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.