The 25 Best Pop Albums Of The 1980s

Written by Brad Phillips @MrMediaTraining on August 1, 2013 – 6:02 AM

Today is my blog’s third anniversary! It’s hard to believe I’ve been at this since August 1, 2010.

If you’ve been a regular reader, you know how often I preach the importance of remaining on message and sticking close to your core brand. But as an anniversary gift to myself (and, hopefully, for many of you), I granted myself permission to wander off message today to write about one of my personal passions – 1980s music. (Many readers probably don’t know that I began my career as an on-air DJ at an adult contemporary radio station.)

My list of the “25 Best Pop Albums of The 1980s” is highly subjective. Some 80s classics are missing here–you won’t find The Clash, R.E.M., George Michael, The Talking Heads, Run-D.M.C., The Beastie Boys, or Whitney Houston, for example–all of whom arguably belong on the list. What you’ll see below are my personal pop favorites – the ones I have happy memories of listening to as a kid and teenager in the 1980s.

So without any further ado, here’s my list. And if I missed any of your personal favorites, please leave them in the comments section below.

For more information about any of these albums, click on the album name or album cover.

25. Billy Joel, An Innocent Man (1983) This album, a tribute to music’s doo-wop era, sold more than seven million copies in the U.S. alone. Released during Billy Joel’s Christie Brinkley phase, this album featured “Uptown Girl” and “Christie Lee,” along with “The Longest Time” and “Tell Her About It.” But the smaller hits from this record have aged better, such as “Leave a Tender Moment Alone” and “Keeping The Faith.”

 

 

24. Tina Turner, Private Dancer (1984) – When Tina Turner had a massive comeback at the age of 44, she proved that she was still the baddest diva around. “What’s Love Got To Do With It” was this album’s huge hit, but “Better Be Good To Me” and the title track also hit the Top Ten. 

 

 

 

23. Bryan Adams, Reckless (1984) – “Summer of ‘69” is the most enduring classic here, but Adams’ hits-packed album also included the number one ballad “Heaven,” along with hit singles “Run To You,” “Somebody,” and “One Night Love Affair.”

 

 

 

 

22. Lionel Richie, Can’t Slow Down (1983) – Lionel Richie never got his full due as a singer/songwriter, but he should have. This album—which sold a whopping 20 million copies—boasted five Top Ten hits, including the smashes “All Night Long” and “Hello,” both of which became Billboard Number Ones. His ballad “Stuck On You” was also notable for crossing over to the country chart, a rarity for black singers in the 1980s.

 

 

 

21. Don Henley, The End of the Innocence (1989) – With artists including Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Edie Brickell, and Axl Rose providing backing vocals, it’s no wonder this album was so great. The title track hit the Top Ten, but it’s his “The Heart of the Matter” that remains a heartbreaking gem.

 

 

 

20. Madonna, True Blue (1986) – This album, the best-selling of Madonna’s career, hit at the height of her pop powers. Three songs reached the top of the pop chart: “Papa Don’t Preach,” “Open Your Heart,” and “Live to Tell.” Throw in “La Isla Bonita” and “Where’s The Party?”, and you have one monster pop album.

 

 

 

19. Aerosmith, Pump (1989) “Oh, good morning Mr. Tyler, going down?” That lascivious opening from “Love In An Elevator” got my attention. So did the dark “Janie’s Got a Gun,” the harmonious “What It Takes,” and the hard-charging “The Other Side.” This album stands as a good reminder that long before Steven Tyler was known for being an American Idol judge, he was one helluva rock star.

 

 

 

18. Paula Abdul, Forever Your Girl (1988) – Speaking of American Idol judges: Before she became known as the show’s original “ditzy” judge, Paula Abdul released this giant pop album, which contained four—yes, four—Billboard Number One smashes: “Straight Up,” “Forever Your Girl,” “Cold Hearted,” and “Opposites Attract.” Some of the non-hits haven’t aged particularly well, so pick this one up for the album’s many hits. Besides, could anyone less adorable have gotten away with dancing with an animated cat?

 

 

17. Def Leppard, Hysteria (1987)  — “Step inside / Walk this way / You and me, babe / Hey, hey!” With those opening lines, Def Leppard scored its first Top Five hit, “Pour Some Sugar On Me.” More hits followed from this album, including “Armageddon It” and the Number One power ballad “Love Bites.” But it’s the harmony-filled chorus of the title track, “Hysteria,” that makes me reach for the repeat button.

 

 

 

16. The Police, Synchronicity (1983) – If you don’t listen carefully, “Every Breath You Take” sounds like a delightful love song. Listen closer, and you’ll hear that it’s really a song about an obsessive, stalking ex-lover. Other hits, including “Wrapped Around Your Finger” and “King of Pain” also explore dark themes. My personal favorite? “Synchronicity II,” a rocker that alludes to psychologist Carl Jung. The Police’s most popular album — and also their last.

 

 

15. Janet Jackson, Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989) – Janet Jackson fully emerged from her more famous brother’s shadow with this album, which became the first record ever to have seven singles reach Billboard’s Top Five. Among them were four Number Ones: “Miss You Much,” “Escapade,” “Black Cat,” and the sexy “Love Will Never Do (Without You).”  

 

 

 

14. Genesis, Invisible Touch (1986) – Many people remember this album for the iconic “Land of Confusion” video, featuring strange puppets that resembled Ronald Reagan and Mikhael Gorbachev. But this band, fronted by vocalist Phil Collins, scored five Top Five singles from this album, including the title track, “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight,” “In Too Deep,” and “Throwing It All Away.” 

 

 

 

13. Bruce Hornsby and the Range, The Way It Is (1986) – The socially conscious “That’s Just The Way It Is” stood in marked contrast to much of the other pop produced in the mid-80s, and Grammy voters rewarded this debut album by naming the group the Best New Artist of the Year. In addition to the title track, the Top Five hit “Mandolin Rain” has also aged well.

 

 

12. Huey Lewis and the News, Sports (1983) –The success of this album – which saw four singles hit the Top Ten—led this band to even bigger success with the Back to the Future soundtrack. But this record was probably their best, with “The Heart of Rock and Roll,” “Heart and Soul,” “I Want a New Drug,” and my personal favorite, “If This Is It,” paving the way. Even smaller singles, like “Walking On A Thin Line,” have survived the past three decades well.

 

 

11. Cyndi Lauper, She’s So Unusual (1983) – That hair! That snarl! That accent! Cyndi Lauper knew how to draw attention to herself, but her music spoke for itself. I’d maintain that “Time After Time” is one of the best pop songs of the 20th Century. The album also included “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” the subversive masturbation cut “She Bop,” “All Through The Night,” and the underrated “Money Changes Everything.” 

 

 

10. Michael Jackson, Bad (1987) – Michael Jackson was under an enormous amount of pressure to produce a follow-up to Thriller worthy of his name. Remarkably, he did. In fact, Bad accomplished something Thriller didn’t—it produced five consecutive Number One singles: “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Dirty Diana,” and one of my all-time favorites, “Man In The Mirror.”

 

 

9. Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction (1987) – The opening lick of “Sweet Child of Mine” deserves its own place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Axl Rose, Slash, and the rest of Guns N’ Roses made a huge splash with this debut album, which also included “Paradise City” and “Welcome to the Jungle.” Even if their career was short-lived, it was spectacular while it lasted.

 

 

8. Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A. (1984) – Ronald Reagan wasn’t alone in thinking that the title track of this classic album was a patriotic tune. It was actually an anti-Vietnam song that was just one several darker recordings on this record—“My Hometown” explored gutted industrial towns, for example, while “Glory Days” reflected wistfully upon better days. In all, the album had seven Top Tens, including “Dancing In the Dark,” “Cover Me,’” and “I’m On Fire.”

 

 

7. Bon Jovi, Slippery When Wet (1986) – Quick, complete this line: “Shot through the heart, and you’re to blame…” If you couldn’t complete those opening lines to “You Give Love A Bad Name,” you probably haven’t been inside a bar since the Nixon Administration. And that isn’t the only enduring classic from this album—“Livin’ On a Prayer” remains one of the decade’s most-popular songs. “Wanted Dead or Alive” and “Never Say Goodbye” were also on this album, which remained the nation’s top-selling record for two months.

 

 

6. Tracy Chapman, Tracy Chapman (1988) – Tracy Chapman wasn’t exactly the archetype of a pop star. And her remarkable debut album only had one hit (“Fast Car”). But she was a brilliant songwriter with a fresh voice whose entire album crackles with sharp social commentary, particularly on her haunting a cappella song “Behind The Wall.” Also check out “Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution” and the beautiful “Baby Can I Hold You.”

 

 

5. Journey, Escape (1981) – Thanks to the use of this album’s “Don’t Stop Believing” during the final scene of HBO’s The Sopranos, Journey gained exposure to a whole new generation. That song may be the most instantly recognizable these days, but the album also contains the quintessential power ballad “Open Arms,” along with “Who’s Crying Now” and “Stone in Love.”

 

 

4. U2, The Joshua Tree (1987) – Bono and the boys made their name earlier in the decade, but The Joshua Tree exploded the band into the mainstream. The band’s only two U.S. number one songs—“With Or Without You” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”—are both here, along with “Where The Streets Have No Name.” This album arguably helped to make U2 the biggest band of the late-20th Century.

 

 

3. Michael Jackson, Thriller (1982) – It may be hard to believe, but in my sixth grade class, virtually every boy wanted to be Michael Jackson. As we waited for the doors of our elementary school to open each morning, we’d have Michael Jackson imitation contests. I’d try to outdo the other boys with my version of “Billie Jean.” Or “Beat It.” Or “Human Nature.” Or “P.Y.T.” Or “Wanna Be Starting Something.” (I’m only glad YouTube wasn’t a thing back then.) This album really was great, as was the performer. Thriller remains the best-selling U.S. studio album of all time. 

 

 

 

2. Prince, Purple Rain (1984) – This album is a masterpiece. “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy” both hit number one, while “Purple Rain” and “I Would Die For You” both hit the Top Ten. But it was his filthy “Darling Nicki” that appealed to my 12-year-old heart, even if it was the very song that spawned Tipper Gore’s “Parental Advisory” music labeling campaign. Every track on this album is a winner, and it’s sequenced perfectly.

 

 

 

1. Tom Petty, Full Moon Fever (1989) – I loved this album when it came out, and I love it even more today. If you don’t scream the chorus of “Free Fallin’” at the top of your lungs when driving alone, you’re probably not breathing. The hits “I Won’t Back Down” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream” also appear here, as does a good cover of The Byrds’ “Feel A Whole Lot Better”—but it’s his largely unknown album track “Yer So Bad” that gets me singing along every time. A feel-good, pure Americana, classic for the ages.

 

What are your favorites? Please leave your favorite 80s memories in the comments section below. And thank you for making the first three years of the blog so rewarding!

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Comments (32)

  1. By Bob LeDrew:

    Regarding “Land of Confusion” and its “strange puppets”: FIE ON YOU SIR!

    Those strange puppets were from “Spitting Image”, a viciously funny UK political satire show, and they were known on their own as creators of music videos. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spitting_Image#The_songs

    Great list, although I have to admit to cringing at a couple of your choices. Well, you’d probably do the same at some of mine.

  2. By Brad Phillips:

    Bob,

    No worries…I cringe at a few of my own choices as well! Can we at least agree that Tracy Chapman is untouchable? I adore that woman.

    I believe we had Spitting Image in the States for a short period of time in the mid-late 80s. If I remember correctly, they had a recurring dialogue between puppet Thatcher and puppet Reagan. And it was hilarious.

    Thanks, as always, for reading!
    Brad

  3. By Dave Nagle:

    Great selection of albums from the soundtrack of my youth! “Invisible Touch” among my favorite albums of all time. Thanks for the trip in the musical “way-back” machine!

  4. By Brad Phillips:

    Dave,

    So glad you enjoyed it! My wife is tired of me playing Slacker Radio’s 1980s channel around the house all the time, so I had to get it all out here on the blog, instead. Thanks for reading, and have a great day.

    Brad

  5. By Anamaria:

    I love your list many of your favorites bring a big smile to my face, good memories! Love Tracy Chapman. Missing Pet Shop Boys in that list though.

  6. By Dave Nagle:

    If you ever get out to San Diego in the next couple of months, check out “Mixtape,” an off-Broadway production featuring music from the 80s. I saw it three times when I lived out that way…loved it!

    http://www.lambsplayers.org/

  7. By Brad Phillips:

    Anamaria,

    Thanks very much – glad the list brought you a few good memories. As for Pet Shop Boys, “West End Girls” and “What Have I Done To Deserve This” are both on my iPod – great songs!

    Thanks for reading,
    Brad

  8. By Brad Phillips:

    Dave,

    That sounds sublimely fun. Will definitely check out the website – thanks for the tip.

    Brad

  9. By Joyce:

    Your list brought to mind many good memories. In 1983, I graduated Florida State University, moved to Jacksonville, FL, landed a job in public relations, met the love of my life and happily lived at the beach with 3 other women. It was a wonderful, heady decade and this list could have been the soundtrack of my 20s. Added bonus — my favorite musician, Tom Petty, at #1. Delightful read, Brad!

  10. By Brad Phillips:

    Thank you so much, Joyce. I’m often reminded of Dick Clark’s saying that “Music is the soundtrack of your life.” Music holds a particularly powerful time and place element for me – a song can instantly transport me back to my adolescent years when I was listening to my Walkman in my old neighborhood, worrying about things like whether a cute girl knew I had a secret crush on her.

    Really glad you enjoyed the list – thank you for reading!

    Brad

  11. By Andrew Hertz:

    Your AOR roots are certainly showing through. Even though your list is certainly eclectic, it doesn’t vary all that much from middle of the road radio friendly top 40 music. Which is fine with me since I owned every album or CD on this list with the exception of Lionel Ritchie and Janet Jackson.

    I think looking at music as a reflection of the listener is a fascinating topic that I have discussed with friends over a libation many times. Why you listen to certain music, who influenced you in your musical taste and what kind of memories are conjured when you hear certain songs are always great conversations.

    I have used “What was your favorite song in high school” for a discussion group ice breaker many times and it never fails to start the group off on a lively note.

    The great variable in the 80s was MTV because now you had a visual to go with the audio, and sometimes that could influence your feelings about a song more than you would realize. Would Addicted to Love” been as big a hit for Robert Palmer without the video?

    Great off-topic post.

  12. By Brad Phillips:

    Andrew –

    You’re absolutely right, on all counts. I was nervous about putting this list out there, since it’s all middle of the road stuff. But in the end, I decided that although this list marks me as someone who wasn’t one of the “cool kids” (I wasn’t), it’s true to who I am. Hey, at least give me credit for excluding Neil Diamond’s “The Jazz Singer” from the list.

    Thanks very much for reading. And here’s a question for you: What favorites of yours did I leave off this list?

    Take care,
    Brad

  13. By Mike Diegel:

    Glad to see G’n’R on the list, but I would put it #1.

  14. By chris wailes:

    I applaud your list – with two exceptions: Prince’s 1999 was released in 1982 and introduced most of us to the greatest single musical talent of that or any of the following few decades…AND…you absolutely have to include, probably around number 10, Men at Work. Now THAT sounds like my 1983 senior year in high school like nothing else, except 1999 and Billie Jean. Well done, Brad!!

  15. By Brad Phillips:

    Thanks so much, Chris!

    First, you’ll never get an argument from me about Prince. I even enjoyed his Graffiti Bridge soundtrack. 1999 would have made a solid addition to the list.

    As for Men at Work, “Business as Usual” was one of my first cassettes. Not only was it a good tape, but it introduced me (and probably most Americans) to vegemite. My favorite Men at Work song likely remains “It’s a Mistake,” though, not their bigger hits.

    Okay, while we’re at it, two other early cassette tapes for me? Taco (who did a remake of “Puttin’ On The Ritz”) and, more proudly, The Eurythmics.

    Thanks for writing and for the great additions!
    Brad

  16. By chris wailes:

    Sorry Brad, I can’t help myself — one more comment. Colin Hay of Men at Work is doing beautiful, awesome acoustic covers of the band’s best music, as well as other non-Men at Work acoustic transcriptions. It will really take you to a different place and time. I submit this link to his acoustic cover of “Overkill” – in my opinion, Men at Work’s best song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4QlhNgKMp8. Almost haunting, really.

    And congratulations on your baby – you know when he’s older, you have to play these ’80s classics for him, if for no reason other than having him look at you like we looked at our dads when they played their music for us. Cheers!!

  17. By Desiree:

    Not a bad list – but where’s Depeche Mode and Talking Heads and yes, I agree with others, Men at Work and Pet Shop Boys? (although I’m guessing with THs their great songs were split among among too many different albums) but Some Great Reward with DM? Doesn’t that rise above Lionel Richie? I mean, ewwww!

    All in fun, Brad, we all have our 80s music vices – I liked Men Without Hats (Safety Dance!).

  18. By Kelly French:

    Great list and while I’d probably reverse the order on a few, I thought you hit just about everything that I loved as a kid growing up in the ’80’s, especially, your top-5. An though I’m not a huge Tom Petty song (he’d be #5 and on my list in that group), I can’t argue w/ the number of great songs on that list. My #1 would have to be Thriller, followed by Joshua Tree, Purple Rain, Escape and Petty.

    Even thought there are a ton of ’80’s stations out there now, you mentioned a few albums/songs that don’t seem to get much play. Just like then, the radio stations are replaying the same songs over and over….so sad when you look at the collection of work that decade holds! For example, I never hear “Heart & Soul” my favorite Huey Lewis song, but I do occasionally hear the “Heart of Rock & Roll.”

    Thank you!

  19. By Denise:

    Congratulations on your anniversary! Love your blog – I’ve shared it, and your book, with several colleagues, including my CEO. Always rock-solid, pragmatic advice and analysis. And PS, couldn’t agree more with your comment about 80s music! Loved your selections, plus enjoyed ToTo, Flock of Seagulls, Guns & Roses, George Michael, all things Madonna … Too many to name. The music was so good and wide-ranging, and used to love the MTV videos and back stories on VH1. Anyway, congrats again!!

    PS my niece is an aspiring blogger – I’m going to share your story with her!

  20. By Brad Phillips:

    Desiree!

    So nice to hear from you. First, I love Talking Heads. If “Sand In The Vaseline” was a standalone album (not a greatest hits), it would have made my top ten with ease. As for Depeche Mode, they were my first concert ever!

    Is it fair to at least put Lionel Richie over Men Without Hats? I mean, you can dance if you want to, and you can leave your friends behind, but isn’t it more fun to be dancing on the ceiling all night long instead?

    Thanks for adding your great picks!
    Brad

  21. By Brad Phillips:

    Kelly,

    Glad you enjoyed the list!

    You’re so right about radio’s tendency to play the same songs over…and over…and over again. I’ve really been enjoying Slacker Radio online. They have an 80s station that occasionally plays some deeper cuts – and their other genre stations are also quite good.

    Thanks for reading and commenting!
    Brad

  22. By Brad Phillips:

    Denise,

    Thank you so much for sharing the word about my blog and my book. Word of mouth is easily the most important way people come across my work, so I appreciate your personal endorsement!

    G&R and Madonna made my list, although I wish I had also included Madonna’s “Like a Prayer.” George Michael was on the bubble – “Freedom 90″ is probably my favorite song of his, but it came out just past the end of the decade.

    As for MTV and VH1, I’m so disappointed that they’re no longer music video channels. I have happy memories of spending many days watching Phil Collins, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, and even M.C. Hammer dancing across my television screen.

    Thanks, and take care,
    Brad

  23. By Brad Phillips:

    Chris,

    Thanks for that video link – I can’t believe how strong Colin Hay’s voice remains after all these years!

    My son is either going to love 80s music or hate it. There’s no in between here — with the amount of time it’s on in the house, he’s going to have a strong reaction, one way or the other!

    Thanks again for the comment,
    Brad

  24. By Jackie Fox:

    I love your list, which includes many of my favorites. I agree with you that Time After Time might be one of the best pop songs ever (evidenced by its jazz covers.) Two faves you didn’t include are Steve Winwood’s Arc of A Diver and the Rolling Stones’ Tattoo You. But overall, your list is excellent and brought back some great memories. Thanks for the Friday fun, and happy anniversary!

  25. By Brad Phillips:

    Jackie,

    Thanks for adding those two great albums! I also loved Steve Winwood’s Back In The High Life album. And, truth be told, I forgot about Tattoo You. “Start Me Up” still stands up, more than three decades after it was released.

    Thank you for readin’ and writin’!

    Brad

  26. By Andrew Hertz:

    Brad…there was only one album that came immediately to mind and that was Back in Black by AC/DC. An amazing album that showed that even on a radio landscape that was changing, good hard rock and roll was going to survive. Ten songs that showed that the death of Bon Scott did not mean the death of AC/DC.

    A couple of others…So from Peter Gabriel, Eliminator from ZZ Top, and if you want to add sentimentality you could add Double Fantasy from John Lennon. I remember being 13 years-old and every rock station had 1 minute of silence at the same time to honor John Lennon. I was at a party and wandered off to sit quietly by myself and think about what his music meant to me. So I may be a bit biased on that one.

  27. By Colleen Wolfisberg:

    Perfect timing, Brad! With my oldest son heading off to college (Washington State University), I’m in the throes of reliving my own youth. Driving to & from his orientation last week, my rig was fully stocked with Best of 80s albums. (I refuse to move beyond calling them “albums”, regardless of their current form.)

    Proof positive that 80s music never dies, my 18 year old willingly listened in to Aerosmith, U2, Journey ~ though he likely would have drawn the line at Lionel Richie. I found myself trying to no avail to explain the fascination factor of watching MTV and VH1. Went so far as to have him watch the a’ha’s “Take Me On” ~ a classic if ever there was one. (Side note: Brad, did you ever watch the faux 80s music video “PoP! Goes My Heart” from the movie “Music & Lyrics”? If not, do so immediately. Absolutely classic.)

    Btw, one biggie missing from your list is Van Halen’s “5150”. Yep, I prefer the Hagar era over David Lee Roth (“Jump” being a notable exception, of course). I listened to this endlessly while traveling in Europe the summer after my sophomore year of high school. Tuned out the tour guides, tuned in Eddie, Alex, et al ~ and to this day, I belt out “Love Comes Walking In” if I so much as glimpse a photo of the Roman forum. And really, is there anything so wrong with that? I think not!

    Cheers,
    Colleen ~ your Organic Valley smart-mouth

  28. By Brad Phillips:

    Andrew,

    Yeah, So was a great album, and Peter Gabriel established himself as a true video pioneer with his “Sledgehammer” video. And you raise a great point that Back in Black would have been a worthy candidate for this list. In fact, it seems like it serves as a nice rock bookend — what Guns n’ Roses were for the latter part of the decade, AC/DC was to the earlier part.

    John Lennon’s album would have been a contender but for Yoko’s half. I know she’s regarded as an artist, but I’ve never quite gotten it. Please tell me I’m not alone on that.

    Thanks!
    Brad

  29. By Brad Phillips:

    Colleen!

    First, good for you for exposing your son to some of the great 80s classics — it sounds like you chose wisely. And it’s becoming clear to me that my selection of Lionel Richie’s Can’t Slow Down was my most divisive pick on this list. What can I say? That album evokes happy memories for me.

    But the good news is that we agree completely on Van Halen. I, too, liked the Hagar era better that the Roth era (“Jump” excepted). In addition to “Love Comes Walking In,” how about “Why Can’t This Be Love?” and the early ’90s hit “Right Now?”

    And yes, I’ve seen Pop! Goes My Heart. It’s as classic as you suggested – they really captured the era with that parody/tribute.

    Nice to hear from you!
    Brad

  30. By Andrew Hertz:

    Brad…As an “artist” or a singer, Yoko Ono would not be remembered if John had not fallen for her. The Barenaked Ladies summed it up nicely in Be My Yoko Ono. Worth a listen if you don’t know it.

    Oh…Count me in on the Van Hagar bandwagon.

  31. By Tracy:

    Brad, love your column and this list!

    Though I am missing Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine! They brought us Latin Pop and paved the way for Ricky Martin, JLo, Marc Anthony, Shakira, etc.

    And yes, the Journey “Escape” album is still my favorite–oh, the memories!

    I love Lionel, too…so no problem there. Missing for me is Robert Palmer, “Addicted to Love.”

    Van Halen – David or Sammy…who cares, love them!

    We had our era of dance music, that’s for sure.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Tracy

  32. By Colleen Wolfisberg:

    I’m compelled to offer a follow-up clarification, lest I confuse my message on a media training blog, of all places. Actually, let’s deem my correction a confession: I share Brad’s appreciation of Lionel Richie (though I don’t know that he merits a spot on the top 25). As a matter of fact, a poster of the “Can’t Slow Down” album cover graced my bedroom wall ~ along with all manner of Duran Duran posters.

    I’m in high gear Van Halen overload now thanks to college road-tripping and this blog post. And I wholeheartedly agree that “Right Now” is one of their best. Alas, thanks to McCain & Palin, the song evokes frightening memories of a sort. Shudder. (Wait a sec…Did I just get off-message…?!)

    Cheers,
    Colleen

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