Best 1980s Love Songs + Lyric Quotes

It’s hard to believe the 1980s were twenty-plus years ago. With phrases like totally and awesome, we will never forget them. I want 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.

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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 a list of popular 1980s tunes for parties. However, below you will find our list of the best 1980s love songs.

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80s Love Songs List

In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel

Released in 1986 on the album So
Genre: Rock

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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 on the album Phoenix
Genre: Folk

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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 on the album Disintegration
Genre: Rock

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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 on the album Vision Quest Soundtrack
Genre: Pop

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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 on the album Greatest Hits
Genre: Country

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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 on the album Vital Signs
Genre: Pop

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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 on the album Chicago 17
Genre: Rock

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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 on the album No Protection
Genre: Pop

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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 on the album Frontiers
Genre: Rock

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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

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Eternal Flame – The Bangles

Released in 1988 on the album Everything
Genre: Pop

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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 on the album Count Three & Pray
Genre: 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 on the album Into the Light
Genre: Rock

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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 on the album Born to Love
Genre: R&B

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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 on the album Whitney Houston
Genre: R&B

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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 on the album Hi Infidelity
Genre: Rock

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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 on the album Radio Romance
Genre: Country

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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 on the album Endless Love Soundtrack
Genre: R&B

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

‘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 on the album See the Light
Genre: Rock

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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

If you have a favorite 80s love song, please share the song below and why it is special to you.

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