What better way to celebrate the holidays than to finally — at long last — deliver the results of the sixth installment of our Best of the ’80s Redux series, the (very) sporadic Slicing Up Eyeballs readers poll in which our readers have now determined the Top 100 songs of 1985.

A quick refresher: The Best of the ’80s Redux song polls were launched a few years ago following our wildly popular Best of the ’80s year-by-year album polls, but slowly petered out after we conducted the Top 100 songs of 1980 and 1981 surveys. (This whole site went dormant for near two years.)

RELATED: Slicing Up Eyeballs’ Top 100 songs of 1985 playlist on Spotify

We resurrected the polls last year, and completed balloting on the 1982, 1983 and 1984 surveys.

Now comes the results for 1985.

For the ’85 poll, readers were asked to vote for up to 25 of their favorite songs that first were released in some form (single, album track, etc.) during that calendar year.

We received 6,852 total votes, and, after weeding out songs from the wrong year — including “How Soon is Now?” and “Shout,” which made 1984’s Top 100, and Thompson Twins’ “Lay Your Hands On Me,” which should have but didn’t — and flipping a coin to break ties, we created this list. But we have included two songs that did make the ’84 list: a-ha’s “Take On Me” and Pet Shop Boys’ “West End Girls,” because those songs weren’t just re-released in 1985, they were re-recorded entirely.

So thank you all for voting and sharing your thoughts. Take a look at the Top 100 list below — and feel free to offer your own take on the results, good or bad, in the comments below.





1. The Cure, “Inbetween Days”
2. New Order, “The Perfect Kiss”
3. Kate Bush, “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)”
4. The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Just Like Honey”
5. Siouxsie and the Banshees, “Cities in Dust”
6. The Cult, “She Sells Sanctuary”
7. Simple Minds, “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”
8. Echo & The Bunnymen, “Bring on the Dancing Horses”
9. The Cure, “Close to Me”
10. Depeche Mode, “Shake the Disease”


11. a-ha, “Take On Me”
12. Til Tuesday, “Voices Carry”
13. Tears For Fears, “Head Over Heels”
14. R.E.M., “Driver 8”
15. Tears For Fears, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”
16. The Waterboys, “The Whole of the Moon”
17. New Order, “Love Vigilantes”
18. Prince, “Raspberry Beret”
19. Simple Minds, “Alive and Kicking”
20. Love and Rockets, “Haunted When the Minutes Drag”


21. New Order, “Sub-Culture”
22. INXS, “What You Need”
23. Talking Heads, “Road to Nowhere”
24. The Dream Academy, “Life in a Northern Town”
25. Duran Duran, “A View to a Kill”
26. New Order, “Elegia”
27. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, “So In Love”
28. Talking Heads, “And She Was”
29. New Order, “Face Up”
30. Killing Joke, “Love Like Blood”


31. ABC, “Be Near Me”
32. INXS, “This Time”
33. The Smiths, “The Boy With the Thorn In His Side”
34. Pet Shop Boys, “West End Girls”
35. Bryan Ferry, “Slave to Love”
36. The Replacements, “Bastards of Young”
37. The Cure, “A Night Like This”
38. Shriekback, “Nemesis”
39. Camper Van Beethoven, “Take the Skinheads Bowling”
40. The Smiths, “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore”


41. Big Audio Dynamite, “The Bottom Line”
42. Arcadia, “Election Day”
43. Hüsker Dü, “Makes No Sense At All”
44. R.E.M., “Can’t Get There From Here”
45. The Replacements, “Left of the Dial”
46. Eurythmics, “Would I Lie To You?”
47. Big Audio Dynamite, “E=MC2”
48. Madonna, “Into the Groove”
49. a-ha, “The Sun Always Shines on T.V.”
50. The Dead Milkmen, “Bitchin’ Camaro”


51. Kate Bush, “Hounds of Love”
52. Hoodoo Gurus, “Bittersweet”
53. The Power Station, “Some Like It Hot”
54. Billy Bragg, “Days Like These”
55. Dramarama, “Anything, Anything (I’ll Give You)”
56. Ministry, “Over the Shoulder”
57. Howard Jones, “Things Can Only Get Better”
58. Kate Bush, “Cloudbusting”
59. Oingo Boingo, “Dead Man’s Party”
60. The Smiths, “The Headmaster Ritual”


61. Love and Rockets, “Ball of Confusion”
62. The Cure, “Push”
63. Pet Shop Boys, “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)”
64. Oingo Boingo, “Just Another Day”
65. Fine Young Cannibals, “Johnny Come Home”
66. Wang Chung, “To Live and Die in L.A.”
67. The Sisters of Mercy, “Marian (Version)”
68. Sting, “Fortress Around Your Heart”
69. The Smiths, “Barbarism Begins at Home”
70. Talk Talk, “Life’s What You Make It”


71. Cocteau Twins, “Aikea-Guinea”
72. Falco, “Rock Me Amadeus”
73. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, “Tupelo”
74. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, “Secret”
75. Simple Minds, “Sanctify Yourself”
76. Skinny Puppy, “Assimilate”
77. Scritti Politti, “Perfect Way”
78. Simply Red, “Holding Back the Years”
79. The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Never Understand”
80. 7 Seconds, “Walk Together, Rock Together”


81. Baltimora, “Tarzan Boy”
82. Level 42, “Something About You”
83. Sting, “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free”
84. Hüsker Dü, “Celebrated Summer”
85. The Replacements, “Kiss Me On the Bus”
86. The Hooters, “And We Danced”
87. Dire Straits, “Money for Nothing”
88. Faith No More, “We Care a Lot”
89. Katrina and the Waves, “Walking on Sunshine”
90. The Cult, “Rain”


91. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Don’t Come Around Here No More”
92. X, “Burning House of Love”
93. Prefab Sprout, “Appetite”
94. Big Audio Dynamite, “Medicine Show”
95. David Bowie and Pat Metheny Group, “This Is Not America”
96. Run DMC, “King of Rock”
97. Ramones, “Bonzo Goes to Bitburg”
98. The Jesus and Mary Chain, “You Trip Me Up”
99. Felt, “Primitive Painters”
100. Suzanne Vega, “Marlene on the Wall”