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Top 100 80s Bubblegum Hits

POSTED BY JOE HUMMEL III APRIL 28, 2021

The 80’S Bubblegum Pop Hits

1. I Love Rock and Roll – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

2. Footloose – Kenny Loggins

3. Mickey – Toni Basil

4. Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield

5. Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves

6. I’ll Tumble 4 Ya – Culture Club

7. We Got The Beat – The Go-Gos

8. Living On A Prayer – Bon Jovi

9. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!

10. 867-5309/Jenny – Tommy Tutone

11. Love Shack – The B-52s

12. I Wanna Dance With Somebody Who Loves Me – Whitney Houston

13. Centerfold – J. Geils Band

14. Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

15. Cool It Now – New Edition

16. Down Under – Men At Work

17. Flashdance… What a Feeling – Irene Cara

18. The Heart of Rock and Roll – Huey Lewis and the News

19. Sister Christian – Night Ranger

20. Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles

21. We Built This City – Starship

22. I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany

23. Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

24. Lucky Star – Madonna

25. Shake It Up – The Cars

26. Break My Stride – Matthew Wilder

27. Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung

28. He’s So Shy – The Pointer Sisters

29. Shake Your Love Debbie Gibson

30. 99 Luftballoons – Nena

31. Sunglasses At Night – Cory Hart

32. Manic Monday – The Bangles

33. Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band

34. Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran

35. You Got It All – Jets

36. Faith – George Michael

37. Kiss On My List – Hall & Oates

38. I Can Dream About You – Dan Hartman

39. Like A Prayer – Madonna

40. Forever Your Girl – Paula Abdul

41. Oh Sherry – Steve Perry

42. Crazy For You – Madonna

43. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen

44. You Give Love A Bad Name – Bon Jovi

45. Only In My Dreams – Debbie Gibson

46. Bust a Move – Young MC

47. Magic – Olivia Newton-John

48. Kokomo – The Beach Boys

49. Stomp! – The Brothers Johnson

50. Every Little Thing She Does is Magic – The Police

51. Funky Cold Medina – Tone Loc

52. Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams

53. The Living Years – Mike + The Mechanics

54. Could’ve Been – Tiffany

55. Hangin’ Tough – New Kids On The Block

56. Heartbeat – Don Johnson

57. The Break-Up Song – Greg Kihn Band

58. Tired of Toein’ The Line – Johnny Burnette

59. I Can’t Wait – Nu Shooz

50. Jojo – Boz Scaggs

61. Hungry Eyes – Eric Carmen

62. Straight Up – Paula Abdul

63. She Drives Me Crazy – Fine Young Cannibals

64. R.O.C.K. in the USA – John Cougar Mellencamp

65. Love Song – The Cure

66. Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer

67. Blame It On The Rain – Milli Vanilli

68. Mercedes Boy – Pebbles

69. Mony Mony – Billy Idol

60. Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

71. Wild Thing – Tone Loc

72. The Flame – Cheap Trick

73. Sussudio – Phil Collins

74. Party All The Time – Eddie Murphy

75. In My House – Mary Jane Girls

76. Foolish Beat – Debbie Gibson

77. Get On Your Feet – Gloria Estefan

78. Rock and Roll is King – ELO

79. Careless Whisper – Wham! (featuring George Michael)

80. Don’t Disturb This Groove – The System

81. Two of Hearts – Stacey Q

82. In Too Deep – Genesis

83. The Look – Roxette

84. Luka – Suzanne Vega

85. What I Am – Edie Brickell

86. She Bop – Cyndi Lauper

87. Another Day In Paradise – Phil Collins

88. Queen of Hearts – Juice Newton

89. I Wanna Have Some Fun – Samantha Fox

90. Something About You – Level 42

91. Back II Life – Soul II Soul

92. Step By Step – Eddie Rabbitt

93. So Alive – Love & Rockets

94. Heaven is a Place on Earth – Belinda Carlisle

95. Once Bitten Twice Shy – Great White

96. Pac-Man Fever – Buckner & Garcia

97. Don’t Close Your Eyes – Kix

98. A Love Bizarre – Sheila E.

99. Roni – Bobby Brown

100. Take Off – Bob & Doug McKenzie

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My thought exactly. That list has a lot of quality music on it—and much of it doesn't even have a toe in the "bubblegum" water.

Bubblegum music, to me, is music aimed directly at kids in their pre-teen or early-teen years. It's the Archies doing "Sugar Sugar," the Partridge Family doing "I Think I Love You," and the DeFranco Family doing "Heartbeat, It's a Love Beat." It's typically a derogatory term... although within the category, there are some keepers. 

Back to the list in question... No, Joan Jett isn't bubblegum, nor are the B52s, Steve Miller, Queen, Boz Scaggs, the Police, the Cars, Eric Carmen, Genesis/Phil Collins/Mike + the Mechanics, and many others.  

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