1. Tears for Fears, “Shout.” This is one of the times when my tastes fell a bit out of fashion. Synth Pop didn’t do much for me, with certain exceptions. But when I hear songs like this, I am immediately transported to the time in which the music was popular.
2. Joan Armatrading, “Temptation.” I have to believe she’s embarrassed by the video.
3. Katrina & the Waves, “Walking on Sunshine.” Still gets played at ballgames.
4. Madonna, “Crazy for You.” The previous year, everyone was wondering whether Madonna or Cyndi Lauper would have the bigger career.
5. Talking Heads, “Road to Nowhere.” Their last great album, and this song seems perfectly titled in retrospect.
6. The Dead Milkmen, “Bitchin’ Camaro.” Talk about taking me back to another time …
7. New Order, “Love Vigilantes.” The synth band I liked. Make that loved.
8. Eurythmics, “There Must Be an Angel (Playing With My Heart).” I enjoy listening to Annie Lennox sing, but she doesn’t sound human.
9. Pet Shop Boys, “West End Girls.” So, did you know in 1985 that the Pet Shop Boys would have a bigger career than Tears for Fears? (Did they?)
10. Artists United Against Apartheid, “Sun City.” This ain’t “We Are the World.”
[Edited to add Spotify playlist]