Blast from the Past: My Favorite Songs from the 70's and 80's

Lately I have been thinking back and listening to my songs that used to play on the radio back in the 70's and 80's. I was born in 1973 but have always escaped into music from as far back as I can remember. I've actually kept track of a few of them since then but recently I heard a song that sparked a search for more retro songs that maybe I had forgotten about. I figured I would get them down in one place. This isn't all of them.. Just a few that have left an impression.

Maybe some of them were considered corny even back then but corny or not, they took me (and still take me) into another world, and I like them :) Maybe I like listening to them now because it takes me back to a time where things were simpler. Here are a few of my absolute favorites from the 70's and 80's. It is a mix of different types of music...The two bottom songs on the list are a couple of my all-time favorite country songs from the 80's. Both songs provoke such nostalgia... the list would have been incomplete without them.

Kashmir by Led Zeppelin-1975

This song sounds exactly the same to me as it did years ago and it still sends my mind wandering into another world and brings up many wonderful memories. It is the perfect song to escape into.. Led Zeppelin has never lost popularity, on through my 20's and early 30's I was still listening to this song and other Zeppelin songs and it was even popular with teenagers back then. In fact, I bet many teenagers know and love Led Zeppelin songs today. This music is truly classic. I still love it when I hear it, I just don't go looking for it as much :)

Dream Weaver by Gary Wright-1975

I was 2 years old when this came out... it must have been popular for a while. I remember listening to it when I lived in Amarillo back in the early 80's. It brings a calm and peace to me.. The lyrics are great but the music is like a lullaby to me. Talk about going into another world..

Don't Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult -1976

This song is just awesome... it has a nice beat to it and I LOVE the lyrics... It's a love song, right? That is how I perceive it anyway... When the movie The Stand by Stephen King came out it was very impressive to have this song start off the movie.. I don't think they could have chosen a song more perfect for it. Also, there was the Christopher Walken "cowbell" thing on SNL.. These just made me appreciate the song that much more.

Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty-1978

I could not tell you much about this song except that I loved the sound of the saxophone back then and that is what mainly impressed me about it. I could barely remember any of the lyrics except something about a new morning... so after doing a search for it and listening to it again, wow! It still sounds great. In fact, I appreciate it even more now because I actually "get" the lyrics... back then I was like 5 years old! It had a sad undertone back then and still does... to me, anyway. Great song :)

Cars by Gary Numan-1979

This song sounds great to me no matter how many times I listen to it.. It reminds me of the Talking Heads, who I happen to LOVE as well.. I loved all of the "New Wave" music. It was so cool.

I know There's Something Going On by Frida-1982

I heard this the other day on the radio, the first time in YEARS.. I used to love this song, how could I have forgotten about it?! I still love it... in fact, I have downloaded the MP3 so that I'll always have it now... For some reason, most modern music just doesn't capture the same feeling and emotion that these older songs do.

Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran-1982

I remember this one very well... I was 9 years old and living in Amarillo Texas when this came out. I saw the video on MTV a million times and I had a little crush on the blond headed lead singer with the hat....:) Is that normal at age 9?

Africa by Toto- 1982

I have listened to this song for years. It remains to be a great song, in my opinion. Other people my age like my husband tease me and say the song is corny but I've never thought it was corny. I think it's a fantastic LOVE song... probably one of the best ever. This guy sings like he is just SO IN LOVE. This song reminds me of that song Rosanna, too.. was it Toto that sang that? Because it is a darn good love song, too in my opinion.

The Wall by Pink Floyd-1982

This another one of those bands and songs that have stood the test of time.. I guarantee if you ask most teenagers today, they will know of and LOVE Pink Floyd. This is just ONE of many songs that I love by Pink Floyd.. I used to listen to listen to this and Comfortably Numb all the time.. especially back when I was drinking and partying all the time.. (same with Zeppelin) Another song that I really loved by Pink Floyd was Learning to Fly.. that one came a little later I think. I say "loved" because I don't purposely listen to it anymore but I still love it.

Suddenly Last Summer by Motels-1983

This is another one that I heard just the other day on the radio and remembered the haunting melody... it really took me back. This song also has a sort of sad undertone.. The lyrics and music go great together.. I also watched the video when I was gathering these songs up for this hub and I had already seen it years ago, probably several times. Love this song.

Pancho and Lefty by Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson-1983

A few years ago I heard this while listening to a country station.. I rarely ever listen to country stations but I am glad I turned it on that day. Memories of this song came flooding back and it's been in my head ever since. I've added this to my MP3 collection as well. There is something about Willie Nelson that gives me goosebumps. This is another one of those awesome sad songs.

Highwayman by The Highway Men-1985

What an awesome song sung by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson & Kris Kristofferson! Actually awesome is an understatement.... This song has such deep and spiritual meaning, I cry almost every time I listen to it. The melody and lyrics go together perfectly to describe how even after death, our spirits remain. The subject of re-incarnation isn't too deep for these four country boys. I do not know if I believe in re-incarnation but I do believe that our spirits are eternal and think about that when I listen to this song. Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson are still around and although Johnny and Waylon have since passed away, they are still here in Spirit, at least I believe.

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Blast from the Past?

I hope you have enjoyed this list of songs from the 70's and 80's.. Maybe you have long forgotten about some of them and this hub has truly been a blast from the past for you. Whatever the case, please feel free to comment and share your thoughts!

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Jamie Brock 8 months ago from Texas Author

ValKaras- Sounds like an interesting experiment. I do believe it though.. music is a kind of therapy. I have always thought that. When I feel depressed, I do not want to listen to music but it's probably the time when I need to the most. Thank you so much for your comment!!


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ValKaras 9 months ago from Canada

I was born 29 years earlier (1944), and I am a double old-timer because of my musical taste (I even enjoy a lot of soft classical music). Sometimes they ask me why I never fell in love with any newer kind, and the only explanation I have is - that the music of my youth keeps me young.

An experiment was allegedly done with a group of those in their 80's; and they were to spend some time in an ambient decorated and arranged to resemble those times of their youth - with their favorite old songs included, and themselves being dressed in that style. After a week or two, their vitality was measured and it showed a shockingly positive difference including an absence of old pains and discomforts, and their mental functioning greatly improved.

Well, the experiment was certainly not my motivation for loving my old music, but it seems to contribute to everything else in my rejuvenating arsenal, because people are giving me some 10-15 years less than my chronological age.


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Jamie Brock 13 months ago from Texas Author

Helen Bolam- Thank you!


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Helen Bolam 14 months ago from South Shields

Great choice of music. My particular favourites are Duran Duran, Gary Numan and Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street.


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas Author

That Grrl- I know what you mean.. I love 70's music. We have a cable music channel here that does 70's music as well.. I'm glad you brought that up because I need to start listening to it sometimes. I keep forgetting we even have it!


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That Grrl 3 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Here we have a TV channel called Galaxy which is actually a lot of different channels playing music 24 hours a day. One is the 70's Flashback. I can put that on and listen all day.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

TycoonSam- You are welcome :) I remember Dream Weaver because my parent's had a box set (the big tapes-8 track?) of Solid Gold Hits.. Dream Weaver was my favorite song on there. Thanks for dropping by.. glad you enjoyed the hub!


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TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

Wow Great memories. I remember playing Dream Weaver over and over and over on a 45.

Thanks for the memories!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

epigramman- Bob Dylan, another great artist! Thank you kindly, sir....So happy to hear you enjoyed this hub of 80's music. I bet it brings up some nice memories for sure :) I remember my clubbing days and I surely do miss that fun sometimes;) Thank you for another beautiful comment..


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epigramman 4 years ago

..that is one incredible blast from the past Jamie and each song choice was excellent (although we all know that music is like food and is very subjective -lol) and I really had a lot of fun here - because the 80's was my nightclubbing decade and it brought back pleasant memories - your hub tribute is like a true labor of love ......hubbravo to you and sending you warm wishes from lake erie time 9:33pm ontario canada and listening to a splendid Bob Dylan tribute album ......


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Efficient Admin- Thank you for the vote.. glad you like these songs! You mentioned YES and for some reason I couldn't recall that band but after I looking them up on Youtube, I do remember them. Gosh, it's just been too long. I feel so old :( Thank you so much for dropping by!


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Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

Now I am surfing YouTube for Toto and Yes songs LOL! (YES wasn't part of the list but ran into them on YouTube while listening to Toto LOL). I remember most of these songs, and Led Zeppelin was my favorite back in high school. This is great, voted up! This is fun!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

KDuBarry- Thank you so much.. I am glad that you like these :0)


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

All these songs are amazing! Agreed with Billybuc, this is a great list!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Margaret- Thank you for dropping by :)


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Margaret Scarboro 4 years ago

I rememember all of these! Brings back so many memories!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Craftdrawer, great to see you.. thank you for stopping by! I will definitely have to check out the CD :)


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craftdrawer 4 years ago

Great song list! Rita Wilson (Tom Hanks wife) just came out with her favorite songs on a new CD


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Teaches- Hello, glad you like the list :) Yes, I still hear Dreamweaver quite a bit on the radio these days as well. Great to see you!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I remember and still hear it played over the radio the Dream Weaver song. Thanks for sharing your list with us.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Kashmir, The lady playing the violin was really getting into it.. I guess that is why I thought of the devil went down to Georgia. The guy that was playing the violin or "fiddle" as they call it in the devil went down to Georgia was really getting into it as well. I have always loved the violin and the sound it makes... If I ever had the chance to learn to play an instrument, it would be the violin. Take care and thanks again for stopping by!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Jamie, i thought you might like that, it is a awesome cover. now that i think about it i think you are right the violin does almost sound like the one in the song The devil went down to Georgia . Take care !


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Poetic Fool- I know what you mean about music provoking emotions from not so great times in the past.. When I listen to certain songs from my past these days I think back to all the partying and drinking I used to do and it wasn't necessarily a bad time but a time that is definitely my past and needs to stay there. Baker Street for some reason makes me feel a bit sad too.. and I don't even have much memory except for being a child.. I think it's the sax..Great song though. Thank you for dropping by! I am glad you liked the list :)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

HawaiiHeart- Yeah, you should listen to them. I bet you probably know more of them than you think :) Thanks for stopping by!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Vinaya- They are definitely two of the best songs EVER made... It's neat to learn that we like some of the same music :) It is great to see you...thank you for stopping by.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

barbergirl28- Thank you for dropping by! I don't think I have heard Teach Me Tiger unless I have and just don't realize it.. I will have to go look it up..you have me curious now :) Glad you like the list!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

kashmir- I just listened to the Lucia Micarelli and Jethro Tull version and it's awesome! I LOVE the violin.. it's great :) The violin reminded me of The devil went down to Georgia which is another one of my favorites :)


Poetic Fool 4 years ago

Great list. The 70s and 80s where when music really gained importance in my life. Almost every song on your list would make my all time. But certain song just have so much emotion and memories attached to them they make you emotional when you hear them. Baker Street is one of those songs for me. It came out during a turbulent time for me and will always be bittersweet to hear. Awesome list! Thanks for the walk down memory lane.


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HawaiiHeart 4 years ago from Hawaii

Hmmm...the only one I recognize is Dream Weaver...LOL! I need to go look up those other songs!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Kashmir and Another brick in the wall are my all time favorite songs.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

What a great list.... love Dream Weaver and love the Wall... Now I was born in 1979... but that hasn't really played a part of my music selections since I like music from all eraas. For some reason the song Teach Me Tiger sticks out in my head. I believe it is from the 70s but I am not sure. I remember it because my parents had it on dubbed tape when I was younger. When I asked them about the song, they said I was too young to listen to it! I listened to it later and almost fell on the floor laughing! :) Great hub and interesting choices!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Jamie, yes Kashmir the song is why i chose my HP name.But many people from India think i am from there to when they read kashmir56. Also Jethro Tull does a wicked cover of the song Kashmir, check it out here on you tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHsxmjpkeFI let me know how you like it.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, mommy ara.. it's great to hear of someone else who loved Toto and Duran Duran :)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hi kashmir, Wow! I had never thought about it but does that song have to do with your screen name? Kashmir is probably my favorite song on the list..or at least it right up at the top 3. I will never tire of that song, or any song by Led Zeppelin :0) I 'm happy to hear we like the same music from the 70's and 80's! Thank you for the votes.. I really appreciate that!


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mommy ara 4 years ago from Philippines

Great selection! Duran Duran was one of my fave bands in the 80s. And Toto, too.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

bill- Thank you! Glad you like it :)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Jamie, WOW what a great list of songs love them all and enjoyed all the videos. Glad you included my favorite Led Zeppelin song, Kashmir !

Vote up and more !!!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Great list! Any list with Baker Street on it is a great list!

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