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Re: Songs of the 80s and 90s...help me out here
« Reply #120 on: April 02, 2007, 10:24:51 pm »
Trivia Question:  Which 80's artist or group had the most Top 40 hits in the U.S.?  (might not be who you think!)


And the answer is . . .  Hall & Oates!!!  We tend to associate the 80s with big solo acts: Madonna, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins (yecch), or David Bowie ? but Hall & Oates (who were in a relationship with each other for a while) actually had the most Top 40 hits of the 80s.


"They are best known for their six #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: "Rich Girl", "Kiss on My List", "Private Eyes", "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)", "Maneater", and "Out of Touch", as well as many other songs which charted in the Top 40."

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Really?  I loved them in their early days together.  Saw 'em at the Paladium in New York when I was in high school. 

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Re: Songs of the 80s and 90s...help me out here
« Reply #121 on: April 03, 2007, 07:14:48 am »
THAT'S IT!!!

"Spirit in the Sky"!!

thank you kindly, stranger!!

 ;) ;)

Spirit in the Sky, Norman Greenbaum, 1969. Another one hit wonder.

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Re: Songs of the 80s and 90s...help me out here
« Reply #122 on: April 03, 2007, 12:51:10 pm »
I have to say, this thread has gotten me remembering the good old days of MTV.

When I grew up, we had limited opportunity to see our favorite bands and singers in action. Ed Sullivan on Sunday nights (famous for the Beatles in 1964), shows like Shindig or Hullabaloo...that was about it. If you happened to be a fan of lesser known groups who didn't show up on TV, you might never know what they looked like.

That was one of the things that was amazing, to me, about MTV. Suddenly, all these bands came to life. And the early videos were like little mini-movies with all sorts of stuff packed into 3 to 5 minutes.

They seem to be scattered all over the Internet, but if you do a google search with the name of the band followed by "music video" you should be successful. I have been dredging my memory banks with Adam Ant (watch Desperate but Not Serious, now there's a good looking man!); Duran Duran, check out Rio (silly); Hungry Life a Wolf (silly-sexy) and Girls on Film (the unrated version is worth a look but be warned, sort of R). Men at Work with Land Down Under (the famous vegamite sandwich line).

I won't post links because I am not sure how much folks are into this stuff, but if you can't find something and want some help, drop me a PM.

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Re: Songs of the 80s and 90s...help me out here
« Reply #123 on: April 03, 2007, 01:28:34 pm »
I also believe [the 80s] was great because I think that there was a lot of creativity and originality going on at that time.  I think the good music of that time was created from real thoughts and feelings, not just how much money could be made like it seems today.

Funny -- during the 80s, people were saying the same about the virtues of 60s/70s music verses the 'superficial, fake' 80s music!  Heehee.  (not that there wasn't some truth to it...)

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My first real concert: The Police, Joan Jett and REM in Shea Stadium in 1983.

Damn. All on the same bill! Sounds fantastic!

Today, a concert package like that would cost how much money to see??  That's why I just don't go to concerts by large acts anymore; the ticket prices are outrageous!

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Re: Songs of the 80s and 90s...help me out here
« Reply #124 on: April 03, 2007, 01:32:40 pm »
Jess, you mentioned songs of the 90s too; there've been relatively few posts on that.

2 of my favorite 90s bands are Green Day and Weezer ("If you want to destroy my sweaterrrrrrrrr...")  Great sh*t!!

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Re: Songs of the 80s and 90s...help me out here
« Reply #125 on: April 03, 2007, 01:52:56 pm »
Funny -- during the 80s, people were saying the same about the virtues of 60s/70s music verses the 'superficial, fake' 80s music!  Heehee.  (not that there wasn't some truth to it...)

Bein over fifty myself, I've tried to refrain from commenting in that very way, but I certainly thought it. 80's music was an extention of the erosion of musicality that started with disco in the mid 70's - where the sound (or in the case of disco - the rhythm) took precedent, to the point where that was all that was left ... making room for the even more drab rhythm based 90's. Where's the musicality? Bands like ABBA were mere shadow of the creative musicality of the 60's & 70's, yet they were accused of bein 'hook' based. Reality (well at least my perception of it) is that they were the last group to incorporate music(ality) with their sound. Those great recordings of Michael Jackson in the mid 80's were just that ... great recordings - not anything anyone else might rerecord. & that the difference with the music of the 80's on - no one could or even would re-record em... they're not songs, they're sounds.
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Re: Songs of the 80s and 90s...help me out here
« Reply #126 on: April 03, 2007, 08:11:56 pm »
well at the risk of offending some people....rap seems more about the sound than the lyrics....and I have always wondered why the only words that are coherent in most rap songs are the curse words...I can't tell what the songs are even supposed to be about...let along what message they are trying to convey...

I do agree though that music has gotten to be more "generic"?? they all sound so much alike!!

ok...enough old people ranting!! LOL!!

you think todays kids will look back on THIS music and say the same thing?? That music was better when they were younger??

Yuck...imagine how bad music would have to get for that to happen!!

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Re: Songs of the 80s and 90s...help me out here
« Reply #127 on: April 04, 2007, 05:15:55 pm »
Hi Wishes,

Yes the Police show was great, they were amazing and Joan Jett was awesome.  I actually went mainly to see REM, the first of many many times I saw them.

I definitely remember "I Ran". That was one of my summer of 83 songs! 
They did have great hair cuts ;D

Very cool that you saw REM. I never have. The other bands that played that day, The Police headlining of coarse, were Thomson Twins (I saw them again in a smaller venue. They were fab) Oingo Boingo(sp?) (they kind of sucked) The Fixx (they were really good) and I think one other I can't remember.

Anyway, I have not been to many concerts but what I have been to I've enjoyed.

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Re: Songs of the 80s and 90s...help me out here
« Reply #128 on: April 17, 2007, 01:48:33 pm »
My daughter just sent me this list...seemed apropos.

100 Greatest Songs of the 80's
(acording to VH1)

1. Bon Jovi / "Livin' on a Prayer"
2. Def Leppard / "Pour Some Sugar On Me"
3. Duran Duran / "Hungry Like the Wolf"
4. Michael Jackson / "Billie Jean"
5. Prince / "When Doves Cry"
6. Hall & Oates / "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)"
7. Guns N' Roses / "Sweet Child O' Mine"
8. Madonna / "Like a Virgin"
9. Run-D.M.C. / "Walk This Way"
10. AC/DC / "You Shook Me All Night Long"
11. Journey / "Don't Stop Believin'"
12. Whitney Houston / "How Will I Know"
13. U2 / "With Or Without You"
14. The Bangles / "Walk Like an Egyptian"
15. Van Halen / "Jump"
16. INXS / "Need You Tonight"
17. Whitesnake / "Here I Go Again"
18. Dexy's Midnight Runners / "Come On Eileen"
19. Cyndi Lauper / "Time after Time"
20. Rick Springfield / "Jessie's Girl"
21. Michael Jackson / "Beat It"
22. The Cure / "Just Like Heaven"
23. Cyndi Lauper / "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
24. A-Ha / "Take On Me"
25. Go-Go's / "Our Lips Are Sealed"
26. Guns N' Roses / "Welcome to the Jungle"
27. Kajagoogoo / "Too Shy"
28. Wham! / "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
29. Talking Heads / "Burning Down the House"
30. Pat Benatar / "Love is a Battlefield"
31. Queen and David Bowie / "Under Pressure"
32. Night Ranger / "Sister Christian"
33. Soft Cell / "Tainted Love"
34. Poison / "Every Rose Has It's Thorn"
35. Phil Collins / "In the Air Tonight"
36. Tommy Tutone / "867-5309 / Jenny"
37. Aerosmith / "Janie's Got a Gun"
38. U2 / "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
39. Modern English / "I Melt With You"
40. The B-52's / "Love Shack"
41. Motley Crue / "Dr. Feelgood"
42. The Clash / "London Calling"
43. ABC / "Look of Love (Part One)"
44. Bananarama / "Cruel Summer"
45. Janet Jackson / "Nasty"
46. The Police / "Every Breath You Take"
47. Twisted Sister / "We're Not Gonna Take It"
48. Bruce Springsteen / "Born in the U.S.A."
49. Beastie Boys / "Fight For Your Right"
50. Eurythmics / "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
51. Ratt / "Round and Round"
52. Dead or Alive / "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)"
53. Billy Idol / "White Wedding"
54. Salt-N-Pepa / "Push It"
55. A Flock of Seagulls / "I Ran (So Far Away)"
56. Bonnie Tyler / "Total Eclipse of the Heart"
57. Toni Basil / "Mickey"
58. Culture Club / "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
59. John Mellencamp / "Jack & Diane"
60. Young M.C. / "Bust a Move"
61. Styx / "Mr. Roboto"
62. Berlin / "Take My Breath Away"
63. Devo / "Whip It"
64. Paula Abdul / "Straight Up"
65. Foreigner / "I Want to Know What Love Is"
66. Depeche Mode / "Just Can't Get Enough"
67. REO Speedwagon / "Keep On Loving You"
68. Public Enemy / "Fight the Power"
69. R.E.M / "It's The End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)"
70. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts/ "I Love Rock N' Roll"
71. Rick James / "Super Freak"
72. The Fixx / "One Thing Leads to Another"
73. Nena / "99 Luftbaloons"
74. George Michael / "Faith"
75. Prince / "Little Red Corvette"
76. Thomas Dolby / "She Blinded Me With Science"
77. New Edition / "Candy Girl"
78. Blondie / "Call Me"
79. Human League / "Don't You Want Me?"
80. Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock / "It Takes Two"
81. Cameo / "Word Up!"
82. Squeeze / "Tempted"
83. Prince / "Kiss"
84. Lionel Richie / "All Night Long (All Night)"
85. Robert Palmer / "Addicted to Love"
86. Bow Wow Wow / "I Want Candy"
87. Falco / "Rock Me Amadeus"
88. Chaka Khan / "Ain't Nobody"
89. The Pretenders / "Brass in Pocket"
90. Tone-Loc / "Wild Thing"
91. Katrina and The Waves / "Walking On Sunshine"
92. New Kids on the Block / "You Got It (The Right Stuff)"
93. Gary Numan / "Cars"
94. The Rolling Stones / "Start Me Up"
95. Debbie Gibson / "Only in My Dreams"
96. Men at Work / "Down Under"
97. The Romantics / "What I Like About You"
98. Bobby Brown / "My Perogative"
99. Wang Chung / "Everybody Have Fun Tonight"
100. Loverboy / "Working for the Weekend"
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