Poison 24-31 December 1988

#1 Hits of 1989

Song Artist Date
Every Rose Has Its Thorn Poison 7 January 1989
My Prerogative Bobby Brown 14 January 1989
Two Hearts Phil Collins 21-28 January 1989
When I'm with You Sheriff 4 February 1989
Straight Up Paula Abdul 11-25 February 1989
Lost In Your Eyes Debbie Gibson 4-18 March 1989
The Living Years Mike + The Mechanics 25 March 1989
Eternal Flame The Bangles 1 April 1989
The Look Roxette 8 April 1989
She Drives Me Crazy Fine Young Cannibals 15 April 1989
Like A Prayer Madonna 22 April - 6 May 1989
I'll Be There for You Bon Jovi 13 May 1989
Forever Your Girl Paula Abdul 20-27 May 1989
Rock On Michael Damian 3 June 1989
Wind Beneath My Wings Bette Midler 10 June 1989
I'll Be Loving You (Forever) New Kids On The Block 17 June 1989
Satisfied Richard Marx 24 June 1989
Baby Don't Forget My Number Milli Vanilli 1 July 1989
Good Thing Fine Young Cannibals 8 July 1989
If You Don't Know Me by Now Simply Red 15 July 1989
Toy Soldiers Martika 22-29 July 1989
Batdance Prince 5 August 1989
Right Here Waiting Richard Marx 19-26 August 1989
Cold Hearted Paula Abdul 2 September 1989
Hangin' Tough New Kids on the Block 9 September 1989
Don't Wanna Lose You Gloria Estefan 16 September 1989
Girl I'm Gonna Miss You Milli Vanilli 23-30 September 1989
Miss You Much Janet Jackson 7-28 October 1989
Listen To Your Heart Roxette 4 November 1989
When I See You Smile Bad English 11-18 November 1989
Blame It On The Rain Milli Vanilli 25 November - 2 December 1989
We Didn't Start the Fire Billy Joel 9-16 December 1989
Another Day In Paradise Phil Collins 23-30 December 1989
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