“Peeps’ Flashback ’80s Fridays”

It’s Easter weekend and, at the last-minute, I decided to push back the three flashback ’80s song that I had picked for this week to next week.  So here are three of my loosely religious-themed songs for this week.

Just think, I could have used “Pray” by MC Hammer, but that was in 1990! 🙂

While his #1 hit “Praying for Time ” and the #7 smash “Jesus To A Child” could have worked, those were both 1990s hits for George Michael.  So, I’m putting in his first #1 solo hit from 1987, “Faith”.

“Faith” — George Michael

Praying is part of “faith” and Easter, some in early 1980s were “Livin’ on A Prayer”.

After peaking at #39 with their first hit, “Runaway” in 1983, Bon Jovi’s next three singles only reached the 40s, 50s, and 60s.  However, the album “Slippery When Wet” shot to #1 and has sold 28 million copies worldwide.  12 million copies of those are here at home, making it the 48th best-selling album in the United States.

The first two singles topped the chart in 1986, “You Give Love A Bad Name” and “Livin’ on A Prayer”.

“Livin’ On A Prayer” — Bon Jovi

As the 1980s started to wind down, superstar Madonna was set to release her new album after signing a $5 million dollar contract with soft drink maker Pepsi earlier in the year.  The new album, her fourth studio album, would go on to sell 15 million copies worldwide.

The first song, “Like A Prayer”, which was the title track to the album, would become Madonna’s 15th top ten hit of the 1980s and her 7th #1 song.

When the video was released, it was condemned by the Vatican, along with many other religious groups.  They protested, Pepsi freaked and dropped its sponsorship, and Madonna walked away with five million dollars.  Not a bad day.  Controversy sells. 🙂

Madonna — “Like A Prayer”

Seriously, what doesn’t offend the Vatican, except its own close-minded antiquated views?  So, in honor of all things religious, why not feature a cross and a bonus ’80s flashback?  Oh, this was controversial, too!  It’s Madonna from her “Confessions” tour in 2006 (the first time I saw her in concert) performing her third #1 hit, “Live to Tell” from 1986.



2 responses to this post.

  1. “How will they hear,when will they learn, how will they know” The only way they will learn is if we speak, They will learn when they hear the many voices that God uses, and they will know when they accept what has been given to them. This means seeing beyond what they are comfortable with, and seeing all that God has to offer them.


  2. Posted by Larry Newingham on April 9, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Ok, you scored a 10 Anthony. All great songs


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