Friday, 29 October 2010

Top 100 Songs of the 1980s, #60 - 51



Any guesses as to what #1 is going to be? After this we're into the all-important top 50! But what of today's countdown? The Queen of Pop finally makes an appearance, U2 returns and Katrina & The Waves will have you 'Walking On Sunshine'... and don't it feel good?


#60 - Close My Eyes Forever (1988)
by Lita Ford ft. Ozzy Osbourne



Have I mentioned how much 80s rock ballads own everything else? The non-Dracula Prince of Darkness is sporting some beautiful hair in the video... outstanding.


#59 - Where The Streets Have No Name (1987)
by U2



What a video, complete with more beautiful 80s hair... Bono, I'm looking at you.


# 58 - Don't Get Me Wrong (1986)
by The Pretenders



"I see neon lights, Whenever you walk by." If you like this, you'll love Lily Allen's cover.


#57 - Papa Don't Preach (1986)
by Madonna



Madonna dominated the charts in the 80s and in the process created what would become the most celebrated woman in music's history. Never one to shy away from controversy, Madonna dedicated 'Papa Don't Preach' to Pope John Paul II after he told Italians not to attend her concerts.


#56 - Mad World (1982)
by Tears for Fears



#55 - Don't Dream It's Over (1987)
by Crowded House



#54 - Walking On Sunshine (1983)
by Katrina & The Waves



Could this be the happiest song there ever was? I can't help but enjoy how annoyingly infectious the vibe of 'Walking on Sunshine' is.


#53 - Need You Tonight (1987)
by INXS



Michael Hutchence is one of the coolest lead singers in the history of rock music and you won't find a better example to prove that point than 'Need You Tonight,' the band's only US #1 hit. Not their best song, but one of the best of the 80s? Definitely.


#52 - It's Tricky (1987)
by Run-D.M.C



#51 - 99 Luftballoons (1983)
by Nena



And it's the German version too! Nena's protest song defied all charting logic to spend five weeks at the top of the Australian charts and a week at #1 in New Zealand. The German version, not the English one!


50 down and 50 to go. We've yet to see an appearance by The Cure, Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper or Bon Jovi... will we? Only time will tell, so stick around!



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