I’ve now lived in six decades of music and while there were many great song from the 1960s, the 1970s, the 1990s, the 2000s, and, so far, in the 2010s, none of those decades can compete with the 1980s for me. Maybe it was because I was a teenager heading into my 20s during that decade. Or, maybe, the music and the videos were just so much better?
Since I always do “They Said What” on Mondays on my blog, starting today, I’m doing “Peeps’ Flashback ’80s Fridays” and feature three of my favorite songs from the 1980s. One or two will be more mainstream and the other(s) will be more obscure.
I hope you enjoy my selections of the music that got me through my days in Kentucky and in college back in the 1980s.
Canadian Corey Hart only scored two top ten hits in America. In 1985, he took “Never Surrender” to number three. That one will be featured in the future, but it was this first hit that made it up to #7 that captured my attention and provided me with my second entertainment crush. John Schneider (Bo Duke, from “The Dukes of Hazzard” was the first!)
Corey Hart — “Sunglasses at Night”
Andy Bell and Vince Clarke have been making music together since 1985 as Erasure. Although they only scored three top 20 pop hits in America, #12 “Chains of Love” (1988), #14 “A Little Respect” (1988), and #20 “Always” (1994), it was “Oh L’Amour” that blew me away when I start going out clubbing and dee-jaying. It hit #3 on the dance chart in 1986.
Erasure — “Oh L’Amour”
And, the final video in my first installment of “Peeps’ Flashback ’80s Fridays” was from a dancer and singer from Detroit, Michigan who moved to New York City to be a star. Before her first song, “Holiday”, made it to pop radio in the fall of 1983 and peaked at #16, I already knew who Madonna was from her two #3 dance club hits, “Everybody” and “Burning Up”.
Madonna — “Burning Up”
I hope you enjoyed my video picks. Maybe we listened to different music back then and I turned you on to a fun ’80s tune you hadn’t heard before or had forgotten about. Have a great weekend.