I’m home from Houston and I’m back to work today for five days. Now, let’s take a trip together to England and back to the 1980s. Each Friday,I feature some of my favorite songs from the 1980s and boy, the world should really listen to the words of this first song and take it to heart.
“People Are People” — Depeche Mode
The English band, Depeche Mode, ruled the charts here in American beginning in 1990 with their “Violator” album, which would move more than three million copies.
In the U.S., the band scored on six Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Of those, five peaked on the charts in the 1990s! Their hits of the 1990s included “Personal Jesus” (#28, 1990), “Enjoy The Silence” (#8, 1990), “Policy of Truth” (#15, 1990), “I Feel You” (#37, 1993), and “It’s No Good” (#38, 1997).
However, their first American hit came in 1984 when “People Are People” hit #13.
And, in their native country, the band scored a total of 43 Top 40 hits!
“Missionary Man” — The Eurythmics
Annie Lennox and David Stewart of the band the Eurythmics only hit #1 in America one time with “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) in 1983. They also hit the top ten with “Here Comes The Rain Again” and “Would I Lie To You”.
In all, the duo scored 10 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Missionary Man” peaked at #14 in 1987.
Nik Kershaw — “Wouldn’t It Be Good”
In England, singer Nik Kershaw was a 1980s teen idol and made eight appearances on the Top 40 music charts.
Sadly, here in the United States, the closest he came to the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 was with “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”. The song peaked at #46 in 1984. I still love the video and the song today!