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Yamaha DX7 was one of the most used synth during the mid 80's. Trying to make a complete list would be fastidious and nearly impossible.
So, here are only a few examples. Keep in mind that thousands of others are ignored here...

One of the certainly most known DX7 sound is the Rhodes electric piano simulation, with this so typical FM synthesis touch... You can find it in almost all of the pop/jazz ballad from the 80's:

Al Jarreau "High Crime" (WEA ©1984 / 250 807-1)
Al Jarreau "High Crime"

"After All" (Track 5)
first verse:
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Chicago "17" (Warner Bros ©1984 / 7599-25060-2)
Chicago "17"
"Hard Habit To Break" (Track 3)/Introduction + first verse:
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"Stay The Night" (Track 1) with a more rythmic playing style/First verse:
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Luther Vandross "The Best Of Luther Vandross... The Best Of Love" (Epic ©1989 - 465801 2)
Luther Vandross
"Here And Now" (Track 20)/Introduction + first verse:
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Billy Ocean "Love Zone" (Jive ©1986 - CHIP 35)
Billy Ocean "Love Zone"
"There'll Be Sad Songs" (Track 4)/Introduction + first verse:
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"It's Never Too Late To Try" (Track 6)/Introduction (0'10'') - also contains other additional FM sounds (belltree, xylophone) and a Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer:
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Glenn Medeiros (Mercury ©1987 / 888 610-7)
Glenn Medeiros
"Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You"/Introduction + first verse:
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Phil Collins "No Jacket Required" (WEA ©1985 / 2 51699-2)
Phil Collins
"One More Night" (Track 5)/Introduction + first verse (with a Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer):
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Simply Red "Picture Book" (Elektra Records ©1985 / 960 452-2)
Simply Red
"Jericho" (Track 5)/Whole song chords comping:
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Alexander O'Neal "Hearsay" (Tabu Records ©1986 - TBU 450936 2)
Alexander O'Neal
"Never Knew Love Like This" (Track 12)/Introduction:
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DX7 was also used a lot during the 80's for his digital metallic, punchy or slappy bass sounds. Here are a few examples:

A-Ha "Hunting High And Low" (Warner Bros ©1985 / 9 25300-2)
A-Ha "Hunting High And Low"
Magne Furuholmen - who played keyboards in this norvegian pop group - largely used the DX7 (jointly with a Prophet 5 if I remember well) on this album.  One of the most known example is the ROM#1A 15 "BASS 1"  that appears during the introduction of "Take On Me" (Track 1) top hit. A slight chorus FX seems to have been added:
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Howard Jones "Human's Lib" (WEA,Elektra ©1984 / 240335-2)
Howard Jones "Human's Lib"
Another use of the ROM#1A 15 "BASS 1"  patch is on the Howard Jones british top hit "What Is Love" (Track 2). Both bells sounds from the introduction (0'04'' and 00'14") are also played with a DX7 (ROM#1A 26 "TUB BELLS"  patch) :
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Sandra "The Long Play" (Virgin ©1985 - 610 627)
Sandra "The Long Play"
Always about this ROM#1A 15 "BASS 1"  patch, Sandra's composer and producer Michael Cretu used it on the european top hit "Maria Magdalena" (Track 5):
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Michael Jackson "Bad" (Epic ©1987 - EK 40600)
Michael Jackson "Bad"
I already mentioned this Michael's album on Roland D-50 examples page. They also used a DX7. Here is an example with the groovy punchy digital bass used during the whole "Another Part Of Me" song (Track 6):
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Tears For Fears "Songs From The Big Chair" (Mercury ©1984 / 824 300-2)
Tears For Fears
Another example of DX7 digital bass is in the TFF new wave/pop top hit "Shout" (Track 1):
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Depeche Mode "Some Great Reward" (Mute Records ©1984 - 600053)
Depeche Mode
First DM international top hit "People Are People" (Track 3) contains a DX7 bass line. I may suppose that the metallic sound used for the melodic response during the introduction is an FM synthesis sound too:
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Jean-Jacques Goldman "Non Homologué" (Sony ©1985 - 888837424512)
Jean-Jacques Goldman
This very popular french singer/composer used a lot the DX7 in studio and on stage during the 80's. Here's a great punchy slappy bass sound on the "Je Marche Seul" (Track 10) song:
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Samantha Fox "Touch Me" (Jive ©1987 - ZD71443)
Samantha Fox
Another example extracted from the "Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now" (Track 6) top dance hit from Samantha Fox and combining two different DX7 bass sounds:
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Philippe Cataldo "Les Divas du Dancing" (Polydor ©1986 / 885 223-7)
Philippe Cataldo
This "one top hit only" french singer used the DX7 slappy bass sound as an interesting rythmic comping line:
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S.O.S. Band "Sands Of Time" (Tabu Records ©1984 - CDTBU 26863)
SOS Band
The "Even When You Sleep" (Track 1) song from this american Urban Funk group includes a typical DX7 bass patch:

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Many thanks to the Internaute who kindly mentioned this album to me!!
Berlin "Count Three And Pray" (Mercury ©1986 / 830 586-2)
The "Take My Breath Away" (Track 5 - from the "Top Gun" soundtrack) bass sound is a DX7 Fretless patch:
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Commodores "Nightshift" (Motown ©1985 / ZD72343)
The "Nightshift" (Track 2 - dedicated to Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson) bass sound is also a DX7 Fretless patch:
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Wham! "Make It Big" (Epic ©1984 - CDEPC 86311)
The "Everything She Wants" (Track 2) bass sound is DX7 analog synbass emulation:
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Jacksons "Victory" (Epic ©1984 - CDEPC 86303)
The "Torture" (Track 1) bass sound is a typical DX7 bass sound:
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Kenny Loggins "Danger Zone" (CBS ©1985 - A 7188)
Kenny Loggins
Another song extracted from "Top Gun" film which includes the ROM#3A 12 "E.BASS 1" patch:
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Stevie Wonder "Characters" (Motown ©1987 - ZD72001)
Stevie Wonder
Another expressive digital DX7 bass sound in the Stevie's song "Skeletons" (Track 6):
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Here are a few examples using the famous DX7 percussive keys (clavinet, marimba, celesta,...):

Level 42 "Running In The Family" (Polydor ©1987 / 831 593-2)
Level 42
Mike Lindup (Level 42's synth player) used a lot the DX7 (jointly with a Prophet 5 and E-MU Emulators) during the mid 80's. Here is the "To Be With You Again" (Track 5) introduction where you can recognize a typical chorused rich FM metallic synclav :
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Janet Jackson "Control" (A&M Records ©1986 / 395 106-2)
Janet Jackson "Control"
Here is a use of the famous "vibe/marimba" DX7 sound as rythmic background during the "When I Think Of You" (Track 6) introduction (bass line was also played by a DX7):
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Jermaine Stewart "Frantic Romantic" (Arista ©1986 - ARCD 8395)
Jermaine Stewart
Here is a use of a belly piano DX7 sound as melodic background during the "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off" (Track 1) introduction:
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Niagara "Encore Un Dernier Baiser" (Polydor ©1986 / 831 310-2)
Here is another DX7 "marimba/xylo" use during the "Tchiki Boum" (Track 5) introduction from pop french group Niagara. I also think that short brass hits you can hear are FM sounds:
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Sting "The Dream Of The Blue Turtles" (A&M Records ©1985 / 393 750-2)
Here is another DX7 "marimba/xylo" use during the "Love Is The Seventh Wave" (Track 2) song:
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Exposé "Exposure" (Arista ©1987 / 258 147)
Here is a DX7 "marimba/vibe" use during the "Come Go With Me" (Track 1) song:
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Many thanks to the Internaute who kindly mentioned this album to me!!

Michel Polnareff "Kâmâ Sutrâ" (Epic ©1990 - 466125 2)
Michel Polnareff
One of the most terrific DX7 synth sound is a sort of hybrid clavinet/electric guitar with bright metallic character and punchy attack (it seems to me that it was originally named "PLUCK 13" or something like that). You can hear a good demonstration of this groovy sound during the introduction of french singer Michel Polnareff "Toi Et Moi"(Track 3) song:
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Harold Faltermeyer "Axel F" (MCA Records ©1984 / 259 074-7)
Axel F
DX7 marimbas appear in this "Beverly Hills Cop" famous theme. You can also hear a LinnDrum rythmic programmation and a Moog Modular synth bass:
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Tangerine Dream "Underwater Sunlight" (Jive Electro ©1986 - WD 75216)
A variation of the sound I mentioned in the Michel Polnareff example has been largely used in this TD album (with a longer release and sometimes doubled with an analog pad). Here is an example with the "Ride On The Ray" (Track 4) song. At the end, you can also recognize a sequenced line played with a DX7 slap bass:
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Michel Jonasz "En Concert Au Palais des Sports de Paris" (WEA ©1985 / 240810-2)
Michel Jonasz
This Michel Jonasz live album contains a variation of the famous punchy digital synclav I mentioned just above. Jean-Yves d'Angelo (Michel's keyboard player on stage) used it for the "Y'A Rien Qui Dure Toujours" (Track 1) introduction:
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Here are a several examples using diverse DX7 sounds:

Serge Gainsbourg "You're Under Arrest" (Philips ©1987 / 834 034-2)
Serge Gainsbourg
Serge Gainsbourg used a lot the DX7 on this electro-funk album dedicated to a young lady named Samantha. The best example is during the "Mon Légionnaire" beginning (Track 10) where you can hear a bass sound (introduction) and an electric piano (verse - listen well to the subtle harmonic progression!):
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Mory Kante "Akwaba Beach" (Barclay ©1987 / 833 119-1)
Mory Kanté
The "Yé Ké Yé Ké" (Track 1) top hit includes DX7 african mallets, electric slap bass and electric pianos (with an interesting unusual pitch bend variation!) sounds:
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Tina Turner "Private Dancer" (Capitol Records ©1984 / CDP 7 46041 2)
Tina Turner
The "What's Love Got To Do With It" (Track 2) song is a veritable DX7 sounds demonstration. You can for example recognize the ROM#3A 01 "FLUTE 1" patch just before the chorus and the ROM#3A 14 "HARMONICA1"  patch as a solo line. The subtle electric piano background is the ROM#3A 08 "E.PIANO 1" patch:
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Many thanks to the Internaute who kindly mentioned this album to me!!

"Running Scared" soundtrack by Rudi Harpaz & Rod Temperton (MCA Records ©1986 - MCAD-31053)
Running Scared
This Peter Hyams film included a song sang by Michael McDonald and named "Sweet Freedom". In this song, you can clearly recognize the typical DX7 marimbas during the introduction/verse:  
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ROM#3A 14 "HARMONICA1" patch during the solo part:
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Many thanks to the Internaute who kindly mentioned this album to me!!

Queen "A Kind Of Magic" (EMI ©1986 / CDP 7 46267 2)
Queen uses the DX7 on nearly all the songs from this album. For example, you can hear a DX7 staccato strings patch during the introduction from "One Vision" (Track 1) :
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George Michael "Faith" (Epic ©1987 - 460000 2)
George Michael
"Hard Day" song (Track 5) from this George's album contains a DX7 bassline and soft rythmic clavinet sounds:
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The Cure "The Head On The Door" (Fiction Records ©1985 / 827 231-2)
The Cure
The Cure uses a lot the DX7 on this album. "Kyoto Song" (Track 2) includes a FM japanese koto patch:
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Enya "Enya" (Atlantic ©1986 / 81842-2)
This is the first album from this irish artist. DX7 was largely used on it. For example, you can hear the ROM#1A 26 "TUB BELLS"  patch during "The Celts" (Track 1) introduction:
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Men At Work "Two Hearts" (CBS ©1985 - CDCBS 26492)
Men At Work
This autralian band used a DX7 on its third album. The harmonica sound you can hear at the end from "Still Life" (Track 10) is an FM synthesis sound:
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Kate Bush "Hounds Of Love" (EMI ©1985 - CDP7 461642)
Hounds Of Love
This Kate Bush album uses the ROM#1A 26 "TUB BELLS"  patch as background arpeggios during the guitar riff from the song "Waking The Witch" (Track 8):
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Many thanks to the internaute who kindly mentioned it to me !

Bronski Beat "The Age Of Consent" (London Records ©1984 / 820 171-2)
Bronski Beat
The "Smalltown Boy" top hit (Track 6) contains a DX7 harp sound:
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Daryl Hall & John Oates"Big Bam Boom" (RCA ©1984 - PD 85309)

Hall & Oates
The "Out Of Touch" (Track 2) bass and bells sounds are DX7 patches:
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Dead Or Alive"Youthquake" (Epic ©1985 - CDEPC 26420)

Dead Or Alive
The "You Spin Me Round" (Track 1) bass and synthetic organ sounds are DX7 patches:
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Laura Branigan "Self Control" (Atlantic ©1984)

Laura Branigan
The "Self Control" (Track 2) bells sound is the ROM#3A 27 "TUB ERUPT" patch:
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Baltimora "Tarzan Boy" (EMI ©1984 - 14 1186926)

This italo dance top hit used DX7 sounds for the whole song bassline and the verses brass sound (ROM#1A 01 "BRASS 1" ) :
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Lionel Richie "Dancing On The Ceiling" (Motown ©1985 / 530 024-2)

Lionel Richie
Top hit slow "Say You, Say Me" (Track 8) includes several DX7 sounds such as the ROM#4B 07 "BELL-FLUTE"  patch during the intro:
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The Fretless bass sound which appears at the 1st verse and I suppose the piano chords sound are DX7 patches too (but this last one must still be confirmed) :
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Bette Midler "Wind Beneath My Wings" (Atlantic ©1989 / 7-88972)

Bette Midler
This Bette's song begins with the Sound Sources SLOE BELLS patch during the intro:
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