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Mount Radmore of Music

This weekend, I listened to the latest episode of the totally awesome podcast Talk Talk with Martha Quinn. If you don’t subscribe and listen to that podcast, I highly recommend that you do. This most recent episode featured a heated discussion about who should appear on the ’80s music version of Mount Rushmore, which Martha named Mount Radmore. These are the songs that we would consider the founding fathers of the ’80s sound. There are so many great artists that are definitely deserving of monuments. But, if you had to choose only 4 who actually influenced the sound of the ’80s, who would you choose?

As you can imagine, things got heated on the podcast in the iHeart80s Radio 103.7 studios. Martha’s husband, Jordan, and iHeart80s Radio 103.7 DJ, Little Ricci, even got pulled into the debate.

I would highly recommend listening to this episode, then come back, and let me know who you would pick for your Mount Radmore.

I know that this will spark some debate, but I will give you my picks anyway.

Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles

Released in 1979, this song was a major influence for what was to come in ’80s Pop, New Wave, and just that fun, quirky, 80s attitude. Not to mention that it also kicked off MTV, which pretty much defined our 80s generation.

Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang

Here is another song that was released in 1979, and influenced an entire genre of music, and a lifestyle. Thanks to The Sugarhill Gang, we got some Newcleus, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, and me with my boombox, parachute pants, cardboard, and some kick-ass break dancing moves. Without Rapper’s Delight, we may not have had Run-DMC (which would also mean no Aerosmith comeback), and other awesome Rap acts of the ’80s.

Tossup between “Cum on Feel the Noize” by Quiet Riot and “Rock Of Ages” by Def Leppard

I’m cheating here, but I give these two songs a tie. Both of these versions were released in 1983. Rock music had been around for a long time. But, these two songs brought hard rock to the mainstream. This would lead to big hair, big parties, and big attitudes that made the 80s so much fun.

Let The Music Play” by Shannon

Shannon may have been a one-hit wonder, but this one hit would define a brand new genre of music with Freestyle. This style of music would carry on through the early ’90s. It smoothly transitioned 70s disco to 80s dance-pop. This would lead to Exposé, The Cover Girls, Stevie B, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, and Sweet Sensation. An 80s high school dance would not be complete without us dancing (even badly) to a song by any of these Freestyle artists, thanks to Shannon.

OK, I know I got this all wrong. There were thousands of artists in the 80s, and we can only pick a handful. Who would you pick for your Mount Radmore? I’d love to hear from you!

Remember That Song – 3/8/13

Can you name the artist and song and complete the lyrics:

Laying out another lie
Thinkin’ ’bout a life of crime
‘Cause that’s what I’ll have to do
To keep __ ____ ____ ___

Last Song: “Let the Music Play” by Shannon

Great job Kickin’ It Old School (@oldschool80s) and Alan (@alanread80)!!

I thought it was clear the plan was we would share,
This feeling just between ourselves

One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1984 – Shannon

“Let the Music Play” by Shannon

In the early ’80s the major backlash against disco was in full swing. “Disco Sucks” became a catchphrase. disco fans were ridiculed, and it was being played less and less on the radio. Dance music was all but dead on mainstream radio.

And then “Let the Music Play” burst on to the scene, and blew the doors wide open again for dance music.

Shannon’s hit defined dance-pop music of the ’80s. The song reached #1 on the US Dance chart in November 1983, and peaked at #8 on the US singles chart on February 25, 1984. “Let the Music Play” was Shannon’s only US Top 40 hit. It was ranked 43rd on the 2009 VH1 Special 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s.

Shannon released a couple of more albums in the ’80s. While popular on dance charts, she did not reach mainstream success again.

In the late 1990s interest in Shannon rekindled, when VH1 spotlighted her on their One Hit Wonders series.

This prompted her to release her fourth studio album, 1999’s The Best Is Yet to Come. A fifth studio album, A Beauty Returns, was released in 2007.

She is currently a voting member of the Grammys.

Now, let’s Return to the ’80s, and listen to the ’80s dance-pop trailblazing song, “Let the Music Play”: