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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.
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!