(It won six MTV Video Awards.) The Billboard Hot 100 chart is the main song chart of the American music industry and is updated every week by the Billboard magazine. The song’s bittersweet sentiment is perfectly matched by the music—at turns delicate and yearning, then surging and desperate. Eventually, he had the shit sued out of him, and hip-hop was forever changed. Few songs from the era are so rich and perfect. I was in tears, because my mum and dad were in the studio too, and it was emotional." Sade is just so damned smooth. Play it somewhere you can howl along, loudly. RECOMMENDED:– The best ’90s songs– The best party songs ever made– The best classic rock songs– The best karaoke songs– The best pop songs of all time. The Jesus and Mary Chain's "Just Like Honey" captures a certain proto-shoegazey, bittersweet longing that pristinely characterizes the hazy milieu of the ‘80s—not to mention gave Sophia Coppola's Lost In Translation a killer outro a few seconds before the credits roll. Time Out is a registered trademark of Time Out America LLC. The first and biggest hit by the Norwegian electropop trio A-ha, “Take On Me,” rose to international popularity in 1985 on the strength of its groundbreaking video, a mix of live-action and pencil-drawn animation that starred dreamy lead singer Morten Harket as the hero of an escapist romance between a lonely woman and a comic-book adventurer. The famously cantankerous … The lyrics pour out in a nervy jumble of apocalyptic imagery, military danger and mass-media frenzy, with pointed name-drops of pop-culture figures (Lenny Bruce, Leonid Brezhnev, Leonard Bernstein and Lester Bangs) united only by their initials. We may dismiss the '80s as an era of musical cheese, light on substance and heavy on excess. The Best Pop Songs Of The '80s, Ranked Take On Me Don't Stop Believin' Beat It Time After Time Under Pressure Everybody Wants to Rule the World Livin' On A Prayer In the Air Tonight Total Eclipse of the Heart Sweet Child o' Mine But it's a sweet thought. So there's that. Here is some of my favourite songs from the 80's that seem to have fallen through the cracks! You'd think that Mike Tyson air-drumming to Phil Collins's 1981 signature hit in The Hangover would've somehow sapped "In the Air Tonight" of its eerie potency. Is there anyone who doesn’t like this song? And it seemed to inspire them, because after that they did it on one take. The Boss pinched the title of an old crooners’ standard to write his own classic, the finest single from his massive Born in the USA album in 1984. Turning jaunty Motown influences into icy synth pop may sound like sacrilege, but that's exactly what English duo Soft Cell did when it covered Gloria Jones's 1965 funky stomper in 1981. If you enjoyed listening to this one, maybe you will like: 1. Thankfully, the lotion-slick groove reeks more of coconuts than crisp money. The ’80s were not a time of subtlety. Naturally, there was a certain amount of leakage between the two—which is why 1985’s “Close to Me” is a strong contender for the band’s best song, with its yearning lyrics matched by ultra perky brass riffs (inspired by a New Orleans funeral march, obvs). Oddly, it's become the unofficial theme of the New England Revolution MLS soccer club. 50 tracks (191:41). Oh, and there's also the little matter of the greatest drum fill in pop history at the 3:40 mark. The third single from Guns N' Roses' shining debut, 1987's Appetite for Destruction, it was the band's first and only number one single. I have tried to link the audio/video from YouTube that is least likely to have commercials. Catchier than a flytrap, more sordid than your craziest night out, Rick James hit the summit of his career with the wild funk of "Super Freak." The steamy track is decidedly more ’80s, with a drum-machine propulsion, busy guitars and a pleasing base of synths. But her aching sensuality allowed her strangeness to connect with a mass audience. You can practically hear 23-year-old smiling through the chorus, urging every last wallflower on to the dance floor. 214 clash rock the casbah. Writer-singer Bryan Ferry’s falsetto during the verse draws you in, his romantic mantra of a chorus absolutely floors you, and the whole thing is shrouded in a plaintive, synthy, beautiful glow. All of that changed with "What Have You Done for Me Lately," the lead single from her third effort, Control. 215 after the fire der kommissar. It would be easy to be consumed by envy if we weren't all being lulled into a dopey, two-stepping, love-drunk stupor. And there aren’t many songs from the era that come with an important warning about fire safety in the chorus. Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last.fm. More than three decades on, it never fails to make us sing our fool hearts out on the dance floor. Even that sampling by MC Hammer can't diminish its greatness. Whatever your take, you're about to get flattened by an emotional steamroller: four minutes of undiluted underdog yearning and a portrait of anonymous lost souls praying for luck and love on the streets of nonexistent South Detroit, starring Steve Perry's scarily, swoopingly elastic voice. They were all hits SOMEWHERE in the world, so why did time forget these songs? I have tried to link the audio/video from YouTube that is least likely to have commercials. As critics continued to peg rap as a passing novelty, this big, lisping teddy bear from Long Island thumbed his nose at such stuck-up stupidity. Ditching the original's energy for Marc Almond's cut-glass tones and unashamedly machine-driven melodies, Soft Cell's version soon became huge, paving the way for the ’80s synth-pop explosion that followed. The famously cantankerous Lou Reed loved it, as did Tom Cruise’s go-get-’em titular character in. The meme known as Rickrolling—wherein someone baits you with an enticing link, which points instead to the video for this 1987 dance-pop smash—always seemed a little puzzling to us, mainly because, like, who wouldn't want to be surprised with another exposure to this suavely buoyant megajam? Gaye already gifted the world arguably the greatest song about sex ever, "Let’s Get It On," in 1973. We recommend you to check other playlists or our favorite music charts. Her erudite songs referenced literature by Emily Brontë and James Joyce, resulting in knotty and outlandish pop music. “Just A Friend” is the opposite of braggadocio. Commented Mick Jones, of the recording process: "We did a few takes, and it was good, but it was still a bit tentative. Rapture. The trio, a splinter from the English Beat, had its roots in ska, but over two albums chiseled a new pop sound that would echo onward from Massive Attack to TV on the Radio. It’s just that they spent a butt-ton of money on everything. He achieved this with his songs "Faith" and "Careless Whisper". Before Vanilla Ice famously ripped off, er, was inspired by the work of Queen bassist John Deacon, that subtle, infectious plucking heralded the meeting of two wildly influential rock icons. Bush was discovered when barely into her teens, knocking out genius tunes on a piano in her cozy Kent, England, home. Don't be afraid, there are only 9 poser metal/hair metal songs on this list. Many songs about the weather are written each year. And it's not just Eddie Van Halen's famous finger-busting solo; it's that perfectly formed sneer of a guitar riff—conceived by Jackson and played by session ace Steve Lukather—those exaggered downbeats that feel like medicine balls being slammed down on a concrete floor and the raw desperation in MJ's voice as he chronicles the harsh truths of the street-fighting life. Sung by Christine McVie, this delectable swoon of a song appears on the band’s 1987 album Tango in the Night, and it’s the kind of track that needs to be played at least three times in a row, preferably on a roadtrip involving lots of singing along, to reach satisfaction saturation. No ’80s list would be complete without British synth-popsters the Pet Shop Boys. The Purple Rain soundtrack was thought to be complete, but the director needed a power ballad to lay over a montage of domestic discord. But the hit album Private Dancer and its chart-topping single, “What’s Love Got to Do with It”—her first top-10 song in more than a decade—made the tough soul icon a solo superstar. George Michael was the only artist to achieve two year-end Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles in the 1980s. There’s also an album version of this without the trumpets, but why would you even want that?