My friend Bob from Edina East is a man who has a great deal of musical knowledge, if somewhat more eclectic than my taste. I recently had lunch with him, and he was kind enough to provide me with his list of the top songs from the 1980's, along with his comments:
- Billie Jean by Michael Jackson. Created the biggest music BUZZ since Beatle mania;
- When Doves Cry by Prince.
- Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N' Roses.
- Losing My Religion by REM. They were a good influence on music that followed in the 1990's including Nirvana.
- Fight the Power by Public Enemy. (Tom's note: OK, Bob has gone off the board with this one. Do you remember how Flavor Flav became somewhat famous? It is from this group. And it received more attention when Spike Lee put the song in one of his movies.)
- Back in Black by AC/DC. Welcome Back.
- Addicted to Love by Robert Palmer. The Best MTV could get. After this song, it was all down-hill for music videos (and MTV).
- Rapture by Blondie. 1st melding of rap with a huge Pop Star's legitimacy making it an important song.
- Every Breath You Take by the Police. Personally liked 'Every Little Thing She Does is Magic' better.
- Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper. Still sung by girls and gays all over the world today.
I thought Bob's list and comments were very perceptive. His insight on MTV's pinnacle being Robert Palmer's Addicted to Love video, is shear brilliance! After this, everyone put out a bunch of mediocre videos, that caused a deluge of bad music and videos. To the point today, where cheap, inexpensive videos are being put out on You Tube and by-passing MTV altogether.
His list also included entries by Don Henley (Boys of Summer), Tom Petty (Free Fallin') and Simple Minds (Don't You Forget About Me), all of which are good additions. But another great part of Bob's list is that he included a list of the worst hits of the 1980's, calling his list "Refuse to Acknowledge":
- Wham, anything by them;
- Physical by Olivia Newton John;
- We Built this City by Starship;
- Endless Love;
- Bette Davis Eyes;
- And finally, Toto.
I hoped you enjoyed Bob's additions.