top 80s love songs

It’s hard to believe the 1980s were twenty-plus years ago. With phrases like totally and awesome, we will never forget them.  We already have a list of the best hair band power ballads. However, we wanted to encompass all of the best 1980s love songs. Many songs on our list are tried and true to this day. Many brides and grooms danced to the songs below as their first dance as a married couple.

top 80s love songs

We tried our best to give a cross-genre sampling of many styles including fold, r&b, and rock. If you have a favorite that you think we missed, don’t hesitate to comment on your favorite removed from the list. You can also comment on why you think a song on the list should be there.

Are you interested in more 1980s music? Be sure to check out our list of 100 of the best songs of the 80s. However, below you will find our list of the best 1980s love songs.

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1980s Love Songs

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In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
Released in 1986, So
Rock

In your eyes
Oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light
The heat I see in your eyes


Longer – Dan Fogelberg
Released in December 1979, Phoenix
Folk

Through the years, as the fire starts to mellow
Burning lines in the book of our lives
Though the binding cracks and the pages start to yellow
I’ll be in love with you


Lovesong – The Cure
Released in 1989, Disintegration
Rock

However far away
I will always love you
However long I stay
I will always love you
Whatever words I say
I will always love you


Crazy For You – Madonna
Released in 1985, Vision Quest Soundtrack
Pop

Touch me once and you’ll know it’s true
I never wanted anyone like this
It’s all brand new
You’ll feel it in my kiss
You’ll feel it in my kiss
Because I’m crazy for you


Lady – Kenny Rogers
Released in 1980, Greatest Hits
Country

Lady
For so many years, I thought I’d never find you
You have come into my life and made me whole
Forever


The Search Is Over – Survivor
Released in 1984, Vital Signs
Pop

Taking on the world
That was just my style
Now I look into your eyes
I can see forever
The search is over


You’re The Inspiration – Chicago
Released in 1984, Chicago 17
Rock

You’re the meaning in my life
You’re the inspiration
You bring feeling to my life
You’re the inspiration


Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship
Released in 1987, No Protection
Pop

Let ’em say we’re crazy, what do they know
Put your arms around me baby don’t ever let go
Let the world around us just fall apart
Baby, we can make it if we’re heart to heart


Faithfully – Journey
Released in 1983, Frontiers
Rock

And lovin’ a music man ain’t always what it’s supposed to be
Oh, girl, you stand by me
I’m forever yours
Faithfully


Eternal Flame – The Bangles
Released in 1988, Everything
Pop

Close your eyes, give me your hand, darling
Do you feel my heart beating
Do you understand?
Do you feel the same
Am I only dreaming
Is this burning an eternal flame?


Take My Breath Away – Berlin
Released in 1986, Count Three & Pray
Rock

When the mirror crashed I called you
And turned to hear you say
If only for today
I am unafraid
Take my breath away


The Lady In Red – Chris De Burgh
Released in 1986, Into the Light
Rock

I’ve never seen so many people want to be there by your side
And when you turned to me and smiled, it took my breath away
And I have never had such a feeling
Such a feeling of complete and utter love, as I do tonight


Tonight, I Celebrate My Love – Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack
Released in 1983, Born to Love
R&B

Tonight there’ll be no distance between us
What I want most to do, is to get close to you


Saving All My Love For You – Whitney Houston
Released in 1985, Whitney Houston
R&B

So I’m saving all my love for you
Yes, I’m saving all my love
Yes, I’m saving all my love for you


Keep On Loving You – REO Speedwagon
Released in 1980, Hi Infidelity
Rock

And I meant every word I said
When I said that I love you
I meant that I love you forever


You & I – Eddie Rabbit & Crystal Gayle
Released in 1982, Radio Romance
Country

We can entrust each other
With you in my life
They’ll never be another
We’ll be all right
Just you and I


Endless Love – Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
Released in 1981, Endless Love Soundtrack
R&B

‘Cause you
You mean the world to me
I know I know
I’ve found, I’ve found in you
My endless love


Angel Eyes – The Jeff Healey Band
1988, See the Light
Rock

Don’t anyone wake me
If it’s just a dream
‘Cause she’s the best thing
Ever happened to me


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