That list got me thinking. First, yea, those are some crappy songs. And it was torturous in a waterboard kind of way to expect any of you to go through that list and pick out favorites. It’s like asking people to choose their favorite Ernest* movie.
The other thing I got to thinking about (at 3am, in order to stop me from thinking about things like money, work, money how I forgot to turn on the dishwasher…and money) was, what is the best music of the 80′s? Let’s face it, I love that decade, in a pop culture sort of way. Musically, it was all over the place. Or maybe I was all over the place. I had my punk and my new wave, my hair metal and hard rock, my stupid pop songs that still get caught in my head to this day and which I told no one at the time that I really liked. I’m looking at you, Huey Lewis.
Which led me to thinking: Everybody has a different view of 80′s music. It would be really interesting to see what would happen if we asked everyone in the world to vote on their favorite song of that decade. The one singular song that would define the years between 1980 and 1989, that is not sung by Rick Astley or Bonnie Tyler.
While this previously linked list could certainly be a jumping off point for some of you, there are a lot of other songs to take into consideration, from a myriad of genres. But first, let’s figure out how I’m going to do this.
Now, the results are going to be kind of skewed as I can probably count the readers of this blog on one hand. Maybe a foot, too. But that’s about it. So, while a small sampling, it will still be a concise sampling, as my readers, small in number as they are, tend to be among the most intelligent people on the face of the earth. AMIRITE?
I figured what we would do is this. You tell me your favorite songs of the 80′s. I was going to try to do it year by year, a year on each day, but I probably don’t have the patience or attention span for that. So you can just list them all here. If you want, you can put one for each year, or ten, or just a few years.
Then, I’ll take all the songs and years and whatnot and see what’s mentioned most (I’m obviously very scientific about my polling data) and make a final list which I will use to make one of those nifty little poll things and then we can all vote, and when the voting is over, the world will finally know what the best song of the 80s is, according to the few, but proud, readers of A Big Victory.
Some research for you:
The list I started with.
A list which includes some songs I never heard of but has Yaz, which is good.
Best new wave songs (which most of my choices would come from)
Rock songs of the 80′s
Essential 80′s Punk (Ok, so I’m probably the only one who would include 7 Seconds in my choices)
And for the “I’m more indie than thou” crowd, there’s always Pitchfork.
I’m going to list mine, or some of mine, as my list would go on forever if I let it. Really, I don’t care how many you list, as long as later on I can find some kind of commonality in order to make a final poll. Or, we can just say fuck it and kind of stroll down memory lane instead, to a time when I thought torn stockings and Doc Martens were a fashion statement. We won’t talk about the last part of the 80′s, which I finished off married, pregnant and wondering where my youth went.
This is going to be harder than I thought.
Most of my favorite 80′s music comes from this list: WLIR Screamers of the Week. LIR was an awesome Long Island radio station back in the day that, for a while, concentrated mostly on new wave.
I’m just going to randomly throw out some of my favorites here. This is a really short list. Like I said, I could go on forever.
Translator – Everywhere That I’m Not
The Smiths – This Charming Man
Soft Cell – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
Black Flag – Rise Above