Top 10 Duran Duran Songs

Formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England, Duran Duran helped launch a second wave of British Invasion bands in the United States during the 1980s thanks to their new wave and synthpop sound. Also known as the “prettiest boys in rock,” the band also made waves with their music videos. For this list, we’ve chosen our entries based on a combination of the artist’s fan favorites and their most commercially successful songs. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Duran Duran Songs. Special thanks to our users Jason Lundgren, Michael Shury and aldqbigsquare for submitting the idea on our Suggest Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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They’re the wild boys. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Duran Duran Songs.

For this list, we’ve chosen our entries based on a combination of the artist’s fan favorites and their most commercially successful songs.

#10: “Planet Earth”
Duran Duran (1981)

Released as the band’s first ever single, this 4-minute track introduced us to Duran Duran’s mix of synthpop and new wave. With references to the New Romantic fashion movement and a pounding rhythm, “Planet Earth” was a top 20 UK hit and was later included on their self-titled debut record.

#9: “Come Undone”
Duran Duran (The Wedding Album) (1993)

With its Warren Cuccurullo-developed guitar hook, alternative rock sound, audio effects and use of male and female vocals, Duran Duran created a truly ethereal atmosphere with the second single from The Wedding Album. “Come Undone” may have a sorrowful feel to it, but that’s exactly what draws you in and holds you tight. As the band’s second straight top 10 from their seventh record, it’s obvious many others felt the same.

#8: “A View to a Kill”
A View to a Kill Soundtrack (1985)

Mixing rock and new wave to evoke feelings of tension and excitement that are normally associated with spy films, Duran Duran crafted this 3-and-a-half minute number for the Bond film of the same name. Despite critics’ reservations about the band’s abilities to compose a tune appropriate for the franchise, “A View to a Kill” surpassed expectations and became the only Bond theme song to top the Billboard Hot 100.

#7: “Ordinary World”
Duran Duran (The Wedding Album) (1993)

After some musical experimentation in the late ‘80s, Duran Duran found their synthpop sound was starting to lose steam by the early ‘90s. Things turned around in 1993 with their comeback record known as The Wedding Album, with first single “Ordinary World” leading the charge. Featuring a melancholy tone, the pop and alternative rock ballad took the band into the Billboard Hot 100’s top 5 and into the UK Top 10.

#6: “The Wild Boys”
Arena (1984)

Inspired by an apocalyptic novel, Simon Le Bon wrote the lyrics to this new wave tune while Nick Rhodes, and John, Roger and Andy Taylor composed the music. The result was a 4-minute track filled with chanting, thumping drums, and hard rocking guitar. As the only studio recorded song on Duran Duran’s live Arena album, “The Wild Boys” reached the second spot on both the U.S. and UK charts.

#5: “The Reflex”
Seven and the Ragged Tiger (1983)

Seven and the Ragged Tiger’s third single wasn’t only Duran Duran’s first Billboard Hot 100 number one but it was also a top twenty smash worldwide. With its new wave sound and danceable rock vibe, “The Reflex”’ is a fun and musically layered track that also topped the UK charts. And who can forget Le Bon’s warbling during the chorus?

#4: “Girls on Film”
Duran Duran (1981)

It was with this new wave single that you can’t help but dance to that Duran Duran had their first taste of mainstream success in the UK. But it was actually its raunchy music video that helped “Girls on Film” stay on the charts there and then become an MTV staple. This meant an edited “day version” and uncensored “night version” of the clip were released – with the latter featuring an unapologetic use of BDSM, barely clothed girls and more.

#3: “Rio”
Rio (1982)

Distinguished by its unique intro, driving bass line and synthesizer-led hook, Rio’s title track quickly found top 10 success in their native UK. And though it only found American chart recognition following a reissue a year later, “Rio” remains emblematic of the ’80s thanks to its electronic melody and well-known music video. Multiple artists have also covered the song.

#2: “Save a Prayer”
Rio (1982)

There’s just something about the way the band blends new wave and synthpop in this moody number off Rio that makes us feel they’re taking us on a journey to somewhere foreign and beautiful. It’s truly an escape in musical form, with the standout synthesizer riff bringing it all together. While the single reached the UK top 2, its scenic music video found heavy rotation on MTV

Honorable Mentions

“New Religion” Rio (1982)
“Notorious” Notorious (1986)
“Out of My Mind” The Saint (1997) and Medazzaland (1997)
“The Chauffeur” Rio (1982)
“Union of the Snake” Seven and the Ragged Tiger (1983)

#1: “Hungry Like the Wolf”
Rio (1982)

It was Rio’s second single that really put Duran Duran on the map when it came to worldwide success. Thanks to its lively keyboards, a biting guitar riff, and Le Bon’s vocals, “Hungry Like the Wolf” showed off Duran Duran’s musical chemistry and propelled the band into the top 5 of the UK charts. But it was its Indiana Jones-inspired music video, with its exotic locales and animals, that helped them find a home on MTV and into the top 5 of the U.S. charts.

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