Several music lyrics games work well for radio shows, but the 80s Lyrics Game is one of the most compelling because of the variety of music styles to draw from.

Before you begin, follow the guidelines for playing games in the Game Strategy section here.

Then, choose the best method to play this game based on your show and how you’ll use the game.

The 80s Lyrics Game

This game connects a show to a station’s format, reinforcing the music brand and complementing music features.

Important: Follow the guidelines and options to customize the game for your show and station as outlined here.


Just a city boy, born and raised in south Detroit, He took the midnight train going anywhere: Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey (1981)

Oh Yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone. Jack & Diane by John Mellencamp (1982)

I’m never gonna dance again, guilty feet have got no rhythm: Careless Whisper by George Michael (1984)

Welcome to your life, there’s no turning back: Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears for Fears (1985)

Oh Mickey, what a pity you don’t understand. You take me by the heart when you take me by the hand. Mickey by Toni Basil (1981)

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Headin’ into twilight, Spreadin’ out her wings tonight. Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins (1986)

Poor old Johnny Ray. Sounded sad upon the radio. Come On Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1982)

Knee deep in the hoopla, sinking in your fight. Too many runaways eating up the night. We Built This City by Starship (1985)

You don’t have to be beautiful to turn me on. I just need your body baby from dusk till dawnKiss by Prince (1986)

I hear the drums echoing tonight: Africa by Toto (1982)

What started out as friendship has grown stronger. I only wish I had the strength to let it showCan’t Fight This Feeling by REO Speedwagon (1984)

Put on your red shoes and dance the blues. Let’s Dance by David Bowie (1983)

You come home in the middle of the night. Your father says what you gonna do with your life. Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper (1983)

He’s bangin’ on the bongos like a Chimpanzee. Money For Nothing by Dire Straits (1985)

I travel the world and the seven seas. Everybody’s looking for something. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) by Eurythmics (1983)

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We’re talking away. I don’t know what I’m to say. I’ll say it anyway. Today’s another day to find you. Take On Me by a-ha (1985)

We’ve known each other for so long. Your heart’s been aching, but you’re too shy to say it. Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley (1987)

Watch out you might get what you’re after. Cool babies, strange but not a stranger. I’m an ordinary guy Burning Down The House by Talking Heads (1983)

It’s time for the good times. Forget about the bad times, oh yeah. One day to come together. To release the pressure. Holiday by Madonna (1983)

Oh, can’t you see you belong to me. How my poor heart aches with every step you take. Every Breath You Take by The Police (1983)

And she’s watching him with those eyes. And she’s lovin’ him with that body, I just know it. Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield (1981)

You must understand, though the touch of your hand makes my pulse react. What’s Love Got To Do With It by Tina Turner (1984)

Watching every motion in my foolish lover’s game. On this endless ocean finally lovers know no shame. Turning and returning to some secret place inside. Take My Breath Away by Berlin (1986)

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All the old paintings on the tombs. They do the sand dance don’t you know. If they move too quick (oh whey oh). They’re falling down like a domino. Walk Like An Egyptian by The Bangles (1986)

When the night falls down I wait for you And you come around. And the world’s alive With the sound of kids On the street outside. Heaven Is A Place On Earth by Belinda Carlisle (1988)

All I know is that to me You look like you’re havin’ fun. Open up your lovin’ arms. Watch out, here I come. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) by Dead Or Alive (1984)

Now I don’t want you back for the weekend, not back for a day (no no no). I said baby I just want you back, and I want you to stay. Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves (1985)

I’m just an average man with an average life. I work from nine to five, hey, hell, I pay the price. Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell (1984)