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Best Song of The 80s

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Thread Starter 
I'm gonna go with:

Duran Duran-Rio
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Pixies - Where is My Mind?
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Stone Roses-I wanna be adored





God invented music just for that one heavenly song
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Yeah, that's better than mine.
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Re: Best Song of The 80s

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Originally posted by Rath/Brendan
I'm gonna go with:

Duran Duran-Rio
Not a bad choice. Others might be:

Fashion - David Bowie
The Enemy Within - Rush
Marathon - Rush
Romeo and Juliet - Dire Straits
Jig of Life - Kate Bush
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Thread Starter 
Runner-up: Dire Straits-Money for Nothing
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Elvira- ORB
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Murray Head- One night in Bangkok
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Anything by Falco
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I Used to Love Her, But I Had to Kill Her - Guns-N-Roses
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Sousxsxie and the Banshees- Dazzle
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The Clash - Rock the Casbah
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Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five - White Lines (or was that a 70s tune?)
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I can't pick just one.

Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Sonic Youth - Teenage Riot
The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
Talking Heads - This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)

and ditto I Wanna Be Adored and Where Is My Mind?
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Naive Melody was released in 1977.

I Zimbra was released in 1980, however. Now there's a tune.
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Originally posted by Seabass Inna Bun
Naive Melody was released in 1977.
Oh, ok. I quickly checked a discography that said 1983. Maybe it was a rerelease.
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Queen & David Bowie: Under Pressure

Queen is my favorite 80's band (I love the 70's stuff much more however) and I think this was their best song in the eighties. Vanilla Ice did ruin the song for a lot of people, but I say lets let the past be the past! Queen and Bowie together sounds too good to have been true, but it really did happen.

Where is my Mind by the Pixies, Atomic by Blondie, and Sonic Youth's Teenage Riot are all great choices as well. It's a hard question to answer. Favorite song, or most Important would have been much less complicated of a choice, so I decided to go with a Pop song that had great talent performing a great song. So I choose Under Pressure.

-Jason
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I fully expect to eat some shit for this list...

1. Add It Up –Violent Femmes
2. Bigmouth Strikes Again –The Smiths
3. Under The Milky Way –The Church
4. Hold On –Phil Collins
5. Cities In Dust - Siouxsie and the Banshees
6. How Soon Is Now? –The Smiths
7. Original Sin -INXS
8. Burning Up -Madonna
9. Don't Dream It's Over –Crowded House
10. Enjoy The Silence –Depeche Mode
11. Just Like Heaven –The Cure
12. I Melt With You –Modern English
13. The Wild Boys –Duran Duran
14. Change Of Heart –Cyndi Lauper
15. When Doves Cry –Prince
16. So Alive –Love And Rockets
17. Relax –Frankie Goes To Hollywood
18. She Bop –Cyndi Lauper
19. Bette Davis Eyes –Kim Carnes
20. Father Figure –George Michael
21. I’m On Fire –Bruce Springsteen
22. Toy Soldiers -Martika
23. Like A Prayer –Madonna
24. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics
25. Sugar Walls –Sheena Easton
26. Welcome To The Jungle -Guns N’ Roses
27. Gone Daddy Gone –Violent Femmes
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You get a lot of street cred in my book for starting and ending with the Violent Femmes. They are one of my favorite bands.

-Jason
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Wrong! The correct answer is:

Homosapien - Pete Shelley
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1. Billy Idol - Eyes Without a Face
2. Yes - Owner of a Lonely Heart
3. Steely Dan - Hey Nineteen
4. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Your Funeral My Trial
5. Men at Work - Catch a Star
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Originally posted by The Passenger
I fully expect to eat some shit for this list...

4. Hold On –Phil Collins
21. I’m On Fire –Bruce Springsteen
22. Toy Soldiers -Martika
You want shit? Heck, these are the only ones I can find fault with - Collins is a musical antichrist, Bruce has much better from just about any decade, and the Martika tune does jack squat for me.

The rest, even if it's not a personal preference, I could understand why someone would like 'em.
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Originally posted by The Passenger

15. When Doves Cry –Prince
Consider me convinced. One of the most original songs of all time.
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Huh, made it through that relatively unscathed. I feel dirty for having Phil Collins on the list at all, much less #4, but "Hold On" is a great song. Phil couldn't taint it, Miami Vice couldn't taint it, and I still sing it in my car. I've never cared for Springsteen, but "I'm On Fire" is a really cool, creepy ditty I dig on. Martika, well, I can't really defend that one, can I? Guess it's just me...
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Phil Collins was solid from the Genesis era until the mid eighties when he turned to mush.
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Joy in Repetition - Prince
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In no order

"Flowers of Guatemala" - R.E.M.
"Master of Puppets" - Metallica
"Just Like Honey" - Jesus And Mary Chain
"Across the Breeze" - Sonic Youth
"Celebrated Summer" - Husker Du
"Beat It" - Michael Jackson
"Life In A Northern Town" - Dream Academy
"Danny Says" - The Ramones (yeah, recorded in 1979, released in 1980)
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"Miss Teen Word Power" - The New Pornographers.

Don't even start. I know. But just listen to it.
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You heard them do Your Daddy Don't Know? Totally sounds like a Rick Springfield song.
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Dude. Looking for that now.
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I gots if you needs.
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If you've got it in better than 96kbps, lemme know.
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I can't help you there
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guess I'll throw in a few more....



Kate Bush-cloudbusting, running up that hill, experiment 4,rocket's tail, never be mine

Yaz/Yazoo-ode to boy, in my room

X-Universal Corner, the new world

Richard and Linda Thompson-walking on a wire

Prince-sign o' the times

Elvis Costello-beyond belief

Talking Heads-Listening wind, girlfriend is better, puzzling evidence

new order-everything's gone green, blue monday, bizarre love triangle, true faith

beastie boys-rhyming and stealing, looking down the barrel of a gun, hey ladies

jane's addiction-idiots rule, mountain song

pixies-cactus, debaser, monkey gone to heaven, holiday song

the cure-disintegration, fascination street

pet shop boys-heart, opportunities, west end girls, domino dancing

human league-(keep feeling) fascination

husker du-ice cold ice, diane

creatures/siouxsie-you, cities in the dust

Tom Waits-clap hands

Replacements-androgynous, left of the dial, swinging party

depeche mode-everything counts, blasphermous rumors, never let me down again

Missing Persons-destination unknown, walking in L.A.
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The Cure - Siamese Twins
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I'm trying to think of a song that best captures the Zeitgeist of the 80's, and I'm coming up short. Mostly because I keep picturing stockbrokers snorting coke off their platinum cards in the bathroom stalls of awful nightclubs... and I can't think of a song that really gets into that. So, here are some lesser ones:

"Bad" - U2
"Little Pink Houses" - John Cougar Mellencamp, or whatever iteration of that name he was using at the time
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" - Tears for Fears
"Pop Muzik" - M
"Puttin' on the Ritz" - Taco
"Material Girl" - Madonna
"Glory of Love" - Peter Cetera
"Don't Dream It's Over" - Crowded House

I don't actually like half of those songs, but they all scream 80's to me.
post #37 of 47
I agree with Elvis Costello's Beyond Belief--I'd add Shipbuilding as well.
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David Hasselhoff - Been Lookin' for Freedom.

Quite simply, the song that killed Communism.
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Rappers Delight - The Sugarhill Gang
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These are the best 80s tunes I can think of, one per artist:

Somebody - Depeche Mode
Devil Inside - INXS
In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins
In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel
The Boys of Summer - Don Henley
You Belong to the City - Glenn Frey
Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
Hysteria - Def Leppard
Living on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
The Promise - When in Rome
Glory of Love - Peter Cetera
Major Tom - Peter Schilling
With or Without You - U2
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Originally posted by sorro

Hysteria - Def Leppard
Dude, you need to get your ass to a cd store and pick up High and Dry right...fucking...NOW. That entire album kicks "Hysteria" back to whatever hellish limey city Leppard came out of.

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Glory of Love - Peter Cetera
Major Tom - Peter Schilling
Well, these guys sure didn't cause much strain on the "one song per artist" limit. *snicker*
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Originally posted by Chavez
Dude, you need to get your ass to a cd store and pick up High and Dry right...fucking...NOW. That entire album kicks "Hysteria" back to whatever hellish limey city Leppard came out of.

Well, these guys sure didn't cause much strain on the "one song per artist" limit. *snicker*
I'll have to take a look at it. I've only been back to the mid-80s with Leppard, so thanks for the recommendation.

In defense of Cetera, he had more than one song on the radio during the 80s. It may have only been 2, but it was more than one. Schilling on the other hand...
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I just watched Cyndi Lauper on Austin City Limits, and it was occasionally goofy but entertaining as hell, and I realized how much I like "Time After Time" and "Money Changes Everything." My favorite part was when she tried to start a conga line but the younger fans in the front row had no idea what she was doing.

I can't believe I've entered my "make a point to defend Cyndi Lauper" years.

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That's OK, Mangy.  I've been defending The Hooters for the better part of 30 years.

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Best song of the 80s?  That's easy.

 

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