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Grammy Songs And Records Of The Year, 1980s Decade Winners

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  1 What A Fool Believes 1   Mar 1979  
  The Doobie Brothers  
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  What A Fool Believes won the Grammy Awards for Record Of The Year and for Song Of The Year. The song was written by Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald. and from album Minute By Minute.  

  2 Sailing 20 1   Aug 1980  
  Christopher Cross  
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  Sailing won the Grammy Awards for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. The song was written by Christopher Cross. and from album Christopher Cross.  

  3 Bette Davis Eyes 12 1   May 1981  
  Kim Carnes  
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  Bette Davis Eyes was the 1981 top song of the year, and also won the Grammy Awards for Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year. Jackie DeShannon previously recorded her version of Bette Davis Eyes in 1974. This Kim Carnes song was from album Mistaken Identity.  

  4 Always On My Mind 3   May 1982  
  Willie Nelson  
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  Always On My Mind won the Grammy Award for Song Of The Year. Always On My Mind was previously done in 1973 by Brenda Lee, and in 1974, by Elvis Presley.  

  5 Rosanna 16 1   Jun 1982  
  Toto  
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  Rosanna was Rosanna Arquette, independent actress. This song won the Grammy Award for Record Of The Year.  

  6 Beat It 1   Apr 1983  
  Michael Jackson  
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  Beat It featured guest guitarist Eddie Van Halen. The song won the Grammy Award for Record Of The Year. The song was from album Thriller.  

  7 Every Breath You Take 1 1   Jun 1983  
  The Police  
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  Every Breath You Take was the 1983 top song of the year in both pop and rock music. It also won the Grammy Award for Song OF The Year. In 1997, I'll Be Missing You by Puff Daddy Featuring Faith Evans Featuring 112 borrowed extensively from Every Breath You Take and reached number one too.
This The Police song was from album Synchronicity. This song was written by Sting.
 

  8 What's Love Got To Do With It 1   Aug 1984  
  Tina Turner  
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  What's Love Got To Do With It won the Grammy Awards for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year.  

  9 We Are The World 1   Mar 1985  
  USA For Africa  
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  We Are The World was the 1985 top song of the year, and won the Grammy Awards for both Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie wrote the song, and the performance included many top music stars. The proceeds from the record were donated to charities. The song was from album We Are The World.  

  10 That's What Friends Are For 1   Jan 1986  
  Dionne And Friends Featuring Elton John, Gladys Knight And Stevie Wonder  
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  Dionne was Dionne Warwick, going by her first name only. That's What Friends Are For was the 1986 top song of the year, and won the Grammy Award for Song Of The Year. The proceeds went to the American Foundation for AIDS Research. A prior version by Rod Stewart was recorded in 1982. This song was written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager.  

  11 Higher Love 1 1   Aug 1986  
  Steve Winwood  
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  Higher Love won the Grammy Award for Record Of The Year. This song was written by Steve Winwood and Will Jennings.  

  12 Graceland 10 21   Jan 1987  
  Paul Simon  
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  Graceland won the Grammy Award for Record Of The Year. This song was written by Paul Simon.  

  13 Somewhere Out There 1   Mar 1987  
  Linda Ronstadt And James Ingram  
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  Somewhere Out There won the Grammy Award for Song Of The Year. The song was from the movie An American Tail.  

  14 Don't Worry Be Happy 1   Sep 1988  
  Bobby McFerrin  
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  The number one song Don't Worry, Be Happy won the Grammy Awards for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. Bobby McFerrin never received any noticeable airplay for any other song. Don't Worry Be Happy was from the movie Cocktail. This song was written by Bobby McFerrin.  

  15 Girl You Know It's True 2   Mar 1989  
  Milli Vanilli  
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  Girl You Know It's True won a Grammy award. Soon after, the group's manager informed the media that the featured singers, Rob & Fab, did not sing the record, thereby ruining their careers.  

  16 Wind Beneath My Wings 1   Jun 1989  
  Bette Midler  
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  Wind Beneath My Wings won the Grammy Awards for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. The song was from the movie Beaches. This song was written by Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar.  

  17 Another Day In Paradise 11 1   Dec 1989  
  Phil Collins  
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  Another Day In Paradise won the Grammy Award for Record Of The Year in 1991 for 1990, but the song was most popular very late in 1989. This song was written by Phil Collins.  


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Top Pop Grammy Songs by chart popularity since 1960

1I Will Always Love You
 Whitney Houston
2The Way We Were
 Barbra Streisand
3The Theme From A Summer Place
 Percy Faith And His Orchestra
4Every Breath You Take
 The Police
5Smooth
 Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
6That's What Friends Are For
 Dionne And Friends Featuring Elton John, Gladys Knight And Stevie Wonder
7Bridge Over Troubled Water
 Simon & Garfunkel
8Another Day In Paradise
 Phil Collins
9We Are The World
 USA For Africa
10Bette Davis Eyes
 Kim Carnes
11Rolling In The Deep
 Adele
12Mrs. Robinson
 Simon & Garfunkel
13Love Will Keep Us Together
 Captain & Tennille
14Killing Me Softly With His Song
 Roberta Flack
15Rosanna
 Toto
16The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
 Roberta Flack
17My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic)
 Celine Dion
18What's Love Got To Do With It
 Tina Turner
19It's Too Late
 Carole King
20Beat It
 Michael Jackson

Top Rock Grammy Songs by chart popularity since 1980

1Every Breath You Take
 The Police
2Somebody That I Used To Know
 Gotye Featuring Kimbra
3Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
 Green Day
4Use Somebody
 Kings Of Leon
5We Are Young
 Fun. Featuring Janelle Monae
6Higher Love
 Steve Winwood
7Royals
 Lorde
8Viva La Vida
 Coldplay
9Beautiful Day
 U2
10Clocks
 Coldplay
11All I Wanna Do
 Sheryl Crow
12Get Lucky
 Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams
13Rolling In The Deep
 Adele
14Tears In Heaven
 Eric Clapton
15Rehab
 Amy Winehouse
16Smooth
 Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
17Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
 U2
18Graceland
 Paul Simon
19Streets Of Philadelphia
 Bruce Springsteen
20Bette Davis Eyes
 Kim Carnes

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