011815 - The Urban Tracker (In Manila): Top 10 Snappy Fun-Inspiring Songs Of The 80’s

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0's could be said  as one of the glorious decades in music. Thanks to MTV and British invasion, pop gave birth to a new fusion of sound from new wave, punk, rock, electronic, synth. As such, the decade produced hits which were lyrically easy to jive with and succeeded in bringing us with joyful remembrance of that era.

These are the rundown of 10 80’s tunes that never fails to spark a casual coolness, feel-good, or joyful sensation with melodies still stuck in our heads and ooops they're not irritatingly cheesy by the way.

10.   Let’s Hear It For The Boys - Deniece Williams, 1984

This Footloose soundtrack song that came in 1984 exuding a sweet voice of a newcomer Deniece Williams registered  more with a bubbly note yet similar to the party effect of  Debarge’s  Rhythm of the Night  especially when Deniece belting  "Oh maybe he's no Romeo, but he's my lovin' one-man show, oh, whoa, Let's hear it for the boys“, sustaining the already upbeat tempo. Deniece should have loosened some foot works like what Janet, Debbie, or Madonna did for a take-off.



9.  Breakout - Swing Out Sister, 1986

Swing Out Sister’s debut album in 1986 It’s Better To Travel opened another curtain to 80's musical improvisation. Corinne Drewery’s vocals was already indulging and retentive “Don’t stop to act, and now you found the break to make it last, you've got to find the way, say what you want to say, breakout.” That lyrics matched by trumpet beat was the glorious part of a smooth and jazzy tone fused as a radio-friendly pop track. SOS consistently fashioned a jazzy kick with  succeeding hits like The Waiting Game, a sound so hard to imitate up to now.



8. Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley, 1988

Countless fans fell  hopelessly romantic of Rick Astley especially crooning the part "he never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you/ Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye, never gonna tell a lie and hurt you." That alone figured a huge following for this catchy rickrolling Stock, Aitken and Waterman produce. The British phenom has eversince stormed the world with his low-toned voice - something that many still can’t help but skip a heart beat and do a rickroll whenever they hear that voice on the radio.



      7. Together In Electric Dreams - Giorgio Moroder       
      & Philip Oakey, 1984

This is a curious case of how a song could eclipse popularity of its own movie where it was originally meant as a soundtrack. Electric Dreams a movie was a flop but when Giorgio Moroder pulled up Philip Oakey to release this song in 1984, people started remembering the song than the movie itself.  How could one not be with its dreamy lyrics “  We`ll always be together, However far it seems, (Love never ends) We`ll always be together, Together in Electric Dreams” which gets fancier as you play and replay. Human League's Philip Oakey softening his synth did the magic.



6. Karma Chameleon - Culture Club, 1983

There’s something about Boy George that lullabies our mind and this is what he best exemplified in Karma ChameleonCulture Club's psychedelic front Boy George  summed up his being androgynous in the lyrics “I’m a man without conviction, I’m a man who doesn’t know. How To sell a contradiction you come and go.” The result was a British invasion starting to get pronounced in early of 80’s.



5. Head Over Heels -The Go-Go’s, 1984

A classic example of American new wave sound was the Go-go’s. This all-American band dished out their unforgettable 1984 Billboard #11 but it became a prom and party favorite tune across the globe. The long instrumentals is the culprit that  still brings our heads bop, grind, head loop especially when Belinda Carlisle starts to flip us out of control as she breezes singing “Head Over Heels,  where should I go, can’t stop myself, out of control..” brought the trick.




4. Boys Do Fall In Love - Robin Gibb - 1984 

It was an unexpected move for the late Robin Gibb to release the second single in his solo outing Secret Agent with this song in mid- 84. Maybe due to unwelcome reinvention, the song did not pick up in US billboard at #37 but it became a worldwide sensation. The song caught up in repetitive echoes, or synthed as in “B-b-boys fall in love”. Lady Gaga could have based her P-P-poker face here. But then it shaped its own class, becoming  a signature dorm boys song and its memorable beat easily adapting  to a high school scene themed soundtrack like that of a movie Grease. Of course, who couldn't forget Robin wearing shades in the video and a part of Bee Gees.


3. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!, 1984

A jitterbug into my brain”, that’s what this song sowed in 80’s groove that catapulted the British group Wham! in late 84 with an overwhelmingly gregarious Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.  The trumpet instrumental could be the infectious part of the song that easily becomes an item in every school events with its catchy danceable beats...and the finger snap. Incidentally George Michael mentioned in the song his plan on going solo, which he did and became a successful solo platinum artist.



2.  Always Something There To Remind Me - Naked Eyes 1983

Naked Eyes' version of an original Burt Bacharach and Hal David in late 60’s became a US Top 20 hit in 1983.  The appeal of the song could be attributed to its melodic beat with complementing drumbeat and synth and if you’re an 80’s baby it’s no denying the spike and stir it created on radio waves on that era with its dreamy lyrics and snappy catch as its refrain “How can I forget you girl , when there is always something there to remind me.”



1.  Build Me Up Buttercup - Torch 1984

This song originally the biggest hit in 1968 by The Foundations resurfaced in 1984 by Torch, which incidentally is a girl but listening to that version, it’s deceivingly a boy on vocals. This rehashed version was more groovy, upbeat and sexier  but it took a while before it picked up  as mainstream favorite. Eventually it landed among requested wedding songs or any bonding moments. The appeal of the song could be on its consistent request among that groupies  in bars, karaokes, functions singing altogether with its chorus “I need you, more than anywhere darling, all that I have from the start, so build me up buttercup, don’t break my heart.” The song became more anthemic when the Foundation’s version was adapted on the soundtrack of Something About Mary in 1998.



There you go for the timeless 80's piece that will surely continue to poke more fun in more years of partying, karaoking. These hits represent the finest of the tunes reliving the heydays of the 80’s - a decade that is best described in music as most original, experimental both lyrically and in melody. 
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