The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1980s

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Debbie Harry of Blondie performs in 1980.

In the '80s, disco's popularity decreased, and the top 20 Hot 100 hits present a more complicated picture than it did a decade before. Not that disco completely disappeared: Diana Ross's "Upside Down," produced with the help of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards from Chic, was a top hit, as was Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean," which remains a floor-filler to this day. Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" showed another white rock band going disco with great success.

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Duets from established stars were frequently massively successful during the '80s: Lionel Richie and Diana Ross, Paul McCartney -- appearing in the top 20 for his third consecutive decade -- recorded one apiece with Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick sang with a slew of stars. These tracks tended to be smooth, highly-produced ballads. Smooth and highly-produced was a common path into the top 20. Richie played a big part in this, with two top 20 solo hits and his collaboration with Ross. Richie also wrote Kenny Rogers' "Lady," which represents a rare appearance by a country singer in a decade's top 20.

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Rock made a comeback after being close to a non-presence in the top 20 from the '70s. Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" and the Police's "Every Breath You Take" both made it into the top five. Blondie's pumping new-wave sound appears in the top 10, while Joan Jett and the J. Geils Band also found success with guitar crunch.

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Check out the Spotify playlist of the top 20 below -- except for Jett's "I Love Rock and Roll," which isn't on Spotify -- and read on to see when each hit peaked. Don't miss the top 20 from the '60s and the '70s.

1. "Physical" - Olivia Newton-John
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: November 21, 1981

2. "Bette Davis Eyes" - Kim Carnes
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: May 16, 1981

3. "Endless Love" - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: August 15, 1981

4. "Eye Of The Tiger" - Survivor
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: July 24, 1982

5. "Every Breath You Take" - The Police
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: July 9, 1983

6. "Flashdance...What A Feeling" - Irene Cara
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: May 28, 1983

7. "Another One Bites The Dust" - Queen
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: October 4, 1980

8. "Say Say Say" - Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: December 10, 1983

9. "Call Me" - Blondie
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: April 19, 1980

10. "Lady" - Kenny Rogers
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: November 15, 1980

11. "Centerfold" - The J. Geils Band
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: February 6, 1982

12. "(Just Like) Starting Over" - John Lennon
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: December 27, 1980

13. "I Love Rock 'N Roll" - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: March 20, 1982

14. "Ebony And Ivory" - Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: May 15, 1982

15. "That's What Friends Are For" - Dionne & Friends
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: January 18, 1986

16. "Upside Down" - Diana Ross
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: September 6, 1980

17. "Abracadabra" - The Steve Miller Band
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: September 4, 1982

18. "Billie Jean" - Michael Jackson
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: March 5, 1983

19. "Say You, Say Me" - Lionel Richie 
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: December 21, 1985

20. "All Night Long (All Night)" - Lionel Richie
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: November 12, 1983

This top Billboard Hot 100 songs of each decade is ranked based on each title's performance on the Hot 100 through the chart dated Nov. 1, 2014. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits across multiple decades, time frames are weighted to account for fluctuating chart turnover rates due to different methodologies utilized.