30 Years Of Songs: Part 1 – The 80’s

My “songs of the year” from 1983 to 2013. Not necessarily ‘the best’ song or my ‘favorites’ now, but the ones that at the time I liked the most or the ones I remember the most from that year, the ones that stood out to represent that year. The “this is my jam” songs. Starting with the 1980’s…

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“Beat It” – Michael Jackson
At some point in time before I could really remember anything, I know I loved Michael Jackson. True story.

“Live On The Sunset Strip” – Richard Pryor
So it’s an album not a song, but I know my dad had a tape, and it would play in the car or truck – often, because I knew many of the bits before I was 10. Inappropriate but awesome.




“Girls Just Want To Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper
The greatest pop song of all time.

“Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker, Jr.
I must have air-guitared 1,000 times to this song before 1993.




“Real American” – Rick Derringer, featuring Cyndi Lauper.
Hulk Hogan’s WWF theme song. I heard this at least 1,000 times before 1993.

“Love Is Alive” – The Judds
I remember the sound of this playing from my mom’s kitchen radio, probably after 1985, but I have clear memories of that sound from that transistor radio.




“Take Me Home Tonight” – Eddie Money
For whatever reason, I couldn’t get this song out of my head. For years. Still can’t.

“Living In America” – James Brown
Rocky IV. Over and over again.




“All My Ex’s Live in Texas” – George Strait
Still one of my all-time favorites. I remember hearing this so often on my grandmother’s kitchen radio. 99 WJVL Janesville. This would be really fun to do for country western Karaoke, I have a feeling.

“Ocean Front Property” – George Straight
Same as above. I didn’t get the joke in 1987 and was surprised to later find that there isn’t any ocean front property in Arizona.




“Heaven Is A Place On Earth” – Belinda Carlisle
This song is the 1980’s.

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” – Bobby McFerrin
I’m not sure if I even like the song, or even liked it back then. But you couldn’t get away from it, ever, in 1988.




“Once Bitten Twice Shy” – Great White
I knew the song, didn’t know or understand the lyrics. That’s a good thing. Because I was 6. And it’s naughty.

“We Didn’t Start The Fire” – Billy Joel
Billy Joel didn’t start it. But this song didn’t go away, either.



Up next, the 90’s…


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