Best song in WLIR's top 20 of the 1980s

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WLIR's charts are a nostalgic snapshot for anyone who was listening to "alternative" or "progressive" radio 25 years ago. Full top 200 can be found here:

http://www.wlir.fm/top_200_of_the_1980s.htm

Poll Results

OptionVotes
4. BLUE MONDAY - NEW ORDER 11
8. BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE - NEW ORDER 6
6. TAINTED LOVE - SOFT CELL 5
11. DON'T YOU - SIMPLE MINDS 4
2. I'LL MELT WITH TOU - MODERN ENGLISH 4
15. IN BETWEEN DAYS - THE CURE 3
13. NEW YEAR'S DAY - U2 2
5. BAD - U2 1
9. I WILL FOLLOW - U2 1
17. BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE - TALKING HEADS 1
16. WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU - THE ROMANTICS 1
18. DANCING WITH MYSELF - BILLY IDOL 1
19. DON'T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME - THE POLICE 0
14. PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE - DEPECHE MODE 0
12. OH L'AMOUR - ERASURE 0
1. PRIDE - U2 0
10. SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? - THE CLASH 0
7. WHITE WEDDING - BILLY IDOL 0
3. JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH - DEPECHE MODE 0
20. FOREVER YOUNG - ALPHAVILLE 0


Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, 10 July 2010 15:29 (twelve years ago) link

'Bizarre Love Triangle', closely followed by 'Burning Down The House'.

Gavin in Leeds, Saturday, 10 July 2010 15:34 (twelve years ago) link

"Dancing With Myself" and "I'll Melt With You" are the ones most likely to get me dancing goofy in the car or at a party, so one of those.

some dude, Saturday, 10 July 2010 15:43 (twelve years ago) link

Bad

kornrulez6969, Saturday, 10 July 2010 21:21 (twelve years ago) link

ha, those 200 songs. peter godwin and b-movie- i dont think i ever heard those songs anywhere other than lir, but heard em enough to still be able to sing the choruses.

Enter nothing in the dialog and click 'OK' (Hunt3r), Saturday, 10 July 2010 22:12 (twelve years ago) link

blech, and i love 80s music.

Daniel, Esq., Saturday, 10 July 2010 22:18 (twelve years ago) link

^^ this. Maybe Blue Monday, though it's way beyond played out.

seandalai, Saturday, 10 July 2010 23:09 (twelve years ago) link

Blue Monday.

this list was created by one person right?

goth (crüt), Saturday, 10 July 2010 23:20 (twelve years ago) link

lol @ "the great commandment" being on this list

goth (crüt), Saturday, 10 July 2010 23:25 (twelve years ago) link

Wait.. this station still exists?

billstevejim, Sunday, 11 July 2010 04:03 (twelve years ago) link

I recall "Forever young" making #1 on their alltime 300 list..

billstevejim, Sunday, 11 July 2010 04:05 (twelve years ago) link

It's strange... looking at just the top 20 seemed sort of banal.

I clicked over to the link of the top 200, and the sheer volume of songs that I hadn't thought about in years, and that were important once, made me feel quite sentimental. I grew up a lot during the '80s, and songs significant to all of those phases were amply represented on the list.

(Here, I voted for "Don't You," not because it's great, but because it best exemplified my mood now and my attitude towards this era.)

Dodo Lurker (Slim and Slam), Sunday, 11 July 2010 04:15 (twelve years ago) link

main beef w/this list is lack of black artists, save Eddy Grant

goth (crüt), Sunday, 11 July 2010 05:14 (twelve years ago) link

They used to play "Pass The Dutchie" on occasion.

billstevejim, Sunday, 11 July 2010 08:37 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 12 July 2010 23:01 (twelve years ago) link

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

System, Tuesday, 13 July 2010 23:01 (twelve years ago) link

Alphaville makes the cut but no Killing Joke? WHAT A STAGGERING BAG OF REPULSIVE, RUNNY CRAP!

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 13 July 2010 23:03 (twelve years ago) link

the cult of Napoleon Dynamite, Alex

I prolley would've voted White Wedding...greatest bubblegum hit of the 80s.

please sb me (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 13 July 2010 23:10 (twelve years ago) link

I've never heard Killing Joke on commercial radio.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 14 July 2010 07:22 (twelve years ago) link

main beef w/this list is lack of black artists, save Eddy Grant

they get half a black point for ub40, no? but the living colour oversight is tragic.

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 14 July 2010 15:15 (twelve years ago) link

twelve years pass...

In fact he just said “Wow, Culture Club and Berlin, I should fly out for that!”

My Little Red Buchla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 12:20 (one week ago) link


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