Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Dart Adams presents The Top 100 Non Hip Hop Songs Of The 80's That Hip Hop Fans Loved (Deluxe Edition)

When I first compiled this famous list back in the Summer of '07 it took close to a week for me to get all of the songs together from all of the tapes I heard off of the radio and the lists I got from my contributors/voters. In my original Top 50 Of The 80's list they were dominated by songs from Hall & Oates, David Bowie, The Police, Blondie, Pat Benatar, The Go Go's, Duran Duran, Michael McDonald and Culture Club among others. I had to change the parameters of the list to include all of the different songs from that era that were surprisingly popular to urban music fans from lesser known/popular acts.

That decision meant that songs such as Madonna's "Everybody", "Lucky Star", "Borderline" and "Holiday" wouldn't be included. Considering that she had 9 songs to the original Top 50 ("Into The Groove", "La Isla Bonita", "Live To Tell", "Papa Don't Preach" and "Express Yourself" were also included) it seemed like a good idea. I had the same dilemma in regards to David Bowie ("Under Pressure", "China Girl", Let's Dance", "Modern Love" and "This Is Not America"), The Police ("Walking On The Moon", "Roxanne", "Every Breath You Take", "King Of Pain", "Don't Stand So Close To Me" and "Wrapped Around Your Finger") and Duran Duran ("Hungry Like The Wolf", "Save A Prayer", "The Reflex", "The Wild Boys" and "Notorious") as well.

If I included all of the Hall & Oates ("I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)", "One On One", "Maneater", "Private Eyes", etc.), Phil Collins ("Sussudio", "In The Air Tonight", "Against All Odds", "Take Me Home", etc.), Peter Gabriel ("Shock The Monkey", "Sledgehammer", "In Your Eyes", "Big Time", etc.), Culture Club or George Michael this list would just look like a bad 80's music compilation so I made an execitive decision and switched it up. I decided to go back into my old notes and dredge up the next 50 songs that missed the list because so many people e-mailed me and sent me MySpace messages about the songs that didn't make the list years ago.

So here it is at long last, the full list of 100 Non Hip Hop Songs Of The 80's that Hip Hop Fans Loved (as compiled by me) sans any ties past the Top 50 selections. All of the remaining ties were all songs from the excluded artists I previously mentioned in the first two paragraphs of this write up. Enjoy:

1. Everybody Wants To Rule The World-Tears For Fears
2. Once In A Lifetime-Talking Heads
3. Moments In Love-Art Of Noise
4. Rock Me Amadeus-Falco
5. Genius Of Love-Tom Tom Club/Rock The Casbah-The Clash (tie)
6. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)-Euryhtmics
7. Shout-Tears For Fears
8. 99 Luftballoons-Nena
9. Big Beat-Billy Squier/Everything She Wants-Wham!
10. Cars-Gary Numan
11. Confusion-New Order
12. Never Gonna Give You Up-Rick Astley
13. She Blinded Me With Science-Thomas Dolby
14. Din Daa Daa-George Kranz
15. Running Up That Hill-Kate Bush
16. True-Spandau Ballet
17. Burning Down The House-Talking Heads
18. Crackdown-Cabaret Voltaire
19. I Can’t Wait-Nu Shooz
20. Beat Box-Art Of Noise
21.Look Of Love-ABC
22. Mickey-Toni Basil
23. Our House-Madness
24. Here Comes The Rain Again-Eurhythmics
25. Don’t You Want Me Baby-Human League
26. Poison Arrow-ABC
27. White Horse-Laid Back
28. Something About You-Level 42
29. Mirror In The Bathroom-English Beat/Suddenly Last Summer-The Motels (tie)
30. Sensoria-Cabaret Voltaire
31. Point Of No Return-Nu Shooz
32. Words-Missing Persons
33. I Know What Boys Like-The Waitresses
34. Soft Cell-Tainted Love
35. Nineteen-Paul Hardcastle
36. Relax-Frankie Goes To Hollywood
37. Promised You A Miracle-Simple Minds
38. Blue Monday-New Order
39. Owner Of A Lonely Heart-Yes
40. The Metro-Berlin
41. Eyes Without A Face-Billy Idol
42. Don’t Dream It’s Over-Crowded House
43. Wouldn’t It Be Good-Nik Kershaw
44. Only The Lonely- The Motels
45. West End Girls-Pet Shop Boys
46. Come On Eileen- Dexy’s Midnight Runners
47. No More Words- Berlin
48. People Are People- Depeche Mode
49. Destination Unknown- Missing Persons
50. Just Got Lucky-JoBoxers

51. I Confess-The English Beat
52. I Melt With You-Modern English
53. Once In A Lifetime-Talking Heads
54. Promises Promises-Naked Eyes
55. Whip It-Devo
56. Time After Time-Cyndi Lauper
57. Holding Back The Years-Simply Red
58. Head Over Heels-Tears For Fears
59. Ghost Town-The Specials
60. Running-Information Society
61. I Didn't Mean To Turn You On-Robert Palmer
62. Who Can It Be Now?-Men At Work
63. Cry Little Sister-Gerard Butler
64. Enjoy The Silence-Depeche Mode
65. It's My Life-Talk Talk
66. Missing You-John Waite
67. Don't Dream It's Over-Crowded House
68. Foolish Heart-Steve Perry
69. I Want Candy-Bow Wow Wow
70. Careless Whisper-Wham!
71. Always Something There To Remind Me-Naked Eyes
72. Another One Bites The Dust-Queen
73. Mad World-Tears For Fears
74. If You Leave-OMD (Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark)
75. Send Me An Angel-Real Life
76. Shattered Dreams-Johnny Hates Jazz
77. Voices Carry-Til Tuesday
78. Hold Me Now-Thompson Twins
79. Take On Me-A-Ha
80. Red Red Wine-UB40
81. She Bop-Cyndi Lauper
82. Tenderness-General Public
83. In A Big Country-Big Country
84. A Message To You, Rudy-The Specials
85. Manic Monday-The Bangles
86. I Ran (So Far Away)-A Flock Of Seagulls
87. Break Out-Swing Out Sister
88. I Heard A Rumor-Bananarama
89. Steppin' Out-Joe Jackson
90. Never You Done That-General Public
91. Misfit-Curiosity Killed The Cat
92. Tempted-Squeeze
93. The Warrior-Scandal f/Patti Smyth
94. Oh Sherrie-Steve Perry
95. New Song-Thomas Dolby
96. Cruel Summer-Bananarama
97. Some Like It Hot-The Power Station
98. Mother's Talk-Tears For Fears
99. If You Were Here-Thompson Twins
100. White Wedding-Billy Idol


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great Post!
Spent mad time cutting and pasting to fill in my 80's Soft Rock collection!