15 Best 80s Rock Songs by Female Artists ...

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15 Best 80s Rock Songs by Female Artists ...

How do you even choose the best 80s rock songs by females?

It’s time to tease our manes and bring out the electric guitars because we’re going to be travelling through time into the greatest decade of all. Everything from style to movies to television from this time deserves its own list, but we’ll be focusing on music for now, more specifically, rock music. Even more specifically, rock music by talented, iconic ladies who truly made the genre, whether through power ballads, heavy metal anthems, or pop rock tunes. These are the best 80s rock songs by females.

1 Walk like an Egyptian – the Bangles (1986)

2 Heaven is a Place on Earth – Belinda Carlisle (1987)

3 Alone – Heart (1987)

"Alone" by the band Heart is one of the most iconic rock songs of the 1980s. Released in 1987, the song was written by the band's lead singer Ann Wilson and guitarist Nancy Wilson. It was the second single from their ninth studio album, Bad Animals.

The song has become a classic rock staple, regularly played on radio stations and in films. It reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number three. It also topped the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and was certified gold by the RIAA in 1989.

The song is a power ballad, characterized by its strong vocals and heartfelt lyrics. It speaks of loneliness and the desire to find someone to love, themes that many people can relate to.

The accompanying music video was directed by Marty Callner and featured the band performing the song in a desert setting. It was nominated for Best Video from a Film at the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards.

Heart was one of the most successful rock bands of the 1980s, and "Alone" is one of their most beloved songs. It remains an essential part of the 80s rock music canon and is a testament to the power of female rockers in the decade.

4 Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler (1983)

5 If I Could Turn Back Time – Cher (1989)

6 All We Are – Warlock (1987)

7 Edge of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks (1982)

8 I Love Rock ‘N Roll – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (1982)

9 I Hate Myself for Loving You – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (1988)

Yes, Joan gets two entries because let’s face it, she rules.

10 Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes (1981)

11 Voices Carry – ‘Til Tuesday – (1985)

12 99 Red Balloons – Nena (1984)

13 Love is a Battlefield – Pat Benatar (1983)

14 We Don’t Need Another Hero – Tina Turner (1985)

15 Kiss Me Deadly – Lita Ford (1988)

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