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Remember the 80's Part 2, Music

Updated on December 9, 2017

You Don't Know What You Were Missing... or Do You?

The 80’s; if you weren’t there you won’t understand. I say all the time that the world is a different place now than when I grew up and that wasn't all that long ago. There has been such drastic changes; changes in leisure activities, movies, toys, TV, technology, media, celebrities, fashion… There is almost nothing left here from the 80’s. Even the things that have carried themselves to current times have adapted to fit into this new environment. Though I grew up in the 80's, many of the things from era's before were still around. Remember 8-track players? I actually knew how to use when and listened to a lot of our music up to camp on one. Record players? Yup, listened to Christmas Albums, Beatles and Michael Jackson on record player in my living room growing up. Remember the councel TVs? We owned about 3 of those in my lifetime. Those were upgrades after starting with TVs that had knobs and there was no such thing as a remote. Remember having to deal with the volume at whatever level it was at rather than getting up to adjust the volume? Remember the 13 choices we had for channels? Remember Boomboxes and Walkmans? Those were some seriously advanced technology back then. There are so many characteristics of the 80’s that are worthy of conversation, but now, I want to direct my attention to the music.

"Always" - Atlantic Starr

Michael Jackson

Some of my favorites....

I have to admit, these are songs that resonate with me personally and I’m sure I’ll leave out some great ones, so feel free to chime in.

“Almost Paradise” – Mike Reno & Ann Wilson

“Don’t Stop Believing” - Journey

“I Want to Know What Love Is” - Foreigner

“Total Eclipse of the Heart” – Bonnie Tyler

“Always” – Atlantic Starr

"Another One Bites the Dust” – Queen

“Billie Jean” - Michael Jackson

"Tonight I Celebrate My Love” – Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack

“Turn Your Love Around” – George Benson

“I’m All Out of Love” - Air Supply

“Heaven” – Bryan Adams

“Every Time You Go Away” – Paul Young

“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” – Simple Minds

“With Or Without You” – U2

"Mickey" - Toni Basil

Just to Name a Few...

You can't talk about 80’s music without thinking of Toni Basil’s “Mickey”; It is unavoidable. If you were alive in the 80's, you could recognize this song by the second note.

Take a minute and watch this video, it brought me right back to the 80’s and I couldn’t help but smile through its entirety. (Disclaimer; song will probably be stuck in your head for the rest of the day)

"Here I Go Again" - Whitesnake

"Like a Virgin" - Madonna

There are so many...

“Glory of Love” - Peter Cetera

“You Shook Me All Night Long” – AC/DC

“Is This Love” – Whitesnake

“I Love Rock and Roll” – Joan Jett

“I Wish It Would Rain Down” – Phil Collins

“Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” – Culture Club

“Tainted Love” – Soft Cell

“Take My Breath Away” - Berlin

“Higher Love” Steve Winwood

"Like A Virgin" - Madonna

“Up Where We Belong” – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes

“What’s Love Got to do with it?”–Tina Turner

"Glory of Love" - Peter Cetera


Too Many to Name Them All

“Time After Time” - Cyndi Lauper

“Every Breath You Take” – The Police

“Addicted to Love” – Robert Palmer

“Heaven” – Warrant

“Kiss” - Prince

“Footloose” – Kenny Loggins

“Broken Wings” – Mr. Mister

“One Way or Another” - Blondie

“Eternal Flame” - The Bangles

"I Guess that’s Why They Call It the Blues" - Elton john

“Careless Whisper” - George Michael

"Who’s Gonna Drive You Home” – The Cars

"We’re Not Gonna Take It” - Twisted Sister

"Say You Say Me" - Lionel Richie

"Say You Say Me" - Lionel Richie

"If I Could Turn Back Time" - Cher


“Can’t Fight This Feeling” - REO Speedwagon

“There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)” – Billy Ocean

"If I Could Turn Back Time" - Cher

"These Dreams" - Heart

"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" - Starship

"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" - Starship

Guns N' Roses


“Everybody Wants to Rule the World”, “Shout” -Tears for Fears

“Forever Your Girl” – Paula Abdul

“The Power of Love”, “Stuck With You” – Hewey Lewis & the News

“Take On Me” – a-ha

“Amanda” - Boston

“Listen to Your Heart” – Roxette

“Sweet Child O' Mine” - Guns N' Roses

“Greatest Love of All”, - Whitney Houston

“Never Say Goodbye”- Bon Jovi

"Never Say Goodbye" - Bon Jovi

This is the Hub That Never Ends...

I knew that I missed songs from when I was growing up. In fact, the only real music I even listen to anymore is this kind on soft/oldie type stations. What happened to music? Where did it go? I have pages and pages of songs and videos that I haven't mentioned yet. I want to hear the songs that someone couldn't have lived without.


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      BookmediaEcafe 4 years ago

      The 80s were "thee" best fun years. Call me "old school", but we old-schoolers wear that title on shirt with pride. Unfortunately, with today's digitized commercial music in excess, much of the originality and wholesomeness of what music once was has been lost. The most amazing blogs I hear is when today's kids admit to liking hits from the 80s, and that just makes me feel really good about growing up in the 80s.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Kris Bell,

      That is so true... born in the 80's means we missed half of it! There will certainly never be another era like the 80's! Thank you so much and I'm glad you enjoyed! I like to stop and take a walk down memory lane sometimes too, it's always a conversation you can have with friends that has a lot of laughing and ooh ooh remember! Thanks again!

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      Kristen Bell 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hello! I was born in the early 80s but I always said I should have been a 70's kid so I could thoroughly enjoy this awesome decade lol. Your trip down memory lane did spawn some memories, so good job there. Your playlist is an eclectic mix of what made the decade fun, albeit a little embarrassing (oh, the fashion!). Thanks a bunch for sharing.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York


      Aw, thanks for gracing my page with your presence! :-)

      Gee, what I would give to go back to those simpler times, but I would not be wearing those clothes again... what were we thinking?

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      Beth37 4 years ago

      Oh Micky you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind, Hey Micky! Hey Micky! :)

      Fun, thanks for bringing me down memory lane missy. lol

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      Cat 5 years ago from New York


      I loved the 80's and there is very much a part of me that doesn't let it go. How awesome that you got to see such big-timers before the rest of the world knew them to be! I'll bet your version of the 80's watch much more interesting than mine, especially after witnessing the drastic changes in the world from the 60's to the 70's and then to the 80's. Can you believe how the world has changed so fast in such a small period of time? I'm still trying to adjust to the new millennium!

      I'm ashamed to say if I've seen Blue Velvet it's been too long to remember, so I will have to investigate and check it out; if it was your favorite then it must be noteworthy! Thanks again!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      Well my Cat of most Cool - this was my 'decade' for better or for worse - lol - in terms of fashion, fads and follies.

      I am 54 now so if you do your math if you can figure how my age was just right for all the clubbing and concert going that I did back in the day so your action packed hub presentation definitely took me down memory lane.

      I remember seeing the Police and U2 in very small clubs in Toronto before they both got big and going to all night clubs like the Voodoo and the Dominoe in Toronto and a lot of this music holds up today even if the hair and the fashions don't - lol

      Sending you a high five from lake erie time ontario canada 11:04pm

      and my favorite movie came from the 80's too - Blue Velvet by David Lynch