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2012-04-28 02:05:44 PM
I meant one of Kirsty's solo tracks, not Fairy Tale of New York which is on the list.
 
2012-04-28 02:06:24 PM
www.lapelazzuli.com

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2012-04-28 02:11:34 PM
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2012-04-28 02:14:20 PM
www.examiner.com
 
2012-04-28 02:14:30 PM
Here are 100 songs from the 80s in no particular order.
 
2012-04-28 02:17:11 PM

bluesbox: Slayer was the first and still the best of the 1980's metal bands; after them, it was just hair and noise and grover-the-muppet singing. (Reign in Blood is still probably the best metal album, then or since.)


Look how wrong you are. Plus, that's not even the best Slayer album.

/Show No Mercy > Hell Awaits > Haunting the Chapel > Reign in Blood
 
2012-04-28 02:19:28 PM
Leonard Cohen put out Various Positions and I'm Your Man in the 1980s, and there were some truly excellent songs on both albums. I'm surprised that not one made the list. Of course, it's hipster to hate 'Hallelujah' because of the overplay/over-covering. It's a fantastic song, it's just way overused.

I also agree that the list fails without the Cult, the B-52s, Love and Rockets, etc.
 
2012-04-28 02:21:08 PM
Didn't even attempt to read the list.


here are some omissions I am most certain of:

BLACK SABBATH - HEAVEN AND HELL
GARY MYRICK - TALKS IN STEREO
CABARET VOLTAIRE - SENSORIA
MELVINS - AT A CRAWL
THE PAYOLAS - EYES OF A STRANGER
PYLON - CRAZY
DIED PRETTY - WINTERLAND
CATHERINE WHEEL - BLACK METALLIC
SLAYER - ANGEL OF DEATH
THE CULT - SHE SELLS SANCTUARY
BRIAN ENO/DAVID BYRNE - ANY SONG FROM MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOSTS

.....seriously,Eno/Byrne - "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" is the most utterly original and amazing record that came out in 1980. A good few years before "digital sampling" this funky and strange record was WAY ahead of the curve.
 
2012-04-28 02:21:35 PM
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2012-04-28 02:22:44 PM
"Mountain Song" Jane's Addiction

/Or anything else of of "Nothing's Shocking"
 
2012-04-28 02:25:28 PM
No Information Society? I want to know what NME's thinking. I want to know what's on their mind.
 
2012-04-28 02:25:33 PM
What I found most embarrassing about the 1980's was the way formerly reputable musical acts went for a more "commerical" sound and reaped a big boatload of FAIL. Heart, Foreigner, Styx ("Mr. Roboto", ye gods and little fishes), the Rolling Stones (after "Tattoo You"), Jefferson Airplane/Starship, and the list goes on.

AC/DC tried to sell out with Who Made Who, but their innate awesomeness overpowered everything and made it a win in spite of themselves.
 
2012-04-28 02:27:56 PM
www.silvertentacle.com
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Hell, even:
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-04-28 02:28:10 PM
991.com

991.com
 
2012-04-28 02:28:53 PM

craigdamage: CATHERINE WHEEL - BLACK METALLIC


1991...
 
2012-04-28 02:28:59 PM

farkeruk: List seems to misunderstand the difference between records and songs.


No shiat.

Also, it's a horrible farking list. It reads like an aging hipster jacked it onto the 59 albums from the 80's he owns and compiled the "winners" by whether or not his seed landed on the jewel case.
 
2012-04-28 02:31:08 PM
This is a good list.


if you're a waver fäg, or a girl.
 
2012-04-28 02:35:32 PM
No Tears for Fears makes this list suck.

/too much Morrissey/The Smiths as well
 
2012-04-28 02:36:17 PM
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80s Ruled
 
2012-04-28 02:36:18 PM
FeedTheCollapse 1991....


thanks.
my bad.

Also, I think some or most of My Life in the Bush of Ghosts was maybe recorded in late 79 but released in 80 or 81.
 
2012-04-28 02:37:02 PM
Pretty heavily weighted towards new wave and top 40.
 
2012-04-28 02:37:25 PM
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2012-04-28 02:37:37 PM
Tainted Love #84??

That's one of the defining songs of the 80s. top 20, easily.

and this is a typical, British-centric NME list with a lot of music that was never heard in the states.
 
2012-04-28 02:46:27 PM
Not to be "that guy", but if you're going with New Order, True Faith is their best song.
 
2012-04-28 02:47:51 PM
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2012-04-28 02:48:47 PM
I approve of the prevalence of New Order, Smiths and Cure (though I'd quibble with their song selections), but the list clearly needs more Depeche Mode.
 
2012-04-28 02:49:35 PM
That's one of the defining songs of the 80s. top 20, easily.

That's why these lists are so pointless: it has less to do with the (subjective) merits of the music and more about the cultural gestalt. When I think of "signature" 80's tunes, it's the usual cultural detritus everyone else remembers: Michael Jackson's "Thriller", Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", The Go Go's "Vacation", Huey Lewis and the News "I Want A New Drug", and so on. It was the soundtrack to my teenage years whether I wanted it to be or not. But the music on the whole aged very badly, much worse than other period sounds in my opinion. I can still listen to pop tracks from almost any decade except the 1982-1991 period and find a lot to like, but that period in American (and British) music was just frigging awful.

I blame the drought on three major forces. One, technology. Too many bands were seduced by the synthesizer (even Neil Young fell prey in Trans). Two, the corporatization of the record labels. Music became big business, and the drive was on for the widest-possible audience...which translated into the most generic sound. Three, creative exhaustion. Doesn't matter the genre: rock, country, jazz. The ending of the 1970's had left them all burnt out and purposeless. Punk had fizzled, New Age was soulless, and metal seemed locked in a pattern established in 1978 by the likes of Motorhead and Black Sabbath.

I've long mainained that the 1980's were the worst decade for popular music this country has ever had (as long as we've had a national "popular music", anyhow). It was just a shiatty, shiatty decade for music.
 
2012-04-28 02:51:44 PM
To give you an idea how much these lists suck, the 70s list did not have a single song by Led Zeppelin.
 
2012-04-28 02:53:36 PM
Not one but two tracks from New Order in the Top 10 of the 80s? And one of them took the number 1 spot??

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2012-04-28 02:53:52 PM

vegaswench: I approve of the prevalence of New Order, Smiths and Cure (though I'd quibble with their song selections), but the list clearly needs more Depeche Mode.


and Psychedelic Furs
 
2012-04-28 02:58:34 PM

bluesbox: I've long mainained that the 1980's were the worst decade for popular music this country has ever had (as long as we've had a national "popular music", anyhow). It was just a shiatty, shiatty decade for music.


The 80s were the best for music. Of course, I like the synths and the "shoe-gazing" as it was called elsewhere in the thread.

I love these types of threads. The 80s to me were not Michael Jackson or Madonna, they were New Order and Depeche Mode and the Pet Shop Boys (though as someone stated in the thread, where's Oingo Boingo and Adam Ant??). Guess I listened to too much KROQ as a kid.
 
2012-04-28 02:59:26 PM

GentlemanJ: To give you an idea how much these lists suck, the 70s list did not have a single song by Led Zeppelin.


They list 'Stairway to Heaven' as #20. A crappy pick, but Zeppelin is represented.
 
2012-04-28 03:01:02 PM

tnpir: sponkster: Wow I grew up in the 80's and dont recognize a single song in the top 10. To much metal i guess

Not even "When Doves Cry"? That's the only one in the Top 10 that I recognized and I too grew up in the 80s.


If you grew up in the 80's and don't recognize those songs from New Order, Joy Division, Rakim and Talking Heads you really missed a lot of the music of the 80's.
 
2012-04-28 03:03:43 PM

bluesbox: metal seemed locked in a pattern established in 1978 by the likes of Motorhead and Black Sabbath.


A good rule to live by is if you don't know anything about something you probably shouldn't talk about it.
 
2012-04-28 03:03:51 PM

Skullduggery: GentlemanJ: To give you an idea how much these lists suck, the 70s list did not have a single song by Led Zeppelin.

They list 'Stairway to Heaven' as #20. A crappy pick, but Zeppelin is represented.


Skullduggery: GentlemanJ: To give you an idea how much these lists suck, the 70s list did not have a single song by Led Zeppelin.

They list 'Stairway to Heaven' as #20. A crappy pick, but Zeppelin is represented.

I sit corrected.
 
2012-04-28 03:07:20 PM

SPna15: bluesbox: metal seemed locked in a pattern established in 1978 by the likes of Motorhead and Black Sabbath.

A good rule to live by is if you don't know anything about something you probably shouldn't talk about it.


SPna15: bluesbox: metal seemed locked in a pattern established in 1978 by the likes of Motorhead and Black Sabbath.

A good rule to live by is if you don't know anything about something you probably shouldn't talk about it.


And yet you fail to take your own advice....
 
2012-04-28 03:13:08 PM

bluesbox: And yet you fail to take your own advice....


I'm not the one who thinks Reign in Blood is Slayer's best album.

(and if you're going to mock harsh vocals with an incredibly original joke, you should probably get the Sesame Street character right)
 
2012-04-28 03:14:34 PM

vegaswench: I love these types of threads. The 80s to me were not Michael Jackson or Madonna, they were New Order and Depeche Mode and the Pet Shop Boys (though as someone stated in the thread, where's Oingo Boingo and Adam Ant??). Guess I listened to too much KROQ as a kid.


Here's your Oingo Boingo

And your Adam Ant

I'd toss Tears for Fears into your list too.
 
2012-04-28 03:14:42 PM
There are some glaring omissions *coughThe'Matscough*, but if I had to pick one, I completely unironically love The Outfield-Your Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATEUozct-4Y
 
2012-04-28 03:15:51 PM
That list is crap.

And they left out th egreatest song from the 80s all together.

Link
 
2012-04-28 03:21:20 PM
Wow is that list complete shiat. I've seen some bad lists in my day too. I can tell by the pixels or something.
 
2012-04-28 03:21:22 PM

The English Major: vegaswench: I love these types of threads. The 80s to me were not Michael Jackson or Madonna, they were New Order and Depeche Mode and the Pet Shop Boys (though as someone stated in the thread, where's Oingo Boingo and Adam Ant??). Guess I listened to too much KROQ as a kid.

Here's your Oingo Boingo

And your Adam Ant

I'd toss Tears for Fears into your list too.


\o/ Yay, my musical doppelganger is here!
 
2012-04-28 03:26:06 PM
A couple of things.

With Or Without You isn't even the best song on Joshua Tree. No way should it be the sole U2 track on the list(ahead of Sunday Bloody Sunday, Gloria, New Years Day and so on).


Also, only 2 metal songs on the list? You could easily drop a couple of Smiths or Joy Division/New Order songs to make room for Diary of a Madman, Holy Wars, Reign in Blood, Revolution Calling, Voivod's cover of Astronomy Domine.

And one more thing and I'll stop ranting. This came out in 1988 and without it your entire list is worthless.
 
2012-04-28 03:26:50 PM

SharkTrager: tnpir: sponkster: Wow I grew up in the 80's and dont recognize a single song in the top 10. To much metal i guess

Not even "When Doves Cry"? That's the only one in the Top 10 that I recognized and I too grew up in the 80s.

If you grew up in the 80's and don't recognize those songs from New Order, Joy Division, Rakim and Talking Heads you really missed a lot of the music of the 80's.


Really, I'm not trying to be snobby but if you've legitimately never heard "How Soon Is Now?", "Bizarre Love Triangle", or "When Doves Cry", then the preface to your comments should be "I grew up in the 80's, but really didn't pay much attention to popular music.".
 
2012-04-28 03:28:43 PM
They seem to like New Order...
 
2012-04-28 03:36:01 PM
There's one Pogues song and its their pop hit. Not even a good song by Pogues standards. Try Broad Majestic Shannon, Thousands are Sailing, Lullabye of London.
 
2012-04-28 03:37:30 PM

bluesbox: What I found most embarrassing about the 1980's was the way formerly reputable musical acts went for a more "commerical" sound and reaped a big boatload of FAIL. Heart, Foreigner, Styx ("Mr. Roboto", ye gods and little fishes), the Rolling Stones (after "Tattoo You"), Jefferson Airplane/Starship, and the list goes on.

AC/DC tried to sell out with Who Made Who, but their innate awesomeness overpowered everything and made it a win in spite of themselves.


I'm trying to list in my mind what prolific 70s bands didn't change their styles in the 80s, but I'm coming up blank.
 
2012-04-28 03:41:26 PM

Clash City Farker: There's one Pogues song and its their pop hit. Not even a good song by Pogues standards. Try Broad Majestic Shannon, Thousands are Sailing, Lullabye of London.


A Pair Of Brown Eyes, Dark Streets Of London, Young Ned Of The Hill, Sickbed Of Cuchulainn, White City, Body Of An American, Rainy Night In Soho. And if it's a cover, go with Dirty Old Town
 
2012-04-28 03:48:54 PM

vegaswench: \o/ Yay, my musical doppelganger is here!


I decided to put in New Order's Finsbury Park concert in honor of this list.
 
2012-04-28 03:48:55 PM
Oh, and why the hell aren't The Pretenders on that list? Come on, man.
 
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