Top 40 Keyboard Synth Driven Songs

Keyboards and synthesizer tunes were introduced to us in the late 1960s and truly gained momentum in the 1980s. We are going to countdown the top 40 keyboard synthesizer tunes ever.

1 is “Rockit” by Herbie Hancock. It’s breakdancers anthem and set the tone for hip hop.
2 is “Jump” by Van Halen and “Jump Around” by House of Pain. Both revolutionized genres.
3 is Genius of Love by the Tom Tom Club. It was sampled by Mariah Carey in Fantasy.
4 is “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay. This recent classic will play on for years to come.
5 is “Separate Ways” by Journey. Voted as the worst of all time, It still rocks!
6 is “It’s Raining Men” by the Weather Girls.
7 is anything by Genesis.
8 is Billy Joel’s “Pressure”. Mr. Brinkley created some killer tunes from the 1970s – 1990s.
9 is 1999 and Little Red Corvette by Prince. Party anthems for the longest time.
10 is 1970s classic Blinded by the Light by Manford Mann written by Bruce Springsteen.
11 is “There’s Never Been Any Reason” by Head East the 1970s classic from the 1993 movie Dazed and Confused.
12 is “Oh What A Feeling” the theme from Flash Dance by Irene Cara. Remember that famous dance scene in the chair?
13 is “Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine” by the Killers. This tune kept keyboards alive in the 2000s.
14 is “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurthymics. This song was sampled by many rap artists.
15 is “Tell It To My Heart” by Taylor Dayne. I know the 1980s again.
16 is “Zombie Nation” by Kernkraft 400. It’s the “Oh Ow Woah Oh” song.
17 is “What is Love?” by Haddaway, best known from a Night at the Roxbury.
18 is Depeche Mode’s “Policy of Truth”.
19 is another 1980s classic “If You Leave” by OMD.
20 is No Doubt’s “Hellagood”.
21 is “Let’s Go All The Way” by Slyfox. Yes, it’s another 80s classic.
22 is the group Rednex and their song “Cottoneyed Joe”. Can you say Yee-haw?
23 is Bon Jovi with “Runaway”.
24 is Coldplays “Clocks” and “Speed of Sound” on the top keyboard oriented tunes. Why two songs? It’s because they sound identical.
25 is by the Cars called “You Might Think”. The video was constantly played on MTV in the 1980s.
26 is from 1993 called just “Another Night” by Real McCoy.
27is “All of My Love” by Led Zeppelin. The last of their studio albums rendered this jem.
28 is “Light My Fire” by the Doors. Ray Manzarek’s performance was that of legend.
29 is Livin On A Prayer by Bon Jovi. Framptone vocals dominate, keys rule.
30 is the 80s dance classic “I Can’t Wait” by Nu Shooz. Da Dat Dat Dat Dat Dat Da Dah…
31 is the techno tune by Robert Miles called Children. That thumping bass always makes me smile.
32 is Steve Winwood’s magical keyboard oriented number “Valerie” which was sampled by Eric Pryzd and named “Call On Me”.
33 is Ms. Jackson by Outkast. The studio work on this song is outstanding.
34 is Dreams by Van Halen off the 1986 album 5150.
35 is Alex F by Harold Faltermeyer the theme from the Eddie Murphy movie Beverly Hills Cop.
36 is Subdivisions by Rush. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart jam out on this one.
37 is Styx’s “Mr. Roboto”.
38 is Mike and the Mechanics “All I Need Is A Miracle”.
39 is Europe’s Final Countdown. Joey Tempest, eat your heart out!
40 is the Who’s “Baba O’Reilly”. That melodic riff rocks!

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