|A 7-CD box set of
142 songs from the 1980s was released
recently. Nearly 100 of the songs in "Like,
Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally)" are ones that we felt strongly
enough about to put on this site. Another 15 songs are strong contenders
to be added here. It even has all those songs you want that don't appear
on the website (Mickey, Video Killed the Radio Star, Call Me, etc.)
It's the most perfect eighties compilation
CD that we've seen so far.
All Ultimate '80s Songs sorted
by artist's name or song
Ultimate Pre-1980 Songs
The decade preceding the 1980s was one filled with musical
diversity. While it's impossible to neatly segment the decade of
the 1970s by musical styles, the following generalizations can be made.
The songs of the early 1970s saw continued experimentation with psychedelia
in music, as well as the popularity of country rock, soft rock, and folk
songs of such artists as John Denver, the Eagles, Bread, and America.
Many popular songs of the mid-1970s were of the styles funk and soul, and
scores of black artists rose to the top of the charts. The mid- to
late-1970s also saw the emergence of rock bands like Kansas, Led Zeppelin,
Aerosmith, Styx, and Van Halen into popular music. The legions of
adolescents and teenagers who hung out at rollerskating rinks can well
attest that disco music became wildly popular in the late 1970s.
Songs by Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, and the Village People were mainstays
at the rink. Finally, as seen in songs like M's "Pop
Muzik," The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star," as well as songs
by such bands as The Cars, the late seventies contained the beginnings
of techno-pop music that would become the hallmark of the 1980s.
The songs listed on this page, while not truly songs of the
1980s, became staples of radio airplay and were played often during the
80s. As such, I wanted to pay tribute to them here.
You may find the list helpful in
reunion planning, trivia games, or simply for browsing.
Just click on the song title for
lyrics and for a list of compilation albums on which the song appears.
You can also get a list of all Ultimate
'80s Songs sorted by
artist or by song title.
Barry Manilow/Copacabana (At
Joe Walsh/Life's Been Good
Gerry Rafferty/Right Down the
Cars/My Best Friend's Girl
Rupert Holmes/Escape (The Piña
Gloria Gaynor/I Will Survive
Robert John/Sad Eyes
Charlie Daniels Band/The Devil
Went Down to Georgia
Electric Light Orchestra/Don't
Bring Me Down
Randy Vanwarmer/Just When I Needed
Dire Straits/Sultans of Swing
Little River Band/Lonesome Loser
Supertramp/The Logical Song
Supertramp/Take the Long Way
Nick Lowe/Cruel to be Kind
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band/Old
Time Rock & Roll
Little River Band/Reminiscing
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