I was 5 when MTV first aired, and my babysitters forced me to watch music television all day. In the end, I loved some Guns n' Roses and Poison, have fond memories of Michael Jackson (the music, not the guy), and listened to a lot of rap in its greatest age. However, none of this triggers 80s nostalgia like the following songs do. This list isn't the best of 80s music, but the songs below force you to imagine big hair, leg warmers, and radical jean jackets.
5: Karma Chameleon (Culture Club) - As a kid, I didn't know if Boy George was a man or a woman, but I didn't care. I (according to eyewitness reports, which I dispute) just wanted to run around singing: "comma, comma, comma, comma, comma, comma."
4: Jessie's Girl (Rick Springfield) - Ah, a song about lusting after your best friend's girlfriend from afar (just like the Cars sang about 3 years earlier, but whatever). How did this become a timeless classic? Probably not from the lyrics, "I've been funny, I've been cool with the lines..." If you're saying it, then no, no you weren't.
3: Hungry Like the Wolf (Duran Duran) - Duran Duran was great, and this was easily their best song (until Come Undone in 1993). Hungry was a peppy, upbeat stalker anthem ("Mouth is alive with juices like wine, an I'm hungry like the wolf," and, "High blood drumming on your skin, it's so tight; you feel my heat, I'm just a moment behind."). Somehow, nobody finds this song creepy or disturbing. The 80s was an interesting time.
2: Take On Me (A-Ha) - The hook ("I'll be gone, in a day or twoooooo"), with its high-pitched falsetto, is one of the most memorable moments in 80s song history. The music is instantly recognizable, and a few lyrics were pretty cool too (For example, "But that's me stumbling away, slowly learning life is okay."). Plus, who could forget the bizarre comic book video!
1: Come on Eileen (Dexy's Midnight Runners) - Besides having the coolest band name, Dexy's Midnight Runners sang this 80s anthem, giving rise to the dirtiest joke ever made on American Dad where the band is inspired to write the song based on "what they just did" to Francine, whom they mistakenly think is called Eileen.
I know what you're thinking, but Journey's Don't Stop Believin' can't make the list because it's timeless (and it's too closely associated with the (non-80s) Sopranos now). You must have an opinion on this topic--let's hear it!
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