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    Best songs of the 80s

    My mate and I have been debating this for some weeks and we canít come to an agreement. Trouble is there were so many genres which were still hanging on to the 70s which spewed over in to the 80s
    The best we can come up with is A Ha - take on me but Iím not so sureÖ.. what you reckon?
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    Last edited by Franky Four Fingers; 21st February 2022 at 15:31. Reason: Update title to songs

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    Boys of Summer - Don Henley

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    Take on Me is a good start but it's more about the video. The 80s was so f**king brilliant it's an impossible question but I'm going to throw in You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oates, that song is 80s nonsense!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallasey Runner View Post
    Boys of Summer - Don Henley

    Certainly - well up there!

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    Video killed the radio star

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    Town Called Malice worth a shout
    no way you can narrow it down to one though
    Depends on mood you are in

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hood View Post
    Town Called Malice worth a shout
    no way you can narrow it down to one though
    Depends on mood you are in
    Yeh that exactly, one minute listening to Bowie, next Beastie boysÖit was a great decade for music

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    Africa by Toto.

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    Last Christmas.


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    Blue Monday : New Order



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    Every Breath You Take.

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    Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd would be a contender for me

    (although The Wall came out in 1979, Comfortably Numb was released as a single in 1980 with Hey You on the b side - criminally only reached number 10)

    Sweet Child o' Mine was a bit special too
    Last edited by Halitosis; 19th February 2022 at 15:58.

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    Lots out there I will add this to debate https://youtu.be/8TON3PORRDQ


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    Most of the songs on the last night at Wigan Casino 1981.

    21 year old!,time has flown by so fast!.


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    Enola Gay

    Thats the first 2 off the top of my head.

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    Don't You Want Me immediately came to my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zelig View Post
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    So many great records from the 80s but non better than this, always a floor filler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacifichrono View Post
    Every Breath You Take.
    I like it as well, but if you asked Sting I suspect he'd tell you it wasn't even the best song he wrote that year.

    I'd go with Cruel by Prefab Sprout.

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    Dire Straits - Money for Nothing

    Not even my favourite Dire Straits song, but mainstream enough, and gave birth to the music video generation.

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    As I start to prepare the Sunday roast I usually begin with, "Alexa: Play songs of the 80's".

    Some good suggestions already.

    I'll add - She Sells Sanctuary by The Cult

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    Vienna Ultravox.

    The 80’s was one of the best decades for music and there are loads of decent tracks
    Last edited by craig1912; 19th February 2022 at 18:50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossC View Post
    Dire Straits - Money for Nothing

    ... gave birth to the music video generation.
    Doubtful, it was more a response to the music video focus that was taking over.

    I'd go with London Calling, Love Action, West End Girls, Englishman in New York or Poison Arrow myself, but if this thread has already proved one thing, the great thing about the Eighties was the variety of quality music around.

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    Far too many options, as most of the music I listen to is 80ís or 90ís, but one of my favourites:

    Furniture - Brilliant Mind
    https://youtu.be/1JeEXP717T0
    It's just a matter of time...

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    It's just a matter of time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    Agadoo
    Nooooooooooooooooooooo!!!
    It's just a matter of time...

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    This seemed to be a worldwide hit - for most of the year, seemingly following my own slow travels around the globe.

    Clever song.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
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    Just for that, you can have The Birdie Song.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noTAGlove View Post
    Please state what it is when posting a YouTube link, itís so annoying when it gets added to YouTube history when I donít like it!

    Although in this case itís a good shout !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Hotel View Post
    Just for that, you can have The Birdie Song.
    I was hoping for a Shaddap You Face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dek10000 View Post
    Lots out there I will add this to debate
    Seconded.

    Whole of the Moon, Waterboys


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    Quote Originally Posted by craig1912 View Post
    Please state what it is when posting a YouTube link, itís so annoying when it gets added to YouTube history when I donít like it!
    You're right!

    Quote Originally Posted by craig1912 View Post
    Although in this case itís a good shout !
    You're wrong!


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    Showing my age here but most of the songs listed here are on my 89s playlist on Spotify

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackal View Post
    You're right!



    You're wrong!



    It’s strange, I was never into Morrissey or The Smiths back then, but now like a few of their tracks
    Last edited by craig1912; 19th February 2022 at 19:32.

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    Queen - Who wants to live forever.

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    Food for Thought - UB40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyCasper View Post
    Whole of the Moon, Waterboys
    Great shout and I'll add Fisherman's Blues from the same era.

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    Ashes to Ashes.

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    Every breath you take

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    I have lots of favourites but I think either Warp 9ís Nunk or Depeche Modeís Just Canít Get Enough is the most significant and impactful track of the 80ís.

    Everything electronic we listen to stems in some way from them, but DM made it mainstream.

    I was born in 76 so listened more to pop than any serious music in the 80ís.

    Lionelís All Night Long is a pop masterpiece and surely a top 5 all time wedding party song.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallasey Runner View Post
    Boys of Summer - Don Henley
    Good shout

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    Quote Originally Posted by craig1912 View Post
    Vienna Ultravox.

    The 80ís was one of the best decades for music and there are loads of decent tracks
    Great shout!

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    Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

    Honourable mentions to;

    Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen

    And

    Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

    But I guarantee you that Billie Jean could go on at a wedding, at a Rave or at a top Nightclub today and would still get the crowd moving.
    Last edited by ryanb741; 19th February 2022 at 20:01.

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    Kenny Loggins - Highway to the Danger Zone. A great song and will always be associated with Top Gun released in 1986 as I was about to start RAF flying training.


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    Michael Jackson - Thriller. A ground breaking video when released.

    Long version.

    Short version.

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    I could pick most songs from the Propaganda album 'A Secret Wish' but I'll go with, Duel. (This could be a very long thread as it's a very rich vein!)


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