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Our 10 Favorite Songs of 1981

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

By 1981, remnants of the '70s began to fall away from the new decade's musical offerings, especially with the advent of MTV late in the year.



The 10 Best Songs Bon Jovi Released During the...

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

As arguably pop metal's finest and most accessible band of the '80s, Bon Jovi churned out a number of arena rock classics, combining a straightforward, almost heartland rock sound with a glossy image to rule the latter half of the decade. Some were hits without being great songs, but this New Jersey band's best work stands confidently with the best mainstream rock the '80s had to offer.



Top 10 New Wave Artists of the '80s

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

When people consider the variety of music genres that peaked during the '80s, new wave often comes up as one of the first topics of discussion. Once a term used somewhat interchangeably with punk rock, new wave eventually expanded to include almost any quirky yet still mainstream pop/rock form of the first half of the decade.



Kenny Loggins' 10 Best '80s Songs

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

As one of the strongest pure pop/rock performers of the '80s - dependent equally on accessible songwriting, a propensity toward love ballads, and powerful injections of rock guitar - music veteran Kenny Loggins found a niche in soft rock and uplifting film soundtracks for his work. Here's a look at not only his most popular hits as a solo artist but his finest compositions and performances of the period.



Top 10 Songs of 1984

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

At least musically, 1984 was far from an Orwellian year of doom. Instead, it was the year major stars came out to shine, just in time to join the video revolution. At the same time, new wave and synth pop styles continued to evolve even as new paths began to emerge.



Get "Into the Groove" with the 10 Best Madonna...

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

Few would argue whether or not the '80s represented Madonna's peak of influence, but choosing the artist's top songs from that era is a challenging enterprise indeed.



Top '80s Songs That Motivate Listeners to 'Work...

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

Songs about work have always been a staple of popular music, but modern music has placed a special spin on the topic. The '80s in particular were blessed with plenty of fodder for meditations on the changing landscape of the workplace.



The Big Hooks of Arena Rock Helped Define '80s...

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

Without arena rock, '80s music would have been a far different creature, and despite common attitudes to the contrary, probably not for the better. Despite its commercial nature, the '80s blend of progressive rock, radio-friendly pop/rock with huge hooks, and hard rock became a deserved staple of the decade's musical menu.



Underground Music Enjoyed Its First Golden Era...

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

As in perhaps every art form, there is always a teeming subculture just beneath the mainstream, usually populated by unruly mavericks unconcerned about the typical trappings of success. Here's a look at 10 of the most notable '80s artists of the underground.



A Quick Look at the Key Genres of '80s Rock Music

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

Here's a capsule view of some of the most important and prominent genres of '80s music, an era full of surprises, twists, and turns.



Best Punk Rock and Hardcore Bands of the '80s...

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

The early '80s may have been best known for new wave, but fiercely independent punk rock and hardcore bands like these continued to make vitally significant music throughout the decade.



Soft Rock Ballads - Not Horns - Dominate...

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

Here's a look at the cream of the crop from the band Chicago's distinctive if somewhat disappointing '80s phase, a list of songs far shorter than the Billboard charts back then might suggest.



Top Michael Jackson Songs of the '80s, Part 2

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

Fan respect and appreciation for Michael Jackson's greatest legacy - his music - has convinced me that admirers aren't clinging to the ongoing story of his recent tragic death at all, choosing instead to embrace the life that produced such timeless American music. So I'm signing on for an extra top songs list in honor of an exceptional artist: here's a chronological look at more standouts from Jackson's '80s catalog.



The Top 9 Genesis Songs of the '80s

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

Few bands have displayed a capacity for reinvention as dramatic or successful as Genesis, a band that embraced weirdness under the direction of Peter Gabriel but pure pop melodicism when drummer Phil Collins took the helm. Here's a look at some of that band's finest tunes in the latter category, pop confections that house far more musical substance than they're ever given credit for.



These 10 Hit Songs Defined the '80s

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

To be among the greatest singles of the '80s, a song must become impossible to ignore in the context of the era's music. These songs fit that bill.



Too Many Memorable '80s Hard Rock Frontmen to...

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

There is certainly no shortage of hard rock frontmen from the '80s that were significant, memorable and highly visible during the era. The most prominent of these tended to operate out of the pop metal subgenre, but other styles also have plenty of representatives. Here's a look at some of the most popular, flamboyant and even sometimes talented lead singers of '80s hard rock. Just for fun, let's start with the blond ones, both natural and peroxide-assisted. It is called hair metal, after all.



Top 10 Michael Jackson Songs of the '80s

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

Michael Jackson is probably best examined as a singles artist, so here's a chronological look at the very best Michael Jackson songs of the '80s.



The Absolute Best '80s Songs

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

Here's a list of best the '80s had to offer musically, broken down by the most memorable songs each year.



Despite Usual Low Profile, Keyboards Fueled...

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

The glorious '80s brought keyboards into a more prominent position than they had probably ever held, as synthesizer parts frequently became dominant instrumental markers in our favorite '80s tunes. Here's a list of the most recognizable and memorable keyboard riffs of the '80s.



7 Best Pat Benatar Songs from the '80s

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

From her early years as a full-tilt rocker to her quick evolution into a pop/rock singer with wide appeal, Pat Benatar always remained an important and skilled representative of '80s music at its finest. Here's a look at a collection of her most signature tracks of the period.



10 Most Awesome Women Rockers of the '80s

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

Female pop stars of the era generally got most of the press and media attention, but here's a list of the most influential women of '80s rock.



'80s Genesis Frontman Phil Collins Moonlighted...

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

Pop-oriented Genesis frontman Phil Collins hasn't always received a lot of respect as a rock artist, but his solo work during the '80s reached many ears. Here are some of his finest tunes from that era.



'80s Instrument Spotlight - the Saxophone

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

Among the instruments linked inextricably to '80s music, the saxophone stands out on any short list, though sometimes in dubious ways. Even so, its significance throughout the breadth of pop music history is undeniable and impressive. Here's a closer look at this unique instrument.



The 10 Best Hair Metal Ballads of the '80s

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

The massive popularity of hard rock, arena rock and heavy metal during the '80s culminated in a form that came to symbolize the decade's decadence and glitz. Alternately called hair metal, pop metal or glam metal, this subgenre specialized in lighter-worthy power ballads about the travails of heartache or at least matters of the flesh. Here's a look at 10 of the best '80s songs of this type, and the abundance of tunes to choose from makes for some tough choices.



The Cure Served as a Sonic Salve for Many Fans...

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

With one of the most varied and challenging catalogues in all of '80s music, The Cure offers many candidates for a celebration of its finest songs. Here's a look at some of the band's best work produced during a prolific decade.



Tasteful vs. Cheesy - Best '80s Songs Featuring...

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

The saxophone has long been a major component of pop and rock music, but during the '80s the instrument often took on negative overtones in a general sense. Here are some exceptions to that so-called rule.



10 Favorite U2 Songs of the '80s

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

Here's a look at 10 of the best '80s songs from U2, a band that produced some of the highest-quality, most intriguing music of the rock era.



Australia and New Zealand Contributed Many Fine...

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

Musical artists from Australia and New Zealand spun an intriguing web of offerings during the '80s, contributing a wide array of styles and demonstrating unique tinges of eclecticism, all of which rounded out the decade and filled it with richness and character.



Whitney Houston Produced Some of the Biggest...

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

Although Whitney Houston burst onto the scene when the '80s were already half over and released only two albums within the decade, she was an '80s icon through and through. Still, her small output and singles-heavy albums require a greater selectivity when it comes to compiling her best work into a list format. After all, as big a superstar as she was, Houston charted only about a dozen songs within the decade. Check out my list of the top five Whitney Houston singles of the '80s.



Some of Soft Rock's Greatest Songs Came Out of...

2017-02-24T11:01:23Z

People tend to think of the '70s first when they consider the genre of soft rock music, but a great deal of the finest examples of this ballad-heavy form actually saw the light of day during the first half of the '80s.