Essential 80's tunes

Okay, so I just got this CD burner, right? And I told my friend, who is entranced with the 80’s that I’d burn him a mix tape of 80’s songs.

Problem is, I don’t know what to burn him. What I’m looking for are songs that are quintessential 80’s, with a high cheeze factor.

Here are some examples:

“We’re Not Gonna Take It” Twisted Sister
“Sunglasses at Night” Corey Hart
“Mr. Roboto” Styx

Can anybody think of any songs I should include on this tape? Also, I’m thinking of adding movie quotes, such as the end of THE BREAKFAST CLUB. Any suggestions for those?

Don’t feel obligated to chime in, I’m more than able to put together a good tape by myself, but I thought, hey, everybody loves the 80’s.

“You Spin Me” - Dead or Alive
“I Ran” - Flock of Seagulls
“867-5309/Jenny” - Tommy Tutone
“Hungry Like the Wolf” - Duran Duran
“Major Tom” - Peter Schilling
“Jungle Boy” - Baltimora (That’s 80s, right?)
“Video Killed the Radio Star” - The Buggles
“Somebody’s Watching Me” - Rockwell
“If You Leave” - OMD (On the John Hughes tip.)
“Mexican Radio” - Wall of Voodoo
“It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”- REM
“Safety Dance” - Men Without Hats
“Shock the Monkey” - Peter Gabriel
“She’s Blinding Me with Science” - Thomas Dolby
“Cars” - Gary Numan
“Whip It” - Devo
“Tainted Love” - Soft Cell
“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” - Cyndi Lauper
“Land Down Under” - Men at Work
“Our House” - Madness
“Tenderness” - General Public
“A Little Respect” - Erasure
“Come On Eileen” - Dexy’s Midnight Runners
“Always Something There to Remind Me” - Naked Eyes
“Atomic” - Blondie
“I Ain’t Missing You” - John Waite
“Drive” - The Cars
“In the Air Tonight” - Phil Collins
“Live to Tell” - Madonna
“Don’t Dream it’s Over” - Crowded House
“With or Without You” - U2
“Every Breath You Take” - The Police
“Never Tear Us Apart” - INXS

I’ve got a ton more, but I must go to bed…

Impressive list, but surely it should include some of these:

Eurythmics (Sweet dreams e.g.)
Depeche Mode (Master and servant my fave)
Human League (Don’t you want me e.g.)
Tears for Fears (Mad world e.g.)
Ultravox (Vienna)
Visage (Fade to grey)
Simple Minds (Don’t you forget about me)

Most of my faves are already here, but how about Adam Ant’s “Goody Two Shoes”

Lots of good ones so far, but I gotta add a couple.

Stray Cat Strut by The Stray Cats
In A Big Country by Big Country
Love Cats or Let’s Go To Bed by The Cure
Maybe Rock You Like a Hurricane by The Scorpions, or Photograph by Def Leppard? Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar?

Men at Work - Land Down Under
John Cougar - Jack and Diane
Night Ranger - Sister Christain
Quiot Riot - Cum on Feel the Noize
Prince - Little Red Corvette

A-Ha Take On Me, The Living Daylights, The Sun Always Shines On TV etc

A few more:

Cum On Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot
We Got the Beat - the Go Gos
Walk Like an Egyptian - the Bangles
I Got You - Split Enz
Fight For Your Right (To Party) - Beastie Boys
Dancing With Myself - Billy Idol
Mony, Mony - Billy Idol
She’s Tight - Cheap Trick
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard
New Girl Now - Honeymoon Suite
I Love Rock & Roll - Joan Jett
What I Like About You - the Romantics
The Future’s So Bright (I Gotta Wear Shades) - Timbuk 3
Mickey - Toni Basil

Movie quotes? Can’t go wrong with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
“Class? Anyone? Anyone?”


Come on Eileen - Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Walk of Life - Dire Straits.
I should be so lucky - Kylie Minogue
If you’re doing dialogue from Ferris Bueller its surely got to be "Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you might miss it”

99 Luft Balloons

Take My Breath Away ~ Berlin (come on… Top Gun… too big to overlook)

1999 ~ Prince (didn’t 1999 seem sooooo far away when that first came out???)

Okay, we’re talking my decade now.
Some of my faves (lots of Canadian stuff in my list);
Whisper to a Scream - Icicle Works (I still crank that one in the car)
Let’s Dance, China Girl - David Bowie
Love is a Battlefield - Pat Benatar
Kayleigh - Marillion
Try - Blue Rodeo
Crying over You - Platinum Blonde
Too Bad - Doug & the Slugs
Lunatic Fringe - Red Rider
Rock You - Helix
She Sells Sanctuary - The Cult
How Many - Luba
Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair) - Sheena Easton
All Night Long - Lionel Ritchie
Billie Jean, Beat It - Michael Jackson
Hyperactivate - Thomas Dolby
Obsession - Animotion
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me - Culture Club
Conga - Miami Sound Machine
Suddenly - Billy Ocean (our soon-to-be wedding song)
Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins
Somewhere Down the Crazy River - Robbie Robertson
Romantic Traffic - Spoons

Movie quote - “I think she’s lost that loving feeling.” (Topgun, obviously)

“I’m not going to kill you. I want you to tell all your friends about me.”
“What are you?”
“I’m Batman.”
(Batman, even more obviously)

Sigh. The 80s. Time of my youth. Here are a few more:

Rock the Casbah, The Clash
Centerfold – J. Giles Band
Born in the USA – Bruce

Goodness, I love 80’s music.

Spandau Ballet–True
The Fixx–Saved By Zero, One Thing Leads To Another
The Romantics–What I Like About You
Talking Heads–Burning Down The House
J. Geils–Centerfold
Kim Carnes–Betty Davis Eyes
Hall & Oates–I Can’t Go For That
Marvin Gaye–Sexual Healing
Survivor–Eye of the Tiger
Toto-Rosanna, Africa
Cyndi Lauper–Time After Time
Duran Duran–The Reflex, A View To a Kill
Madonna–Like A Virgin, Holiday
Bruce Springsteen–Dancing In The Dark
Phil Collins–One More Night
Michael Jackson etal–We Are The World
Cher–If I Could Turn Back Time
Billy Idol–White Wedding, Eyes Without A Face
John Lennon–(Just Like) Starting Over
38 Special–Hold On Loosely, Caught Up In You
Depeche Mode–People Are People
Oingo Boingo–Dead Man’s Party
Grateful Dead–Touch of Grey

Jesse’s Girl - Rick Springfield

“Turning Japanese” - The Vapors

Oh, what is wrong with me? I forgot the holiest of all.

“Relax” - Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Gold - Spandeu Ballet

The Look of Love - ABC

Electric Dreams - Human League

Dont You Want Me Baby - Human League

Relax - Frankie Goes To Holywood

Drive - The Cars

Take My Breath Away - Berlin

House Arrest - Krush

Take On Me - A-Ha

Oh, wow…

And me with this huge list that I’d made in preparation for a huge expenditure of time with Morpheus with plans to make some 80’s CDs for myself…

Blondie needs to be in there. Heart of Glass, Rapture, and The Tide is High.

Aldo Nova, Fantasy

Billy Idol, of course. White Wedding and Rebel Yell.

Duran Duran need a prominent place. Rio, Hungry Like The Wolf, and Say A Prayer.

Bonnie Tyler, Total Eclipse of the Heart (Turn around, Bright Eyes…)

Genesis, Genesis, Genesis!

David Lee Roth (with or without Van Halen). You need Just A Gigolo.

Madonna. Sine qua non for the 80’s. Early, early Madonna…Borderline, Like a Virgin, Material Girl.

Don’t know if I saw the Go-Go’s in this thread yet… We Got the Beat, Our Lips Are Sealed.


I think that Jesus Jones “Right Here, Right Now” was at the tail end of the 80s.