Editors' Notes The ‘80s maximalist ideal helped make its softer songs a little more grandiose. Hard rockers, synth-poppers, and soul singers all released ballads and meditations that accompanied their deep feelings with dramatic musical gestures—sparkling pianos, weepy guitar solos, slick saxophones, vocals that went the extra octave. While some artists, like Bruce Hornsby and Phil Collins, used their pop-star platforms to take on social issues, and others like The Police and Don Henley examined humans’ darker sides in their biggest soft-rock smashes, the inspiration for a lot of the decade’s best mellow gold was love. It didn’t always result in happy endings, as the wrenching vocals laid down by the likes of George Michael and Heart’s Wilson sisters showed. But no matter the emotion being conveyed, the soft rock dominating playlists often led to pure pop bliss.

SONG
ALBUM
The Boys of Summer
4:49
 
Take It On the Run
3:59
 
Theme from "Greatest American Hero" (Believe It or Not)
3:14
 
Modern Love (2018 Remaster)
4:48
 
The Way It Is (Remastered)
4:58
 
What's Love Got to Do With It (2015 Remastered Version)
3:50
 
In the Air Tonight
5:35
 
I Just Called to Say I Love You (Single Version)
4:22
 
Careless Whisper
6:32
 
Drive
3:54
 
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) [Remastered]
4:04
 
Make Me Lose Control
4:45
 
The Longest Time
3:43
 
Don't Dream It's Over
3:59
 
Up Where We Belong (From "An Officer and a Gentleman")
3:52
 
I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues
4:45
 
No More Lonely Nights
4:43
 
Holding Back the Years
4:26
 
Angel of the Morning
4:10
 
Sexual Healing
3:58
 
The Lady in Red
4:16
 
5:33
 
Valerie
4:07
 
Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)
3:54
 
The Best of Times
4:17
 
5:28
 
I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)
5:07
 
Bette Davis Eyes
3:48
 
You're the Inspiration (Alternate Version)
3:52
 
Africa
4:55
 
I Want to Know What Love Is
5:04
 
Open Arms
3:22
 
More Than This
4:30
 
Everywhere (Remastered)
3:46
 
Every Breath You Take
4:13
 
Making Love out of Nothing at All
5:40
 
These Dreams
4:14
 
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
4:37
 
Dancing In the Dark
4:05
 
Hungry Eyes
4:08
 
You Belong to the City
5:52
 
Broken Wings (Single Version)
4:44
 
Forever Young
4:08
 
If You Don't Know Me By Now
3:26
 
You Can Do Magic
3:57
 
Missing You
4:29
 
Can't Fight This Feeling
4:54
 
Oh Sherrie
3:49
 
Ah! Leah!
3:42
 
Shattered Dreams
3:27
 
Kiss on My List
4:24
 
Graceland
4:51
 
Waiting for a Girl Like You
4:52
 
Higher Love
5:51
 
Every Day I Write the Book
3:54
 
Hard to Say I'm Sorry / Get Away
5:06
 
Who Can It Be Now?
3:21
 
The Living Years
5:30
 
Romeo and Juliet
6:00
 
Leather and Lace (Remastered)
3:45
 
Faithfully
4:27
 
Rosanna
5:30
 
Amanda
4:16
 
Take My Breath Away (Love Theme from "Top Gun")
4:15
 
I Keep Forgettin (Every Time You're Near)
3:42
 
Every Time You Go Away
5:24
 
What About Love?
3:41
 
Jessie's Girl
3:14
 
Glory of Love (Theme from "the Karate Kid, Pt. II")
4:18
 
Steal Away (Rerecord)
3:17
 
This Is the Time
5:01
 
I'm on Fire
2:39
 
Harden My Heart
3:52
 
Somebody's Baby
4:22
 
Fortress Around Your Heart
4:41
 
Hold On to the Nights
5:16
 
Do You Believe In Love
3:29
 
4:04
 
The Last Worthless Evening
6:03
 
My Heart Can't Tell You No
5:14
 
Sad Songs (Say So Much)
4:55
 
Hold Me Now
4:45
 
Straight from the Heart
3:31
 
Who's Crying Now
5:00
 
Almost Paradise (feat. Ann Wilson) [Love Theme]
3:49
 
5:17
 
Manic Monday
3:04
 
Hard Habit to Break (Remastered)
4:45
 
No One Is To Blame
4:18
 
4:27
 
Hey Nineteen
5:07
 
Valotte
4:14
 
Love Bites (Remastered 2017)
5:46
 
In Too Deep
5:02
 
Waiting On a Friend
4:34
 
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (Remastered 2003)
4:20
 

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