I’m participating in a Facebook meme, The 80s Music Challenge (“Post a favorite 1980s tune for each of seven days. Nominate someone to do the same.”). Here are ten tunes, one for each year of the 1980s. I won’t list any tune that I used for my Challenge. (All quoted material from the inevitable Wikipedia.)
1980: Kurtis Blow, “The Breaks”. “It was the first certified gold rap song for Hip Hop, and the second certified gold 12 inch single in the history of music.”
1981: Black Flag, “Rise Above”. “Damaged ... has been recognized as a punk classic and one of the most influential punk records ever made”.
1982: Pretenders, “My City Was Gone”. “It has been used as the opening theme 'bumper' for Rush Limbaugh's popular American talk radio program since 1984”.
1983: Cyndi Lauper, “Money Changes Everything”. “It has been released in over 27 variations across the world”.
1984: Ashford and Simpson, “Solid”. “In 2009, Ashford & Simpson remade the song in honor of President Barack Obama, calling it ‘Solid (As Barack)’.”
1985: The Cramps, “Can Your Pussy Do the Dog?” “The album was dedicated to Ricky Nelson”.
1986: Public Image Ltd., “Rise”. “The song contains the phrase 'May The Road Rise With You', which is an old Irish blessing.”
1987: Los Lobos, “La Bamba”. “When the Los Lobos cover of Valens' version peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1987, Valens was retroactively credited with writing a No. 1 single.”
1988: Lucinda Williams, “Passionate Kisses”. “Carpenter's hit cover adheres closely in tempo, feel, and instrumentation to Williams' original recording similarly relying on the catchy guitar riff to anchor the record.”
1989: Bonnie Raitt, “Thing Called Love”. “Nick of Time topped the Billboard 200 chart, selling five million copies, and won three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year”.