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.