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  • What is the best song of the 1980s?

       December 15, 2005

    Our readers voted "Baba O'Riley" as the best song of the 1970s. The Who classic will face off against the other winners in our final poll. Awesome!

    I love the 80s (both the decade and the VH1 specials). Was there a better time to grow up than in the age of Reagan and of neon? I don't think so. And there's the music. Ah, the music.

    The Acclaimed Music critics list kind of sucks and I'm sorry to have to include the top five. Those songs are critical darlings, but I don't think they accurately reflect the spirit of the decade. Where's the new wave? Where's college rock? Where's hair metal? With only five songs to add, I had to leave out some worthy tunes like, um, anything by R.E.M. or The Replacements or The Cure, "Town Called Malice", "Walk This Way", "Come On Eileen", "Tainted Love", "Our Lips Our Sealed" and yes, "Funkytown". As a reminder, the last poll before the finals will include songs that many of our readers felt were overlooked. So, if you don't like what's on the list, let us know in the comments.

    As for what is on the list, here you go. Click on any of the songs to vote (you'll open the poll in a new window):

    1. "The Message", by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
    2. "Love Will Tear Us Apart", by Joy Division
    3. "Billie Jean", by Michael Jackson
    4. "Every Breath You Take", by The Police
    5. "When Doves Cry", by Prince
    6. "Sweet Child O' Mine", by Guns 'n' Roses
    7. "Pride", by U2
    8. "In Your Eyes", by Peter Gabriel
    9. "Like A Virgin", by Madonna
    10. Hungry Like The Wolf", by Duran Duran

    Update: The polls are closed. U2's "Pride" is the winner.

    For more information and previous results in our Greatest Song competition, click here.

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    #  December 17th, 2005 4:56 PM      jpmccord
    "Word Up" by Cameo?
    "I Ran" by Flock of Seagulls?
    "Take On Me" by "A-ha"?

    I could go on... :)  
    #  December 17th, 2005 5:04 PM      kris
    Yeah, those are all solid too. That critics list really sucked all the life out of the 80s.  
    #  December 18th, 2005 10:30 AM      kris
    It would have been fun to do a poll just on U2. My personal top ten (in no order except for #1):

    1. The Electric Co. (the live version from Under A Blood Red Sky)
    2. With Or Without You
    3. Gloria
    4. I Fall Down
    5. Running To Stand Still
    6. Pride
    7. Surrender
    8. So Cruel
    9. A Sort Of Homecoming
    10. Drowning Man

    What I would have put in the poll:

    1. I Will Follow
    2. Gloria
    3. Sunday Bloody Sunday
    4. New Year's Day
    5. Pride
    6. One
    7. Mysterious Ways
    8. Beautiful Day
    9. With Or Without You
    10. All I Want Is You  
    #  December 18th, 2005 10:36 AM      kris
    I'm sampling some of the songs on The Complete U2 at iTunes. Wow-they have some pretty cool old stuff on it. The long version of 11 O'Clock Tick Tock and the original version of Twilight and live stuff from 1980 shows in London.  
    #  December 19th, 2005 4:07 PM      mbrlr
    I missed the voting, but here's my list:

    "Pride", by U2

    "Sweet Child O' Mine", by Guns 'n' Roses

    "When Doves Cry", by Prince

    "Every Breath You Take", by The Police

    "Love Will Tear Us Apart", by Joy Division

    "The Message", by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

    "Like A Virgin", by Madonna

    "In Your Eyes", by Peter Gabriel

    "Billie Jean", by Michael Jackson

    "In Your Eyes", by Peter Gabriel

    There is no 10th, because it's absurdity of the highest order to have any song by Duran Duran in one of these polls.  
    #  December 21st, 2005 10:14 AM      mbrlr
    "Sunday Bloody Sunday" was a great one. Ditto "New Year's Day"  



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