The Outfield – Your Love

The Outfield: Your Love

From the debut album Play Deep of 1985, is the single by the English rock band called “The Outfield”.

Unusually for a British band, the song had more success in the US than in the UK reaching the top ten on the American charts in 1986.

The song was sampled and re-interpreted multiple times in the following years. It was also used in popular video games and films, in sports, especially baseball, but also American football, and in advertising, including one viral marketing campaign.

 For more info: Your Love by The Outfield

Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)

Simple Minds: Don’t You (Forget About Me)

 Written and composed by Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff, it was released in 1985 and performed by the band Simple Minds, British, from Scotland, almost only by chance, after Cy Curnin, Bryan Ferry and Billy Idol declined to record the song. SImple Minds also turned down the chance, but eventually quickly recorded it in a North London studio.
The lucky association with the successful film The Breakfast Club, being played during the opening and closing credits, launched the single to great heights, hitting the top position in the US and lasting years in the top positions in the UK.

Mr. Mister – Broken Wings

Mr. Mister: Broken Wings

From the album Welcome to the Real World, the song was a great success worldwide, especially in the US topping the charts in 1985, when it was released by American band Mr. Mister.

 The song was co-written with John Lang, a lyricist and inspired by an homonymous book.
The all black-and-white video  is full of references to the lyrics and the title of the song, starting from the opening scene of the driving through the desert in a classic Ford Thunderbird, which appears with the hood open at the end, to symbolize “Broken Wings”…

Spandau Ballet – True

Spandau Ballet: True

Released in 1983 and written by Gary Kemp, it’s a single from the homonymous album of the English band Spandau Ballet.

It was a great success in many countries, especially the UK, but also the US and was voted as one of the greatest British songs of the 1980s.

Gary Kemp, the band leader, wrote the song while still living at his parents’ home partly in tribute to Marvin Gaye before his murder.

It was featured in numerous films, TV shows and video games.

 For more info: True by Spandau Ballet

Lionel Richie – Hello

Lionel Richie: Hello

The single was written by Lionel Richie and released in 1984, reaching the top of the charts in many countries around the world, including Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Canada and in many other European countries.

It was a single from the album Can’t Slow Down, the second of his solo career.

It was produced by Lionel Richie himself and James Anthony Carmichael and a casual greeting between the two inspired the title of the song and the phrase which starts the song. The guitar solo is by Louie Shelton.

It was featured in numerous movies and TV shows, and many commercials.

For more info: Hello by Lionel Richie

Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

Wham!: Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

The single was written and produced by George Michael and released in 1984 by the British duo of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, called Wham! and quickly became a top hit all-over, including the UK, the US, Australia, Canada and many other countries.

Featured in multiple films, it’s with this single that the duo changed their musical style and switched from a darker, more political approach to a lighter and happier way of expressing their musical talent.

Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun

Cyndi Lauper: Girls Just Want To Have Fun

In 1983 Cyndi Lauper releases the single, first solo in her career, in the album She’s So Unusual. It marks the time when the artist makes a career breakthrough at international level and becomes her signature song, with many awards and nominations received. It was written by Robert Hazard originally in 1979 with different words, later authorizing changes by Cyndi Lauper which made the song very appealing to a pro-feminist audience.

It was featured in movies, TV shows and video games and used in more political settings.

Europe – The Final Countdown

Europe: The Final Countdown

The Swedish rock band released the song written by Joey Tempest in 1986, including it in the homonymous album. Although it didn’t manage to get to the very top spot in the American charts, it hit the top spot in many other countries including the UK.

Although it wasn’t even planned to be released as a single, but rather used as an opening song in concerts and anyway in a secondary way, it became the signature song of the group and the most successful from the album which was their third.

The song became also one of the favourites at sporting events.

For more info: The Final Countdown by Europe

Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer

Bon Jovi: Livin’ On A Prayer

From the album Slippery when Wet, the 1986 single’s video had a lot of airplay on MTV and hit the top of charts and went on to become the signature rock song of Bon Jovi.

With many awards, the song had and still has incredible success internationally and was used in video games as well.

It was written by Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Desmond Child.

 

For more info: Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi

Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger

Survivor: Eye Of The Tiger

Sung by the American rock band Survivor, it was part of the homonymous album of 1982. It was written by Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik for the movie Rocky III, and it was its theme song, although the movie version was slightly different, including tiger growls which were left out of the singe. Thanks a lot to the association with the blockbuster movie, it turned out to be a huge success and won many awards, hitting the #2 position in the American charts, only topped by Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical”, but also had great success internationally, like Australia, Canada and the UK among others, where it reached #1.

It was later used in other movies, TV shows, video games, ringtones, including controversial uses in political settings.

For more info: Eye of the Tiger by Survivor