Lots of good contenders here, but I lurve me some Chrissie Hynde, so The Pretenders get my vote.
I’ve heard all these songs just about to death, but I really loved Twilight Zone at one point, so that one. Besides, my second choice (Little Red Corvette) is probably gonna win the whole shebang.
“Twilight Zone”…although, I was tempted to vote for one of my favorite 80’s one hit wonders/guilty pleasures in “Der Kommissar”.
The wife will kill me for not voting for Prince, and I feel oogy not voting for Golden Earring, but Chrissie Hynde wins without a doubt.
For me, it was a tough choice between “Chain Gang” and “1999,” but I went with Chrissie.
I’m amused to see two songs in this list that Al Yankovic parodied: “(Our Love’s In) Jeopardy” became “I Lost on ‘Jeopardy!’” and “The Safety Dance” became “The Brady Bunch.”
ETA: Expected to see “Rock the Casbah” in this poll.
“1999” gets my vote. “The Safety Dance” gained a few bonus points in the world-famous** Ponch8 Music Rating System** for having been used in * Hot Tub Time Machine*, but not quite enough to overtake Prince.
During this time I spent more time then I cared to driving around the Chicago area and there was a parody of Men Without Hats’ "The Safety Dance"that I used to enjoy and would love to hear again. Men Without Bats “The Cubbie Dance”.
Had to go with Marvin Gaye.
Very tough stuff, went with Human League with Eddy Grant, Prince(“1999”), Golden Earring making it to last round of consideration for voting.
Good year overall.
It only made it to #52 on the year-end chart, alas.
I, personally, nearly voted for Mr. Roboto before deciding instead to go with the Safety Dance.
And if you have a problem with that, then you’re no friend of mine.
Holy crap, 82 was a wasteland of trash, While in 83 over a 3rd of the list is fantastic. what the hell?
And this reminds me,
Does anyone else remember Taco on mtv saying something like “get used to seeing this face, I’m gonna be here a long time”?
I would love to find that clip.
I just have to vote for The Safety Dance. Take care if you watch the videothough; I’m pretty sure it contains spoilers regarding Tyrion’s fate on this season’s Game of Thrones.
I went with the Pretenders here myself, but lots of good choices here. I could vote for maybe a third of the field here. I’m somewhat surprised, but pleasantly so, that “Safety Dance” is doing as well as it is so far (I love Rhythm of Youth and its post-punk synth pop goodness.)
Our love’s in jeopardy…bay-ba
oooooo oo oo oooooo
C’mon, let’s see some love for Greg Kihn!
Puttin’ On the Ritz.
Irving Berlin was one of the most gifted songwriters of the 20th century and I guess this will be the only opportunity to vote for a tune from the Great American Songbook.
Voted for “Sexual Healing” but could have voted for many of these songs. #2 was the basketball-tinged “One on One” by Hall and Oates, probably the closest I will ever come to voting for the duo.
Voted for a personal all-time favorite in Twilight Zone, expecting to see It blown away by The Artist; pleasantly surprised to see it hanging in there.
Tough call this time between Puttin’ On the Ritz, (Keep Feeling) Fascination, and The Safety Dance, but Safety Dance gets it.