Monday’s Music Moves Me: #1 Hits of the 1980’s

A good while back, I did a post (one of my first, in fact) where I shared the #1 singles from each year in the 1970’s. Today’s a freebie, and I decided to feature the hits from another decade, the 1980’s. I got the song names from The Blogger’s Best Friend, so rather than being just the US hits, these are the ones that hit big worldwide.

1980: Pink Floyd, “The Wall (part 2)” From their album of the same name, which was released in time for Christmas in 1979.
1981: Kim Carnes, “Bette Davis Eyes” This one returns from a few weeks ago, when we were doing songs about eyes. It was written by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon and was on her New Arrangement album.
1982: Survivor, “Eye Of The Tiger” Another song from the “eyes” playlist, it was featured in the Rocky III movie. Again, may I remind you that this featured Berwyn, Illinois’ own Jim Peterik on guitar.
1983: Culture Club, “Karma Chameleon” From their album Colour By Numbers, it was the second single and the most successful, and the only one of their songs to reach #1 in the US.
1984: George Michael, “Careless Whisper” George released this while he was still a member of Wham!, and it was on the band’s Make It Big LP.
1985: Tears For Fears, “Shout” This was the second single from 1985’s Songs From The Big Chair LP, the first being “Everybody’s Trying To Rule The World.” Ironic, because this was the song that ruled the music world in 1985.
1986: Falco, “Rock Me Amadeus” Austrian Jonathan Hölzel, better known as Falco, had an earlier hit, 1981’s “Der Kommissar,” but this was his big hit worldwide, probably because of the video.
1987: Los Lobos, “La Bamba” The title tune for that year’s biopic on the life of Ritchie Valens. Los Lobos had a bigger hit with it than Valens, probably because of the movie.
1988: Phil Collins, “A Groovy Kind Of Love” From that year’s film Buster, which starred Phil Collins. Originally a hit for Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders in late 1965 and early 1966, when it reached #2 in the US and the UK. Phil’s much slower version did a lot better.
1989: Madonna, “Like A Prayer” Title track from The Material Girl’s fourth album. The video raised more than a few Catholic eyebrows and it was condemned by the Vatican, which led Pepsi to cancel her sponsorship contract. Given this was such a huge hit worldwide, you might say she had the last laugh.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for November 6, 2017.

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29 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: #1 Hits of the 1980’s

  1. This is my fun decade as I was in University and having a great time. I would add Relax which I think was done by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Come On Eileen, pick a U2 song:) Girls Just Wanna have Fun..etc…


    1. If I was choosing songs myself, I probably wouldn’t have chosen some of these. I was going by Wikipedia’s listing of the most popular songs of each year (look at “1980 in music” and you’ll see what I mean), so I didnt choos them so much as the world did. 🙂


  2. John,

    This is a fantastic 80s playlist. I remember all of these fabulous tunes. Feelings are attached to most of these songs more than memories some good and others not so good. However, these are all excellent dance songs. Thanks for joining the 4M crew on the dance floor. I thought by your Sunday’s post that may be you weren’t going to be able to play along. Have a tunetastic week!


    1. No, I used “in the can” in the same sense that movie producers talk about movies, that it was done and just needed to be released. I wrote it sometime last week. The record-buying public picked these songs, I just built the playlist…


  3. Bette Davis Eyes was just playing on the radio… Granted, I am listening to an 80s station, so many awesome songs in one place 🙂 It’s playing Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil right now, in case you’re interested.


    1. Well, thanks for that bit of information. Believe it or not, I have the Simple Radio app that has live feeds from thousands of radio stations. Maybe I should try to find yours…


    1. I get a lot of it from YouTube now, because most of what I had was on vinyl or cassette and after a while I didn’t have the equipment to play it. I got rid of a lot of stuff because I couldn’t find a good way to rip it to MP3’s. Now I wish I hadn’t.

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  4. That’s about as eighties as it gets. I listened to a lot of music in that decade as I was driving a good many hours on the average each day and I would immerse myself in music. I kept up with all the new music back then and typically bought new cassettes each week.

    I wouldn’t say it was the best decade of music, but there was a lot of good stuff put out.

    Tossing It Out


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