Good friends, Lizzie and Paul, are diggin’ The Dirt – the Mötley Crüe movie on Netlfix. Lizzie, of the Liz Laugh Cry podcast, is a Millennial who has a love of the ’80s. Check out this episode as Lizzie and Paul discuss The Dirt, and have a blast talking 80s music, and pop culture across both generations. Come join in on the fun!
Hi Everybody, as promised, we are back with another countdown this week! The twist this week is that this will be a Top 40 from the U.K. charts. I have a lot of friends from the U.K., so I wanted to do a little something for them. And I thought it would be pretty cool for those of us in the U.S. There were a lot of awesome songs in other countries that did not make it over here for some reason or other. I have a feeling that a lot of us will be discovering new music this week. And ’80s kids from the U.K. will get to relive their glory days. As usual, if you’d like to purchase the song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover. And to watch the video/listen to the song, you can click on the song title. So, let’s get to it, Return to this week in 1983, and begin this week’s countdown from the U.K.
Right off the bat, we a get a song like I have never heard on a U.S. top 40 countdown. The closest may be Kenny G. Mezzoforte is an instrumental jazz-funk fusion band from Iceland. This would actually be the band’s biggest hit, and would chart all the way up to #17 on the U.K. charts. I am loving this song, and it’s a great way to kick off this countdown.
This is another U.S. based group (out of New York) that I had not heard of. This is a cool disco/funk song. Now I can see why I never heard of this song. While it would land all the way up to #13 on the U.K. charts, it topped out at #103 on the U.S. charts.
When I saw the band name, I was hoping this was a punk rock band. I was correct. However, at this time, The Stranglers decided to change direction, so this is more of a new wavey sound. The music itself sounds like it could come from a Tarentino film. But, the “singer” talks through the entire song. Then almost 5 minutes in somebody is singing the same lyrics in the background as the narrator who is speaking. No thanks.
This song brought this new wave band into prominence in the U.K. as it went up to #12 on the charts. This is good if you like slow new wave music. I would have hated it back in the day, but I’m liking it now.
I’m kind of digging this song. I never heard of Malcolm McLaren, but he sounded like quite the character. He was a visual artist, performer, musician, clothes designer and boutique owner. He was best known for being the promoter and manager of bands such as the New York Dolls and the Sex Pistols. This song sounds like it has an upbeat reggae beat.
Great way to end today’s list! I thought this was going to be a cover of the Beatles classic. But, it’s a different song. It sounds like Abba covering an ELO song. Very cool! I may need to look more into this group.
Well, that was a very cool start of the week. What do you think so far? If you know any interesting facts about the artists we have seen here, please comment below. I’d love to hear from you, and be educated. It’s looking like we will continue the countdown on Wednesday. Hope to see you then!
Stuck in the ’80s found a list of The 10 Best Love Songs From ’80s Movies at the site Flavorwire. Here is the list from Flavorwire:
10. “Up Where We Belong” — Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes [An Officer and a Gentleman, 1984]
9. “Edge of Forever” — Dream Academy [Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 1986]
8. “Cry Little Sister” — Gerard McMann [Lost Boys, 1987]
7. “In the Air Tonight” — Phil Collins [Risky Business, 1983]
6. “If You Leave” — OMD [Pretty in Pink, 1986]
5. “Power of Love” — Huey Lewis & The News [Back to the Future, 1985]
4. “Don’t You Forget About Me” — Simple Minds [The Breakfast Club, 1985]
3. “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” — Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes [Dirty Dancing, 1987]
2. “Take My Breath Away” — Berlin [Top Gun, 1986]
1. “In Your Eyes” — Peter Gabriel [Say Anything, 1989]
You can check out the Stuck in the ’80s page to get their thoughts on each song from the list.
Instead of commenting on these songs, I decided to create my own list:
“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” – Starship [Mannequin, 1987] – This #1 smash hit was my favorite song at the time it came out. Until I overplayed it.
“Crazy For You” – Madonna [Vision Quest, 1985] – Oh how we long for the days when Madonna won us over with her talent instead of relying too much on shock value.
“Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do)” – Christopher Cross [Arthur, 1981] – Christopher Cross had an incredible start to his career, which peaked with this song. This instantly brings me back to the early ’80s. Love it!
“Surrender to Me” – Ann Wilson and Robin Zander [Tequila Sunrise, 1988] – Awesome combination of powerhouse Ann Wilson of Heart and Robin Zander of Cheap Trick. One of my favorite duets of the ’80s. I liked this song a million times more than the movie itself.
“Heaven in Your Eyes” – Loverboy [Top Gun, 1986] – Berlin had the smash hit ballad from Top Gun with “Take My Breathe Away” – which I never understood. I love Berlin, but hate that boring song. I much prefer this ballad from Loverboy.
“St. Elmo’s Fire Love Theme (For Just a Moment)” – David Foster [St. Elmo’s Fire, 1985] – The instrumental version of this song was the one that was played on the radio. But, I love the song with the lyrics. This was also the theme song for our Junior prom, so I have a soft spot for this.
“If You Leave” – OMD [Pretty in Pink, 1986] – Great, classic ’80s sound.
“Almost Paradise” – Mike Reno and Ann Wilson [Footloose, 1984] – The second song with Ann Wilson in a movie ballad duet. This was a great song off of a great soundtrack. Ann sounds awesome with Loverboy’s Mike Reno.
“The Glory of Love” – Peter Cetera [The Karate Kid Part II, 1986] – Wow, Peter Cetera and Chicago could co-exist separately! I could not get enough of this song when it came out. I remember constantly listening to this song at the beach throughout the summer of ’86.
“In Your Eyes” – Peter Gabriel [Say Anything, 1989] – The ultimate ’80s love song from an ultimate ’80s movie. You don’t need to know how to play guitar and sing in order to serenade a girl. Just pop this song in your boombox, blast it, hold the radio over your head, and hope for the best.
So what are some of your favorite love songs from ’80s movies?