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Thursday, January 17, 2008



80's flashback.
Last night my friend emailed a few of us to compile a list of 80's songs for a youth dance she is putting together. Within about 2 hours this was the list that was compiled. Just reading through these songs brought back so many memories. I had to add my favorite church dance song video above. Are their any great 80's songs missing on the list? Any memories come rushing back when you see this list of songs? Do kids now think their music is as awesome as I think these songs are?


True - Spandau Ballet
Any Journey song
Doot Doot - Freur
Blue Monday - New Order
Too Shy - Kajagoogoo
Billy Jean - Michael Jackson
Beat It - MJ
Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
Dancing With Myself - Billy Idol
Burning Up - Madonna
Souvenir - OMD
Pale Shelter - Tears for Fears
Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
1999 - Prince
Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode
With or Without You - U2
Any Erasure Song
West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
Rock Lobster - B-52's
Spin Me Right Round - Dead or Alive
Come on Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
Down Under - Men at Work
One Step Beyond - Madness
Our House - Madness
Girls Just want to have fun - Cyndi Lauper
99 Red Balloons - Nena
Hyperactive - Thomas Dolby
Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
Wouldn't it Be Good - Nik Kershaw
Wake Me up before you go-go - Wham!
Any Bronski Beat song
Hello - Lionel Richie
Big Country - Big Country
Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell
Get it On (Bang a Gong) - Power Station
Any Howard Jones song - How can you forget HoJo?
Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves
Slave to Love - Bryan Ferry
Lots of UB40 songs
Holding Back the Years - Simply Red
I Can't Wait - New Shooz
Walk This Way - Run D.M.C.
Don't Leave Me this Way - Communards
Almost forgot Duran Duran! Almost any song...
C'est La Vie - Robbie Nevel
Take My Breath Away - Berlin
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Mony Mony - Billy Idol
Here I go Again - Whitesnake
La Bamba - Los Lobos
Lots of Go-Gos songs
Candle in the Wind - Elton John
Car Wash - Rose Royce ( I think)
Girl You Know It's True (Milli Vanilli)
Buffalo Stance - Nenah Cherry
Every Rose Has It's Thorn - Poison
Song for Whoever - Beautiful South
Some Tone Loc?
Back to Life - Soul II Soul
Running up that Hill - Kate Bush
Pump Up the Jam - Technotronic
Micky - Don't remember who sang it
Addicted to Love - Robert Palmer
Living on Video - Trans X
Digging Your Scene - Blow Monkeys
Culture Club: Karma Chameleon
Devo: Whip It
Go-Go's: We got the beat and Our lips are sealed
Stray Cats: Stray Cat Strut and Rock This Town
Soft Cell: Tainted Love
Pink Floyd: Another Brick In the Wall
Queen: Another One Bites the Dust
Romantics: What I like about You
Rick James: Super Freak
Kim Carnes: Bette Davis Eyes
Blondie: Rapture, Call Me
Hall & Oats: Kiss on My List
Toni Basil: Mickey
Modern English: I melt with you
Duran Duran: Rio, The Reflex
Prince: When Doves Cry and Let's GO Crazy
Madonna: Lucky Star
Wang Chung: Dance Hall Days
Cyndi Lauper: Time after Time
Psychedelic Furs: Love My Way, Pretty In Pink
Somebody by Depeche Mode
Lips like sugar - Echo and the Bunnyman
Touch you once - OMD
Bad Connection -Yaz
Beautiful Life - Ace of Base
Anything Oingo Boingo
Frankie Goes to Hollyw. Relax
Icicle Works Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly)
Depeche Mode People are People, Somebody
New Order Bizarre love triange, Shellshock
Journey Open Arms
Cars Drive
Psychedelic Furs Pretty in Pink
OMD If you Leave, Dreaming
Smiths Please, please, please
When in Rome The Promise
Thompson Twins Hold me Now, King for a day
Cure Boys Don't Cry, Just Like Heaven
Chris DeBurgh Lady in Red
Madonna Material Girl, Live to tell, Dress you up
Prince When Doves Cry
George Michael Careless Whisper, Faith
Erasure A Little Respect
Denise Williams Lets here it for the boy
Stevie Wonder I just Called to Say I love you
Banana Rama Cruel Summer
human league Don't, don't you want me
the buggles Video killed the radio star
Yaz Only You
Boy George Do you Really want to hurt me
Simple minds Don't you (forget about me,) Alive and Kicking
REM it's the end of the World, The one I love
Tears for Fears Head over Heels, Everybody wants to rule the world
Heart These Dreams
Survivor Eye of the Tiger
Reo Speedwagon I can't fight this feeling
van halen jump
Lionel Ritchie Stuck on you
Dead or Alive you spin me right round baby
Huey Lewis If this is it, Stuck with you
Corey Hart Never Surrender
Phil Collins Against all Odds
Howard Jones No one is to blame, life in one day
Police Every Breath you take
David lee roth California girls,
INXS Need you tonight
Men Without hats Pop goes the world
Billy Joel Uptown Girl, Tell her about it
Michael Jackson the Way you make me feel
Kool and the Gang Cherish
Eurythmics Sweet Dreams
Kenny Loggins Forever
Chicago Hard Habit to Break, Youre the inspiration
Flock of Seagulls I ran (so far away)
Toto Africa
midnight Oil Beds are Burning
Bangles Walk like an Egyptiian

Forever Young -Alphaville
Heart and Soul - T'pau (one of my personal favs)
Livin on a prayer - bon jovi
Jack and Diane song from John Mellencamp -

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just had my 20 year class reunion, we should have had you put together the music!!

That was like totally awesome!

Kim :-)

Liz said...

Seriously, I love it! The video you posted rocks! :) (I love that word!) What a great list!

Ryann said...

Oh my gosh-- best list ever. Will have to print it and start listening... Thanks always for your posts!

denise said...

I didn't see any Haircut 100 on the list - you need a little Love Plus One.

Kristen said...

Holy Cow! I think you thought of everything! I LOVE all those songs..80's music is the best!!

(for sure printing this list out:)

Lauralee said...

what a fun list.. loved the video.. that list brings back tons of memories.. my grandma's name was betty davis.. so of course, I loved that song!

Traci said...

Great list! Good stuff too!

Anne said...

You're missing my hands down favorite 80's song...The Promise by When In Rome, and then there's the other song that starts off with a dial tone and some "aaaah's"? I have no idea what it's called, but it's AWESOME! I need to find my CD titled "The best 80's album EVER!" and burn you a copy. It is literally THE best 80's album ever, and I'm not just saying that because i created it. ;)

Wende said...

ok, that may be the dumbest video ever made! how did we just die over stuff like that? i feel OLD! but as far as i'm concerned, journey is on your list and that's all that matters!

michelle said...

You've got to have Take On Me by A-Ha -- did I miss that on your list? Ah, that was my song with the cutest Italian boy...

Did you have any Squeeze on there? Tempted, for example?

I LOVE Nik Kershaw!

Nikki said...

Don't forget Thriller, Funkytown, Take On me (A-Ha), Safety Dance, Shout (Tears for Fears), Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, & Footloose songs!

Anonymous said...

Anything by Rick Springfield! Van Halen 5150!

Jill said...

It kind of makes my heart hurt a little bit to think of all these songs.

Randy bought the 80's Sing Star cd for our ps2 so we've been singing a bunch of these songs.

The monkey bunch said...

Did you forget Eye of the Tiger? I didn't see it. Can't forget that!

stacy{s} said...

ahhhhhh.....those were the days. I'll be having flashbacks all day thinking about this list.

WE ARE FUNKY, WE ARE FINE, WE'RE THE CLASS OF '89!!!!!

Holly said...

Wow! I feel a sudden urge to perm my hair, raise my bangs up to Jesus and pile on some bangle bracelets. Oh and wear too much eye make-up that matches my stirrup pants and big, droopy sweater.

Great, great list!!

Kristi said...

love that comment about the bangs and the stirrup pants! haha. I was thinking- we built this city on rock and roll- not sure the title or the group- maybe you had it! too fun!

Amy said...

How about some Adam Ant?
Your list is great....I am going to download some of it to go with my other 80's stuff....
I love T'Pau too!
My husband was a dj for 10 years, I will have to check with him on others....he can really pull stuff out of the woodwork! :)

Julia said...

Hilarious! I think it is a little sad that they are now doing 80's parties as if they were so long ago. Next thing you know, these songs will be playing on the oldies stations.

I think the only song it is missing is Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart," and I completely agree with Michelle about "Take on Me"

Spencer the Bomb Diggity said...

I had a friend that I argued with forever about how he thought Civilization as we knew it was almost destroyed because of 80's music.

I always defended the 80's music because I thought one of the lines in that song was "Everybody shake your pants" and I never thought to see a midget rocking out on a Ukulele or Lute or whatever that was. Well now that I saw that video and have come to know that Eurasure is about gay guys doing... stuff, I am more inclined to agree with him.

What were we thinking back then?

Stephanie said...

Those are the best!! The music today doesn't even touch that list! I don't care what the kids say. haha :D 80's music is the best.

i'm kelly said...

that list is awesome! although i don't think i saw total eclipse of the heart. but i'm sure i missed it, there are so many great ones listed.

carlo said...

ok, i was sweating when Duran Duran did not show up right away! :)

so many on that list are faves, for sure.

i also loved:
bananarama, "cruel summer"

big country, "in a big country"

pat benatar, "we belong" and "we are young"

and tracy ullman "they don't know"

carlo said...

oh oh oh what about cutting crew "just died in your arms"

and "lady in red" chris deburgh

oh bringing back the memories

Amanda :-) said...

Eeeeuuuuwwwww! That song makes me cringe, Kristi! I can't stand it. Any of it. It's all an assault on the senses. Schtopp it!

Have you not got any Banananananananarama on that list? Got to have those trendy girls on, with their slouchy dungarees, messy hair and stroppy pouts.

Amanda :-) said...

Aha, Carlo's just said Bananananana. So great minds think alike, obviously!

Not sure about Chris de Burgh, though, Carlo. I will pretend I didn't see that...*slides pretend specs up bridge of nose*

Price Cream Parlor said...

SWEET list! Loved the video and the flashback! There wasn't a finer time than the 80's!

Michelle A. said...

Love this list Kristi!
How about A-ha from scoundrel days
Crowded House - Don't dream it's over (love this song) and something so strong.
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer, Wild Wild Life
Anything Housemartins
Morrissey and the smiths.

Again - great list - but just had to add these!

Mamma Letty said...

Did you forget my favorite...men without hats...pop goes the world!

Laurie said...

This is such a great list! I'm planning on throwing an 80's inspired birthday part for a friend. This will be perfect for background music and karaoke.