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Old 07-14-2004, 11:03 PM   #1
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What's the best song of the 80's?

"In Your Eyes" was on the radio the other day, and when it ended, the DJ was like "I think that's the best song of the 80's." Now, I agree with him, but I've always been obsessed with the song, so I'm sure I'm biased.

It got me thinking, in a decade that produced a whole lot of CRAP, what do you think are the rare jems that stand out as the best songs of the 80's? And why - do they have sentimental value to you or is it because of the music itself?
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I don't think there is one best of anything out there. And I don't think that the decade was overwhelmed with crap--there's just as much crap there as say, the 90s for example. Sorry, just being difficult

But "In Your Eyes" is an excellent choice...but not my absolute favorite.
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Re: it was Shupa Dupa!!!!

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I love In Your Eyes also. Why that wasnt on his greatest hits CD I will never know.
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the 80's was the last decade that the singles charts actually still had some decent music in them:
talking heads, talk talk, the police

madonna, michael jackson and prince (though not popular favourites for me) were about the best chart icons we've had

+ of course
U2 and R.E.M. were awesome


best song:
R.E.M. - World Leader Pretend

song that should be on every 80's compilation:
Mental as Anything - Live it Up


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"In Your Eyes"=. What a beautiful song. Definitely not just one of Peter Gabriel's best songs ever, but one of the best songs of all time.

Also, "Puttin' On The Ritz" kicks arse. .

Anywho...wow, that's a good question. Rather hard, though, 'cause I can think of quite a few excellent songs that came from that decade, so it'd be awfully hard to pick just one.

I dunno. I'll have to think about this one.

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Originally posted by Salome
the 80's was the last decade that the singles charts actually still had some decent music in them:
talking heads, talk talk, the police

madonna, michael jackson and prince (though not popular favourites for me) were about the best chart icons we've had

+ of course
U2 and R.E.M. were awesome
Well, the 90s weren't bad either. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Oasis (though not really a favourite), Blur, Chemical Brothers, etc.
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hmm... best of the 80s?

Rock The Casbah
Every Breath You Take
and maybe even some U2 stuff...
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this has been an ongoing debate with me and my buds for quite some time now. to me, the best 80s stuff has to fall in categories:

fun silly dance fluff: you spin me round, dead or alive (honourable mention to love shack by the b-52s)

cheesy ballad: if you leave, omd

early 80s new wave invasion: i ran, flock of seagulls

etc...

i never include u2, the cure, rem, the smiths, joy division, the police, the pixies, depeche mode... as 80s tunes. i know they technically are, but i still listen to this stuff now and it's still amazing.
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As the member of the Hall and Oates lobby I will suggest we nominate "Maneater".

If I didn't have this obligation to the H+O firm I'd pick "Take on Me" as a definitive 1980's track.
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As a member of the Hall and Oates lobby I feel compelled to nominate "Maneater".

However, my heart says the definitive 80's track was "Take on Me" by A-ha.
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How about Dexy's Midnight Runners' "Come On Eileen"? Gotta love that one. .

to the mention of "Love Shack", too. . Gotta love that one.

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The Unforgettable Fire - indisputably the greatest song of the 80s, in fact ever, with the possible exception of a little song called Gas Panic which I plug with every avaliable opportunity...
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dano, i can't go for that (no can do) is better.

the best song of the 80s is swing by japan.
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the 80s were a time for metal and hair metal..... and non of you have mentioned even one of them shame on you all.....
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