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1980s Best Songs

Michael Jackson, Prince

and alternative rock


50 Top Hits of

rock and roll

Music videos

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If you can't beat it, join it. The 80s had two sides that were as different as day and night. By day, Boomers were working, and looked the part. Young men wore whatever was required at work, but with the slightly rebellious thin ties, pink shirts and borderline hair sytles. Young women did the same, with color coordinated outfits in the style of Princess Diana, but with subtle signs like multiple piercings in their ears to signal another side. The other side came out at night. That was club time, which gradually morphed into the all-night rave scene. Off came the women's coordinated outfits and on came the message T-shirts, plastic bracelets and leg warmers. If they could get away with it in their lifestyle, a splash of red or green dye in the hair made a statement. Think Cyndi Lauper of Girls Just Want To Have Fun fame. The guys likewise doffed their workaday duds and put on pastel T-shirts, with a second shirt, leather or jean jacket on top, and retro tennis shoes. Then it was off to the parties and the first sounds of alternative rock. The growing popularity of raves also brought techno-electronic music, presented in out-of-the-way places where dark venues were lit by light displays and sometimes artificial fog. Club drugs also put in an appearance, which led to many raves being banned, and therefore more popular than ever. It's human nature.

Some Boomers who had been there and done that in earlier years came home from work to their nice digs, which they could afford on the money they were now making, and slipped into their exercise clothes. Guys went out running, played tennis or learned the crazy game of golf. Women went to yoga, meditation or spinning (indoor cycling) sessions. Bottled water became a necessary accessory.

Retro movies also made their mark, with Flashdance in 1983 bringing back many songs and starting a craze to wear ripped clothing. As in clothes bought off the shelf pre-ripped. And the only reason you don't think I'm hallucinating is you remember it yourself. Dirty Dancing in 1987 brought back a completely different set of songs. It's easy to imagine those early artists singing the words from Fame: "I'm gonna live forever, baby remember my name!"

Quote source: Boomerguy

1980s music concerts, Michael Jackson

1980s music concerts, Michael Jackson

1980s music concerts, Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson (1958-2009) tribute video is here.


Click the songs below to play videos....                       Hits   




Top Hit


  1.  Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

  2.  Every Breath You Take - Police

  3.  When Doves Cry - Prince

  4.  Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye

  5.  Like a Virgin - Madonna

  6.  Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses

  7.  Don't You Want Me? - Human League

  8.  Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen

  9.  What's Love Got To Do With It? - Tina Turner

10.  Call Me - Blondie

11.  With or Without You - U2

12.  Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes

13.  Celebration - Kool and The Gang

14.  Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

15.  Tainted Love - Soft Cell

16.  I Love Rock 'n' Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

17.  Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics

18.  Beat It - Michael Jackson

19.  Jump - Van Halen

20.  Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara

21.  Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

22.  Super Freak Part I - Rick James

23.  Upside Down - Diana Ross

24.  Fame (I Want To Live Forever) - Irene Cara

25.  You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC

26.  Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams

27.  That's What Friends Are For - Dionne Warwick and Friends

28.  Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

29.  Into the Groove - Madonna

30.  We Are the World - U.S.A. for Africa

31.  One - Metallica

32.  Fast Car - Tracy Chapman

33.  Saving All My Love For You - Whitney Houston

34.  Papa Don't Preach - Madonna

35.  I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2

36.  Start Me Up - Rolling Stones

37.  Turn Around (Total Eclipse) - Bonnie Tyler

38.  I Melt with You - Modern English

50.  Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield

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The man! The magic!  The moves are out of this world!  Luv and miss this great talent!

-- Boo Boo Romero, Buchanan, NY

Michael Jackson. Weird and wonderful wizard. A thriller.

-- Darcy, NY City


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