Speaking of the 80s, husby and I spent a reasonably large portion of the weekend watching the top 500 80s songs on the foxtel. No idea on what basis the list was made (sales, weeks in the chart etc) but it was too much fun not to share. The memories brought back by so many of these songs were in turns funny and cringeworthy! No images in this post but those of you who were around in the 80s will be able to supply your own mental images, I'm sure!
Here's the top 20:
20. Wake me up before you go go - Wham. Yes, I did have a "Choose Life" t-shirt (they were way better and rarer than the "Go Go" t-shirts!!) - with (OMG) pink flourescent writing. I wore it with white trousers (with the cuffs rolled up to 3/4 length), white and pink flouro double belt, pink flouro socks and clear plastic shoes. Oh my... I'm pretty sure there's no photographic evidence - thank goodness!
19. Simply Irresistable - Robert Palmer. Oh, if only the tight black dress, slicked hair and red red lips would actually suit me. A much better outfit choice than the Wham tribute.
18. Never Tear Us Apart - INXS. Oh, poor Michael Hutchence. I wonder if he would think the manner of his death was fitting for the way he lived? Love the violins, the bass and the sax solo. Where would the 80s have been without the sax solo?
17. Footloose - Kenny Loggins. ooooh. A song guaranteed to make you dance!! A do love a dance movie for good mindless entertainment.
16. Run to Paradise - the Choirboys. This was practically an anthem for Australians during the 80s. So far, the mullet count in the videos is not as high as I thought it would be. Only really Andrew Ridgeley and 2 members of the Choirboys. And also only one acid wash shirt so far.
15. Take on Me - A-Ha. Who did not fall in love with Morten Harket after this video??
14. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2 - well, it wouldn't be a top 20 without at least one U2 song. Although I hope this isn't the only one in the countdown.
13. Love Shack - B-52s - but of course! Ti-iiiiIIIIIN roof! RUSTED!
12. Working Class Man - Jimmy Barnes. Barns-SIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Another unofficial Australian anthem. Possibly to Australia what Born in the USA is to Americans? Classic scene of the sweaty yelling Barnsie in front of the burning cane fields.
11. Down Under - Men at Work. This is almost a joke song. But a worldwide hit anyway. With a flute solo. And an obvious mouthing of the F word in the video - love it! But oh dear, they appear to be drinking Fosters! Clearly a video made for the overseas market!!
Any surprises yet? How about the top 10?
10. Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper. Love Love LOVE this song. And Cyndi Lauper. And the entire album (which yes, I do still have - as an actual record...). Score one for the sideways mullet, Cyndi! And who remembers the movie of the same name, starring a very young Sarah Jessica Parker (and also with Helen Hunt) and the classic line "I just LOVE to dance".
9. Power and the Passion - Midnight Oil. Hmm, this is a surprise. What a trip seeing Peter Garret (now a federal government minister) "dancing". I probably would have put Beds are Burning higher than Power and the Passion. Interesting.
8. Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams. Another pull you on the dancefloor hit.
7. Heaven is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle. Was it just the 80s that seemed full of one-hit wonders?
6. 1999 - Prince. Finally, a Prince song! But again, this wouldn't have been my pick for #6. What about Purple Rain? When Doves Cry? For a relatively unattractive very petite man, Prince is sex-personified. A live-in-concert must see!
5. You're the Voice - John Farnham. Well, I guess it wouldn't be an Australian 80s top ten without a Farnsie song. Hello Derryn Hinch in the video. Also, Farnsie gets double points for his mullet. And for including a bagpipe solo (although this was clearly a homage to AC-DC!)
4. Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi. Another "but of course!" song. The head hair! The chest hair! The chest hair! I remember listening to this album in my friend Rebecca's bedroom, over and over again. And Jon Bon Jovi went on to guest star in an episode of the West Wing. Who'da thunk it!
3. Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran. No surprise to see a Duran Duran song in the top 10, although I was never a huge fan in the 80s - I liked them more in their later years.
2. Thriller - Michael Jackson. Wonder if that means Madonna is #1?
1. Like a Virgin - Madonna. Weeeeeeeeeeeeee! Have always been a big fan of Madonna, ever since I saw her perform Holiday live on Countdown (my, now that was a long time ago!). Especially early Madonna, where she was slim but not gaunt, toned but not over-muscled. A woman with a great sense of style, constantly re-inventing herself. Not that I agree with all her decisions, but I don't think she's the worst role model a person could have.
Well, that was fun, for me anyway! Do you agree with the top 10/top 20 choices? It was a uniquely Australian list I think. What songs or artists would you have put up there?