“Peeps’ Flashback ’80s Fridays”

It’s Friday, so here are three more of my favorite songs from the 1980s.  As usual, two very popular ones and one more obscure.

The Human League — “Don’t You Want Me”

This was one of my favorite songs from the year I graduated high school and it’s still one of my favorites thirty years later.  It hit #1 in the summer of 1982 and the band would score two more top ten hits, “(Keep Feeling) Fascination (#8, 1983) and “Human (#1, 1986).

The Beastie Boys — (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)

This was the Beastie Boys only top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching #7 in 1987.  It was from “Licensed to Ill”, the first hip hop album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Berlin — “Sex, I’m A…”

This was the second single from “The Pleasure Victim” album by new wave band, Berlin in 1982.  Imagine how scandalous this was to a 17-year-old Kentucky boy.

The band would go on to score huge hits with “Take My Breath Away” from the “Top Gun” soundtrack and “No More Words”.

However, this one was a little to hot to handle for American pop radio where it peaked at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100.  It did, however, reach the top ten on the American Mainstream Rock and the Dance charts.  Canada wasn’t so shy.  It peaked at #5 on the Canadian Hot 100.



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