Who didn’t love the Eighties?? Even if you weren’t growing up in them like l was – the period has a huge following and do you know why? Because music from this time the 80’s like the 70’s, the 60’s and the 50’s is memorable. In the next twenty years songs from these eras will still be whistled, hummed and sung and yet very few will be from the 90’s and the arrival of the millenium.
The 80’s was a fantastic period of time for developing seriously strong female musicians, and quality song writing and for Indie labels, and musical television, and cultures and tribes alike! But heavy metal blossomed during this time – it came crashing out from the gravestones and not just yelling but screaming its name!
I am not saying the 50’s to the 70’s were no good, because they were equally awesome – but l was a teenager in the 80’s and it was my forming years. The 80’s really spelled out ‘raw musical energy’ and lasting names for those of us there at the time! The other aspect of the 80’s was the sheer eclectical diversity of the grooves! Anything you could think of was played during these years – which is why selecting over these two episodes today is going to be so very hard ……. 1980 – 1989 at a mere 40 songs – how do we do that?
I don’t know! I am bound to upset some of this genre and that genre – l should have picked this and or that! What on earth is THAT doing in this line up when you could have had this?
So all l can do is what l have done this morning and that is gone through roughly 50 assorted posts selecting the most popular songs from the 80’s that you – the readership have chosen as your favourites! Now if in this first 20 l don’t pick YOURS, let me know below and l’ll include it in the second episode later tonight!
There is no numerical order to these, no top five, ten, twenty or an ultimate number one – they are numbered purely so l don’t forget how many songs l have done per episode!
The Cure – Lullaby
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
Blondie – Call Me
Billy Joel – It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me
REO Speedwagon – Keep on Loving You
Prince – When Doves Cry
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Love Rock’n’Roll
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams
Madonna – Like a Virgin
Mr Mister – Broken Wings
Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child o’ Mine
Whitesnake – Here I Go Again
Bob Seger – Shakedown
Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
Poison – Every Rose Has Its Thorn
New Order – Blue Monday
Janet Jackson – Miss You Much
Michael Jackson – Beat It
Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
So there we go folks – Part 1# of the Pump It Large and Dance Long Weekend – The 80’s .
Which were your favourites? Were they there? Have l got the first 20 wrong? Let me know below what you would have selected for the 80’s 1980 – 1989 – 2#