Acclaimed Music Top 40 Songs from 1985 poll

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
2 311 Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill 9
1 219 Madonna - Into the Groove 5
4 456 Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls 5
22 1530 Tears for Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule the World 5
15 1256 Prince and The Revolution - Raspberry Beret 4
35 1937 Tenor Saw - Ring the Alarm 3
33 1887 Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force - I Wonder if I Take You Home 3
24 1590 Hüsker Dü - Makes No Sense at All 3
40 2278 New Order - The Perfect Kiss 3
3 381 The Jesus and Mary Chain - Just Like Honey 3
23 1577 Sonic Youth & Lydia Lunch - Death Valley '69 2
28 1741 Barrington Levy - Here I Come 2
19 1368 Kate Bush - Hounds of Love 2
30 1799 Talking Heads - Road to Nowhere 2
17 1296 The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary 2
16 1277 Robert Palmer - Addicted to Love 2
9 1037 The Cure - In Between Days 2
14 1245 The Cure - Close to Me 2
13 1179 Camper Van Beethoven - Take the Skinheads Bowling 2
11 1083 Wayne Smith - Under Me Sleng Teng 2
34 1896 Siouxsie and The Banshees - Cities in Dust 2
29 1748 Tom Waits - Downtown Train 1
31 1802 LL Cool J - Rock the Bells 1
27 1729 Artists United Against Apartheid - Sun City 1
36 1979 Doug E. Fresh - La-Di-Da-Di 1
37 2061 Madonna - Crazy for You 1
7 834 Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me) 1
38 2229 Whitney Houston - How Will I Know 1
20 1384 The Waterboys - The Whole of the Moon 1
39 2272 The Pogues - A Pair of Brown Eyes 1
12 1128 Doug E. Fresh - The Show 1
10 1068 Tom Waits - Jockey Full of Bourbon 0
5 577 The Replacements - Bastards of Young 0
32 1849 The Smiths - The Boy with the Thorn in His Side 0
26 1703 Ramones - Bonzo Goes to Bitburg 0
25 1678 USA for Africa - We Are the World 0
6 679 The Jesus and Mary Chain - Never Understand 0
8 836 LL Cool J - I Can't Live Without My Radio 0
18 1347 The Jesus and Mary Chain - You Trip Me Up 0
21 1492 Double Dee & Steinski - The Payoff Mix/Lesson 2/Lesson 3 (Promo EP) 0


Bee OK, Thursday, 20 December 2012 02:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

41 ‘Til Tuesday - Voices Carry, 42 Hüsker Dü - Celebrated Summer, 43 The Pogues - Dirty Old Town, 44 Randy Travis - On the Other Hand, 45 Fine Young Cannibals - Johnny Come Home, 46 The Fall - Cruiser's Creek, 47 R.E.M. - Driver 8, 48 Billy Bragg - Between the Wars, 49 Commodores - Nightshift, 50 Schoolly D - P.S.K. (What Does It Mean?), 51 Dire Straits - Money for Nothing, 52 Grace Jones - Slave to the Rhythm 53 katrina and The Waves - Walking on Sunshine 54 Echo and the Bunnymen - Bring On the Dancing Horses, 55 Strafe - Set It Off, 56 Run-D.M.C. - King of Rock, 57 John Cougar Mellencamp - Small Town and 58 Tears for Fears - Head Over Heels.

Bee OK, Thursday, 20 December 2012 02:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

would have voted for "Set It Off" ahead of any of these, but her'es my top 10:

15 1256 Prince and The Revolution - Raspberry Beret
33 1887 Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force - I Wonder if I Take You Home
35 1937 Tenor Saw - Ring the Alarm
36 1979 Doug E. Fresh - La-Di-Da-Di
1 219 Madonna - Into the Groove
16 1277 Robert Palmer - Addicted to Love
4 456 Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
11 1083 Wayne Smith - Under Me Sleng Teng
38 2229 Whitney Houston - How Will I Know
31 1802 LL Cool J - Rock the Bells

Rolling "2 chainz" draadje (The Reverend), Thursday, 20 December 2012 02:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

TENOR SAW

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 20 December 2012 02:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

pretty sure i'm voting for "Close to Me" but could also go for "The Perfect Kiss," "The Whole of the Moon," "A Pair of Brown Eyes" or "Running Up That Hill" (which knowing ILM, will probably walk in this poll).

Bee OK, Thursday, 20 December 2012 02:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

33 1887 Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force - I Wonder if I Take You Home
23 1577 Sonic Youth & Lydia Lunch - Death Valley '69
11 1083 Wayne Smith - Under Me Sleng Teng
19 1368 Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
1 219 Madonna - Into the Groove

a Christmas .gif for you from (seandalai), Thursday, 20 December 2012 02:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

Perfect Kiss' long version!

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 20 December 2012 02:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

close to me

i know your nuts hurt! who's laughing? (contenderizer), Thursday, 20 December 2012 02:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

Fantastic list.

1. "Take the Skinheads Bowling"
2. "Never Understand"
3. "Makes No Sense at All"
4. "West End Girls"
5. "Bonzo Goes to Bitburg"
6. "Running Up That Hill"
7. "Raspberry Beret"
8. "Into the Groove"
9. "In Between Days" (the rare Cure song I love--like, even)
10. "I Wonder if I Take You Home"

Interviewed Mould/Hart, PSB, Joey/Dee Dee, and Lisa Lisa.

clemenza, Thursday, 20 December 2012 02:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

THREE Jesus and Mary Chain songs in the Top 20? And they're all pretty much the same frickin' song!

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 20 December 2012 02:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Addicted to Love", although if #44's Randy Travis had gotten higher, I would have voted for it.

jetfan, Thursday, 20 December 2012 04:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

First time I've opened one of these threads, looked at the #1 on the list, and thought it would probably be lying to vote for anything else.

Zero Dark 33⅓: The Final Insult (Eric H.), Thursday, 20 December 2012 04:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

snrub otm

Anyways this is really Raspberry Beret vs. DV69 but I voted Crazy For You just bcz its been that kind of day

when worlds coincide (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 20 December 2012 06:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

needs a spotify asap

THE NATIONS YOUTH DANCED TO THE MACARANA (innocent) (zachlyon), Thursday, 20 December 2012 06:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

pretty positive i'm the only one voting for "The Show" here

frogbs, Thursday, 20 December 2012 06:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

Amusingly, the artists I couldn't find on US Spotify were Kate Bush, USA for Africa and Artists United Against Apartheid. So I ain't gonna find Sun City, I guess. (Not that anyone's voting for that or "We Are The World" anyway. I assume.)

I love this list a LOT less than prior years. Kind of a two-way race between Tears for Fears and Sonic Youth here, with the 'Mats a close third and Kate Bush, The Cure and Husker Du all runners-up.

http://open.spotify.com/user/pdennison1/playlist/13egCG3nRRZroeAD94oT1C

Gollum: "Hot, Ready and Smeagol!" (Phil D.), Thursday, 20 December 2012 14:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 219 Madonna - Into the Groove
2 311 Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill
3 381 The Jesus and Mary Chain - Just Like Honey
4 456 Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
7 834 Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)
8 836 LL Cool J - I Can't Live Without My Radio
9 1037 The Cure - In Between Days
12 1128 Doug E. Fresh - The Show
13 1179 Camper Van Beethoven - Take the Skinheads Bowling
14 1245 The Cure - Close to Me
15 1256 Prince and The Revolution - Raspberry Beret
16 1277 Robert Palmer - Addicted to Love
17 1296 The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
19 1368 Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
20 1384 The Waterboys - The Whole of the Moon
22 1530 Tears for Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule the World
23 1577 Sonic Youth & Lydia Lunch - Death Valley '69
30 1799 Talking Heads - Road to Nowhere
31 1802 LL Cool J - Rock the Bells
32 1849 The Smiths - The Boy with the Thorn in His Side
33 1887 Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force - I Wonder if I Take You Home
34 1896 Siouxsie and The Banshees - Cities in Dust
36 1979 Doug E. Fresh - La-Di-Da-Di
37 2061 Madonna - Crazy for You
38 2229 Whitney Houston - How Will I Know
40 2278 New Order - The Perfect Kiss

I have a lot of time for all of these songs

GIMME SOME REGGAE (DJP), Thursday, 20 December 2012 14:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

DJP - you left TENOR SAW off that list. I don't even know what to say.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 20 December 2012 14:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

voted Lisa Lisa so nerrrrr

Albert Crampus (NickB), Thursday, 20 December 2012 15:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

I don't dislike Tenor Saw, I just never listen to it

GIMME SOME REGGAE (DJP), Thursday, 20 December 2012 15:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

'In Btw Days' or 'The Show' I guess.

pandemic, Thursday, 20 December 2012 15:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

La-di-da-di

President Keyes, Thursday, 20 December 2012 15:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

Too hard. Think I'm going for Wayne Smith. Sorry Kate, J&MC, Sonic Youth, Madonna et al.

emil.y, Thursday, 20 December 2012 16:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

voted 'west end girls'. if it had been 'cloudbusting' rather than those two kate songs then i'd prob have gone for that.

So: The Answers (or something), Thursday, 20 December 2012 16:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

You're gonna have to face it, you're addicted to love

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 20 December 2012 16:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

My top 5:

Running Up That Hill
West End Girls
Into the Groove
Makes No Sense at All
Hounds of Love

Gavin, Leeds, Thursday, 20 December 2012 16:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

Went with Siouxsie very narrowly over the Ramones,

how's life, Thursday, 20 December 2012 16:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

Voted for Barrington Levy.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Thursday, 20 December 2012 18:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

Good stuff here, Siouxsie over Kate, though I thought "Cities In Dust" came out in 86?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 21 December 2012 03:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

I remember living through this year and thinking it was boring, but this list looks better than 1984's.

1: Lisa Lisa
2. Madonna
3. Kate Bush, "Running Up That Hill"
4. Siouxsie

Josefa, Friday, 21 December 2012 07:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

I meant Madonna, "Into the Groove" of course

Josefa, Friday, 21 December 2012 07:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

Seriously, if you were driving around listening to the radio in the summer of '85 you'd be hearing stuff like "St. Elmo's Fire" by John Parr and "Go For Soda" by Kim Mitchell and "Power of Love" by Huey Lewis. It wasn't a good time.

Josefa, Friday, 21 December 2012 07:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Go for Soda"!

your damn bass clarinet (Eazy), Friday, 21 December 2012 08:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

I like St Elmo's Fire and The Power of Love!

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Friday, 21 December 2012 14:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

Don't need no credit card to ride this train.

how's life, Friday, 21 December 2012 14:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

1985 was the first year where i discovered my music. before this year it was just pop radio type of stuff or what my friends (at the time) listened to. this was the year i started to buy records. a brand new world opened up and i was hooked. i liked music before but now i loved music because for the first time it really was mine.

Bee OK, Saturday, 22 December 2012 03:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

this is insane

mookieproof, Saturday, 22 December 2012 04:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

had no idea that critics liked "addicted to love"

voted "running up that hill"

teledyldonix, Saturday, 22 December 2012 05:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

btw, this is the last one for awhile, as i'm taking the holiday off next week.

Bee OK, Sunday, 23 December 2012 00:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

Going to have to go with "Don't You (Forget About Me)." One of the best drum sounds in history. Love the drum machine & synth version in THE BREAKFAST CLUB, as well.

Tyler Burns (burns46824@yahoo.com), Sunday, 23 December 2012 01:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

Voted to Whitney, for pure pop pleasure.

Raymond Cummings, Sunday, 23 December 2012 02:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 24 December 2012 00:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 25 December 2012 00:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

so i said: "Running Up That Hill" (which knowing ILM, will probably walk in this poll).

:-)

Bee OK, Tuesday, 25 December 2012 02:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

which, truth be told, i forgot about "West End Girls" after posting that remark, i thought maybe it would give Kate Bush a run for her money.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 25 December 2012 02:05 (1 year ago) Permalink


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