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My Favorite 80's Songs

Updated on October 14, 2008

Blast from the Past...Sort of

Ok, so I don't have any recollection of the 1980's - I was born mid-decade, and my first discernible memory occurs no earlier than 1989-1990. While I don't recall the 80's, I sure do love that decade's music! Below is a list, in chronological order because I can't choose which one I like the most, of my top 15 favorite 80's songs. This is by no means a comprehensive list of my favorite 80's songs. Just 15 of them :)

All of the following songs can be purchased at my aStore.

1. 1980 - Pat Benatar - Hit Me with your Best Shot Very repetitive song, but one that I can't help singing along with and find myself dancing to every time I hear it, as is the case with most of the songs on my list. It's a song about a girl, who like a guy, who has the MO of hurting the girls who like him, but she doesn't care. She wants to give it a go anyway. She even taunts him - "Before I put another notch in my lipstick case, you better make sure you put me in my place". This girl's not going to get taken advantage of, and that's for sure.

2. 1981 - Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl How I long to be Jessie's Girl. Or even the girl of the guy who's point of view the song is from (which I guess would be Rick Springfield...). The video for the song leaves a little to be desired - namely Jessie and his girl. They make a brief appearance at the beginning of the video and the end of the video, and she makes a brief appearance in the mirror in the middle of the video. It's a good thing I don't base my opinion of 80's music on the videos :)

3. 1982 - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Love Rock N' Roll Another repetitive song, but that just means it's easier to learn the words! I force myself not to think about how old Joan Jett is supposed to be in the song, and why she's hitting on a 17-year old guy, because if I dwell on this information, the song will just gross me out. So I pretend she's 17, too, or maybe even 16. I live vicariously through this song, as I have never experienced a chance meeting with a stranger from across the room. And, seeing as I'm married, I never will. This song brings out the rocker chick in me every time.

4. 1983 - Men At Work - Down Under Ok, so the words to this song make absolutely NO sense to me, but I have fun singing them. And tell me you haven't craved a vegemite sandwich after hearing this song. (Not sure I want to know what exactly it is, though)

5. 1983 - Michael Jackson - BIllie Jean The moral of the story: "Be careful what you do, because the lie becomes the truth." A heartbreaking tale of a single mother and a fatherless child. *she shakes her head in sadness* However, the upbeat tempo of MJ's version allows for a catchy sing-along/dance-along. I'll be honest - I couldn't understand 90% of the words in this song until David Cook covered it for American Idol last year. Doesn't stop me from dancing along to MJ's version, though, now that I do understand them.

6. 1984 - Kenny Loggins - Footloose Good movie, good song. I can visualize the triumphant school dance scene from the end of the movie every time I hear the song. Makes me want to put on a pale frilly dress and pull out my best moves. Unfortunately, I have no moves.

7. 1984 - Prince & The Revolution - When Doves Cry Prince is an anomaly for me. I'm not sure why I like him, but I do. There's something oddly appealing about him. I can't pinpoint why I like this song, I just know I do. There it is...

8. 1985 - Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Another song that elicits embarrassing dance moves! Some would say this is an awesomely bad song. I just think it's an awesome song. Okay, I know, it's a Wham! song. It makes me want to learn the jitterbug. It's catchy, and it references both a yo-yo AND Doris Day. What could be better?

9. 1986 - Bon Jovi - Livin' On a Prayer Better. Bon Jovi is definitely better than Wham! Which is why they get 3/15 spots on my list. Livin' On A Prayer. The youth of today (coming from a 22-year old...) can't quite appreciate the plight of young Tommy and Gina. This is my favorite driving-in-the-car-yelling-the-lyrics-song. I crank up the volume and yell at the top of my lungs, thereby destroying my vocal chords for the remainder of the day. Usually I listen to it on the way home from work to help relieve some of the day's tension. Good stress relief, Bon Jovi is. And how about Jon's hair in that video? Classic 80's hair.

10. 1986 - Bon Jovi -You Give Love a Bad Name I'm forced to start this song over every time it comes up on shuffle on my I-Pod because I miss the first couple words! Let the music kick in before you start singing. But then it just wouldn't be the same. Another great shouting song.

11. 1987 - Bangles - Walk Like an Egyptian My love for this song may stem from my love of Egyptian history. I believe I was in my Egyptian archaeology phase in junior high. And, really, how can you not like a song that tells you the cops can be found hanging out in a donut shop?

12. 1988 - Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine This song holds a special place in my heart. My high school had a class you could take that produced a 10-15 minute TV show for the school. The theme song for the show for my time in high school was the guitar intro to Sweet Child O' Mine. I get all misty-eyed and reminiscent when I hear the song start. Like many 80's songs, it gets a bit repetitive, and is fairly long. But, to me, well worth it to spend 5 minutes with my high school memories.

13. 1988 - Bon Jovi - I'll Be There for You Powerful rock my eyes...or ears. The chorus amazes me - 8 lines long and 7 of those lines end with the word "you". I guess that's one way to make a song rhyme...My favorite 2 lines: "I know you know we've had some good times

Now they have their own hiding place"

14. 1989 - Poison - Every Rose has its Thorn Another powerful rock ballad in my opinion. Sad, sad song. And I sing it every time I pass by a rose bush or see a cowboy...neither of which happen very often, come to think of it...

15. 1989 - The B-52's - Love Shack This brings us to the last song on the list. Such a corny song. And disturbing. I don't want to know why there are so many people rocking the Love Shack. I can't help but sing it...I can't help but dance. I'm not proud of this fact, but I will not deny that this makes it into my list of 15 favorite 80's songs.

What are your favorite 80's songs? Care to dispute any of my choices? (Go ahead, I dare you!) Stay tuned for my list of my favorite songs of the 90's! I have a feeling this list will take a little while longer to narrow down...


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      Little Kim 7 years ago from Any town U.S.A.

      If you read my hubs you will see Rick Springfield is my man! LOVE HIM!! you should read his book Late,Late At Night. He tells about the making of this video. You'll get a good laugh.Also he has never been a big fan of making videos. A shame he is wonderful to look at!

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      outlandz 9 years ago

      nice, you have a great taste. Almost all the songs I have in my playlist..have a look at the link..there you see a few compilations I made and my playlist. Let me know what you think of it. take care!