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Pop Songs From the 1980's

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by watchthis!!, Jun 5, 2014.

  1. watchthis!!

    watchthis!! Well-Known Member

    I was at a friend's place last night, and his TV was turned to one of those channels that plays music with a blank screen. The channel was one of pop music from the 1980's and I swear I had not heard this once since the 80's:

    Let Me Go - Heaven 17

    Another one I really liked hearing:

    Jody Watley - Friends

    Any forgotten 80's favourites come to mind that you'd like to share? :D
  2. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    My musical tastes are totally stuck in the eighties. (When I post in "To Sing For The Day, it's always eighties stuff)
    Anything by the Cure, the Clash, or Bow Wow Wow.
    Jody Watley, hmm? I was a punk back then, pink hair and all, but I confess to owning the 12" single of "Dead Giveaway"
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  3. myhoneyhoney

    myhoneyhoney Well-Known Member

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  4. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    My coworker caught me chortling along to this Bow Wow Wow song several weeks ago and thought I was quite deranged ("C-30, C-60, C-90 go, off the radio, I get a constant flow! Hit it, pause it, record it, play! Turn it, rewind, and rub it away!")
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  5. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

    :respec: I didn't think anyone remembered that Shalimar song!

    Heaven 17's The Luxury Gap is such an underrated album :swoon:
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  6. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    Bryan Adams - Summer of '69, Run to You, Cuts Like a Knife, This Time

    Huey Lewis & the News - Heart of Rock 'n Roll, Do You Believe in Love (wee-ooo ....)?

    Lionel Richie - Dancing on the Ceiling
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  7. CynicElle

    CynicElle Well-Known Member

    Ministry -- "Every Day Is Halloween." I loved that song in the 80s, and it makes me laugh because Ministry sounds so incredibly different now.
  8. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

    I have Ministry's first album, With Sympathy, which Alain Jourgenson would looooove to have scrubbed from existence. Ministry started as a New Wave synth duo! "Every Day is Halloween" is actually a nice bridge between the early work and the sound that made Ministry famous.

    If anyone familiar with the bad boy industrial version of Ministry would like to have their mind blown, I present the lead single from the first album: Revenge

    (I actually prefer this version of Ministry :shuffle: )
  9. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    I saw Ministry live, right after With Sympathy was released, and several times after they went industrial.
  10. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    I remember only 'Girls just wanna have fun' by Cyndi Lauper, but I am sure I will remember many later.
  11. watchthis!!

    watchthis!! Well-Known Member

    I found an interesting article about 80s singles that never made the Top 40. Some are so shocking! My top five from this article:

    The Weather Girls - It's Raining Men (only hit #46)

    Joan Jett - Bad Reputation (never made the top 100!!)

    Eurythmics - I Need A Man

    Deborah Harry - French Kissin In The USA

    Eurogliders - Heaven Must Be There

    Other good ones mentioned:

    New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
    Modern English - I Melt With You

    Source: The Best 80s Singles That Never Made the Top 40
  12. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    My favourite 80s genre was New Romantics.

    Australian 80s music, whilst many may not made it on the world charts, was certainly some of the best music to come out of that decade. There were so many good original bands and Melbourne had a great live music scene.

    This is one of the best.

  13. moebius

    moebius Well-Known Member

    1986 was the best year in Top 40 music. 1987 was the best year for modern rock, now known as alternative music. I have most of the songs on mp3 that made the Billboard top 100 on 28 CDs. Someone online made me copies for free and even paid the shipping.

    Here are some of my faves that aren't played at all or not much on the radio:

    Mary's Prayer-Danny Wilson
    Downtown-One 2 Many
    Living In A Box-Living In A Box
    C'est La Vie-Robbie Nevil
    All I Wanted-Kansas
    Be With You-Bangles
    Electric Blue- Icehouse
    Calling America-Electric Light Orchestra
    You Came - Kim Wilde
    Heart Of Mine-Boz Scaggs
    It's A Sin-Pet Shop Boys
    Valerie-Steve Winwood
    Tender Love-Force MDs
    Crush On You-The Jets

    Here are the more popular ones:
    I Can't Wait - Nu Shooz
    A Love Bizarre-Sheila E.
    Manic Monday - Bangles
    Shattered Dreams-Johnny Hates Jazz
    (I Just Died) In Your Arms-Cutting Crew
    Something About You-Level 42
    Never Gonna Let You Go-Sergio Mendes
    Secret Lovers - Atlantic Starr
    Tonight She Comes - The Cars
    Breakout-Swingout Sister
    Love theme 'St. Elmos' Fire'
    Come Go With Me-Expose
    Always On My Mind-Pet Shop Boys

    Man, I could go on....
  14. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

  15. aliceanne

    aliceanne Well-Known Member

    "Rapture" - Blondie - it is so random
  16. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

    One of my favorite early '80s songs. not a hit, although it got lots of video play on early MTV:

    EBN-OZN, "A-E-I-O-U Sometimes Y"
  17. Simone411

    Simone411 I'm Clippy. I love Ashley and Janny!

    Love all those songs and the B-52's. Another favorite of mine is by Yes - Owner of a Lonely Heart

    I forgot to add my favorite singer of all times; Stand Back by Stevie Nicks
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  18. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

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  19. Aerobicidal

    Aerobicidal Make America TAT Again

    I assume you love the movie Starstruck!

    Adding to the list: I really like the song "More to Lose" by Ricky Gervais' band Seona Dancing (he's the singer too).

    I remember hearing "Living in Oblivion" by Anything Box on the radio when I was very young, and I still like it and their first two or three albums, although after that, not so much.

    Book of Love is another one of my favorites, especially their first two albums.

    Obviously I like synth pop! But lots of other stuff from the 80s: coldwave, darkwave, new wave, etc. etc. My taste is kind of obscure but maybe other people here like that stuff.
  20. Twilight1

    Twilight1 Well-Known Member

    Tainted Love
    Don't You "Forget About Me"
    Hit Me With Your Best Shot
    Love is a Battlefield
    Papa Don't Preach
    Billie Jean
    Red Red Wine
    Sweet Dreams
    Here Comes The Rain
  21. myhoneyhoney

    myhoneyhoney Well-Known Member

    Ok, after reading all this, I now plan to watch Sixteen Candles once the kids are in bed!
  22. watchthis!!

    watchthis!! Well-Known Member

    A lot of songs mentioned are maybe more alternative than pop, so since we're branching out from strictly pop, I thought I'd go in a country direction. But all of these favourites made the top 40 of the pop chart, the number they reached are listed after the song title. :cheer:

    Rosanne Cash - Seven Year Ache #22

    Restless Heart - I'll Still Be Loving You #33

    Juice Newton - Queen Of Hearts #2

    Kenny Rogers - Lady #1

    Deborah Allen - Baby I Lied #26
  23. Nadia2013

    Nadia2013 Well-Known Member

    Crazy For You - Madonna
    Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley

    I was surprised to hear some 11-year old kids sing that Rick Astley song. I have no idea how they heard about it. One of them even said, "it's good!"
  24. The Accordion

    The Accordion Well-Known Member

    All kids know Rick Astley because of Rick rolling
  25. Nadia2013

    Nadia2013 Well-Known Member

    Thanks! :) That explains it.
  26. Twizzler

    Twizzler Well-Known Member

    Just Like Heaven- The Cure
    In Your Eyes- Peter Gabriel
    Tainted Love- Soft Cell
    Take On Me- aha
    Safety Dance- Men Without Hats
    Funkytown- L.I.P.P.S.
  27. manhn

    manhn Well-Known Member

    I was kinda obsessed with these songs:

    T'Pau - Heart and Sould https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwrYMWoqg5w
    Samantha Fox - Touch Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6xzllOTCC8
    Stacey Q - Two of Hearts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfBdGT4dn4E
    Glass Tiger - Don't Forget Me When I'm Done https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG2IFsz_n5c
    Whitney Houston - How Will I Know https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3-hY-hlhBg
    Huey Lewis & The News - The Heart of Rock n Roll https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7JVlpm0eRs
    Platinum Blonde - Crying Over You https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCfEAzeLP-w
    Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar Over Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UIB9Y4OFPs
    Men at Work - Land Down Under
    Bryan Adams - Summer of '69 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f06QZCVUHg
    Blue Rodeo - Try
    Northern Lights - Tears Are Not Enough
  28. meggonzo

    meggonzo Well-Known Member

    Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam - Lost in Emotion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=If8by9Df4wM
    Johnny Kemp - Just Got Paid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jl1mQASHc48
    Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWsRz3TJDEY
    Martika - Toy Soldiers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvdLovAaYzM
    Taylor Dayne - I'll Be Your Shelter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiAbgDGEpV4
    Peter Murphy - Cuts You Up (1990, but close enough...) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpz2AWu4PZg
    The Psychedelic Furs - Love My Way http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zb4JY2mr-_Y
    Echo & The Bunnymen - Lips Like Sugar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIQMTo6ryh8
    Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_Yx0X-eHn8
    The System - Don't Disturb this Groove http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Qis6VhHWuA
  29. meggonzo

    meggonzo Well-Known Member