Whether you remember the 80’s or not, there is no denying that this overly ostentatious time period with its synthesizers, bad hair, wacky dance moves, nouveau riche food that was too small to even see, but cost twice your daily budget was one of the best cultural era’s to pass in recent history. But not only did we first experience what it was like to speak through a cordless phone, but we also go to hear some of the greatest songs. So let’s attach our earphones to our walkman, and listen to some of the greatest tunes that propelled the 1980’s to the era it became.
1. Flock of Seagulls “I Ran”
Not only did we run and dance to this classic Flock of Seagulls song that turned this group to one of the top bands in the world, but practically every man ran to their barber to get the most iconic haircut in the 80’s that was sported by lead singer Mike Score.
2. Billy Squire, “The Stroke”
Amazing guitar riffs, incredible drum beats, and a fantastic clear voice all adds up to Billy’s Squire’s “The Stroke”. Even though Billy Squire came out with other amazing songs throughout the 80’s, “The Stroke” will always be the number song we remember the most from this talented musician.
3. Quiet Riot, “Bang Your Head”
Thanks to the ever jiving Kevin Bacon in Footloose who played this song in his car on full blast through town to retaliate against the restriction of playing music, Quiet Riot became one of the biggest anthem bands for hard core head banging.
4. Dead or Alive, “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)”
When you think of the 1980’s, nothing better comes to mind then the most recognizable song from the era which is Dead or Alive’s most recognized song “You Spin Me Round”. No matter what era you were born in, we can all agree that dancing ridiculously to this song is the highlight to everyone’s night.
5. Queen ft. David Bowie, “Under Pressure”
Rumor has it that John Deacon, while messing around with his bass guitar, created the most memorable baseline to the then unknown track to “Under Pressure”, but after going out for a pizza, he returned and had forgotten the tune. Luckily though, he didn’t forget for too long or else we would be singing to another song, and “Ice, Ice, Baby” by Vanilla Ice would also have a different beat.
6. Julian Lennon, “Too Late for Goodbyes”
Four years after John Lennon died, his son, Julian Lennon, came out with his very first single “Too Late For Goodbyes”. Although unsure as to what, or who, this song is in reference to, but Julian Lennon’s voice (which is identical to his fathers) allowed us all to say goodbye to a musical genius and hello to a new generation of musicians.
7. Modern English, “I Melt With You”
The 80’s were filled some amazing metal, crazy pop songs, and a lot of synthesizer. But Modern English stayed true to the main instruments, and gave us all a song worth melting to.
8. Robert Palmer, “Addicted to Love”
Everyone remembers the most iconic music video of Robert Palmer singing his heart out about being addicted to love while he had beautiful women fake playing their instruments for the purpose of sex appeal. And although this was a crazy idea to do at the time, it sure propelled him further in the music industry.
9. Dexys Midnight Runner, “Come On Eileen”
The 60’s brought in long hair and boots, the 70’s brought in short dresses and even longer hair, and the 80’s brought in banjo’s and overalls. Although this was Dexys Midnight Runner’s only hit, we will always commend them for being brave enough to wear denim overalls for the whole world to see.
10. The Police, “Every Breath You Take”
We’re sure that The Police created this song for all the lovers out there, so we just kind of push aside the fact that this song sounds sort of creepy when you start to pay close attention to the lyrics: “Every breath you take, every move you make…I’ll be watching you.” But who are we kidding, it’s not creepy with Sting singing the lyrics.