Since I graduated high school in 1985, the 80's were a very prominent period in my life and I have a lot of memories from that time. For many people the high school years are memorable and it is a natural progression that music from that time will have a certain sentimental aspect to it. Music plays such a big role in our lives and so many songs are tied to memories that I have from this time (as with many of you I'd imagine). I remember driver's training and the songs that always seemed to be on the radio. There was our class song, most all graduating high schools classes had one, they were usually something with a positive title (ours was more rebellious). I remember my first concert and a bunch of concerts that I went to in 1984.
I started blipping some songs that I thought of when I thought of the 80's then I decided to blip some songs that were Top 40 songs for each year of the 80's and then I played some songs that weren't in the Top 40 but were memorable none the less.
I thought that I'd post links to some of the songs that I blipped. You're welcome to go listen to them if you'd like. You might just start at the last 80's song I blipped (Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & the Waves) hit play and Blip.fm will play them all from newest to oldest blipped (was an 80's mix with AC/DC, Van Halen, Joan Jett, and more). All and all, 14 pages of blips! Here are some of the highlights...
- Do you remember "Don't You Forget About Me"? from Simple Minds (prominently featured in the Breakfast Club movie
- "One Thing Leads To Another" from the Fixx
- "I Ran (So Far Away)" from A Flock of Seagulls
- "Rebel Yell", "White Wedding", "Mony Mony", "Eyes Without A Face" from Billy Idol
- "Video Killed the Radio Stars" from the Buggles
- "Karma Camellion" and "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" from Culture Club
- "Hungry Like The Wolf", "The Reflex", and "View To A Kill" from Duran Duran
- "Some Like It Hot" from Power Station
- "Smokin' In The Boys Room" from Motley Crue
- "I Want A New Drug", "Back In Time", "The Power of Love", "Hip To Be Square", "Working For A Living", and others from Huey Lewis and the News
- "Please Don't Go" from KC & the Sunshine Band
- "Pop Muzik" from M
- "Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It Or Not)" from Joey Scarbury
- "The Tide Is High" from Blondie
- "I Love Rock And Roll" from Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
- "Ebony And Ivory" from Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
- "Centerfold" from the J.Geils Band
- "Abracadabra" from the Steve Miller Band
- "Always On My Mind" and "West End Girls" from the Pet Shop Boys
- "Who Can It Be Now" and "Down Under" from Met at Work
- "Every Breathe You Take" from the Police
- "Come On Eileen" from Dexys Midnight Runners
- "Let's Dance" from David Bowie
- "Jeporady" and "The Breakup Song" from the Greg Khin Band
- "Mr. Roboto" from Styx
- "Little Red Corvette", "When Doves Cry", "Let's Go Crazy" from Prince
- "Der Kommisar" from After the Fire
- "I Wear My Sunglasses At Night" from Corey Hart
- "Take On Me" from A-Ha
Is this the fifties? Or Nineteen ninety-nine?
...So take me away, I don't mind
You just better promise me I'll be back in time"
Photo Credit: Musique courtesy of spartsam.