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panache45
12-02-2008, 02:18 AM
What were the greatest pop songs of the 80s? You can define "great" and "pop" however you want.

Hazle Weatherfield
12-02-2008, 03:19 AM
"Cars" by Gary Numan (probably spelled it wrong!)

Jolly Roger
12-02-2008, 06:19 AM
I ran by Flock of seagulls.

Or maybe She Blinded me with Science.

Hell, I don't know. There were a lot of songs I liked back then.

Pixilated
12-02-2008, 06:35 AM
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - cyndi lauper
1999 - prince
Rock This Town - stray cats
Goody Two Shoes - adam ant
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - queen
Call Me - blondie
Take On Me - ah-ha
Love Shack - b52's
Bettie Davis Eyes - kim carnes
Jack & Diane - john cougar


....and so so so much more!

lobotomyboy63
12-02-2008, 06:41 AM
"True" by Spandau Ballet
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears
"Burning Down the House" by Talking Heads
"Steppin' Out" by Joe Jackson
"I Melt With You" by Modern English

"He Can't Love You Like I Love You"/Michael Stanley Band. Why wasn't this a bigger hit?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44bamW7ZbMo

And many, many more.

TommyTutone
12-02-2008, 07:09 AM
There was a one hit wonder by some guy, I forget his name, but the song was some phone number and Jenny was involved. Who was that again?

Also a huge fan of Men Without Hat's 'Safety Dance', and 'Pop Goes the World', but the top of my list for no good reason at all other than it is constantly stuck in my head, is Berlin's 'Metro'.

Dung Beetle
12-02-2008, 07:17 AM
The answer is “Rio”, by Duran Duran.

No, seriously, I fear to attempt an answer to this question. It would take all day.

SaharaTea
12-02-2008, 07:50 AM
No Michael Jackson yet? Tsk tsk. The greatest pop song maybe ever is "Billie Jean."

JpnDude
12-02-2008, 07:54 AM
Growing up in Southern Cal in the 80s, I listened to KROQ and KIQQ.

1. The Reflex - Duran Duran
2. How Soon Is Now? - The Smiths
3. Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order
4. Boys Don't Cry - The Cure
5. New Year's Day - U2
6. Modern Love - David Bowie
7. Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds
8. In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel
9. Behind the Wheel - Depeche Mode
10. Do They Know It's Christmas - Band-Aid

Hypno-Toad
12-02-2008, 07:54 AM
For Michael Jackson, I'd say "Thriller" was greater than "Billie Jean."

Gail
12-02-2008, 08:24 AM
Don't forget If You Leave by OMD and Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi

Jackknifed Juggernaut
12-02-2008, 08:31 AM
Alphaville - Forever Young

TommyTutone
12-02-2008, 08:32 AM
Alphaville - Forever Young

I also like their 'Big in Japan'

Biggirl
12-02-2008, 08:35 AM
Too many to name just a few. But how about a shout out to '80s bands that didn't make it out of the decade?
Tony Toni Tone, Club Nouveau and Nu Shooz, I'm looking at you.*






*Spelling may or may not be accurate.

msmith537
12-02-2008, 09:48 AM
No 80s metal?

Dr Feelgood - Motley Crue
Living on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Seventeen - Winger
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
Jump - Van Halen
Armageddon It - Def Leppard
Cherry Pie - Warrant
Every Rose has its Thorn - Poison
Paradise City - Guns & Roses
Come on Feel the Noise - Twisted Sister


some other rock tunes
Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen
Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2
Should I Stay or Should I Go - The Clash
Stand - R.E.M

on the hip hop tip
Express Yourself - NWA
It Takes Two - Rob Base and DJ Easy Rock
Bust a Move - Young MC


...just off the top of my iPod

ShibbOleth
12-02-2008, 10:09 AM
I also like their 'Big in Japan'

I thought Big in Japan was by Guano Apes. Probably just a remake.

don't ask
12-02-2008, 10:28 AM
I can only think of one great song - Mary's Prayer (http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_Ww3Bg3aUc&feature=related) by Dundee band Danny Wilson.

I could listen to this twenty times in a row. Great playing, fantastic arrangement, perfect production. And non-idiot lyrics.

Jackknifed Juggernaut
12-02-2008, 10:31 AM
I also like their 'Big in Japan'

Agreed. Alphaville gets mentioned in most of my 'two hot wonder' conversations.

Dread Pirate Jimbo
12-02-2008, 11:19 AM
THE definitive song of the 80s was "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds.

Basically, the entire "Thriller" album was one hit single after the next, although everyone best remembers "Thriller," "Beat It," and "Billie Jean."

Can't forget the master works of Prince: "When Doves Cry," "Purple Rain," "1999," Sign O' The Times," and "Kiss." To name just a handful.

Looks like I'm the first one to mention Madonna. How about "Like a Virgin" or "Like a Prayer."

A couple other classic pop tunes off the top of my head would be "Livin' On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi, "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel, "Who Can It Be Now" by Men At Work, "Sungalsses at Night" by Corey Hart, and "Run To You" by Bryan Adams (a couple Can-Con tunes for the Hosers out there).

Art Rock
12-02-2008, 12:43 PM
If you don't mind - over a 100 of my favourites from the 80s:
http://thebestpoprocksongs.blogspot.com/search/label/eighties

wonky
12-02-2008, 01:10 PM
"No One is to Blame"--Howard Jones
"Let's Go Crazy"--Prince
"Kiss"--Prince
"Everything else Prince ever did because I love Prince"--Prince
"Billie Jean"--Michael Jackson
"Rock With You"--Michael Jackson
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)"--Whitney Houston
"Every Little Thing She Does is Magic"--The Police
"Heart and Soul"--T'Pau (astonishingly earwormy)
"The Way It Is"--Bruce Hornsby
"Allentown"--Billy Joel
"Safety Dance"--Men Without Hats
"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"--Cyndi Lauper
"Whip It"--Devo

Tom Tildrum
12-02-2008, 01:31 PM
Life In A Northern Town by Dream Academy. "A hey-o ma ma ma...."

In A Big Country by Big Country. No, that's not bagpipes you hear.

control-z
12-02-2008, 01:52 PM
"Tainted Love" by Soft Cell.
"White Wedding" by Billy Idol
"Careless Whisper" by Wham

wonky
12-02-2008, 01:57 PM
Oh, Billy Idol. I'd go for "Rebel Yell" myself.

HeyHomie
12-02-2008, 01:58 PM
"Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles.

oliversarmy
12-02-2008, 02:09 PM
I agree with most of the previous about good songs from the '80s, but the greatest pop song of the decade was "Wouldn't It be Good" by Nick Kershaw.

JThunder
12-02-2008, 02:21 PM
Uptown Girl by Christie Brinkley's ex.

Hazle Weatherfield
12-02-2008, 02:34 PM
I agree with most of the previous about good songs from the '80s, but the greatest pop song of the decade was "Wouldn't It be Good" by Nick Kershaw.

God, I love that song!

control-z
12-02-2008, 02:38 PM
God, I love that song!

I've never heard that song before, weird. Didn't really strike a chord with me.

torie
12-02-2008, 03:35 PM
"No One is to Blame"--Howard Jones
"Everything else Prince ever did because I love Prince"--Prince



I came into this thread to say almost exactly this. 'Cause I am funky.

joyfool
12-02-2008, 04:19 PM
Poison by, um, I can't remember what that guy's name is. ;)

wonky
12-02-2008, 04:28 PM
I came into this thread to say almost exactly this. 'Cause I am funky.

The great thing about this thread is now my earworm is switching off between "No One is to Blame" and "Kiss." Much better than my standard dreck. :D

Jolly Roger
12-02-2008, 05:09 PM
I agree with most of the previous about good songs from the '80s, but the greatest pop song of the decade was "Wouldn't It be Good" by Nick Kershaw.

One of my many theme songs.

Even though I think in the 80's my main one was "King of Pain" by the Police.











(Read my story in the unrequited love (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showpost.php?p=10520175&postcount=24) thread and you'll know why)

Dung Beetle
12-03-2008, 07:07 AM
Poison by, um, I can't remember what that guy's name is. ;)

Bell Biv Devoe.

Yep, that's the kind of stuff I use up brain cells for.

jali
12-03-2008, 08:18 AM
Change (the group Luther Vandross sang with before his solo career) is the first group that came to mind when I read the title. The Glow of Love is one of my favorite songs, Hold Tight, Searching, Paradise, Lover's Holiday are also great.

The 80s soul to me was that waaaay over-produced sound of Kashif that I happen to love.

Themes for the 80s for me are Africa and Roseanna by ToTo, Joe Jackson's Night and Day Album - Stepping Out is so the 80s!

joyfool
12-03-2008, 02:20 PM
Bell Biv Devoe.

Yep, that's the kind of stuff I use up brain cells for.

You mean there were two Poisons in the 80s!?!! :D You see, I was talking about the one that came out in '89 and sung by the gorgeous long black-haired shock rocker guy. The one I'm absolutely obsessed with.

His name, I think but I'm not positive, is Alice. :p ;)




But those other fellow's song was pretty catchy too.

gigi
12-03-2008, 02:47 PM
Life In A Northern Town by Dream Academy. "A hey-o ma ma ma...."

In A Big Country by Big Country. No, that's not bagpipes you hear.

Yep, and in that vein "And We Danced".

And "(I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles" and "C'mon Eileen".

But that's just one subarea of this great decade!

rolandgunslinger
12-03-2008, 06:36 PM
The Kings

this Beat goes on/switching to glide

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2Wr8J8faGA

Harmonious Discord
12-03-2008, 07:44 PM
Turning Japanese - The Vapors
Workin' In A Coalmine - Devo
Land down under - Men At Work
Cindy Lauper the whole album She's So Unusual
Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cindy Lauper This was released first in the above album.
Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
Ah! Leah! - Donnie Iris
Love is like a Rock - Donnie Iris
Elvira - Oak Ridge Boys
Cher had a lot of good stuff including her old stuff redone.
Believe - Cher Though it's not my favorite song, you'll recognise it.
Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics A very popular song.
Angel of the Morning - Juice Newton
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton had a huge amount of hits in the 80's.
Once upon a Christmas - Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
The first Mannheim Steamroller is released.
I leave you with these. Some I picked were already listed, so I didn't.

Do You Remember These - Statler Brothers

Annie
12-03-2008, 08:59 PM
Just because it was playing at the West End greasy spoon last night,West End Girls (http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=uAHfoIfo_7A)

Millit the Frail
12-03-2008, 09:26 PM
Lots of great choices here, but I've got to give love to:

"Don't You Want Me?" Human League
"Head Over Heels" Tears for Fears

....and, what I consider to be the Most 80's Song Ever, "Wild Wild West," Escape Club. :p It's got fake-Jamaican rapping; shout-outs to safe sex, valium, and big hair; an actual LINE about "livin' in the eighties;" and lots of kooky synth sound effects thrown in for good measure.

crypto
12-03-2008, 10:02 PM
Anything by The Police, my personal 80's band, but especially:

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Roxanne
Omegaman
So Lonely

Three guys made all that noise. The best. Ever.

Chefguy
12-03-2008, 10:09 PM
Kyrie Eleison - Duran Duran
Amanda - Boston
Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
Take My Breath Away - Berlin
Danger Zone; Footloose- Kenny Loggins
Almost everything on the "Heart" album - Heart

pepperlandgirl
12-03-2008, 10:20 PM
I was going to suggest the ultimate rock song, Boston's "More than a Feeling" but that's from the 70s. So, I'm going to with The Cars' Drive.

Nobody
12-03-2008, 10:38 PM
Wow, a lot of good ones.

For pop
A second on "West End Girls" and "Careless whispers", and a bunch of others
Electronic - "Disappointed"
Bananarama - "Cruel Summer"
OMD - "Dreaming"
Double - "Captain of her heart"
Kenny G & Kashif - "Love on the rise"
Miami Sound Machine - "Rhythm is gonna get you"
Pointer Sisters - "I'm so excited"
Stacy Q - "Two of hearts"
Lionel Richie - "Love will conquer all
Paul Davis - "Cool night"
Debarge - "Rhythm of the night"

For pop rock
Benjamin Orr - "Stay the night"
Philip Bailey & Phil Collins - "Easy Lover"
Lionel Richie - "Running with the night"
Kim Wilde - "You keep me hanging on"
Joe Lynn Turner - "Endlessly"

Edit - Took out three songs that were form the 90's (because I didn't read the title close enough)

zoogirl
12-03-2008, 10:45 PM
You mean there were two Poisons in the 80s!?!! :D You see, I was talking about the one that came out in '89 and sung by the gorgeous long black-haired shock rocker guy. The one I'm absolutely obsessed with.

His name, I think but I'm not positive, is Alice. :p ;)




But those other fellow's song was pretty catchy too.

Okay, this time you beat me...guess what I came in here for?! :D

Frostillicus
12-03-2008, 10:48 PM
Behind the Wall of Sleep - Smithereens
Boys of Summer - Don Henley
Breakup Song - Greg Kihn
Can't Stand Losing You - The Police
Come Dancing - The Kinks
Erotic City - Prince
Going Down to Liverpool - The Bangles
Heartbeat City - The Cars
In Your Wildest Dreams - Moody Blues
It's Different for Girls - Joe Jackson
Kids in America - Kim Wilde
The Lady Don't Mind - Talking Heads
Lovers in a Dangerous Time - Bruce Cockburn
Maneater - Hall and Oates
A Matter of Trust - Billy Joel
The Metro - Berlin
A Million Miles Away - The Plimsouls
No Myth - Michael Penn
She Bop -Cindy Lauper
Southern Cross - CS&N
Spanish Bombs - The Clash
Subdivisons - Rush
Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
They Don't Know - Tracy Ullman

Koxinga
12-03-2008, 11:09 PM
All of Van Halen's stuff before the new guy showed up. Educate yerself: "Panama" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gX2CyIH_ebE) is a good place to start.

FordTaurusSHO94
12-03-2008, 11:46 PM
The Outfield - Your Love

Dread Pirate Jimbo
12-04-2008, 12:30 AM
"No One is to Blame"--Howard Jones
"Let's Go Crazy"--Prince
"Kiss"--Prince
"Everything else Prince ever did because I love Prince"--Prince
"Billie Jean"--Michael Jackson
"Rock With You"--Michael Jackson
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)"--Whitney Houston
"Every Little Thing She Does is Magic"--The Police
"Heart and Soul"--T'Pau (astonishingly earwormy)
"The Way It Is"--Bruce Hornsby
"Allentown"--Billy Joel
"Safety Dance"--Men Without Hats
"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"--Cyndi Lauper
"Whip It"--Devo

I mentioned in a recent thread that I had "Heart And Soul" by T'Pau earwormed into my brain for about three months the year it came out. :)

Another song that totally stuck in my head for an extended period of time was "Head To Toe" by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam.

Kyrie Eleison - Duran Duran
Amanda - Boston
Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
Take My Breath Away - Berlin
Danger Zone; Footloose- Kenny Loggins
Almost everything on the "Heart" album - Heart

Actually, "Kyrie" was done by Mr. Mister and was their most obviously Christian rock tune. :)

Humorous aside which I was reminded of by your list: "Still Of The Night" by Whitesnake immediately precedes "Stonehenge" by Spinal Tap on an 80s mix I have on my iTunes. I defy anyone to identify which song was done by a bunch of comedians and which was done by a real band. :D

Zabali_Clawbane
12-04-2008, 12:31 AM
Poison by, um, I can't remember what that guy's name is. ;)

Alice Cooper?

gigi
12-04-2008, 08:51 AM
Cher had a lot of good stuff including her old stuff redone.
Believe - Cher Though it's not my favorite song, you'll recognise it.

As far as I know, that atrocity came out in 1998 and was not a remake.

Chefguy
12-04-2008, 10:14 AM
Actually, "Kyrie" was done by Mr. Mister and was their most obviously Christian rock tune. :)



Mr. Mister, Duran Duran, Lisa Lisa. Fine, fine. Were they all from Walla Walla?

gigi
12-04-2008, 11:59 AM
They were all members of the Tom Tom Club.

Freejooky
12-04-2008, 12:24 PM
New Order - "True Faith" (one of the finest pop songs of the last 100 years)
the Human League - "being boiled" and "keep feeling fascination"
Visage - "The damned don't cry" and "Fade to grey"
Altered Images - "bring me closer"
the Smiths - "this charming man" (my vote for finest pop song of all time, period)

puddleglum
12-04-2008, 01:06 PM
Alice Cooper?
You are correct, sir. That has a great lyric "I want to hurt you just to hear you screaming my name"
The best pop song of the 80s was "Home Sweet Home" by motley crue

control-z
12-04-2008, 01:20 PM
Incorrect, the best song was "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", even though it wasn't particularly 80's. When I think 80's I think something like "Safety Dance."

FallingLeaves
12-04-2008, 08:12 PM
No mention yet of INXS - Never Tear Us Apart or What You Need.

Also, Def Leppard - Photograph.

Koxinga
12-04-2008, 08:46 PM
I remember a lot of 60s and 70s groups and individual singers made comeback singles in the 80s: Beach Boys, Starship, Fleetwood Mac, Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Who, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Steve Winwood, and so on.

Dread Pirate Jimbo
12-04-2008, 09:25 PM
They were all members of the Tom Tom Club.

Which reminds me: whatever happened to The The?

Hazle Weatherfield
12-04-2008, 09:31 PM
The The...still in pretty heavy rotation on my iPOD; however, here is some of what they're currently up to:

http://www.thethe.com/

BMax
12-04-2008, 10:24 PM
Lots of good memories in this thread.

Remember 99 Luftballons by Nena?
Or how about The Call's And The Walls Came Down
Lots of Talking Heads.....Once in a Lifetime if I had to choose just one.

Nobody
12-05-2008, 01:11 AM
Bruce Springsteen - "Tunnel of love"

gigi
12-05-2008, 08:30 AM
Bruce Springsteen - "Tunnel of love"

Wow, that was 1987. I think of the 80s as all about Hungry Heart, Nebraska, Dancing in the Dark, Glory Days, Born in the USA. I forget the Tunnel of Love album was in that decade!

Nobody
12-05-2008, 09:05 AM
Wow, that was 1987. I think of the 80s as all about Hungry Heart, Nebraska, Dancing in the Dark, Glory Days, Born in the USA. I forget the Tunnel of Love album was in that decade!
:) Yup, his last album of the 80's. Or at least, his last studio album.

Harmonious Discord
12-05-2008, 09:15 AM
gigi I was being nice in how I described it. I hate that song. The ones I wanted to put as an example were all 70's songs. That's what I get for substituting what I was going to put there. This is more to my taste Dark Lady by Cher.

kelly5078
12-05-2008, 02:01 PM
Some of my favorites:
Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
Boys of Summer - Don Henley
Lonely Ol' Night - John Mellencamp
When the Spell Is Broken - Richard Thompson
The One I Love - r.e.m.
Wishing - Flock of Seagulls
The Land Down Under - Men at Work
I'm Goin' Down - Bruce Springsteen

The Devil's Grandmother
12-05-2008, 06:10 PM
There was a one hit wonder by some guy, I forget his name, but the song was some phone number and Jenny was involved. Who was that again?
Woooooooosh! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqUPApCUt90)
You bastard! I went looking for that song!

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