Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

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Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 1:03 am

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Come one, come all to the unveiling of the top 150 songs of the 1980s, as judged by you!

Over the course of 2013, 15 songs were nominated from each year of the 1980s month by month. I have to say that the choices are phenomenal, and several voters commented to the same effect.

Thank you to all 31 voters who contributed lists:

Brad
Bruno
CharlieDriggs
Craig
Dan
DaveC
DocBrown
Greg
Harold
Henrik
Henry
Honorio
jamieW
JimmyJazz
Jirin
Kingoftonga
Listyguy
Live in Phoenix
mattceinicram
Michel
Miguel
Mindrocker
Moonbeam
Nassim
nicolas
Otisredding
Rocky Raccoon
sonofsamiam
Stephan
stone37
TimmyWing

So sit back, relax, and enjoy! I hope to get through this list fairly quickly.

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 1:04 am

150. Ramones - The KKK Took My Baby Away

Points: 827.00

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Place in 1981 Poll: 12

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Gag me with a spoon!

Dan: 149/150
Henrik: 148/150
Harold: 143/146
Nassim: 142/150
nicolas: 140/150

Quotable
Honorio wrote:Joey Ramone's girlfriend, Linda Cummings, cheated him and began a relationship with Johnny Ramone. Due to their well-known political differences (Joey showed sympathy for the left while Johnny was overtly conservative), Joey referred to Johnny is his song as "the KKK." So you all know, the KKK was no other than Johnny Ramone, the one that took his baby away.


149. Metallica - Master of Puppets

Points: 868.18

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Place in 1986 Poll: 10

AM 1980s Rank: 161

Totally gnarly!

sonofsamiam: 12/150
Henrik: 15/150

Gag me with a spoon!

DaveC: 150/150
Dan: 148/150
Michel: 147/150
Stephan: 140/146
Kingoftonga: 121/129
Miguel: 139/150
DocBrown: 137/150

148. The Gun Club - She's Like Heroin to Me

Points: 870.46

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Place in 1981 Poll: 12

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

Brad: 2/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Kingoftonga: 129/129
jamieW: 147/150
JimmyJazz: 143/150
nicolas: 142/150
DocBrown: 141/150
Live in Phoenix: 139/150
Henry: 138/150

147. Mission of Burma - That's When I Reach for My Revolver

Points: 894.46

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Place in 1981 Poll: 7

AM 1980s Rank: 83

Totally gnarly!

Harold: 5/146

Gag me with a spoon!

Dan: 147/150
Live in Phoenix: 145/150
nicolas: 143/150
Stephan: 136/146
DocBrown: 138/150

146. Run-D.M.C. - Rock Box

Points: 897.50

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Place in 1984 Poll: 9

AM 1980s Rank: 209

Totally gnarly!

Nassim: 5/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Miguel: 148/150
DaveC: 147/150
Craig: 146/150
Henrik: 146/150
Mindrocker: 141/150
Dan: 140/150
Stephan: 135/146
Michel: 137/150
Honorio: 136/150

145. Violent Femmes - Add It Up

Points: 897.84

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Place in 1983 Poll: 15

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

Nassim: 13/150

Gag me with a spoon!

stone37: 125/127
Greg: 146/150
nicolas: 146/150
Stephan: 142/146
Henry: 144/150
Mindrocker: 142/150
Dan: 141/150
sonofsamiam: 141/150
Otisredding: 136/150

144. Kate Bush - This Woman's Work

Points: 899.19

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Place in 1989 Poll: 9

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

sonofsamiam: 7/150

Gag me with a spoon!

stone37: 127/127
Mindrocker: 148/150
Rocky Raccoon: 147/150
jamieW: 139/150

143. The Cure - Plainsong

Points: 902.24

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Place in 1989 Poll: 14

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

Greg: 6/150
Moonbeam: 13/150
Miguel: 14/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Rocky Raccoon: 149/150
Nassim: 146/150
Dan: 145/150
mattceinicram: 100/108
Otisredding: 138/150
Mindrocker: 137/150

Quotable
Moonbeam wrote:The most grandiose, starswept opening to any album. It feels like watching the procession of a giant, regal parade float in slow motion.


142. Pet Shop Boys - Left to My Own Devices

Points: 903.70

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Place in 1988 Poll: 11

AM 1980s Rank: 417

Totally gnarly!

Henrik: 8/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Rocky Raccoon: 145/150
Listyguy: 143/150
Stephan: 137/146

141. Pixies - Gigantic

Points: 909.02

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Place in 1988 Poll: 13

AM 1980s Rank: 93

Totally gnarly!

Brad: 10/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Moonbeam: 145/150
nicolas: 144/150
Miguel: 142/150
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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Listyguy » Sun Jan 05, 2014 1:23 am

And it begins!

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 1:31 am

140. Wipers - Youth of America

Points: 920.94

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Place in 1981 Poll: 15

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

Mindrocker: 13/150
sonofsamiam: 13/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Craig: 150/150
Dan: 150/150
Stephan: 143/146
Michel: 143/150
Otisredding: 140/150
Henry: 139/150
Listyguy: 138/150

Quotable
TimmyWing wrote:Fantastic and underrated track!

Moonbeam wrote:My favorite discovery of all. What a monster of a track!


139. N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton

Points: 923.52

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Place in 1988 Poll: 9

AM 1980s Rank: 117

Totally gnarly!

sonofsamiam: 14/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Miguel: 150/150
Henry: 148/150
DocBrown: 145/150
DaveC: 144/150
Listyguy: 141/150
Moonbeam: 137/150

138. Au Pairs - Headache for Michelle

Points: 930.31

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Place in 1981 Poll: 12

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

CharlieDriggs: 1/114
DaveC: 3/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Greg: 150/150
Harold: 145/146
Live in Phoenix: 147/150
Kingoftonga: 125/129
Dan: 142/150
Otisredding: 142/150
nicolas: 138/150
Brad: 137/150
Listyguy: 137/150

Quotable
DaveC wrote:"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


137. This Mortal Coil - Song to the Siren

Points: 932.01

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Place in 1983 Poll: 13

AM 1980s Rank: 240

Totally gnarly!

Henrik: 9/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Stephan: 146/146
Craig: 149/150
Listyguy: 148/150
nicolas: 139/150

136. Prince - Controversy

Points: 945.15

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Place in 1981 Poll: 8

AM 1980s Rank: 470

Totally gnarly!

Moonbeam: 5/150
Henrik: 10/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Stephan: 138/146
Honorio: 139/150
Jirin: 103/112

Quotable
Moonbeam wrote:One of the most important songs in Prince's canon, it is his first attempt at marrying the spirit and body in song, and with chicken-scratching guitar and a wicked synth pulse, it keeps rising up my personal list.


135. New Order - Temptation

Points: 946.48

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Place in 1982 Poll: 12

AM 1980s Rank: 120

Totally gnarly!

Nassim: 2/150
Moonbeam: 15/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Henrik: 150/150
Live in Phoenix: 137/150

Quotable
TimmyWing wrote:New Order write love songs with such sincerity that you can't help but relate to them. Also, this song is really catchy.

Moonbeam wrote:The sound of a band redefining itself, "Temptation" laid the framework for decades of wide-eyed wonder.


134. Madonna - Live to Tell

Points: 947.58

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Place in 1986 Poll: 8

AM 1980s Rank: 363

Totally gnarly!

Live in Phoenix: 6/150
sonofsamiam: 11/150

Gag me with a spoon!

nicolas: 150/150
TimmyWing: 133/133
Mindrocker: 149/150
Nassim: 149/150
Honorio: 145/150
Stephan: 141/146
Craig: 139/150
Listyguy: 136/150

Quotable
Moonbeam wrote:An important song in Madonna's career, "Live to Tell" proved that she was much more than bubblegum. One of her very best ballads.


133. Ry Cooder - Paris, Texas

Points: 956.23

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Place in 1985 Poll: 14

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

Mindrocker: 6/150
Miguel: 13/150

Gag me with a spoon!

TimmyWing: 132/133
Nassim: 148/150
Moonbeam: 146/150
Harold: 141/146
Kingoftonga: 123/129
Rocky Raccoon: 138/150
sonofsamiam: 138/150
Craig: 137/150

132. Metallica - One

Points: 968.68

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Place in 1988 Poll: 8

AM 1980s Rank: 226

Totally gnarly!

Nassim: 3/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Michel: 148/150
Stephan: 144/146
Dan: 146/150
Miguel: 140/150
JimmyJazz: 137/150

131. The Psychedelic Furs - Pretty in Pink

Points: 974.57

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Place in 1981 Poll: 9

AM 1980s Rank: 204

Totally gnarly!

Michel: 8/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Henrik: 147/150
JimmyJazz: 144/150
sonofsamiam: 143/150
Dan: 137/150

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Rocky Raccoon » Sun Jan 05, 2014 1:43 am

We're off and running. Good start, or in other words, "Totally gnarly!"

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Live in Phoenix » Sun Jan 05, 2014 1:46 am

Lookin' good! I remember taking pity on some of these bottom ones I didn't vote for so far down. (Poor Madonna - I felt "Live to Tell" is the benchmark that separates her from all the stripper pretenders out there.)
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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 1:53 am

Live in Phoenix wrote:Lookin' good! I remember taking pity on some of these bottom ones I didn't vote for so far down. (Poor Madonna - I felt "Live to Tell" is the benchmark that separates her from all the stripper pretenders out there.)


Yeah, "Live to Tell" is amazing! Last time I made a list, it ranked 292 all-time, but that was only enough for 22 here.

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 1:55 am

130. The Smiths - Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Love Me

Points: 977.28

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Place in 1987 Poll: 14

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

Moonbeam: 7/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Rocky Raccoon: 146/150
Live in Phoenix: 141/150
Nassim: 141/150
Dan: 136/150

Quotable
Moonbeam wrote:I'm a theatrical guy at heart, and few songs capture that self-indulgent sorrow quite as well as this. One of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard, it's easily my favorite Smiths song.


129. Prefab Sprout - Goodbye Lucille #1

Points: 979.16

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Place in 1985 Poll: 15

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

Honorio: 10/150
Greg: 12/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Brad: 146/150
jamieW: 145/150
Rocky Raccoon: 143/150
Live in Phoenix: 142/150

Quotable
Honorio wrote:1985, drunk, driving home under the rain after a loving disappointment. Then that voice on the radio: "Life's not complete till your heart's missed a beat." I parked my car and stayed there looking to the soaked windscreen, nodding like an idiot. Next day I bought the Prefab Sprout album and I loved it. But changing a girl for a song is a bad deal. Or not. I forgot the name of that girl but I still remember the name of the girl of the song. So goodbye, Lucille.


128. The Pogues - And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Points: 979.72

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Place in 1985 Poll: 12

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

nicolas: 9/150
Honorio: 15/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Otisredding: 145/150
stone37: 122/127
Henry: 141/150
mattceinicram: 101/108
sonofsamiam: 136/150

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Honorio wrote:Probably my favourite anti-war song (and it's not on that alltimetopten). You can see me and my brothers covering it here (I'm the one playing auto-harp).


127. Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name

Points: 984.30

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Place in 1982 Poll: 11

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

nicolas: 6/150
Henrik: 7/150
TimmyWing: 7/133

Gag me with a spoon!

Rocky Raccoon: 150/150
Stephan: 145/146
CharlieDriggs: 112/114
Otisredding: 146/150
Honorio: 144/150
Listyguy: 144/150
Dan: 143/150
DaveC: 143/150
DocBrown: 142/150
Live in Phoenix: 140/150
Harold: 136/146
Craig: 138/150
Miguel: 138/150

Quotable
TimmyWing wrote:Some songs try hard to be epic, either through their length or the number of ideas they contain. Hallowed Be Thy Name pulls it off just for how nasty its riff is, and the number of variations on it Iron Maiden gives you just leaves you spellbound. When it comes back at 5:54, played on dual harmonising guitars, I'm floored every time.


126. Nick Nicely - Hilly Fields

Points: 985.93

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Place in 1982 Poll: 15

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

Mindrocker: 1/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Otisredding: 148/150
Rocky Raccoon: 144/150
DocBrown: 143/150
Greg: 141/150
Craig: 140/150
Henry: 140/150
JimmyJazz: 139/150

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Listyguy wrote:Psychedelic perfection.

Moonbeam wrote:One of my favorite discoveries of the Unacclaimed game, this has become a firm favorite.


125. Prince - Sometimes It Snows in April

Points: 993.26

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Place in 1986 Poll: 14

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

sonofsamiam: 8/150
Stephan: 11/146

Gag me with a spoon!

Kingoftonga: 127/129
Honorio: 146/150
Mindrocker: 145/150
Craig: 144/150
Brad: 143/150
DaveC: 139/150

Quotable
Moonbeam wrote:The plaintive and beautiful epilogue to Parade, it is probably a lot more autobiographical than Prince would like to admit. A deserving fan favorite.


124. Tom Waits - Innocent When You Dream

Points: 997.34

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Place in 1987 Poll: 10

AM 1980s Rank: 399

Totally gnarly!

nicolas: 5/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Henry: 150/150
Live in Phoenix: 148/150
Harold: 144/146
TimmyWing: 127/133
Rocky Raccoon: 139/150

123. The Stranglers - Golden Brown

Points: 1002.94

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Place in 1981 Poll: 11

AM 1980s Rank: 345

Gag me with a spoon!

Listyguy: 139/150

122. Talk Talk - The Rainbow

Points: 1003.97

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Place in 1988 Poll: 13

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

sonofsamiam: 4/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Harold: 135/146

121. Paul Simon - The Boy in the Bubble

Points: 1005.61

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Place in 1986 Poll: 7

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

Miguel: 4/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Moonbeam: 140/150
Nassim: 138/150
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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 2:11 am

120. Joy Division - Atmosphere

Points: 1006.67

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Place in 1980 Poll: 13

AM 1980s Rank: 87

Gag me with a spoon!

Otisredding: 150/150
Harold: 137/146
Live in Phoenix: 136/150

Quotable
Moonbeam wrote:Joy Division had such a distinct sound, but they could be quite diverse as well. This shows that they could produce a gorgeous song to compete with anything.


119. Billy Bragg - A New England

Points: 1009.82

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Place in 1983 Poll: 14

AM 1980s Rank: 124

Totally gnarly!

Brad: 6/150
DaveC: 9/150
Nassim: 10/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Live in Phoenix: 150/150
nicolas: 149/150
stone37: 121/127
Jirin: 105/112
JimmyJazz: 140/150
Harold: 134/146

118. Elvis Costello - Shipbuilding

Points: 1010.97

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Place in 1983 Poll: 8

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

CharlieDriggs: 5/114
DaveC: 8/150
Live in Phoenix: 14/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Kingoftonga: 128/129
Michel: 145/150

Quotable
DaveC wrote:The atmosphere at the time was shockingly jingoistic. These were brave words.

TimmyWing wrote:Robert Wyatt's version is better, but Chet Baker's guest spot makes this one pretty special.


117. Sugarcubes - Birthday

Points: 1011.35

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Place in 1987 Poll: 7

AM 1980s Rank: 51

Totally gnarly!

DaveC: 11/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Craig: 148/150
stone37: 124/127
DocBrown: 144/150
JimmyJazz: 142/150
Rocky Raccoon: 136/150

Quotable
Honorio wrote:The coming on stage of Björk showed her confidence and complete command of her voice and presence. Fortunately Einar didn't sing in this song.


116. U2 - Bad

Points: 1012.10

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Place in 1984 Poll: 13

AM 1980s Rank: 253

Totally gnarly!

Stephan: 10/146
Listyguy: 12/150
Nassim: 12/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Brad: 147/150
TimmyWing: 125/133
Mindrocker: 140/150
Henrik: 136/150
jamieW: 136/150

Quotable
Listyguy wrote:The song has sort of become the distinction as to who the "true" U2 fans are. It's a great song, so I'm a bit surprised it doesn't get more respect outside of fan circles.

TimmyWing wrote:Actually, this isn't bad for U2. It is a complete rip-off of Heroin (even structurally), but even derivative is better than boring.

Moonbeam wrote:For as much as I like U2, for some reason I never got to the over-the-deep-end love stage. This is one of the few songs of theirs that makes me sing through to my core, though!


115. George Michael - Careless Whisper

Points: 1015.11

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Place in 1984 Poll: 12

AM 1980s Rank: 398

Totally gnarly!

jamieW: 10/150
Henry: 13/150

Gag me with a spoon!

JimmyJazz: 150/150
mattceinicram: 108/108
Michel: 150/150
Brad: 149/150
Honorio: 149/150
Harold: 140/146

Quotable
Moonbeam wrote:Slick as hell, this is about as close to pop perfection as it gets. No matter how many times it is played, I never tire of it even slightly.


114. The Church - Under the Milky Way

Points: 1018.22

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Place in 1988 Poll: 10

AM 1980s Rank: 205

Totally gnarly!

Craig: 10/150

Gag me with a spoon!

JimmyJazz: 141/150
nicolas: 141/150
CharlieDriggs: 107/114

113. AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long

Points: 1019.01

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Place in 1980 Poll: 8

AM 1980s Rank: 91

Totally gnarly!

Henry: 14/150
nicolas: 15/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Mindrocker: 150/150
Moonbeam: 150/150
sonofsamiam: 149/150
DaveC: 148/150
Honorio: 148/150
CharlieDriggs: 109/114

Quotable
Moonbeam wrote:If I end up in Hell, this will surely be playing to greet my arrival. The very worst of what music has to offer. It's like being raped by an angry midget who swallowed a bullfrog.


112. The Replacements - I Will Dare

Points: 1022.50

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Place in 1984 Poll: 14

AM 1980s Rank: 148

Totally gnarly!

Harold: 11/146

Gag me with a spoon!

Honorio: 141/150
Henrik: 140/150

111. Tom Petty - Free Fallin'

Points: 1025.64

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Place in 1989 Poll: 8

AM 1980s Rank: 131

Totally gnarly!

Listyguy: 4/150

Gag me with a spoon!

sonofsamiam: 148/150
jamieW: 146/150
Henrik: 141/150
nicolas: 137/150
TimmyWing: 121/133

Quotable
Listyguy wrote:A excellent blend of country, pop and rock (much like Petty's idols the Byrds). Also featured on the song is fellow Travelling Wilbury Jeff Lynne.

Moonbeam wrote:I probably shouldn't like this, but there is no denying its power. It takes me right back to my first time delving into music seriously and sneaking out of bed to watch the top 20 countdown on MTV.

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Sweepstakes Ron » Sun Jan 05, 2014 2:15 am

Sorry I didn't vote... "Master of Puppets" is totally gnarly to me!
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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 2:18 am

Sweepstakes Ron wrote:Sorry I didn't vote... "Master of Puppets" is totally gnarly to me!


Feel free to chime in with other comments - either gnarly or spoon-worthy!

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 2:24 am

110. Prince - When You Were Mine

Points: 1027.13

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Place in 1980 Poll: 6

AM 1980s Rank: 276

Gag me with a spoon!

Craig: 145/150
Otisredding: 143/150

Quotable
Moonbeam wrote:There were a few earlier attempts to subvert social and sexual convention, but Dirty Mind delivered them in spades. This is probably the most poignant of the bunch.


109. Prince - I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man

Points: 1028.24

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Place in 1987 Poll: 13

AM 1980s Rank: 419

Totally gnarly!

Jirin: 6/112

Gag me with a spoon!

mattceinicram: 104/108
Craig: 143/150
Brad: 140/150

Quotable
Moonbeam wrote:Prince at his most tender. That soulful guitar excursion toward the end is just so cool, and the explosion into the main theme of the song is so joyous.


108. Tom Waits - Time

Points: 1030.05

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Place in 1985 Poll: 13

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

nicolas: 8/150
sonofsamiam: 9/150
Greg: 15/150

Gag me with a spoon!

mattceinicram: 105/108
stone37: 119/127
Nassim: 139/150
Henry: 136/150

107. The Clash - Rock the Casbah

Points: 1036.76

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Place in 1982 Poll: 13

AM 1980s Rank: 94

Totally gnarly!

DocBrown: 14/150

Gag me with a spoon!

nicolas: 148/150
DaveC: 146/150
Harold: 138/146
Kingoftonga: 120/129

Quotable
Moonbeam wrote:This was the first Clash song I knew - I thought they were a fun new wave band when I first heard them! Combat Rock thankfully has a lot more gems in that vein.


106. XTC - Dear God

Points: 1037.38

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Place in 1986 Poll: 15

AM 1980s Rank: 192

Totally gnarly!

Nassim: 7/150
Jirin: 9/112
CharlieDriggs: 11/114

Gag me with a spoon!

Greg: 148/150
JimmyJazz: 138/150

Quotable
Honorio wrote:Non-believers like me need this kind of songs to compensate for many centuries of religious songs. The argument is crystal clear: dear God, if you exist, please do something for us.


105. Elvis Costello - Beyond Belief

Points: 1038.77

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Place in 1982 Poll: 14

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

Brad: 1/150
sonofsamiam: 10/150

Gag me with a spoon!

jamieW: 137/150

Quotable
TimmyWing wrote:Elvis has a knack for writing great opening tracks to his albums. This is no exception.


104. The Replacements - Bastards of Young

Points: 1039.97

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Place in 1985 Poll: 4

AM 1980s Rank: 135

Totally gnarly!

Brad: 11/150
Nassim: 14/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Otisredding: 147/150
Henrik: 144/150
Michel: 142/150

103. Run-D.M.C. - Walk This Way

Points: 1041.02

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Place in 1986 Poll: 4

AM 1980s Rank: 9

Totally gnarly!

Bruno: 8/80

Gag me with a spoon!

Miguel: 149/150
DaveC: 140/150
sonofsamiam: 140/150
CharlieDriggs: 105/114

102. U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

Points: 1042.98

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Place in 1987 Poll: 8

AM 1980s Rank: 66

Totally gnarly!

Henry: 3/150

Gag me with a spoon!

jamieW: 149/150
Brad: 145/150
Jirin: 108/112
sonofsamiam: 144/150

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TimmyWing wrote:Lovely melody. Shame Bono sings it.


101. Peter Gabriel - In Your Eyes

Points: 1045.65

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Place in 1986 Poll: 11

AM 1980s Rank: 243

Totally gnarly!

Henry: 6/150
Listyguy: 11/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Otisredding: 149/150
Bruno: 79/80
sonofsamiam: 145/150
Mindrocker: 139/150
Honorio: 137/150

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Listyguy wrote:This song is incredible in its own right, but the Youssou N'Dour coda makes it damn near perfect.

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Sweepstakes Ron » Sun Jan 05, 2014 2:27 am

"Free Fallin'" is a song that I used to like, but I am simply unable to find enjoyment in anymore. And as for AC/DC... I have difficulty seeing much good in them. I can only imagine people admiring them if they are the kind if people who believe that loud=automatically good.
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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Rocky Raccoon » Sun Jan 05, 2014 2:49 am

I'm surprised to see my entire top 15 made it to the top 100. At the same time, 10 of my bottom 15 are out. Truth be told, though, even most of my bottom 15 aren't songs that I "gag" on, I'm simply indifferent to most. I think that speaks to the high quality of songs that made the finals.

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Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 2:57 am

Rocky Raccoon wrote:I'm surprised to see my entire top 15 made it to the top 100. At the same time, 10 of my bottom 15 are out. Truth be told, though, even most of my bottom 15 aren't songs that I "gag" on, I'm simply indifferent to most. I think that speaks to the high quality of songs that made the finals.


I agree. It's only really my bottom 11 that I have any dislike for at all, and only the bottom 4 or so that I really despise.

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Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 3:09 am

100. Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over

Points: 1046.39

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Place in 1986 Poll: 13

AM 1980s Rank: 113

Totally gnarly!

DocBrown: 10/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Otisredding: 144/150
Brad: 139/150
Michel: 139/150
Kingoftonga: 118/129
Stephan: 133/146

99. The Rolling Stones - Start Me Up

Points: 1047.49

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Place in 1981 Poll: 6

AM 1980s Rank: 150

Totally gnarly!

Henry: 1/150
Live in Phoenix: 12/150

Gag me with a spoon!

sonofsamiam: 150/150
mattceinicram: 102/108

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Live in Phoenix wrote:This neglected reggae track (with one rock attempt) became the band's other calling card besides "Satisfaction." Every time it comes on, it's a big deal.


98. Morrissey - Everyday Is Like Sunday

Points: 1048.98

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Place in 1988 Poll: 12

AM 1980s Rank: 90

Totally gnarly!

DaveC: 2/150
Brad: 13/150

Gag me with a spoon!

jamieW: 144/150
Jirin: 104/112
Bruno: 74/80

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DaveC wrote:Arguably the best ever evocation in song of place and circumstance. For me it is Whitley Bay, but it could be Bognor Regis, Weston-Super-Mare, Southend-On-Sea or two dozen other places.


97. Arvo Pärt - Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

Points: 1050.82

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Place in 1984 Poll: 10

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

Michel: 2/150
sonofsamiam: 2/150
jamieW: 9/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Harold: 146/146
Listyguy: 150/150
Live in Phoenix: 143/150
Craig: 141/150
Henrik: 139/150

96. Talking Heads - This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)

Points: 1053.12

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Place in 1983 Poll: 11

AM 1980s Rank: 342

Totally gnarly!

TimmyWing: 9/133
Moonbeam: 11/150

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TimmyWing wrote:Really touching, unconventially so for a Talking Heads song. Perfectly describes the feeling of a blossoming relationship.

Moonbeam wrote:It's just unfair that a song knocking on the door of my top 50 of all-time has to settle for 11th place on my ballot. By far my favorite Heads song, its vibrant beauty led it to become my chosen ringtone for my wife's calls.


95. AC/DC - Back in Black

Points: 1060.06

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Place in 1980 Poll: 14

AM 1980s Rank: 69

Gag me with a spoon!

CharlieDriggs: 114/114
DaveC: 149/150
Moonbeam: 149/150
Jirin: 106/112
Miguel: 136/150

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Live in Phoenix wrote:Against all reasonable odds, AC/DC survives the loss of their lead singer and comes back with their biggest album ever.  And of course AC/DC wants to celebrate with the aural equivalent of smashing your home with a wrecking ball while you're listening to their song.


94. The Cure - Close To Me

Points: 1062.09

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Place in 1985 Poll: 5

AM 1980s Rank: 167

93. Astor Piazzolla - Oblivion

Points: 1062.44

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Place in 1984 Poll: 7

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

Dan: 11/150
nicolas: 14/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Listyguy: 149/150
Live in Phoenix: 149/150
Craig: 142/150

92. The Cure - Pictures of You

Points: 1063.30

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Place in 1989 Poll: 12

AM 1980s Rank: 337

Totally gnarly!

TimmyWing: 1/133
sonofsamiam: 6/150

Gag me with a spoon!

DocBrown: 140/150
Dan: 139/150

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TimmyWing wrote:When I saw The Cure play this live they didn't change a thing, which is fine because it's perfect as it is. The chorus is just heartbreaking, especially, "If only I thought of the right words, I could have held onto your heart." And then, right at the end, the chord progression changes and Robert Smith lets out this ecstatic yelp as the mood shifts from hopeless to uplifting. It's a masterpiece in composition.


91. Leonard Cohen - Everybody Knows

Points: 1064.88

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Place in 1988 Poll: 15

AM 1980s Rank: 412

Totally gnarly!

jamieW: 2/150
Otisredding: 11/150
Miguel: 12/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Henry: 146/150
Mindrocker: 143/150
Rocky Raccoon: 140/150
TimmyWing: 124/133

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Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 6:02 am

90. Van Halen - Jump

Points: 1067.79

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Place in 1984 Poll: 15

AM 1980s Rank: 33

Totally gnarly!

Stephan: 6/146
Henry: 7/150
Greg: 14/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Honorio: 150/150
CharlieDriggs: 113/114
Nassim: 145/150
Moonbeam: 142/150
jamieW: 140/150

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TimmyWing wrote:The ultimate feel-good, carefree single of the '80s.


89. The Stone Roses - I Am the Resurrection

Points: 1069.08

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Place in 1989 Poll: 13

AM 1980s Rank: 286

Totally gnarly!

Kingoftonga: 1/129
sonofsamiam: 15/150

Gag me with a spoon!

stone37: 123/127
Henrik: 145/150
Live in Phoenix: 144/150
jamieW: 142/150

88. Public Enemy - Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos

Points: 1073.05

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Place in 1988 Poll: 6

AM 1980s Rank: 237

Totally gnarly!

JimmyJazz: 14/150

Gag me with a spoon!

mattceinicram: 107/108
Henry: 147/150
Miguel: 147/150

Quotable
Listyguy wrote:This is one of the most intense songs I have ever heard, and I love it. The looping sample and Chuck D's vicious lyrical attack work very well together.


87. Soft Verdict - Struggle for Pleasure

Points: 1073.50

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Place in 1983 Poll: 10

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

Mindrocker: 2/150
Miguel: 11/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Greg: 149/150
Craig: 147/150
Listyguy: 145/150

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Moonbeam wrote:It says a lot about the strength of the choices here that this beautiful and unique discovery can only manage 83rd on my list.


86. Bruce Springsteen - Brilliant Disguise

Points: 1076.95

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Place in 1987 Poll: 15

AM 1980s Rank: 332

Totally gnarly!

stone37: 7/127

Gag me with a spoon!

Moonbeam: 139/150
Nassim: 137/150

85. Motörhead - Ace of Spades

Points: 1078.01

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Place in 1980 Poll: 9

AM 1980s Rank: 30

Totally gnarly!

Henrik: 3/150
Mindrocker: 3/150
Nassim: 11/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Jirin: 111/112
DaveC: 141/150
DocBrown: 139/150

84. Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)

Points: 1080.17

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Place in 1985 Poll: 7

AM 1980s Rank: 169

Totally gnarly!

Live in Phoenix: 1/150
Stephan: 3/146

Gag me with a spoon!

JimmyJazz: 149/150
Harold: 142/146
CharlieDriggs: 110/114
Henrik: 138/150
Honorio: 138/150

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Listyguy wrote:For most people this song and The Breakfast Club and joined at the hip, but I like this song a lot more than the movie.

Live in Phoenix wrote:Quintessential ‘80s: synthesizer, glorious echo, soundtrack to a John Hughes film, and a non-alpha male singer (like he’s out of a John Hughes movie himself).  When I hear this song, I feel like I’m within the sanctity of the ‘80s itself.


83. Goran Bregovic - Ederlezi

Points: 1080.97

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Place in 1988 Poll: 6

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

CharlieDriggs: 2/114
Dan: 9/150
DaveC: 12/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Nassim: 143/150
Rocky Raccoon: 137/150
Craig: 136/150

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Honorio wrote:The time of the gypsies. Never before the music from the Balkans obtained such exposure to the Western world. We must thank Goran Bregovic if only for this.


82. Faith No More - Epic

Points: 1081.46

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Place in 1989 Poll: 7

AM 1980s Rank: 139

Totally gnarly!

Nassim: 9/150
DocBrown: 11/150
Harold: 13/146

Gag me with a spoon!

Listyguy: 146/150
Dan: 144/150
Henrik: 143/150
Henry: 143/150
Honorio: 143/150
Michel: 140/150
Otisredding: 139/150
Miguel: 137/150

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Moonbeam wrote:The very best mix of rap and rock that comes to mind. The video and song seemed to mark a sea change for both genres, but future attempts to marry rap and rock never came close to this.


81. Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight

Points: 1087.03

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Place in 1981 Poll: 10

AM 1980s Rank: 165

Totally gnarly!

Live in Phoenix: 7/150

Gag me with a spoon!

JimmyJazz: 147/150
Michel: 144/150
Jirin: 107/112
Brad: 138/150
Dan: 138/150
DaveC: 136/150

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Listyguy wrote:I suspect the story behind this song (that Collins' saw a man drowning and another man who didn't help him, finds the man and sings this to him) isn't true, but regardless, this song is a huanting masterpiece.

Live in Phoenix wrote:Phil sounds like he wants to ******* kill whoever’s on the receiving end of this song, and he still got every grocery store and soft rock station to play it.  A barely human voice sucks you in to the point that a simple drum fill wallops you.

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

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80. New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle

Points: 1092.08

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Place in 1986 Poll: 12

AM 1980s Rank: 100

Totally gnarly!

Honorio: 6/150
TimmyWing: 6/133

Gag me with a spoon!

Mindrocker: 146/150
Greg: 145/150
Henrik: 137/150

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TimmyWing wrote:I think the dance remix wins over the album version by just a little. The album version is still triumphant, but it's so condensed. What the dance remix does is elongate it, introducing each musical aspect one at a time so you can savour each one a little more.

Honorio wrote:Lessons of survival. After the suicide of leader In Curtis, New Order succeeded in finding a new sound taking the mystery and darkness to the dance floor, creating songs equally moving polished with sumptuous electronic clothes or, like Frente!'s cover, naked or barely dressed with a simple acoustic guitar. Every time I see you falling…

Moonbeam wrote:Music just doesn't sound more ecstatic than this.


79. Violent Femmes - Blister in the Sun

Points: 1095.21

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Place in 1983 Poll: 12

AM 1980s Rank: 34

Gag me with a spoon!

Greg: 139/150

78. Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Points: 1108.91

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Place in 1983 Poll: 9

AM 1980s Rank: 59

Gag me with a spoon!

Brad: 150/150
JimmyJazz: 148/150
Jirin: 110/112
Honorio: 147/150
sonofsamiam: 137/150

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Listyguy wrote:I find it impossible to hear this song without singing along.


77. Dexys Midnight Runners - Come on Eileen

Points: 1109.57

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Place in 1982 Poll: 10

AM 1980s Rank: 101

Totally gnarly!

TimmyWing: 4/133
nicolas: 13/150

Gag me with a spoon!

jamieW: 143/150
Harold: 139/146
Bruno: 75/80

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TimmyWing wrote:Some people find this song annoying, but how could you? It's pure, unadulterated joy in a song. And it's got a banjo breakdown!


76. Tom Waits - Jockey Full of Bourbon

Points: 1110.14

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Place in 1985 Poll: 11

AM 1980s Rank: 268

Totally gnarly!

nicolas: 3/150
Jirin: 5/112
CharlieDriggs: 8/114

Gag me with a spoon!

mattceinicram: 106/108
Live in Phoenix: 146/150
Henry: 145/150
stone37: 120/127

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Honorio wrote:I remember the first time I listened to it on the opening scene of Jarmusch's "Down by Law," the Latin rhumba beat, the whispered Waits voice and, above all, the fantastic guitar solo by Marc Ribot (one of my favourite guitar solos ever).


75. Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus

Points: 1116.29

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Place in 1989 Poll: 15

AM 1980s Rank: 70

Totally gnarly!

Moonbeam: 8/150

Gag me with a spoon!

jamieW: 150/150
Bruno: 77/80
Greg: 143/150
sonofsamiam: 139/150

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Moonbeam wrote:Depeche Mode synths plus a dirty funk lick? Sign me up!


74. The Pogues - Fairytale of New York

Points: 1122.91

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Place in 1987 Poll: 11

AM 1980s Rank: 64

Totally gnarly!

DocBrown: 2/150
Honorio: 4/150

Gag me with a spoon!

jamieW: 141/150

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Honorio wrote:The best possible Christmas carol for today. Irish flavours for a love and hate story happening in a New York where "they've got cars big as bars" and "rivers of gold." While "the bells are ringing out on Christmas day" Shane MacGowan (in a duet with Kirsty MacColl) tells us big tales of great failures like only him could tell. "I could have been someone / well, so could anyone."


73. Roxy Music - More Than This

Points: 1125.20

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Place in 1982 Poll: 9

AM 1980s Rank: 178

Totally gnarly!

Greg: 2/150
Live in Phoenix: 4/150
Miguel: 8/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Nassim: 144/150
Listyguy: 140/150
Michel: 138/150
Mindrocker: 136/150

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Live in Phoenix wrote:If I have successfully understood Bryan Ferry, then I'd say this must be his favorite Roxy Music tune: the ultimate in dissolving in the romantic beauty of your song.

Moonbeam wrote:Like the rest of Avalon, it sounds like the band has ventured hundreds of miles through remote lands to stumble upon the most sacred and pristine oasis known to man.


72. Talking Heads - The Great Curve

Points: 1130.07

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Place in 1980 Poll: 12

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

Listyguy: 8/150

Gag me with a spoon!

stone37: 126/127

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Listyguy wrote:This is one of those songs that gets lost in the shuffle of a great album, but for me this song defines the album. The combination of bongos, roaring guitars and background vocals from space make this song a masterpiece.

TimmyWing wrote:The guitar solos on this song...!

Moonbeam wrote:Snake-charming, spellbinding and utterly hypnotic, it makes ME move by remote control.


71. Paul Simon - Graceland

Points: 1131.17

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Place in 1986 Poll: 5

AM 1980s Rank: 141

Totally gnarly!

DocBrown: 4/150
Dan: 14/150
Miguel: 15/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Moonbeam: 147/150
stone37: 118/127

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Moonbeam wrote:Even my wife who hails from South Africa can't stand this song. Yawnaroonie.
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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Dan » Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:42 am

Thanks Moonbeam! It's such a striking presentation, befitting the colourful 80s. I'm always excited by these results - especially seeing who likes and dislikes each song. I've now spoon-gagged 15 times (though there are very few of those 15 songs that I'd actually skip if it comes up on shuffle), so there are only totally gnarly songs left for me.

I love the variety of these final 150 songs.

PS: If I ever meet your wife, I'll make sure not to drop "Graceland" into conversation, 'cause things could get nasty. :mrgreen:
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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Henry » Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:48 am

Great presentation Moonbeam!

Please note that while I didn't despise The Pogues "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" I did rate it 141/150 in my original submission. I also had Fairytale of New York at 124/150. These numbers may have been inadvertently reversed in the second version I sent to you, and if so, there is no need to note this difference in your calculations.

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Nassim » Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:49 am

A few random comments :

Well, punk and metal/hard-rock got slammed even harder than I expected !

Run DMC - Rock Box : Epic is only the 2nd best mix of rock and rap of the 80s, this is hands down the best with the relentless beat and the effortless guitar riffs. I don't even care if the lyrics are any good, those drums hit so hard !

Violent Femmes - Add It Up : Their self titled album is one of my very favorite of the 80s, an awkward anomaly when all was about jangly guitars and synths. It's not just an awkward album, it's an album about being awkward, out of phase, and Add It Up and Kiss Off, though not as catchy as Blister in the Sun, are its most perfect moment. Add it Up got it all, sing a long moments, crazy solos, lyrics simple and brilliant at the same time...

This Mortal Coil - Song to the Siren : I thought this would be shoe-in for the top 100. What I find the most interesting here is how 3 great versions of the songs (this, Tim Buckley's original one and Tim Buckley's version in Starsailor) are so different and yet carry the same powerful mix of emotions

New Order - Temptation : I am baffled this ends so low, I hope some voters did not base their opinion on the 87 version. Even beside that, there is an issue I also met with The Mercy Seat where 2 versions of the song are different enough to significantly change the ranking, I find the 7" version of Temptation a bit better than the 12" one so I based my vote on it (the 12" version would still be 5th in my list). Anyway, that's for me the best mix of dance and pop/rock that ever existed before James Murphy hit a studio, and LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip and pretty much any band that made me dance with guitars owe this song a huge debt. What also makes this more to my taste than any Joy Division song is Bernard Sumner voice : as explained in the Pitchfork 500 book, Ian Curtis what THAT guy that you can only admire from afar, Sumner is the guy next door, the one you can identify too, singing a simple but lovely and direct love song.

Nick Nicely - Hilly Fields / The Soft Verdict - Struggle for Pleasure : probably my 2 favorite discoveries from the poll (I might have heard Hilly Fields for the unacclaimed songs polls). Hilly Fields is just out there, not sounding like pretty much anything else, which would not be enough to make it great if it wasn't so dreamy, catchy and endearing.

Tom Waits - Innocent When You Dream : The higgest ranked Tom Waits song in my list is the song I had the most troubles ranking. In its core it is a beautiful song with a wonderful melody, but the production value really kinda ruins it. It's nice to do things differently, I like some of my 90s lo-fi, but here it just makes the music muddy and blurry... Bad As Me sounds different because of the instruments and Tom Waits' voice and songwriting, but the production helps underlines those qualities, so this self sabotaging of a lovely song is really a pity

Billy Bragg - A New England : Just a guy and his guitar singing about heart break, a surprising change of subject in Billy Bragg's political discography, though it comes to show that there is also a moment where the personal takes over the political, and it does it in a very endearing way.

U2 - Bad : probably my favorite U2 song, that's as bombastic as they can get without feeling as exagerated and over the top as some of their other hits. And no, I'm not a U2 fan (true or not)

AC/DC - You Should Me All Night Long/Back in Black : I like Bon Scott's AC/DC more than their 80s stuff, he was just plain funnier in his vocals, lyrics and attitude, so expect to see lot of it during the 70s poll because as far as AC/DC go you can't beat Whole Lotta Rosie and Let There be Rock. Without reaching Moonbeam's extremes, I don't enjoy You Shook Me All Night Long much. Back in Black on the other hand has one of those riffs that made the legend of the band, but they still have at least 5 betters ones.
Random fact : my favorite bar in Melbourne is in AC/DC lane !

The Replacements - I Will Dare/Bastards of Young : Don't take it badly if I say I Will Dare is the lesser of the Replacements songs that made our list, it was still my #20. That's the most direct of the 3 though, a galvanizing anthem that I use as a motivator while considering to ask a girl out (and then bailing out). Bastards of Young is a much more angry one, and even more powerful. But both can't of course compete with their songs yet to appear !

Leonard Cohen - Everybody Knows : Another case when different arrangements and production could make it a bit more enjoyable

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:05 am

Dan wrote:Thanks Moonbeam! It's such a striking presentation, befitting the colourful 80s. I'm always excited by these results - especially seeing who likes and dislikes each song. I've now spoon-gagged 15 times (though there are very few of those 15 songs that I'd actually skip if it comes up on shuffle), so there are only totally gnarly songs left for me.

I love the variety of these final 150 songs.

PS: If I ever meet your wife, I'll make sure not to drop "Graceland" into conversation, 'cause things could get nasty. :mrgreen:


Thanks for the compliments! I'm sure if my wife met you, she'd be too sweet to get into a fuss about "Graceland". Nickelback might rile her up a bit, though! :P

Where did you grow up in South Africa? She was a Jo-burg girl and was born in 1979. It would be awesome if you two had met in SA before she came to Oz!

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:06 am

Henry wrote:Great presentation Moonbeam!

Please note that while I didn't despise The Pogues "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" I did rate it 141/150 in my original submission. I also had Fairytale of New York at 124/150. These numbers may have been inadvertently reversed in the second version I sent to you, and if so, there is no need to note this difference in your calculations.


I checked both your original list and the revised one, and the Pogues swap is the only discrepancy between the two lists! The positions of both Pogues songs remain the same, although the points are slightly different. Thanks for picking it up!

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:12 am

Nassim wrote:A few random comments :

Well, punk and metal/hard-rock got slammed even harder than I expected !

Run DMC - Rock Box : Epic is only the 2nd best mix of rock and rap of the 80s, this is hands down the best with the relentless beat and the effortless guitar riffs. I don't even care if the lyrics are any good, those drums hit so hard !

Violent Femmes - Add It Up : Their self titled album is one of my very favorite of the 80s, an awkward anomaly when all was about jangly guitars and synths. It's not just an awkward album, it's an album about being awkward, out of phase, and Add It Up and Kiss Off, though not as catchy as Blister in the Sun, are its most perfect moment. Add it Up got it all, sing a long moments, crazy solos, lyrics simple and brilliant at the same time...

This Mortal Coil - Song to the Siren : I thought this would be shoe-in for the top 100. What I find the most interesting here is how 3 great versions of the songs (this, Tim Buckley's original one and Tim Buckley's version in Starsailor) are so different and yet carry the same powerful mix of emotions

New Order - Temptation : I am baffled this ends so low, I hope some voters did not base their opinion on the 87 version. Even beside that, there is an issue I also met with The Mercy Seat where 2 versions of the song are different enough to significantly change the ranking, I find the 7" version of Temptation a bit better than the 12" one so I based my vote on it (the 12" version would still be 5th in my list). Anyway, that's for me the best mix of dance and pop/rock that ever existed before James Murphy hit a studio, and LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip and pretty much any band that made me dance with guitars owe this song a huge debt. What also makes this more to my taste than any Joy Division song is Bernard Sumner voice : as explained in the Pitchfork 500 book, Ian Curtis what THAT guy that you can only admire from afar, Sumner is the guy next door, the one you can identify too, singing a simple but lovely and direct love song.

Nick Nicely - Hilly Fields / The Soft Verdict - Struggle for Pleasure : probably my 2 favorite discoveries from the poll (I might have heard Hilly Fields for the unacclaimed songs polls). Hilly Fields is just out there, not sounding like pretty much anything else, which would not be enough to make it great if it wasn't so dreamy, catchy and endearing.

Tom Waits - Innocent When You Dream : The higgest ranked Tom Waits song in my list is the song I had the most troubles ranking. In its core it is a beautiful song with a wonderful melody, but the production value really kinda ruins it. It's nice to do things differently, I like some of my 90s lo-fi, but here it just makes the music muddy and blurry... Bad As Me sounds different because of the instruments and Tom Waits' voice and songwriting, but the production helps underlines those qualities, so this self sabotaging of a lovely song is really a pity

Billy Bragg - A New England : Just a guy and his guitar singing about heart break, a surprising change of subject in Billy Bragg's political discography, though it comes to show that there is also a moment where the personal takes over the political, and it does it in a very endearing way.

U2 - Bad : probably my favorite U2 song, that's as bombastic as they can get without feeling as exagerated and over the top as some of their other hits. And no, I'm not a U2 fan (true or not)

AC/DC - You Should Me All Night Long/Back in Black : I like Bon Scott's AC/DC more than their 80s stuff, he was just plain funnier in his vocals, lyrics and attitude, so expect to see lot of it during the 70s poll because as far as AC/DC go you can't beat Whole Lotta Rosie and Let There be Rock. Without reaching Moonbeam's extremes, I don't enjoy You Shook Me All Night Long much. Back in Black on the other hand has one of those riffs that made the legend of the band, but they still have at least 5 betters ones.
Random fact : my favorite bar in Melbourne is in AC/DC lane !

The Replacements - I Will Dare/Bastards of Young : Don't take it badly if I say I Will Dare is the lesser of the Replacements songs that made our list, it was still my #20. That's the most direct of the 3 though, a galvanizing anthem that I use as a motivator while considering to ask a girl out (and then bailing out). Bastards of Young is a much more angry one, and even more powerful. But both can't of course compete with their songs yet to appear !

Leonard Cohen - Everybody Knows : Another case when different arrangements and production could make it a bit more enjoyable


Great comments! I agree that "Rock Box" is really, really good too. It was one of my favorite discoveries here and might have ranked more highly had I had a long history with it like I do with "Epic". Great to see you pour out some love for "Temptation" - I was also surprised it finished so low, and agree that it is a perfect marriage of dance and pop/rock.

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:13 am

70. Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al

Points: 1132.11

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Place in 1986 Poll: 6

AM 1980s Rank: 411

Totally gnarly!

Miguel: 10/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Jirin: 112/112
Moonbeam: 148/150
sonofsamiam: 147/150

Quotable
Moonbeam wrote:Even at 6 or 7 I could tell how embarassingly schlocky this was.


69. Madonna - Into the Groove

Points: 1141.92

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Place in 1985 Poll: 9

AM 1980s Rank: 21

Totally gnarly!

Dan: 15/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Stephan: 134/146

Quotable
Honorio wrote:Maybe this is the perfect song to describe the sound of the 80s, this bright electronic sound that apparently many people detest (and some of us love).

Moonbeam wrote:A highlight of her early days as queen of dance-pop, this song is as infectious as it gets.


68. Michael Jackson - Thriller

Points: 1143.81

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Place in 1982 Poll: 5

AM 1980s Rank: 130

Totally gnarly!

Henrik: 6/150
jamieW: 8/150

Gag me with a spoon!

DocBrown: 149/150
sonofsamiam: 146/150
JimmyJazz: 136/150
Michel: 136/150

67. Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time

Points: 1145.33

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Place in 1983 Poll: 7

AM 1980s Rank: 133

Totally gnarly!

Stephan: 5/146
stone37: 9/127
Jirin: 11/112
Live in Phoenix: 15/150

Quotable
TimmyWing wrote:I love how she teases out the chorus after the first verse, then heads straight into the next one. "Time after--"


66. Public Enemy - Bring the Noise

Points: 1156.98

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Place in 1987 Poll: 6

AM 1980s Rank: 26

Totally gnarly!

sonofsamiam: 5/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Miguel: 146/150
Stephan: 139/146
DaveC: 142/150
stone37: 117/127

65. Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing

Points: 1159.65

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Place in 1982 Poll: 8

AM 1980s Rank: 25

Totally gnarly!

Miguel: 1/150
stone37: 12/127

Gag me with a spoon!

Nassim: 150/150
Michel: 149/150
Moonbeam: 143/150
jamieW: 138/150
Brad: 136/150

Quotable
Honorio wrote:The swan song of Gaye was one of his best songs, with pure sensuality emanating from a blanket of synthesizers and rhythm boxes.

Moonbeam wrote:This song has always made me cringe. Marvin has much better of offer than this sexless muzak.


64. Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls

Points: 1160.63

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Place in 1985 Poll: 10

AM 1980s Rank: 61

Totally gnarly!

Greg: 11/150
TimmyWing: 10/133

Gag me with a spoon!

Nassim: 147/150
nicolas: 136/150

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TimmyWing wrote:This song shouldn't work. Maybe it's the bassline, or the melodic chorus, or the gorgeous synth strings, but something saves this song from being a bad recital of poetry to a British synthpop classic.


63. Tear for Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Points: 1162.31

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Place in 1985 Poll: 6

AM 1980s Rank: 307

Totally gnarly!

Henry: 2/150
DocBrown: 5/150
Greg: 5/150
Live in Phoenix: 9/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Brad: 141/150
Michel: 141/150

Quotable
Listyguy wrote:This is the quintessential synth-pop song: there's just enough synthesizers, but the song isn't drowning in them.


62. The Jam - Going Underground

Points: 1179.14

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Place in 1980 Poll: 15

AM 1980s Rank: 42

Totally gnarly!

Otisredding: 2/150
Brad: 5/150
Honorio: 5/150
DaveC: 13/150

Gag me with a spoon!

DocBrown: 136/150

Quotable
Honorio wrote:The pioneers of power-pop. The pop came from the sixties but the power came from the punk. And the fury too. Paul Weller attacked the mass media and the military policy of Thatcher government: "You choose your leaders and place your trust / as their lies wash you down and their promises rust / you'll see kidney machines replaced by rockets and guns."


61. Kraftwerk - Computer Love

Points: 1187.81

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Place in 1981 Poll: 3

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

Moonbeam: 6/150
Kingoftonga: 7/129
Mindrocker: 15/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Listyguy: 147/150

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Moonbeam wrote:There is such a poignance in the theme of computers seeking emotional connection, and the synthesizers are so astonishingly beautiful, particularly when they playfully and almost shyly carve out the same melody in different octaves as if playing the roles of two different characters.

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Dan » Sun Jan 05, 2014 12:03 pm

Moonbeam wrote:I'm sure if my wife met you, she'd be too sweet to get into a fuss about "Graceland".

In that case, I would probably respond to her sweet nature with a friendly smile. Kindness and sweetness are way more appealing qualities than getting worked up about subjective opinions.

Moonbeam wrote:Where did you grow up in South Africa? She was a Jo-burg girl and was born in 1979. It would be awesome if you two had met in SA before she came to Oz!

It’s highly unlikely that we would have met. I grew up in a very blue-collar mining town called Virginia in the Free State Province. These days I enjoy hanging out in Joburg when I visit my younger sister, but I hardly ever ventured into that part of the country while growing up.

On a separate note, the thing I like most about the results so far is that pop songs like “Into the Groove”, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, “West End Girls” and even “Careless Whisper” did better than I had expected – the kind of (wonderful) pop songs that would have been criticized for not being substantial or raw enough until fairly recently.
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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 12:42 pm

Dan wrote:
Moonbeam wrote:I'm sure if my wife met you, she'd be too sweet to get into a fuss about "Graceland".

In that case, I would probably respond to her sweet nature with a friendly smile. Kindness and sweetness are way more appealing qualities than getting worked up about subjective opinions.


Agreed! She wouldn't even get worked up over Nickelback, her very least favorite, in all likelihood. :mrgreen:

And despite my at times over-the-top opinions, I never get into arguments about this sort of stuff in real life (or online, really). I'm happy for someone else to espouse a love for "You Shook Me All Night Long" - I'd just like to stay at least a few time zones away from wherever it's being played. :P

Dan wrote:
Moonbeam wrote:Where did you grow up in South Africa? She was a Jo-burg girl and was born in 1979. It would be awesome if you two had met in SA before she came to Oz!

It’s highly unlikely that we would have met. I grew up in a very blue-collar mining town called Virginia in the Free State Province. These days I enjoy hanging out in Joburg when I visit my younger sister, but I hardly ever ventured into that part of the country while growing up.


That's a shame! It would have been an awesome twist! South Africa is amazing from the little bits of it that I've seen.

Dan wrote:On a separate note, the thing I like most about the results so far is that pop songs like “Into the Groove”, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, “West End Girls” and even “Careless Whisper” did better than I had expected – the kind of (wonderful) pop songs that would have been criticized for not being substantial or raw enough until fairly recently.


Amen, brother. Amen! Now we need to get "Burning Up", "She Bop", "It's a Sin" and "Father Figure" in there.
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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 12:43 pm

60. U2 - Where the Streets Have No Name

Points: 1193.35

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Place in 1987 Poll: 9

AM 1980s Rank: 115

Totally gnarly!

DocBrown: 6/150
Henry: 8/150

Gag me with a spoon!

TimmyWing: 126/133
Brad: 142/150
CharlieDriggs: 106/114
Otisredding: 137/150

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TimmyWing wrote:I prefer the Pet Shop Boys version. It's a medley with Can't Take My Eyes Off You! How can you not love that?


59. The Jam - That's Entertainment

Points: 1194.84

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Place in 1980 Poll: 7

AM 1980s Rank: 75

Totally gnarly!

Brad: 3/150
CharlieDriggs: 3/114
Michel: 5/150
Miguel: 5/150

58. Prince - 1999

Points: 1195.32

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Place in 1982 Poll: 6

AM 1980s Rank: 45

Totally gnarly!

Moonbeam: 1/150

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Moonbeam wrote:This song is what made me a lifetime fan of music. This is my musical DNA in song. I can't really say much more than that.


57. Chris Isaak - Wicked Game

Points: 1198.54

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Place in 1989 Poll: 9

AM 1980s Rank: 202

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Honorio wrote:Those ethereal guitar sounds may come from the 50s but created a ghostly atmosphere contemporary and in par with David Lynch disturbing universes.


56. Prince - Little Red Corvette

Points: 1202.10

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Place in 1982 Poll: 4

AM 1980s Rank: 16

Totally gnarly!

Rocky Raccoon: 4/150
stone37: 6/127

Gag me with a spoon!

Nassim: 136/150

Quotable
Moonbeam wrote:Please check out the dance mix if you haven't done so already! Those extra 3 minutes raise it even higher.


55. The Cure - In Between Days

Points: 1206.54

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Place in 1985 Poll: 3

AM 1980s Rank: 179

Totally gnarly!

Otisredding: 10/150
Craig: 14/150

Gag me with a spoon!

mattceinicram: 99/108

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TimmyWing wrote:Oddly enough this isn't one of my favourite Cure songs - I love the locomotive guitar and drums, but Robert's written much better tunes in his time.

Honorio wrote:Robert Smith knows how to make a perfect pop song, sweet, bright and danceable but incredibly sad too. "Yesterday I got so old I felt like I could die."


54. The Cure - Lovesong

Points: 1207.51

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Place in 1989 Poll: 9

AM 1980s Rank: NA

Totally gnarly!

Moonbeam: 3/150
Listyguy: 7/150
DocBrown: 15/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Mindrocker: 147/150
Rocky Raccoon: 142/150

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Listyguy wrote:An absolutely beautiful song, which is the last thing you would expect from this morbid band.

Moonbeam wrote:I used to cry myself to sleep to this every night. The video was so striking to me as a kid, and I long yearned to have someone to whom to sing this! So while to many, it stands as the cheeriest moment of Disintegration, to me it captures a beautifully sorrowful longing that makes it my 4th favorite song ever.


53. R.E.M. - It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

Points: 1221.57

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Place in 1987 Poll: 12

AM 1980s Rank: 52

Totally gnarly!

Rocky Raccoon: 10/150

Gag me with a spoon!

jamieW: 148/150
Moonbeam: 136/150

Quotable
Honorio wrote:Not really an end. In many ways it was the beginning of the world of pop music as we know it by now. And yes, I feel fine too.


52. U2 - New Year's Day

Points: 1222.26

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Place in 1983 Poll: 6

AM 1980s Rank: 95

Totally gnarly!

Live in Phoenix: 2/150
jamieW: 7/150

Gag me with a spoon!

TimmyWing: 131/133

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TimmyWing wrote:This pisses me off within the first 5 seconds of hearing it.

Moonbeam wrote:Their best 80s song, I'd say! That or "All I Want Is You".


51. The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again

Points: 1225.56

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Place in 1986 Poll: 3

AM 1980s Rank: 295

Totally gnarly!

Michel: 4/150
Mindrocker: 7/150
Kingoftonga: 11/129
jamieW: 15/150

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby PlasticRam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 12:49 pm

It's weird that Graceland and You Can Call Me Al are the most acclaimed songs off Graceland. There are at least five better songs on that album than those two.

Edit: Oh and actually The Boy in the Bubble too. Those three and That Was Your Mother are my least liked songs. Great album though, my 6th fav of all time and 1st of the 80s.

Great presentation!
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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby jamieW » Sun Jan 05, 2014 1:14 pm

Absolutely amazing presentation, Moonbeam. One of the greatest aspects of these polls since I've been participating in the forum has been the beautiful quality of the presentations themselves. They're definitely put together with an artistic eye; and this one clearly, as Dan said, recreates the atmosphere of the 80s! It's making me nostalgic...

Also, I love seeing the "Gag me with a spoon" section. By now, I'm pretty familiar with what most of the forum members really like; but I'm often VERY surprised by their least favorites, since some of them I really don't see coming. (For example, I was quite surprised that there were a number of people who are less than enthusiastic about the Arvo Part piece, which is so hauntingly sparse and beautiful to my ears. I just love the unpredictability of musical tastes!)

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Bruno » Sun Jan 05, 2014 1:42 pm

Great presentation, Moonbean!

Many songs that I thought would be in the top 50 are already out! :o :o :o

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Postby Mattceinicram » Sun Jan 05, 2014 3:20 pm

I found it funny how this turned out. None of the songs that were nominated are ones I can say I dislike. It was just a great list of music! So the fact that some of the Cure or Tom Wait's songs were labeled as "Gag me with a spoon" are a little funny to me. I consider myself big fans of both of them! Rain Dogs and Disintegration are two of my favorite albums.
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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Kingoftonga » Sun Jan 05, 2014 6:05 pm

Since travel plans prevented me from leaving comments on the spreadsheet, I'll add a few now...

First of all, I'm always pleasantly surprised by how idiosyncratic our collective tastes are. We're not afraid to nominate overplayed hits when we like them (I'm delighted that the admittedly corny "Free Fallin'" made the final list), but we never simply choose the greatest hits (I was struck by both the Madonna and Peter Gabriel entries, which are not the ones that I would guess).

146. Run-D.M.C. -- Rock Box

I'm surprised this placed so low; I think it's a better integration of rock and rap than the overplayed "Walk This Way."

131. Psychedelic Furs -- Pretty in Pink

So all that good will the Psychedelic Furs garnered in the Moderately Acclaimed contest wore off, I suppose? The Psychedelic Furs are one of my favorite finds in the past year.

124. Tom Waits -- Innocent When You Dream

Which version is the definitive version for people? I think I prefer the "barroom" version, but the 78 one has its merits as well, and maybe even fits into the album a bit better.

122. Talk Talk -- The Rainbow

I appreciate the harmonica (I play myself), but some songs just don't work outside the context of the album.

121. Paul Simon -- The Boy in the Bubble

How is this the lowest rated Paul Simon song? "These are the days of miracles and wonder" is such a compelling and inspiring line, simultaneously promising great things from the modern world while ironically suggesting that these "miracles" are nothing more than terrorism and "lasers in the jungle."

114. The Church -- Under the Milky Way

I'm surprised this made the cut; I only found out about this song when my girlfriend was playing the album in the background, and I became utterly transfixed with the bagpipe solo. (Yes, bagpipe solo!) The rest of the album fails to live up to this track, but they're a deserving one-hit wonder in my book.

111. Tom Petty -- Free Fallin'

I always think I never want to here this song again, but as overplayed radio hits go, it's not bad. I don't think it deserves the scorn that some reserve for it, even if Tom Petty has done better stuff.

109. Prince -- I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man

Prince mainly just baffles me; I like him well-enough, but fail to see the genius that others do. However, this one song, for six beautiful minutes, manages to convince me that the Prince-lovers are right and perhaps he is the best artist of the 80s after all.

107. The Clash -- Rock the Casbah

This has always been a mediocre song to me; as late-period Clash hits go, I much prefer "Should I Stay or Should I Go?", which unfortunately didn't make the cut.

96. Talking Heads -- This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)

I was at a wedding in October where the bride (a big alternative music fan) walked down the aisle to this song. I don't think it would work for every wedding, but it worked for that one and it was beautiful.

95. AC/DC -- Back in Black

Okay, it's an open secret that AC/DC are a terrible, terrible band, but if you don't like this song, you need to get your musical calibration checked. Some songs are so bad that they're secretly good, and this is one of them (see also: Guns'n'Roses).

90. Van Halen - Jump

Speaking of songs so bad they're good... :)

89. Stone Roses -- I Am the Resurrection

It grates on me that my fellow U.S. music lovers largely ignore the Stone Roses. While a lot of British favorites do nothing for me, the Stone Roses deserve all the acclaim they get from the British press. I'm sad that only one of their songs made it in, but I'm glad it's this one, which one of my favorite guitar solos of all time.

88. Public Enemy -- Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos

I love the righteous anger here, especially the line "It said they were suckers!"

82. Faith No More -- Epic

Such a bizarre song. I completely understand some people's distaste, as I suppose Mike Patton isn't for everyone. But I think this song (and this whole album, really) is off-the-wall brilliance.

61. Kraftwerk -- Computer Love

For anyone who accuses Kraftwerk (or electronic music) of lacking emotion, this is Exhibit A in their defense. A song even more relevant in 2014 as it was in 1981.

53. R.E.M. -- It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

What stops this from being merely a novelty song are those beautiful backing vocals - "It's time I had some time alone."

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby DocBrown » Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:29 pm

So, What time is it in Australia? Last night Ian had me up half the night reading updates, and now we have to wait while he sleeps!

Excellent job, Moonbeam and ListyGuy!
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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby DaveC » Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:40 pm

Right now it will be 6:40am where Moonbeam lives. For me it is 8:40am on 6th January.

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Honorio » Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:41 pm

Awesome presentation, Moonbeam (as everyone was expecting, your presentations are always superb).
And a very good list so far. But, if we compare it with the previous 80s poll of 2008, it's a more mainstream-oriented one. I was expecting that expanding it to 150 was going to allow more unexpected choices to enter. But that was not the case, especially for the albums list.
Anyway, great show! :music-rockon: :music-guitarred: :happy-partydance:

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby JimmyJazz » Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:45 pm

Honorio wrote:Awesome presentation, Moonbeam (as everyone was expecting, your presentations are always superb).


Same for me!

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby DaveC » Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:53 pm

Great presentation Moonbeam, I'm really enjoying it.

I also didn't find much time for comments. I intended to say "The highway to hell is paved with AC/DC inventions", but Moonbeam aced that by putting them at the destination.

Hilly Fields / Struggle for Pleasure / Youth of America have all been great finds for me and will continue to grow I expect.

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Listyguy » Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:16 pm

DocBrown wrote:So, What time is it in Australia? Last night Ian had me up half the night reading updates, and now we have to wait while he sleeps!

You probably won't have that problem when I unroll the albums then. I'm on the East Coast of the United States.

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:31 pm

50. Elvis Costello - I Want You

Points: 1228.39

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Place in 1986 Poll: 9

AM 1980s Rank: 220

Totally gnarly!

CharlieDriggs: 4/114
Henrik: 12/150
Jirin: 10/112
Brad: 14/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Kingoftonga: 126/129
Greg: 138/150
Live in Phoenix: 138/150

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TimmyWing wrote:Compared to other Elvis songs this does relatively little for me. Still a good song though.

Honorio wrote:The most harsh and intense love song, about a love that scares him to death, about the hurting of betrayal. "I want you / I'm not ashamed to say I cried for you."


49. The Specials - Ghost Town

Points: 1231.46

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Place in 1981 Poll: 1

AM 1980s Rank: 6

Totally gnarly!

Henrik: 4/150
nicolas: 7/150
CharlieDriggs: 9/114

Gag me with a spoon!

Bruno: 78/80
Listyguy: 142/150
Kingoftonga: 122/129

Quotable
Honorio wrote:Ah, those times were #1 pop songs included sharp social messages. "This town is coming like a ghost town / no job to be found in this country." Combative pop singers, where are you now?

Moonbeam wrote:The only song I've heard by The Specials that I like, and I LOVE it. That meandering synth is so curiously eerie.


48. Blondie - Call Me

Points: 1231.77

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Place in 1980 Poll: 11

AM 1980s Rank: 108

Totally gnarly!

jamieW: 5/150
DocBrown: 8/150
Moonbeam: 12/150
Kingoftonga: 12/129
Henry: 15/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Greg: 137/150

Quotable
Moonbeam wrote:My first favorite Blondie song - that revved up new wave sound is thrilling now as it was then.


47. U2 - Pride (In the Name of Love)

Points: 1234.08

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Place in 1984 Poll: 6

AM 1980s Rank: 50

Totally gnarly!

Miguel: 3/150
Rocky Raccoon: 9/150
Harold: 10/146

Gag me with a spoon!

TimmyWing: 128/133
Henrik: 142/150

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TimmyWing wrote:Have I mentioned how much I don't like U2?


46. Bob Marley - Redemption Song

Points: 1241.46

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Place in 1980 Poll: 5

AM 1980s Rank: 134

Totally gnarly!

Rocky Raccoon: 3/150
DaveC: 7/150
nicolas: 10/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Brad: 144/150
Moonbeam: 144/150

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Listyguy wrote:Bob Marley without the reggae beats. It's the closing track of the last album released while he was alive, and it was meant to have a powerful message: there may no longer be chains, but there is still slavery.

Honorio wrote:Marley ended his astonishing career with this amazing grace note, an austere final note filled by hope. Won't you help to sing / these songs of freedom?


45. Prince - Raspberry Beret

Points: 1242.34

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Place in 1985 Poll: 1

AM 1980s Rank: 183

Totally gnarly!

Miguel: 2/150
stone37: 2/127
Rocky Raccoon: 11/150

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Moonbeam wrote:He could have chosen any other hue for the beret here - the song itself has enough brightness to suit any color.


44. Echo and the Bunnymen - The Killing Moon

Points: 1243.02

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Place in 1984 Poll: 7

AM 1980s Rank: 86

Totally gnarly!

Brad: 12/150
Honorio: 13/150

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Honorio wrote:Majestic. The first song recorded for the "Ocean Rain" sessions marked the tone of the rest of the album. And what a tone. Elegant, mysterious and, yes, majestic.


43. Pixies - Where Is My Mind?

Points: 1254.58

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Place in 1988 Poll: 3

AM 1980s Rank: 55

Totally gnarly!

JimmyJazz: 3/150
Kingoftonga: 3/129

Gag me with a spoon!

nicolas: 145/150
Miguel: 141/150
Mindrocker: 138/150

42. R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe

Points: 1257.15

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Place in 1981 Poll: 5

AM 1980s Rank: 27

Totally gnarly!

Michel: 12/150
Brad: 15/150

41. The Replacements - Unsatisfied

Points: 1263.10

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Place in 1984 Poll: 4

AM 1980s Rank: 346

Totally gnarly!

Greg: 1/150
Brad: 4/150
Nassim: 4/150
Harold: 4/146
Jirin: 7/112

Gag me with a spoon!

Henrik: 149/150

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Henrik » Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:53 pm

Awesome presentation and list, Moonbeam! And great to see so many comments!

143. The Cure - Plainsong
I made a top 100 songs list for each year of the '80s, and The Cure is easily my favorite band with over 40 songs among the total 1,000 songs. Still, "Plainsong" didn't make it and I was very surprised to see it make the decade poll. My #133.

135. New Order - Temptation
Worst drum ever IMO. Maybe I haven't listened to the best version. Could someone please post a Spotify link to the right one?

137. This Mortal Coil - Song to the Siren
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126. Nick Nicely - Hilly Fields
138. Au Pairs - Headache for Michelle
140. Wipers - Youth of America
I like surprises, so I wish one or a couple of these lesser known gems had made the top 100, even if I had to put both Nick Nicely and Au Pairs outside my own top 100 due to extreme competition!

97. Arvo Pärt - Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
My #139. This was my breaking point from "a fan" to "not a fan". It is pleasant but I have no feelings for it. Why not the haunting "Fratres" or "Tabula Rasa" instead?

89. The Stone Roses - I Am the Resurrection
In the bottom of my list, while "I Wanna Be Adored" and "Made of Stone" had been high. I don't like the bold second half of the song at all.

85. Motörhead - Ace of Spades
127. Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name
149. Metallica - Master of Puppets
I'm extremely disappointed by these results, especially Maiden and Metallica. Why is it so hard for you guys to enjoy metal?

83. Goran Bregovic - Ederlezi
93. Astor Piazzolla - Oblivion
My #18 and #19. Just sayin'. Very glad to see these in the top 100!

41. The Replacements - Unsatisfied
I wish I could appreciate Paul's vocals like almost everyone else here apparently do.
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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Mattceinicram » Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:02 pm

Kingoftonga wrote:
95. AC/DC -- Back in Black

Okay, it's an open secret that AC/DC are a terrible, terrible band, but if you don't like this song, you need to get your musical calibration checked. Some songs are so bad that they're secretly good, and this is one of them (see also: Guns'n'Roses).

I don't know. I mean I don't think they are that great of a band, and may be overrated, but I wouldn't call them terrible. Yes they are lacking in the intellectual side of things, but so is a lot of the pop music that is acclaimed. Personally I do enjoy AC/DC a bit, and own a couple of their LPs. They have created some of the most timeless head-banging jams and enjoyable guitar solos. I do believe they have made nice impact on the music world. Just my opinion
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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Henrik » Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:09 pm

Mattceinicram wrote:
Kingoftonga wrote:
95. AC/DC -- Back in Black

Okay, it's an open secret that AC/DC are a terrible, terrible band, but if you don't like this song, you need to get your musical calibration checked. Some songs are so bad that they're secretly good, and this is one of them (see also: Guns'n'Roses).

I don't know. I mean I don't think they are that great of a band, and may be overrated, but I wouldn't call them terrible. Yes they are lacking in the intellectual side of things, but so is a lot of the pop music that is acclaimed. Personally I do enjoy AC/DC a bit, and own a couple of their LPs. They have created some of the most timeless head-banging jams and enjoyable guitar solos. I do believe they have made nice impact on the music world. Just my opinion

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:10 pm

Henrik wrote:Awesome presentation and list, Moonbeam! And great to see so many comments!

143. The Cure - Plainsong
I made a top 100 songs list for each year of the '80s, and The Cure is easily my favorite band with over 40 songs among the total 1,000 songs. Still, "Plainsong" didn't make it and I was very surprised to see it make the decade poll. My #133.


:( This song is amazing!

Henrik wrote:126. Nick Nicely - Hilly Fields
138. Au Pairs - Headache for Michelle
140. Wipers - Youth of America
I like surprises, so I wish one or a couple of these lesser known gems had made the top 100, even if I had to put both Nick Nicely and Au Pairs outside my own top 100 due to extreme competition!


The same thing happened for me - my favorite discovery of the whole poll only managed number 64 on my ballot.

Henrik wrote:85. Motörhead - Ace of Spades
127. Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name
149. Metallica - Master of Puppets
I'm extremely disappointed by these results, especially Maiden and Metallica. Why is it so hard for you guys to enjoy metal?


I quite like both "Ace of Spades" and "Hallowed Be Thy Name". "Master of Puppets" doesn't do anything for me, though. I much preferred "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)", "Disposable Heroes" and "Orion".

Henrik wrote:41. The Replacements - Unsatisfied
I wish I could appreciate Paul's vocals like almost everyone else here apparently do.


They're an impediment for me, too.

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:13 pm

40. Prince - Let's Go Crazy

Points: 1263.33

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Place in 1984 Poll: 11

AM 1980s Rank: 322

Totally gnarly!

Rocky Raccoon: 1/150
Moonbeam: 9/150
Harold: 12/146
Live in Phoenix: 13/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Honorio: 142/150

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TimmyWing wrote:That opening monologue has become something of a mantra amongst me and my friends. Uplifting, lively and off the rails.

Moonbeam wrote:I used to bring this song to mind when I would compete in track and field. There's nothing that pumps me up quite like this, and the piano freakout of the extended mix is drool-worthy.


39. The Cure - Lullaby

Points: 1264.91

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Place in 1989 Poll: 6

AM 1980s Rank: 305

Totally gnarly!

Nassim: 1/150
Henrik: 5/150
Craig: 9/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Rocky Raccoon: 148/150

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Moonbeam wrote:One of the most unique songs ever made. Those backwards strings are so chilling!


38. Neil Young - Rockin' in the Free World

Points: 1280.47

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Place in 1989 Poll: 2

AM 1980s Rank: 96

Totally gnarly!

Miguel: 6/150
DaveC: 10/150
Live in Phoenix: 10/150
Mindrocker: 10/150

37. Prince - Sign O' the Times

Points: 1281.81

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Place in 1987 Poll: 4

AM 1980s Rank: 19

Totally gnarly!

Moonbeam: 10/150
nicolas: 11/150
JimmyJazz: 12/150
TimmyWing: 12/133
Honorio: 14/150
Otisredding: 15/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Jirin: 102/112

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TimmyWing wrote:Funky, and thought-provoking. What more could you want in a track?

Honorio wrote:Prince did his own take on protest song with this one. AIDS, drug abuse, poverty, gang violence or hurricanes never were so funky.

Moonbeam wrote:Prince rarely gets it right when he delves into political messages, but the simplicity and subtlety really works. It really sparks when he plays it live.


36. R.E.M. - The One I Love

Points: 1284.04

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Place in 1987 Poll: 3

AM 1980s Rank: 72

Totally gnarly!

Mindrocker: 4/150
Michel: 14/150
DaveC: 15/150

35. The Cure - A Forest

Points: 1298.95

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Place in 1980 Poll: 4

AM 1980s Rank: 266

Totally gnarly!

Moonbeam: 4/150
Nassim: 8/150
Michel: 11/150

Gag me with a spoon!

DocBrown: 147/150
mattceinicram: 103/108
stone37: 116/127
Harold: 133/146

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Moonbeam wrote:A lonely synth, Gallup's captivating bass, sparse drumming and Robert's vacating vocals and moving guitar solo. Pure magic. If I was limited to a single 80-minute disc of music to last me the rest of my life, this would be on it.


34. Tom Waits - Downtown Train

Points: 1299.07

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Place in 1985 Poll: 8

AM 1980s Rank: 254

Totally gnarly!

Listyguy: 5/150
DocBrown: 7/150
Miguel: 7/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Henry: 149/150

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Listyguy wrote:Another absolute gem from Mr. Waits. This one disguises itself as a 50's pop song in every possible way, from the title to the gently sung verse, while actually being about a man who loves a hooker. You gotta love Tom Waits.


33. The Cure - Just Like Heaven

Points: 1307.77

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Place in 1987 Poll: 5

AM 1980s Rank: 37

Totally gnarly!

JimmyJazz: 6/150
Greg: 10/150
Listyguy: 10/150
TimmyWing: 11/133

Gag me with a spoon!

Bruno: 73/80

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Listyguy wrote:One of the most exhilerating songs I've heard.


32. The La's - There She Goes

Points: 1311.53

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Place in 1988 Poll: 4

AM 1980s Rank: 31

Totally gnarly!

Michel: 9/150
Honorio: 12/150
Stephan: 13/146

Gag me with a spoon!

TimmyWing: 123/133
CharlieDriggs: 104/114

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Honorio wrote:An addictive song. But don't blame it to heroin, blame it to the secret ingredient of the formula of pop, the one that makes you sing along and click on "repeat." Which ingredient? I don’t know. If I knew it maybe I would be Paul McCartney. Or Lee Mavers.


31. Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City

Points: 1312.74

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Place in 1982 Poll: 6

AM 1980s Rank: 203

Totally gnarly!

Michel: 3/150
Kingoftonga: 4/129
Miguel: 9/150
Listyguy: 15/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Henry: 142/150
Moonbeam: 138/150

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Henrik » Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:25 pm

Moonbeam wrote:
Henrik wrote:143. The Cure - Plainsong
I made a top 100 songs list for each year of the '80s, and The Cure is easily my favorite band with over 40 songs among the total 1,000 songs. Still, "Plainsong" didn't make it and I was very surprised to see it make the decade poll. My #133.


:( This song is amazing!


Henrik wrote:97. Arvo Pärt - Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
My #139. This was my breaking point from "a fan" to "not a fan".

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:42 pm

30. The Police - Every Breath You Take

Points: 1316.54

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Place in 1983 Poll: 5

AM 1980s Rank: 8

Totally gnarly!

Henry: 4/150
Bruno: 3/80
Rocky Raccoon: 7/150
Stephan: 12/146
mattceinicram: 10/108

Gag me with a spoon!

DaveC: 145/150

29. Prince - Kiss

Points: 1317.56

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Place in 1986 Poll: 1

AM 1980s Rank: 15

Totally gnarly!

Honorio: 3/150
Dan: 5/150
stone37: 8/127
Henrik: 11/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Greg: 136/150

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Honorio wrote:DMSR. Dance, music, sex, romance. A bomb for the dance floor, an immediate hit of funky music based on minimalist electronic backing and sensual wah-wah guitars, a hot plea for sex ("I just need your body, baby, from dusk till dawn") and the best example possible of seduction in music, of music for romance.

Moonbeam wrote:This song has earned me quite a lot of money through karaoke. ;)


28. Don Henley - The Boys of Summer

Points: 1322.52

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Place in 1984 Poll: 2

AM 1980s Rank: 63

Totally gnarly!

Stephan: 1/146
Harold: 3/146
Listyguy: 9/150
DocBrown: 12/150
stone37: 11/127
Nassim: 15/150

Gag me with a spoon!

JimmyJazz: 146/150
Michel: 146/150
Mindrocker: 144/150
CharlieDriggs: 108/114
Honorio: 140/150

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Listyguy wrote:Easily better than anything that the Eagles made. The synthesizers and lyrics give it a great nostalgic tone, and it's downright gorgeous.


27. Bruce Springsteen - The River

Points: 1327.62

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Place in 1980 Poll: 10

AM 1980s Rank: 289

Totally gnarly!

nicolas: 1/150
DocBrown: 3/150
Brad: 9/150
Honorio: 9/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Bruno: 76/80

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Honorio wrote:The real story of Springsteen sister told from the point of view of his brother-in-law exemplifies the broken dreams of a whole generation, the young people growing up on the 70s just to face the big difference between their dreams and their reality. "All the things that seemed so important / well, mister, they vanished right into the air."


26. Michael Jackson - Beat It

Points: 1332.26

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Place in 1982 Poll: 3

AM 1980s Rank: 39

Totally gnarly!

Listyguy: 6/150
Bruno: 4/80
Henry: 9/150

Gag me with a spoon!

DocBrown: 148/150
Otisredding: 141/150

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Listyguy wrote:MJ was a master at combining pop and funk, but here he adds a third element: pure rock, courtesy of Eddie Van Halen.

Live in Phoenix wrote:An anthem about running away from fights?!?  Well, only if 1983-era Michael Jackson says so.

Moonbeam wrote:I remember running around the neighborhood as a kid playing this through a ghettoblaster. There are a few MJ songs I prefer, but none make me feel the awe of his pop prowess like this one.


25. Madonna - Like a Prayer

Points: 1349.29

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Place in 1989 Poll: 5

AM 1980s Rank: 35

Totally gnarly!

Dan: 2/150
CharlieDriggs: 7/114

Gag me with a spoon!

nicolas: 147/150

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Listyguy wrote:If Madonna is the queen of pop, then this is her gem. The production and songwriting skill on this track are outstanding: every guitar, background voal and drum is placed perfectly.

Moonbeam wrote:You know the parent album is amazing when a song this wonderful only ranks seventh.


24. Soft Cell - Tainted Love

Points: 1350.32

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Place in 1981 Poll: 2

AM 1980s Rank: 23

Totally gnarly!

Live in Phoenix: 8/150
Otisredding: 8/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Jirin: 109/112
sonofsamiam: 142/150
Greg: 140/150

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Listyguy wrote:One of the few straight-up synth-pop songs that actually doesn't sound dated.

Honorio wrote:The best cover of the 80s. Marc Almond and Dave Ball proved that electronic music by no means was the same as cold music.

Moonbeam wrote:Synth pop at its seediest, this is a tantalizing highlight from a wonderful album.


23. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - The Mercy Seat

Points: 1352.91

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Place in 1988 Poll: 5

AM 1980s Rank: 85

Totally gnarly!

Otisredding: 6/150
TimmyWing: 8/133
jamieW: 11/150
Mindrocker: 11/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Rocky Raccoon: 141/150
Henry: 137/150

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Live in Phoenix wrote:I was at work late, in the dark, running through some unfamiliar '80s songs to little effect--then "The Mercy Seat" came on and I felt like I was in the grip of death.

TimmyWing wrote:Nick Cave loves to unsettle his listeners, but The Mercy Seat does more than that. Once it starts repeating the chorus through to the end, its sheer power and relentlessness leaves you in awe.


22. Tracy Chapman - Fast Car

Points: 1363.98

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Place in 1988 Poll: 1

AM 1980s Rank: 73

Totally gnarly!

Jirin: 4/112
Harold: 7/146
DocBrown: 9/150
Rocky Raccoon: 15/150

Gag me with a spoon!

Brad: 148/150
Greg: 142/150
TimmyWing: 122/133

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Moonbeam wrote:I remember thinking Tracy Chapman was a man when I first heard this at age 8. The depth in her voice is so powerful, and this song has long been a favorite.


21. The Human League - Don't You Want Me

Points: 1398.23

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Place in 1981 Poll: 4

AM 1980s Rank: 32

Totally gnarly!

Otisredding: 1/150
Stephan: 8/146
Henry: 11/150
jamieW: 13/150
TimmyWing: 13/133

Gag me with a spoon!

JimmyJazz: 145/150

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TimmyWing wrote:You can't deny how much of a classic this is. I also have a soft spot for well-made duets.

Moonbeam wrote:As much as I love Travelogue (and I do a freaking LOT), after the girls joined in with this track, there was no turning back!

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Moonbeam » Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:43 pm

Last update for a bit. Anyone care to guess how the top 20 will play out?

We can make it a game. Lowest score wins where score = sum((guess - actual)^2).

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby TimmyWing » Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:49 pm

I reckon (at least I hope!) Blue Monday will end up near the top. Also my low placing of There She Goes is probably due to its overuse in the dfs adverts here in the UK. Sorry La's!

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Re: Songs of the 1980s Poll: Results!

Postby Sweepstakes Ron » Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:50 pm

Moonbeam wrote:Last update for a bit. Anyone care to guess how the top 20 will play out?

We can make it a game. Lowest score wins where score = sum((guess - actual)^2).

I'd definitely be willing to make a guess if I could find what the remaining 20 are.
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