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80 quintessentially 80s songs

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    80 quintessentially 80s songs

    As you know I am really big on charts and countdowns, well here's another one. I have a book called "Totally awesome 80's" by Matthew Rettenmund and he lists what he thinks are the quintessential 80s songs. Here they are:

    80 Sweet child o' mine-Guns N' Roses
    79 Owner of a lonely heart-Yes
    78 A girl in trouble (is a temporary thing)-Romeo Void
    77 With or without you-U2
    76 Rapper's delight-Sugarhill Gang
    75 Don't forget me (when I'm gone)-Glass Tiger
    74 Mr Roboto-Styx
    73 We don't have to take our clothes off-Jermaine Stewart
    72 Oh L'Amour-Erasure
    71 Tell it to my heart-Taylor Dayne
    70 Perfect way-Scritti Politti
    69 Rock you like a hurricane-Scorpions
    68 Push it-Salt N Pepa
    67 Muscles-Diana Ross
    66 The politics of dancing-Re-Flex
    65 Nobody-Sylvia
    64 The sweetest taboo-Sade
    63 Back on the chain gang-Pretenders
    62 Elvira-Oak Ridge Boys
    61 Africa-Toto
    60 Edge of seventeen-Stevie Nicks
    59 Blue Monday-New Order
    58 Don't you want me-Jody Watley
    57 I just called to say I love you-Stevie Wonder
    56 Hangin' tough-New Kids on the Block
    55 Kids in America-Kim Wilde
    54 Party all the time-Eddie Murphy
    53 Eye of the tiger-Survivor
    52 Girl you know it's true-Milli Vanilli
    51 Hurts so good-John Cougar
    50 Love will tear us apart-Joy Division
    49 Shout-Tears for Fears
    48 Hold on to the night-Richard Marx
    47 Pump up the volume-M/A/R/R/S
    46 Carribean queen-Billy Ocean
    45 Cum on feel the noixe-Quiet Riot
    44 Bette Davis eyes-Kim Carnes
    43 Islands in the stream-Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
    42 Sister christian-Night Ranger
    41 Jump (for my love)-Pointer Sisters
    40 Abracadabra-Steve Miller Band
    39 Walk this way-Run-DMC and Aerosmith
    38 Major Tom (coming home)-Peter Schilling
    37 Valley girl-Frank and MoonUnit Zappa
    36 Fresh-Kool and the Gang
    35 I beg your pardon-Kon Kan
    34 Rumors-Timex Social Club
    33 Shattered dreams-Johnny Hates Jazz
    32 (I just) died in your arms-Cutting Crew
    31 Maneater-Daryl Hall and John Oates
    30 Electric avenue-Eddy Grant
    29 Two of hearts-Stacey Q
    28 Walking on sunshine-Katrina and the Waves
    27 Every breath you take-Police
    26 Touch me-Samantha Fox
    25 Somebody's watching me-Rockwell
    24 Hold me now-Thompson Twins
    23 Come go with me-Expose
    22 Jungle love-The Time
    21 Hot girls in love-Loverboy
    20 She bop-Cyndi Lauper
    19 Jessie's girl-Rick Springfield
    18 Our house-Madness
    17 Don't you want me-Human League
    16 867-5309/Jenny-Tommy Tutone
    15 Rock the casbah-Clash
    14 Der Kommisar-After The Fire
    13 West end girls-Pet Shop Boys
    12 Gloria-Laura Branigan
    11 Never gonna give you up-Rick Astley
    10 I can't wait-Nu Shooz
    9 Bad-Michael Jackson
    8 Born in the USA-Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
    7 What have you done for me lately-Janet Jackson
    6 Greatest love of all-Whitney Houston
    5 Don't you (forget about me)-Simple Minds
    4 Heat of the moment-Asia
    3 Obsession-Animotion
    2 Too shy-Kajagoogoo
    1 Let's go crazy-Prince and the Revolution

    Gotta love a countdown with Prince at #1. I question a lot of the choices but all in all not too bad. I question the lack of some choices as well.

    I think "Take on me" by A-Ha should be on there...and anything by Madonna.

    I think "Oh L'Amore" should be taken off for "Chains of love" or "A little respect".

    "Bad" shouldn't be top 10 but "Billie Jean" or "Beat it" should

    "She bop" is cool and all but what about "Girls just want to have fun"

    Let's hear your thoughts now, what do you think he should have added and what songs should be changed?

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    I think Ozzy Osboune's "shot in the dark" perfectly captures the feels of 80's hair metal and should be on there or maybe that's better off in a hard rock category, this chart is mostly pop. And van halen's "jump" should be on there.

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    I'm going to have to take a closer look at this one but one thing's for sure - HE LEFT OUT DEPECHE MODE!!! *tsk* How dare he Oh well - 80 songs could never cover the 80s for me anyway so I'd always be displeased about something. It takes at least a 2CD for each year to make a decent compilation.......

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    No Depeche Mode!! Not even Just Can't Get Enough, but Samantha Fox made it into #26. I guess the guys from DM didn't have the chest it took to get in.

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    What? No Duran Duran? How can you have an 80's list without Duran Duran. I agree with the others on Depeche Mode as well. Also I would have Culture Club, Bon Jovi, and Def Leppard.

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    WOW, you are right Stacy! At least "Hungry like the wolf". If I added Ozzy I would put "Crazy train" in. As for Depeche Mode, as much as I love them, their biggest hits in the US (which is what this list is representing) were "Personal Jesus" and "Enjoy the silence" both from 1990. "People are people" was a top 40 hit but not exactly a huge hit. "Karma chameleon" would be a great choice too.

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    No A-ha or Depeche...... He should be bitchslapped!

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    He has NKOTB and no Duran Duran or Depeche Mode?! This guy on crack? Decent list, but as has been mentioned....lacking big time

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    Hmm...yes, this list is definetly centered on the U.S., but is still lacking of some artists who were either influential or had left their marks in the 80s.

    I'm thinking of DEVO...B-52's...FOREIGNER...ZZ TOP...and so many more; while other artists were way overrated, regarding their position in the list (Nu Shooz on #10?).
    Generally, I think that it's almost impossible to create a Top 100 of 80s music, since there were so many new artists and styles (after the relative static 70s with exception of the last 3 years of that decade) - you couldn't even cover it with a Top 1000 IMHO.

    Other (sometimes even in the U.S.) important/influential artists:

    Front 242
    Modern Talking (you may loathe their music, but you can't deny that they were extremely successful )
    INXS
    Nik Kershaw
    Motörhead
    Slayer
    Anthrax
    Beastie Boys
    Public Enemy
    LL Cool J
    Kraftwerk (hi daffy )
    Soft Cell

    ...and so on...


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    No Olivia!?! Wasn't Physical on the 80s charts for like 13 weeks or something? He should have atleast that one mentioned.
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    No Pat Benatar? I think "Love Is A Battlefield," "We Belong," or "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" should have made one spot.
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    These are the songe i like the most from this weird list!

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    40 (Excellent)
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    Lightbulb Re: 80 quintessentially 80s songs

    That was a good list. It is hard to pick "quintessential" songs from any decade. I have put together a list of songs that screams
    80s! This is not a list of my favorite picks of the decade. But it would not be the 1980s without these songs!!


    80. "Oh Yeah" by Yello
    79. "Drive" by The Cars
    78. "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel
    77. "Rock The Casbah" by The Clash
    76. "Sailing" by Christopher Cross
    75. "Whip It" by Devo
    74. "How Soon Is Now?" by The Smiths
    73. "Let's Dance" by David Bowie
    72. "Red Red Wine" by UB40
    71. "Start Me Up by Rolling Stones
    70. "Don't Come Around Here No More" by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    69. "Need You Tonight" by INXS
    68. "Conga" by Miami Sound Machine
    67. "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" by Culture Club
    66. "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N Roses
    65. "Don't Stop Believin" by Journey
    64. "True" by Spandau Ballet
    63. "Tenderness" by General Public
    62. "Mayor Of Simpleton" by XTC
    61. "So Alive" by Love And Rockets
    60. "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman
    59. "True Faith" by New Order
    58. "Burning Down The House" by Talking Heads
    57. "One" by Metallica
    56. "Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister
    55. "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" by R.E.M.
    54. "Pink Houses" by John Cougar Mellencamp
    53. "Push It" by Salt N Pepa
    52. "Cum On Feel The Noise" by Quiet Riot
    51. "Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits
    50. "Our Lips Are Sealed" by Go-Gos
    49. "Legs" by ZZ Top
    48. "Addicted To Love" by Robert Palmer
    47. "How Will I Know" by Whitney Houston
    46. "Working For The Weekend" by Loverboy
    45. "Dr. Feelgood" by Motley Crue
    44. "Everybody Wants To Rule The Worl" by Tears For Fears
    43. "Faith" by George Michael
    42. "Boys Of Summer" by Don Henley
    41. "White Wedding" by Billy Idol
    40. "People Are People" by Depeche Mode
    39. "Love Is A Battlefield" by Pat Benatar
    38. "We Built This City" by Starship
    37. "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" by Eurythmics
    36. "Funky Cold Medina" by Tone Loc
    35. "Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen
    34. "Walk This Way" by Run DMC & Aerosmith
    33. "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" by Wang Chung
    32. "Power Of Love" by Huey Lewis & The News
    31. "867-5309/Jenny" by Tommy Tutone
    30. "West End Girls" by Pet Shop Boys
    29. "What's Love Got To Do With It" by Tina Turner
    28. "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John
    27. "Its My Life" by Talk Talk
    26. "Summer Of 69" by Bryan Adams
    25. "Take On Me" by A-Ha
    24. "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell
    23. "Down Under" by Men At Work
    22. "Just LIke Heaven" by The Cure
    21. "Jump" by Van Halen
    20. "Too Shy" by Kajagoogoo
    19. "Cars" by Gary Numan
    18. "Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang
    17. "Born In The USA" by Bruce Springsteen
    16. "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper
    15. "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield
    14. "Relax" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
    13. "Livin On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi
    12. "Careless Whisper" by Wham!
    11. "All Night Long (All Night)" by Lionel Richie
    10. "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds
    09. "Eye Of The Tiger" by Survivor
    08. "Every Breath You Take" by The Police
    07. "Like A Virgin" by Madonna
    06. "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" by Hall & Oates
    05. "Pour Some Sugar On Me" by Def Leppard
    04. "With Or Without You" by U2
    03. "Hungry Like The Wolf" by Duran Duran
    02. "When Doves Cry" by Prince
    01. "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson

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    Re: 80 quintessentially 80s songs

    Few more I have in my playlist:

    "Head Over Heels" by Tears For Fears
    "Turn Me Loose" by Loverboy
    "All Through The Night" by Cyndi Lauper
    "Sunglasses At Night" by Corey Hart

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