Thursday, January 17, 2013

Favorite songs from the 1980s

Rambling down music memory lane today. This time in the form of my favorite music from the 1980s. I have to admit that the 1980s was an odd time music-wise—disco, urban, pop, rock, jazz—each genre got airplay on the New York radio stations, if memory serves me right. So many great songs…..

Anyway, here are some favorites from that time; check out the many videos on YouTube if you want to hear them. I’ve tried posting video links before but they disappear pretty fast from YouTube and end up as dead links on my posts. I’ll be updating the list from time to time as I remember more songs, listen to them once again, and am thrown back to that time--where I was, what I was doing, and who I was with when those songs made such a lasting impression on me.

·         Street Life -- The Crusaders (released in 1979 but got a lot of airplay in 1980)
·         Off the Wall – Michael Jackson (1980)
·         Don’t Stand So Close To Me, Driven to Tears, When the World is Running Down You Make the Best  of What’s Still Around – The Police (1980)
·         Give Me The Night – George Benson (1980)
·         Are You Going With Me, The Bat – Pat Metheny (1981)
·         More Than This, Avalon -- Roxy Music (1982)
·         Stepping Out -- Joe Jackson (1982)
·         Thriller, Beat It, Human Nature, Want To Be Starting Something – Michael Jackson (1982)
·         Physical Attraction – Madonna (1983)
·         Burning Down the House – Talking Heads (1983)
·         One Thing Leads to Another, Saved by Zero – The Fixx (1983)
·         White Lines (Don't Don't Do It) – Grandmaster Melle Mel (1983)
·         Heartbeat City, Magic, Drive, Why Can’t I Have You -- The Cars (1984)
·         When Doves Cry, Let’s Go Crazy – Prince (1984)
·         Dance Hall Days, Don’t Let Go – Wang Chung (1984)
·         West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys (1984)
·         Jump – Van Halen (1984)
·         Vidro e Corte (Glass and Cut) – Milton Nascimento & Pat Metheny (1985)
·         In My House – Mary Jane Girls (1985)
·         Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds (1985)
·         Live To Tell – Madonna (1986)
·         Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung (1986)
·         Dancing on the Ceiling – Lionel Richie (1986)
·         Word Up, Candy – Cameo (1986)
·         Tunnel of Love – Bruce Springsteen (1987)
·         Last Train Home – Pat Metheny (1987)
·         Chicago Song – David Sanborne (1987)
·         So Emotional – Whitney Houston (1987)
·         Sign o’ the Times – Prince (1987)
·         In God’s Country, Where the Streets Have No Name – U2 (1987)
·         What I Am – Edie Brickell and New Bohemians (1988)
·         Buffalo Stance – Ninah Cherry (1988)
·         Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty (1989)
·         Back to Life (However Do You Want Me), Keep on Moving -- Soul II Soul (1989)

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