Are you ready for the weekend? Here’s some of my favorite songs from the 1980s to get you going this morning.
I was born during the first British invasion in the 1960s, but I was graduating high school when the second invasion took place in the early 1980s. Culture Club, with cross-dressing front man Boy George, got America talking with “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me”, which peaked at #2, in 1982. The follow-up, “Time (Clock of the Heart), also hit #2, in 1983.
Culture Club — “Time (Clock of the Heart)
In the 1970s, I was all about country music, but in high school, I veered toward pop and dance music. However, there was room for rock & roll, too. As I was graduating high school, in 1982, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts spent seven weeks at #1 with “I Love Rock & Roll”. I also love Britney Spears’ remake of the song from her 2002 movie, “Crossroads”.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts — I Love Rock & Roll
When British singer Samantha Fox crossed the Atlantic in 1986, she was known for her sexy persona as well as her provocative first song that peaked at #4 in the U.S. in 1986. “Touch Me (I Want Your Body) was a huge hit in Sweden (8 weeks at #1) and Canada (7 weeks at #1). Fox went on to have three more American hits, “Naughty Girls (Need Love Too) peaked at #3 in 1988, “I Wanna Have Some Fun” (#8 in 1988), and “I Only Wanna Be With You” (#31 in 1989).
Samantha Fox — Touch Me (I Want Your Body)