For Like, Ever: The Ultimate 80's Video Playlist

Due to popular demand, here is the playlist on Spotify and iTunes.

After a surprisingly fun thread on Twitter this weekend where I asked people what videos they remember loving so much that they would watch MTV for hours waiting for it, I got some amazing responses. Cue the little girl rabbit hole that took me back to better times, dare I say it-the good ole days. So I thought it would be fun to do a playlist of some of the best videos from the 80’s that people still remember now.


  • This is a list of the best videos, not songs. I was a little mod girl, so if this was the best 80’s songs it would much more focused on things like like Pop Will Eat Itself, Ultravox, Erasure, Depeche Mode, O.M.D., The Cure, New Order, Bananarama, Souixe and the Banshees and on and on.

  • I didn’t add Prince because you should just watch Purple Rain.

  • I understand Thriller is considered the best of all time and Billie Jean is great too, but for obvious reasons, I’m not adding them.

Feel free to share your own in the comments if I missed your fave. Get out your side shoulder sweatshirt and Madonna lace headbands and let’s have some fun. Without further ado, grab yourself a watermelon Jolly Rancher and here is “For Like, Ever” the ultimate 80’s video playlist:

For Like, Ever 💗

  1. Duran Duran — Rio

  2. Tears for Fears — Shout

  3. Cyndi Lauper — Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

  4. INXS — Never Tear Us Apart

  5. Madonna — Like a Virgin

  6. Pat Benetar — Love is a Battlefield

  7. Ah-Ha — Take on Me

  8. Adam Ant — Goody Two Shoes

  9. Simple Minds — Alive and Kicking

  10. New Order — True Faith

  11. Culture Club — Karma Chameleon

  12. Peter Gabriel — Sledgehammer

  13. Madness — Our House

  14. Wham! — Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

  15. Flock of Seagulls — I Ran (So Far Away)

  16. Til Tuesday — Voices Carry

  17. U2 — Where the Streets Have Name

  18. Whitney Houston — I Wanna Dance With Somebody

  19. Run D.M.C., featuring Aerosmith — Walk This Way

  20. Simply Red — Holding Back the Years

  21. O.M.D. — If You Leave

  22. The Police — Every Breath You Take

  23. Billy Idol — White Wedding

  24. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers — Don’t Come Around Here No More

  25. Talking Heads — Once in a Lifetime

  26. Van Halen — Jump

  27. Eurythmics — Sweet Dreams

  28. The Cars — You Might Think

  29. David Bowie — Blue Jean

  30. Beastie Boys - Fight For Your Right

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Amee Vanderpool writes the “Shero” Newsletter and is an attorney, contributor to Playboy Magazine and analyst for BBC radio. She can be reached at or follow her on Twitter @girlsreallyrule.