The 10 best songs from the 80’s

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Currently stuck in the 80’s and since I’m discovering some amazing songs via this thread: The 10 best songs from the 90's

Feel free to post runner-ups if the thought of a top 10 is too cruel.

1. Kraftwerk - Computer Love
2. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five - The Message
3. Daryl Hall & John Oates - Out of Touch
4. Mariah - 心臓の扉 (Shinzo No Tobira)
5. Kate Bush - Cloudbusting
6. Young Marble Giants - Final Day
7. Arthur Russell - This Is How We Walk on the Moon
8. Q Lazzarus - Goodbye Horses
9. The Cure - Close to Me
10. Killing Joke - Change

Some runner-ups because this is too hard:
Womack & Womack - Teardrops, The Cramps - Garbageman, Shriekback - My spine is the bassline, Antena - Camino del Sol, Liquid Liquid - Optimo, Tullio de Piscopo - Stop Bajon, Blurt - The Fish Needs a Bike, Grauzone - Eisbær, Tom Waits - Clap Hands, Mecano - Hawaii-Bombay, Soda Stereo - cuando pase el temblor… ESG! New Order! Stone Roses! Talking Heads!

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 22:06 (one month ago) link

I know the Arthur Russell one was technically released in the 90’s liner notes say it’s from 1984, so I’m counting it as an 80’s song.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 22:07 (one month ago) link

King Sunny Ade - Ja Funmi
Justin Hinds - Travel With Love
Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love
Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
Prince - When Doves Cry
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message
The Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
New Edition - Cool It Now
The Cure - Close to Me
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls

Last one I had to cut: Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock - It Takes Two

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 22:41 (one month ago) link

Didn't look at your list before posting, Moka. We share 2 huh.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 22:42 (one month ago) link

10 from the top of my head

Artery - Into The Garden
Art of Noise - Close (To The Edit)
Associates - Party Fears Two
Chakra - Free
Freur - Doot Doot
MARRS - Pump Up The Volume
My Bloody Valentine - You Made Me Realise
Public Image Ltd - Pop Tones
Rhythim is Rhythim - Strings of Life
Robert Wyatt - At Last I Am Free

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 23:02 (one month ago) link

D'oh I overlooked Chaka Khan - Feel For You

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 23:07 (one month ago) link

that is one of the five I just thought of which I'd like to swap into my list, but best leave it.

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 23:08 (one month ago) link

The 90s was easy; the 80s...hoo boy. Lets see:

Pretenders - Tattooed Love Boys
Rickie Lee Jones - Living it Up
Nona Hendryx - Keep it Confidential
Cyndi Lauper - All Through the Night
Go-Go's - Head Over Heels
Tears For Fears - The Working Hour
Til Tuesday - Coming Up Close
Tommy Keene - Underworld
Prince - Electric Chair
Janet Jackson - Love Will Never Do (Without You)

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 23:11 (one month ago) link

xpost: Cool list! I mean 'The Message" is imho one of the most undeniable songs from the decade and it placed #10 for the 20th century and #2 for the 80's on that ILM poll (ILM POLLS THE 20TH CENTURY'S BEST TRACKS ››› YOUR RESULTS THREAD ‹‹‹), so I think most people around here have it in high regard.

For quite some time I'd have considered "A Forest" my #1 Cure song, but it's actually 'close to me' the one that I can't seem to get enough of nowadays.

Tom Tom Club and Pet Shop Boys songs from your list should be runner-ups for me too. Also King Sunny Ade! Great choice... I actually first heard him via 'Aura' - I know weird intro since most people get introduced to him via 'Juju Music' - and became obssesed with 'Ogunja' and 'Iro' so I'd probably consider one of those my favorite song of his, but if I were to vote in a poll I'd 100% use a vote for 'Ja Funmi'.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 23:12 (one month ago) link

I just realized while taking a quick re-listen to "Iro" that Thom Yorke definitely stole the 'black swan' riff from it.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 23:14 (one month ago) link

oh no wait I think it's "harrowdown hill" the one I'm thinking of... not sure but it's definitely reminding me of something off 'the eraser'.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 23:16 (one month ago) link

The 90s was easy; the 80s...hoo boy.
― Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko),

wait 'til we get to the 70's

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 23:28 (one month ago) link

going chronologically, my list got filled up by 1982 just going with obvious choices


Talking Heads - Once In a Lifetime (1980)
The Cure - A Forest (1980)
Laurie Anderson - O Superman (1981)
Romeo Void - Never Say Never (1981)
New Order - Temptation (1982)
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (1982)
Afrika Bambaataa - Planet Rock (1982)
Prince - 1999 (1982)
The Clash - Rock the Casbah (1982)
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message (1982)

Dan S, Thursday, 23 September 2021 00:02 (one month ago) link

early 80s except had to go to 84 to get When Doves Cry

Talking Heads – Crosseyed and Painless
Psychedelic Furs – Run and Run
Pretenders – Mystery Achievement
X – Some Other Time
Rickie Lee Jones – Living It Up
REM – Radio Free Europe
Prince – When Doves Cry
B-52s – Private Idaho
New Order - Temptation
Feelies – Moscow Nights

that's not my post, Thursday, 23 September 2021 00:16 (one month ago) link

foreigner - waiting for a girl like you
madonna - into the groove
d-train - you’re the one for me
mr fingers - can you feel it
lou reed - the blue mask
mary jane girls - all night long
evelyn “champagne” king - love come down
daryl hall and john oates - i can’t go for that
miharu koshi - l’amour toujours
diana ross - it’s your move

brimstead, Thursday, 23 September 2021 00:20 (one month ago) link

1980-1983

1. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Refugee
2. Japan – Ghosts
3. ABC – The Look of Love
4. Prince – Little Red Corvette
5. New Order – Temptation
6. Roxy Music – Same Old Scene
7. Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Something
8. Evelyn King – Love Come Down
9. Patrick Cowley ft. Sylvester – Do You Wanna Funk
10. A Flock of Seagulls – Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)

Full list..

1. Shannon – Give Me Tonight
2. Madonna – Open Your Heart
3. Prince and the Revolution – I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
4. Def Leppard – Hysteria
5. Alexander O’Neal – Criticize
6. Noel – Silent Morning
7. Janet Jackson – The Pleasure Principle
8. Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock – It Takes Two
9. Stevie B – Spring Love (Come Back to Me)
10. New Order – The Perfect Kiss (Extended Remix)

Full list.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 23 September 2021 00:20 (one month ago) link

Tullio de Piscopo - Stop Bajon

this is such a jam. Don Cherry!

brimstead, Thursday, 23 September 2021 00:27 (one month ago) link

Glad to see "Love Come Down" being listed. Heard it all my life p much but just past couple years it really hit me how great it is.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 23 September 2021 00:53 (one month ago) link

I'll have to take a listen to the ones in brimstead's list I'm not familiar with (such as the Diana Ross) because the rest of the list is 🔥

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 23 September 2021 00:55 (one month ago) link

ALL
THE WAY
DOWN

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 23 September 2021 01:00 (one month ago) link

I think Dolly Parton could do a great cover of “it’s your move”.

brimstead, Thursday, 23 September 2021 01:02 (one month ago) link

Mekons — I Am Crazy
De La Soul — Eye Know
New Order — All Day Long
Anita Baker — Caught Up in the Rapture
Lucinda Williams — Side of the Road
Slick Rick — Children’s Story
Evelyn “Champagne” King — Love Come Down
The Chameleons — Soul in Isolation
Eric B. & Rakim — Follow the Leader
Bad Brains — Sailin’ On

the adventures of pavlo and schrödis (geoffreyess), Thursday, 23 September 2021 01:30 (one month ago) link

and yet: Borderline

the adventures of pavlo and schrödis (geoffreyess), Thursday, 23 September 2021 01:31 (one month ago) link

I think I might be the only one who prefers Barry Biggs version of Love Come Down.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 23 September 2021 01:39 (one month ago) link

this is such a jam. Don Cherry!

― brimstead

Barely missed my top 10. I should probably reconsider because it is indeed a jam.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 23 September 2021 01:41 (one month ago) link

Glad to see a track from Lucinda Williams. Her self-titled album is excellent.

that's not my post, Thursday, 23 September 2021 01:43 (one month ago) link

I keep forgetting Mr. Fingers is from the 80’s, so ahead of its time.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 23 September 2021 01:52 (one month ago) link

now am thinking about the mid 80s and the late 80s

Dan S, Thursday, 23 September 2021 01:55 (one month ago) link

Oh always thought Barry Biggs version of Love Come Down was the original, not the Evelyn King one. Even though I do prefer the disco/reggae version by Biggs it’s a great song. Didn’t expect so much love for it over here.

Is everyone familiar with the Biggs version? If not please listen to it! It’s awesome too.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 23 September 2021 01:57 (one month ago) link

David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes
Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime
Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force - Planet Rock
The Go-Go's - Vacation
Missing Persons - Destination Unknown
Prince - Little Red Corvette
Shannon - Let the Music Play
Madonna - Borderline
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force - I Wonder If I Take You Home
Sonic Youth - Starpower

Josefa, Thursday, 23 September 2021 02:26 (one month ago) link

1. Associates - Party Fears Two
2. The Blue Nile - The Downtown Lights
3. The B-52's Topaz
4. Cameo - Candy
5. Human League - (Keep Feeling) Fascination
6. Pet Shop Boys - Left To My Own Devices
7. Soft Cell - Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
8. Taana Gardner - Heartbeat
9. Grace Jones - Pull Up To The Bumper
10. Sylvester - Don't Stop

kitchen person, Thursday, 23 September 2021 02:31 (one month ago) link

Kate Bush - Cloudbusting
The Go-Betweens - Cattle and Cane
Chris Knox - Not Given Lightly
Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance
Taana Gardner - Heartbeat
Mission of Burma - Academy Fight Song
Eric B & Rakim - Follow the Leader
The Cramps - Garbageman
Loose Joints - Tell You (Today)
Rammelzee & K-Rob - Beat Bop

Chris L, Thursday, 23 September 2021 02:41 (one month ago) link

Aerosmith - let the music do the talking
Aerosmith - angel
Aerosmith - love in an elevator
Aerosmith - rag doll
Aerosmith - jailbait
Aerosmith - my fist your face
Aerosmith - dude looks like a lady
Aerosmith - young lust
Aerosmith - bitch’s brew
Aerosmith - Joanie’s butterfly

calstars, Thursday, 23 September 2021 02:41 (one month ago) link

foreigner - waiting for a girl like you
madonna - into the groove
d-train - you’re the one for me
mr fingers - can you feel it
lou reed - the blue mask
mary jane girls - all night long
evelyn “champagne” king - love come down
daryl hall and john oates - i can’t go for that
miharu koshi - l’amour toujours
diana ross - it’s your move


Do you live in Vice City?

calstars, Thursday, 23 September 2021 02:48 (one month ago) link

I’ll steal Alfred’s split again to put 10 more songs in:

1980-1983

1. Kraftwerk - Computer Love (1981)
2. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five - The Message (1982)
3. Mariah - 心臓の扉 (Shinzo No Tobira) (1983)
4. Young Marble Giants - Final Day (1980)
5. Killing Joke - Change (1980)
6. Tullio De Piscopo - Stop Bajon (1983)
7. Taana Gardner - Heartbeat (1981)
8. Shriekback - My Spine is the Bassline (1982)
9. The Cramps - Garbageman (1980)
10. Blurt - The Fish Needs a Bike (1981)

1984-1989

1. Daryl Hall & John Oates - Out of Touch (1984)
2. Kate Bush - Cloudbusting (1985)
3. Arthur Russell - This Is How We Walk on the Moon (1984)
4. Q Lazzarus - Goodbye Horses (1988)
5. The Cure - Close to Me (1985)
6. Womack & Womack - Teardrops (1988)
7. A.R. Kane - Lollita (1987)
8. The Jesus & Mary Chain - Never Understand (1985)
9. Samantha Gilles - Let Me Feel It (1985)
10. Virgo - Take Me Higher (1989)

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 23 September 2021 02:58 (one month ago) link

Man, streaming has really caused me to not get familiar with so much stuff I stumble upon. Have no memory of hearing that Biggs version of Love Come Down, yet it's already in my cover songs playlist.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 23 September 2021 03:05 (one month ago) link

Besides the 1st and last picks, Josefa's list is like omg sooooo 80s if u know what I mean. Love it.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 23 September 2021 03:08 (one month ago) link

Now you’ve piqued my interest and you need to share that covers playlist.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 23 September 2021 03:13 (one month ago) link

High five to everyone who has Taana Gardner’s Heartbeat on their lists. Such a smooth song and one of the greatest vocal hooks of all time. Also those synths and bass, sounds like the palette from which West Coast Hip Hop came from.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 23 September 2021 03:17 (one month ago) link

Do you live in Vice City?


Didn’t Tim Sweeney choose the music for that? He has good taste!

brimstead, Thursday, 23 September 2021 03:25 (one month ago) link

Do you live in Vice City?
― calstars

Do you live in the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster®?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 23 September 2021 03:33 (one month ago) link

Covers play list is apple music tho
https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/covers/pl.u-zPyL1DRFZBV0zJ

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 23 September 2021 04:14 (one month ago) link

(Haven't tried to curate it. Just add songs as I hear em)

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 23 September 2021 04:17 (one month ago) link

Abba - The Day Before You Came
Fun Fun - Baila Bolero
George Benson - Give Me the Night
Grace Jones - Slave to the Rhythm
Imagination - So Good So Right
Jamie Principle - Your Love
Lil Louis- French Kiss
Rufus & Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody
Sha-Lor- I'm In Love
Tullio de Piscopo - Stop Bajon (Primavera)

Honourable mentions
Joey Beltram - Energy Flash, Kate Bush - Cloudbusting, Madonna - Live to Tell, Pet Shop Boys - Love Comes Quickly, Prince - Mountains, New Order - Dream Attack, Genesis - That's All, Psyche - Elements, Tangerine Dream - Love on a Real Train

ignore the blue line (or something), Thursday, 23 September 2021 04:47 (one month ago) link

Covers play list is apple music tho
https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/covers/pl.u-zPyL1DRFZBV0zJ

― A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger)

Seeing some great choices in there and several that I want to hear for the first time.

Note: “after midnight” is originally by JJ Cale so that one is not actually a cover.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 23 September 2021 05:24 (one month ago) link

Forgot:

Olivia Newton John - Magic

ignore the blue line (or something), Thursday, 23 September 2021 05:42 (one month ago) link

I was wondering about the Cale! I think maybe I added it cause I was more familiar with a cover version and wanted to listen to his original again. But now I can't remember who did the cover.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 23 September 2021 05:47 (one month ago) link

Eric Clapton did the most well-known version. Clapton also covered “Cocaine” by him. JJ Cale’s originals are way better imho, but Clapton’s are the more popular versions.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 23 September 2021 06:14 (one month ago) link

Simple Minds - I Travel
Mr. Flagio - Take A Chance
AR Kane - A Love From Outer Space
Cybotron - Clear
The Associates - Party Fears Two
Pet Shop Boys - Kings Cross
Kate Bush - Hello Earth
Prince - Purple Rain
Frankie Knuckles, Satoshi Tomiie, Robert Owens - Tears
Manuel Gottsching - E2-E4

nashwan, Thursday, 23 September 2021 08:29 (one month ago) link

I always thought E2E4 was late 70s, almost picked Sueno Latino tho

ignore the blue line (or something), Thursday, 23 September 2021 08:58 (one month ago) link

my experience was that they had complete control over their audience

Dan S, Friday, 24 September 2021 02:19 (one month ago) link

the lights have all gone out

Dan S, Friday, 24 September 2021 02:43 (one month ago) link

fuck man idk here's some faves

Daniel Johnston - Brainwash
Foetus - Gums Bleed
Jazz Butcher - Rain
Shriekback - Everything That Rises Must Converge
Bongwater - Too Much Sleep
The Ex - Bouquet For Barbed Wire
Moet The Poet - (untitled)
Camper Van Beethoven - Sweethearts
David Bowie - Up The Hill Backwards
Crass - Where Next Columbus

sleeve, Friday, 24 September 2021 03:15 (one month ago) link

Another top 10:

The Stone Roses Fools Gold (12" Version) (UK 1989)
NWA Fuck Tha Police (USA 1988)
Sueño LatinoSueño Latino (The Paradise Version) (Italy 1989)
The Nits In The Dutch Mountains (Netherlands 1987)
Metallica For Whom The Bell Tolls (USA 1984)
Peter Schilling Major Tom (Völlig Losgelöst) (Germany 1982)
Don Henley Boys Of Summer (USA 1984)
Killing Joke Love Like Blood (UK 1985)
Sandra Maria Magdalena (France/Germany 1985)
The Scorpions Rock You Like A Hurricane (Germany 1984)
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince Summertime (USA 1989)

Siegbran, Friday, 24 September 2021 09:02 (one month ago) link

Actual top ten, excluding anything already mentioned:

C-Bank - One More Shot
Joe Smooth - Promised Land
Lisa - Rocket To Your Heart (original mix)
Magazine - A Song From Under The Floorboards
Orange Juice - Poor Old Soul
Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush - Don't Give Up
Sharon Redd - In The Name Of Love
Steve Winwood - While You See A Chance
Style Council - My Ever Changing Moods (single version)
Tom Browne - Funkin' For Jamaica

mike t-diva, Friday, 24 September 2021 09:28 (one month ago) link

"Summertime" came out in 1991

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 24 September 2021 09:42 (one month ago) link

Marshall Crenshaw - you’re my favorite waste of time
XTC - mermaid smiles
Phil collins - inside out
Van halen- little guitars
Pointer sisters - he’s so shy
Prince - take me with u
Madonna - live to tell
Kim carnes - Bette Davis eyes
Foreigner - I want to know what love is
Philip Bailey - easy lover
Marvin Gaye - my love is waiting

calstars, Friday, 24 September 2021 09:49 (one month ago) link

"Take Me With U" was narrowly eliminated from my 10 - it's been my favourite 80s Prince track for a while.

mike t-diva, Friday, 24 September 2021 09:58 (one month ago) link

I love the build up in the beginning and the acoustic guitar release

calstars, Friday, 24 September 2021 11:14 (one month ago) link

"Summertime" came out in 1991
oh yeah, then:
Tone Loc Funky Cold Medina (USA 1989)

Siegbran, Friday, 24 September 2021 12:34 (one month ago) link

'you're sheer perfection'
'thank you'

calstars, Friday, 24 September 2021 12:38 (one month ago) link

In solidarity with All Sheenas Of The World, I've cancelled "Funky Cold Medina".

mike t-diva, Friday, 24 September 2021 13:34 (one month ago) link

Great selections on yours there.

"Take Me With U" was narrowly eliminated from my 10 - it's been my favourite 80s Prince track for a while.

Don’t Give Up almost made my top ten. It is a definite classic but partly it was attractive as a way to knock out two of the preeminent artists of the decade. Given more space I’d probably pick Mercy Street and Breathing for the individual artists (excluding Kate songs that have already been selected).

recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Friday, 24 September 2021 15:22 (one month ago) link

And now I have realized that Erotic City is objectively superior to Break 4 Love so I would like to amend my selections to reflect that substitution.

I should give Take Me With U another listen.

recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Friday, 24 September 2021 15:24 (one month ago) link

OK this is even more impossible than the 90s, so I only went with tracks that hadn't been named yet and am still quite happy with this

Prince – Uptown
Pixies – Here Comes Your Man
Emmylou Harris – Jordan
The Replacements – Alex Chilton
U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday
Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle
Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder – Together in Electric Dreams
Madonna – Like a Prayer
The Smiths – This Charming Man

Indexed, Friday, 24 September 2021 15:43 (one month ago) link

All for the Best - Miracle Legion
Just Like Honey - Jesus and Mary Chain
We're Here - Meat Puppets
Beaten & Broken - Mekons
If I Should Fall From Grace with God - The Pogues
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man - Prince
Bonzo Goes to Bitburg - Ramones
Sound of the Rain - Rank and File
Favorite Thing - The Replacements
It's Who You Know - X

TO BE A JAZZ SINGER YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO SCAT (Jazzbo), Friday, 24 September 2021 15:46 (one month ago) link

Shit, how could I have possibly forgotten "Together in Electric Dreams" - that would be in my all time top 10, as I have a very powerful emotional connection to it.

mike t-diva, Friday, 24 September 2021 16:18 (one month ago) link

Shit, how could I have possibly forgotten "Together in Electric Dreams" - that would be in my all time top 10, as I have a very powerful emotional connection to it.

― mike t-diva

X2

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 24 September 2021 17:07 (one month ago) link

a new day, a new list from bands not mentioned above

Dream Syndicate – That’s What You Always Say
Jason & the Scorchers – Absolutely Sweet Marie
Black Uhuru – Youth of Eglington
Gregory Issacs – Night Nurse
Pylon - Beep
Hoodoo Gurus – Bittersweet
dB’s – Black and White
Lloyd Cole – Perfect Skin
Violent Femmes – Add It Up
Cowboy Junkies – Sweet Jane
Joan Jett – Crimson and Clover

that's not my post, Friday, 24 September 2021 17:57 (one month ago) link

10 more, not yet mentioned:

o. nate, Friday, 24 September 2021 18:09 (one month ago) link

Going Back to Cali - LL Cool J
Touch of Grey - Grateful Dead
Word Up - Cameo
Hurts So Good - John Cougar Mellencamp
Graceland - Paul Simon
Fairytale of New York - The Pogues (feat. Kirsty MacColl)
Don Quichotte No Estan Aqui - Magazine 60
Viva Las Vegas - Dead Kennedys
Just Like Heaven - The Cure
Master of Puppets - Metallica

o. nate, Friday, 24 September 2021 18:09 (one month ago) link

Well I found this impossible. My faves are very front-loaded early/mid-80s. MAYBE I could do a top 10 for 1984 alone. Or a top ten of songs not already mentioned. But here goes:

1980-1982

Tom Petty, Refugee
Blondie, Call Me
The Police, Don't Stand So Close to Me
Hall & Oates, Private Eyes
REM, Gardening at Night
Prince, 1999
Marvin Gaye, Sexual Healing
Pretenders, Back on the Chain Gang
Duran Duran, Rio
Peter Gabriel, I Have the Touch

honorable mentions to:
Phil Collins, I Missed Again
Stevie Nicks, Edge of Seventeen

1983-1984:

Eurythmics, Here Comes the Rain Again
Howard Jones, New Song
Madonna, Borderline
Culture Club, Karma Chameleon
David Bowie, Let's Dance
Naked Eyes, Promises Promises
Go-Go's, Head Over Heels
Psychedelic Furs, The Ghost in You
Cyndi Lauper, All Through the Night
Cars, Drive

honorable mentions to:

Nena, 99 Luftballons
Elvis Costello, Everyday I Write the Book
Rick Springfield, Love Somebody
Pat Benatar, We Belong
U2, Pride

1985-1989:

Paul Young, Every Time You Go Away
Talking Heads, And She Was
The Cure, Close to Me
Crowded House, Something So Strong
INXS, Need You Tonight
Bangles, Hazy Shade of Winter
Bruce Springsteen, One Step Up
Lightning Seeds, Pure

These two get sufficient praise as it is but I will mention them anyway:
Tears for Fears, Everybody
Simple Minds, Don't You

Richard Marxist (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 24 September 2021 18:39 (one month ago) link

Rules are rules, people.

enochroot, Friday, 24 September 2021 19:01 (one month ago) link

And yet the very first post breaks them by including "runner-ups because this is too hard."

Richard Marxist (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 24 September 2021 19:13 (one month ago) link

Doing one alternate list:

Yoko Ono - Walking on Thin Ice (1981 re-edit)
ESG - Dance
Peter Murphy - Cuts You Up
Echo & the Bunnymen - Ocean Rain
Wipers - The Lonely One
Husker Du - Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill
Pylon - Crazy
Volcano Suns - Balancing Act
The Clean - Getting Older
EPMD - So Watcha Sayin'

Chris L, Friday, 24 September 2021 19:28 (one month ago) link

Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
Bananarama - Cruel Summer
Prince - When Doves Cry
Berlin - Take My Breath Away
The Jesus & Mary Chain - Never Understand
Echo and The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon
Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love
Pat Benatar - Love Is A Battlefield
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill
The Go-Go's - Vacation

daavid, Friday, 24 September 2021 19:29 (one month ago) link

I did a 1989 mix recently, it was a commission for a birthday, and a lot more mainstream / upbeat than I usually do, may be of interest to you emsworth as it has a few from your list. TBH the process taught me that the late 80s is a bit of a blind spot for me.

― edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, September 23, 2021 9:52 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

would be keen to see that mix!

― lemmy incaution (emsworth), Thursday, September 23, 2021 10:10 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

Here it is

https://www.mixcloud.com/centuries_of_sound/1989-for-skye/

Posting the tracklist as mixcloud hides it -

0:00:00 The Cure - Lullaby
0:04:09 Orbital - Chime
0:07:04 Black Box - Ride on Time
0:10:19 Young MC - Know How
0:13:58 Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation / TV (Interlude)
0:20:31 Pixies - Hey
0:23:58 Glen Velez - Wren Chant
0:25:38 Nirvana - Love Buzz
0:29:10 The Stone Roses - Waterfall
0:33:40 Happy Mondays - Hallelujah (Club Mix)
0:40:00 Madonna - Like a Prayer (12" Remix)
0:46:53 Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
0:51:28 Technotronic - Pump Up The Jam
0:56:26 New Order - Fine Time (Silk Mix)
0:59:56 808 State - Pacific State (Original)
1:02:54 Electronic - Getting Away with It
1:06:59 De La Soul - Me Myself and I
1:10:36 Prince - Batdance
1:16:49 Swing Out Sister - You On My Mind
1:20:13 The Wedding Present - Kennedy
1:24:29 Soul II Soul - Back To Life (However Do You Want Me?)
1:28:04 Dusty Springfield - Nothing Has Been Proved
1:33:43 Fugazi - Waiting Room
1:36:33 The Cure - Lovesong
1:39:53 Rob 'N' Raz Featuring Leila K - Got To Get
1:43:09 Rhythim is Rhythim - The Dance
1:45:34 The Sundays - Can't Be Sure

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 24 September 2021 19:53 (one month ago) link

i am very indecisive.
think i'm going to wait another 10y.

meisenfek, Friday, 24 September 2021 20:08 (one month ago) link

dr mabuse - propaganda
sensoria - cabaret voltaire
my spine - shriekback
my girl - madness
master & servant (on-u remix) - depeche mode
two tribes - frankie goes to hollywood
the only good christian is a dead christian - scraping foetus off the wheel
dont get mad get even - age of chance
living on the ceiling - blancmange
one of our submarines is missing - thomas dolby

mark e, Friday, 24 September 2021 20:40 (one month ago) link

Oh FFS, Young MC “Know How”, another total classic that I forgot about. My last set before lockdown, it rammed my floor. Teenagers shook my hand for playing it!

mike t-diva, Friday, 24 September 2021 20:45 (one month ago) link

nice

nashwan, Friday, 24 September 2021 20:46 (one month ago) link

Here it is

― edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 25 September 2021 5:53 AM (three hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

Thanks! Great mix, some tracks I don't know - looking forward to throwing it on later. How did I forget the Pixies?

Also - mind blown to find that Getting Away With It came out in the same year as Technique. God, Bernard Sumner was at the absolute top of his game then.

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Friday, 24 September 2021 23:35 (one month ago) link

Would now like to submit a best of the 80s list that is just Moments in Love played 10 times in succession

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Friday, 24 September 2021 23:47 (one month ago) link

Ignoring post-punk & disco and sticking with the hits that scream "80s" to me that I sincerely enjoy:

Dazz Band – Let It Whip
The Gap Band – You Dropped A Bomb On Me
Shannon – Let the Music Play
Yes – Owner of a Lonely Heart
A Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)
Don Henley – The Boys of Summer
Icehouse – Electric Blue
38 Special – Caught Up In You
The Cars – Drive
New Order – Blue Monday

honorable mention: ZZ Top – Sharp Dressed Man

aegis philbin (crüt), Saturday, 25 September 2021 00:05 (one month ago) link

Even choosing 10 #1 billboard hits from 80-89 is hard:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Billboard_Hot_100_number-one_singles_of_the_1980s

1. H&O - Out of Touch
2. Olivia Newton John - Physical
3. Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
4 Tears for Fears - everybody wants to rule the world
5 Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
6 Prince - Kiss
7 Blondie - Rapture
8 INXS - need you tonight
9 Bananarama - venus
10 Human League - Don't you want me

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 25 September 2021 00:54 (one month ago) link

Gardening At Night is maybe my favorite REM song, maybe because it was first

Dan S, Saturday, 25 September 2021 01:20 (one month ago) link

Oh, human league

calstars, Saturday, 25 September 2021 02:06 (one month ago) link

out of touch is such a monster, love it

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Saturday, 25 September 2021 03:51 (one month ago) link

It’s one of the most perfect pop songs of all time.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 25 September 2021 04:11 (one month ago) link

Bummed I forgot Lone Justice's "Ways to Be Wicked."

Indexed, Monday, 27 September 2021 15:27 (one month ago) link

no idea what a full list would look like for me, but it would definitely have:

kate bush - 'running up that hill'
the cure - 'a forest'
public enemy - 'fight the power'
eric b. + rakim - 'eric b. is president'

otherwise, no idea where to even begin. i'm equally as likely to say something like "nerve pylon" by the lines as i am to say "out of touch." really just no clue how to even begin to narrow it down.

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Saturday, 9 October 2021 21:59 (two weeks ago) link

Let’s get some Mexican songs in here:

80’s Mexico top 10

Casino Shanghai - Cuerpos Huecos
Caifanes - Viento
Flans - Las Mil y Una Noches
Menudo - Claridad
Emmanuel - La ultima luna
Rocio Durcal & Juan Gabriel - Dejame Vivir
Tropicalisimo Apache - Ojitos Mentirosos
Los Tigres del Norte - la puerta negra
Yuri - Osito Panda de Chapultepec
Daniela Romo - mentiras

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 10 October 2021 01:06 (two weeks ago) link

Without watching other people's lists

Jali Musa Jawara - Yekeke
Talking Heads - This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
Fingers Inc. - Can You Feel It
Taana Gardner - Heartbeat
Samba Mapalanga - Malako
The Smith - There is a light that never goes out
The Sound - I Can't Escape Myself
David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes
Loose Joints - Is it all over my face (female version)
Meredith Monk - Biography

And because I find it even more impossible than the 70s, honorable mentions aka second list:

Siouxsie and the Banshees - Cannons
Throwing Muses - Hate My Way
Gregory Isaacs - Report to Me
The Dicks - Hate the Police
Wipers - No Fair
Steve McQueen - Appetite
Universal Two - Dancing Heart
Japan - My new career
The Chameleons - Second Skin
Thione Seck - Bamba

Nabozo, Sunday, 10 October 2021 18:14 (two weeks ago) link

(Prefab Sprout obviously)

Nabozo, Sunday, 10 October 2021 18:21 (two weeks ago) link

Is this nabisco? I’m out of the loop sorry.

It’s a great list. If I was being honest about my favorites I would have included the Naive Melody too.

Yekeke sounds like it has similar vocals to Mory Kante’s Yeke Yeke, I wonder if there’s a connection?

recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Sunday, 10 October 2021 19:20 (two weeks ago) link

No I'm just myself :P Yeah there's a connection, they're maternal half-brothers :D

Nabozo, Sunday, 10 October 2021 19:29 (two weeks ago) link

I should have included a Rail Band song in the 70s thread... Mansa probably, or Kaira.

Nabozo, Sunday, 10 October 2021 19:32 (two weeks ago) link

Mansa sounds like a dembow beat at points. But those vocals, wow!

recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Sunday, 10 October 2021 20:03 (two weeks ago) link

Exactly 10 songs:

Beastie Boys "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun"
Black Sabbath "Neon Knights"
Bruce Springsteen "Tunnel of Love"
Dinosaur Jr "Raisans"
Funky 4 + 1 "That's The Joint"
Hall & Oates "Say It Isn't So"
Jungle Brothers "I'll House You"
Metallica "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"
Michael Jackson "Human Nature"
My Bloody Valentine "Drive It All Over Me"
Neneh Cherry “Buffalo Stance”
Nu Shooz "I Can't Wait"
Patrice Rushen "Forget Me Nots"
Prince "If I Was Your Girlfriend"
Psychedelic Furs "Love My Way"
T'Pau "Heart and Soul"
Tears For Fears "Everybody Wants to Rule The World"
Til Tuesday "Voices Carry"
Tracy Ullman "They Don't Know"
Van Halen "Unchained"

billstevejim, Sunday, 10 October 2021 23:53 (two weeks ago) link

Mansa sounds like a dembow beat at points. But those vocals, wow!
― recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Sunday, October 10, 2021 10:03 PM (four days ago) bookmarkflaglink

Sorry, I just realized you probably went on Spotify and listened to the first one listed. You need to listen to the 12-minute original version (on the Belle Époque comps). It's a slow burner that builds patiently and eventually releases a pure energy flow of scorching trumpet, djembe, bass, and guitar.

Nabozo, Thursday, 14 October 2021 18:41 (one week ago) link


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