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Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up

Rick Astley: Never Gonna Give You Up

Released in 1987, it was written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman who also discovered the singer. It’s part of the album Whenever You Need Somebody, his debut album, and the signature single of the British singer and often played at the end of his concerts.

The captivating song, best selling in the UK in 1987,  was a worldwide success and hit and lasted at the top of the charts not only in the UK, but also in another 25 countries all-over the world, USA included. With a distinctive voice, the British singer went on to win many awards and have many more hits which reached the top 10 in the UK charts and abroad.

Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight

Phil Collins: In The Air Tonight

 The single with which Phil Collins debuted as a singer, songwriter and drummer released in 1981 within the album Face Value.

It quickly rose to the top in the charts in the UK (where it almost replaced Woman by John Lennon at number 1) and internationally, including the US and the Netherlands.

Phil Collins co-produced it with frequent collaborator Hugh Padgham and its video was one of the most played on MTV in 1981, when the channel was launched.

It went on to become one of the most famous and popular hits of the time and of Phil Collins, with the video including a very captivating drum break towards the end, still standing out as a remarkable performance from the British artist.

As described by the artist, this single with dark tones was composed while going through a painful divorce and is filled with anger. It allowed Phil Collins to bring out the emotions he had compressed inside through music, especially the drums, and the lyrics, which he declared spontaneous 99.9% and somewhat scary.
It was used all over on TV shows, films, commercials, video games and even in wrestling, periodically reappearing in some charts, becoming an all-time classic.

Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart

Bonnie Tyler: Total Eclipse of the Heart

 

With this song, Bonnie Tyler won many competitions and received many awards and nominations, and it’s one of the best-selling singles of all time.
The Welsh artist with a distinct voice, is a very eclectic singer, having been exposed to many different genres in a very musical family, rose to fame already in the 1970s, but later successfully joined the rising of rock music of the 1980s with Jim Steinman.
It still is one of the favourite 1980s songs and an all time hit.

Billy Idol – Eyes Without A Face

Billy Idol – Eyes Without A Face

Billy Idol hits the top 10 in the USA with this song co-written with guitarist Steve Stevens and included in the album Rebel Yell of 1983. The song was released in 1984, having been originally recorded in New York, with Perri Lister singing as a background chorus.

With a soft, slow, ballad-style melody, the song reveals dark tone lyrics and in the title it refers to the 1960 French-Italian movie with the same name in French, Les yeux sans visage.

The video contrasts the softness of the song tones with dynamic imagery, earning multiple nominations for important awards, also thanks to a set with fog and fire machines, and sophisticated lighting, over an intense 3 days of shooting.

For more info: Billy Idol’s Eyes without a Face

 

The Human League – Don’t You Want Me!

The Human League: Don’t You Want Me

 

By the British group The Human League, Don’t You Want Me Baby is from their album Dare. 1981 Christmas number 1 in the UK, it’s the signature recording of the group and their most successful and famous, also topping the charts in the US in 1982 and in other countries as well. The idea of a duet in the song was added later, starting as a male solo, and definitely contributed to the international success it had in the early eighties, making it one of the favourites and most recognizable.

For more info: The Human League: Don’t You Want Me

The Police – Every breath you take!

The Police: Every Breath You Take

Best Pop song released by The Police, even if it’s about a possessive lover stalking his ex-wife (inspired from Sting’s own life). From their album Synchronicity, it was written by Sting. This Song Of The Year Grammy winner beat the Mighty Michael Jackson in 1982 for his Ultimate Album “Thriller”. Their Top Hit of all time and the biggest hit in 1983. It won multiple prestigious awards. The Police and Sting’s signature song.