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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Top 100 Groovy Songs of the 1980s


Earlier this month I posted my Top 100 Groovy Songs of the 1970s, and I enjoyed making that list so much that I decided to compile a second one of my favorite tunes of the '80s. The songs are in no particular order, and I'm sorry to report that Juice Newton did not make the cut. However, Wham! and Boy George both did. I'm not sure what this says about me and my taste in music, but to quote Ms. Gloria Gaynor, I am what I am.

1. Call Me - Blondie (1980)
2. Magic - Olivia Newton-John (1980)
3. Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen (1980)
4. Don't Ask Me Why - Billy Joel (1980)
5. Upside Down - Diana Ross (1980)
6. I'm Alright - Kenny Loggins (1980)
7. Fame - Irene Cara (1980)
8. Xanadu - Olivia Newton-John (1980)
9. What I Like About You - The Romantics (1980)




10. I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross (1980)
11. More Love - Kim Carnes (1980)
12. I'm Alive - Electric Light Orchestra (1980)
13. (Just Like) Starting Over - John Lennon (1980)
14. Cadillac Ranch - Bruce Springsteen (1980)
15. Theme from New York, New York - Frank Sinatra (1980)
16. All Over The World - Electric Light Orchestra (1980)
17. I Can't Tell You Why - The Eagles (1980)
18. This Is It - Kenny Loggins (1980)
19. Late in the Evening - Paul Simon (1980)
20. Hey Nineteen - Steely Dan (1981)
21. Kiss On My List - Hall & Oates (1981)
22. Hang Fire - The Rolling Stones (1981)
23. Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes (1981)
24. Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield (1981)
25. Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go-Go's (1981)
26. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police (1981)
27. You Make My Dreams - Hall & Oates (1981)




28. Morning Train (Nine To Five) - Sheena Easton (1981)
29. Private Eyes - Hall & Oates (1981)
30. Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) - Christopher Cross (1981)
31. Tempted - Squeeze (1981)
32. 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton (1981)
33. Physical - Olivia Newton-John (1981)
34. Don't You Want Me - The Human League (1982)
35. Tainted Love - Soft Cell (1982)
36. Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band (1982)
37. I Ran (So Far Away) - A Flock of Seagulls (1982)
38. Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson (1982)
39. Kids In America - Kim Wilde (1982)
40. Shake It Up - The Cars (1982)
41. Make A Move On Me - Olivia Newton-John (1982)
42. I Melt With You - Modern English (1982)




43. Johnny Can't Read - Don Henley (1982)
44. Vacation - The Go-Go's (1982)
45. Route 101 - Herb Alpert (1982)
46. Should I Stay or Should I Go - The Clash (1982)
47. This Is the Day - The The (1983)
48. I Am What I Am - Gloria Gaynor (1983)




49. Our House - Madness (1983)
50. The Look of Love - ABC (1983)
51. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - Eurythmics (1983)
52. Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran (1983)
53. Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners (1983)
54. Flashdance...What A Feeling - Irene Cara (1983)
55. Little Red Corvette - Prince (1983)
56. (Keep Feeling) Fascination - The Human League (1983)
57. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Culture Club (1983)
58. Let's Dance - David Bowie (1983)
59. 1999 - Prince (1983)
60. Rock the Casbah - The Clash (1983)
61. Church Of The Poison Mind - Culture Club (1983)
62. True - Spandau Ballet (1983)
63. Always Something There to Remind Me - Naked Eyes (1983)
64. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson (1983)
65. Goody Two Shoes - Adam Ant (1983)
66. It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls (1983)
67. She Blinded Me With Science- Thomas Dolby (1983)
68. In A Big Country - Big Country (1983)
69. Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper (1984)
70. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham! (1984)
71. Holiday - Madonna (1984)
72. Owner of a Lonely Heart - Yes (1984)
73. Break My Stride - Matthew Wilder (1984)
74. Talking In Your Sleep - The Romantics (1984)
75. It's My Life - Talk Talk (1984)




76. Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds (1985)
77. Take on Me - a-ha (1985)
78. Material Girl - Madonna (1985)
79. Into The Groove - Madonna (1985)
80. Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears For Fears (1985)
81. Tenderness - General Public (1985)
82. Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves (1985)
83. Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen (1985)
84. I'm Your Man - Wham! (1985)



85. And She Was - Talking Heads (1985)
86. Road to Nowhere - Talking Heads (1985)
87. Sea of Love - The Honeydrippers (1985)
88. Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1985)
89. Life in a Northern Town - The Dream Academy (1986)
90. True Blue - Madonna (1986)
91. Something About You - Level 42 (1986)
92. Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order (1986)
93. If You Leave - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (1986)
94. West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys (1986)
95. Big Time - Peter Gabriel (1987)
96. Chains of Love - Erasure (1988)
97. Good Thing - Fine Young Cannibals (1989)
98. She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals (1989)
99. Love Shack - The B-52's (1989)
100. Losing My Mind - Liza Minnelli (1989)

4 comments:

Stephen said...

A terrible decade for our country, but my favorite decade for music.

Anonymous said...

I love Blondie's "Call Me," but shouldn't "Rapture" be on the list, too?

Deep Dish said...

"Rapture" isn't one of my favorite tunes, but "Call Me" is--so it made the list.

Tallulah said...

Marc! What a great list! I had to go through it slowly so I could sing a line or two of each. ;) ONJ, The Go-Gos...le sigh.

YOU ROCK.