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Slant (USA): Best Singles of the 1980s

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:23 am
by JR
It has arrived. :mrgreen:

http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/feat ... -1980s/321

Madonna and Prince are tied for the most entries, but it's not yet known how many that is. And neither appear in the first 20% of the list.

100. David Bowie, "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)"
99. Tracy Chapman, "Fast Car"
98. Public Enemy, "Don't Believe the Hype"
97. The Replacements, "I Will Dare"
96. Chaka Khan, "I Feel for You"
95. Extra T's, "E.T. Boogie"
94. Michael Jackson, "Smooth Criminal"
93. Kate Bush, "The Big Sky"
92. Leonard Cohen, "Everybody Knows"
91. Violent Femmes, "Blister in the Sun"
90. Connie Case, "Get Down"
89. The B-52's, "Love Shack"
88. N.W.A., "Straight Outta Compton"
87. Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock, "It Takes Two"
86. Peter Gabriel, "Sledgehammer"
85. Janet Jackson, "The Pleasure Principle"
84. The Bangles, "Hazy Shade of Winter"
83. Pat Benatar, "Love Is a Battlefield"
82. Devo, "Whip It"
81. Gang of Four, "Outside the Trains Don't Run on Time"

Re: Slant (USA): Best Singles of the 1980s

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:05 am
by Midaso
Fast Car should be top 20 at least...

80-61...

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:41 pm
by JR
No 68 is missing; will add it when updated.

80. Janet Jackson, "What Have You Done for Me Lately"
79. Cybotron, "Clear"
78. Pixies, "Monkey Gone to Heaven"
77. Patrice Rushen, "Forget Me Nots"
76. Public Enemy, "Bring the Noise"
75. Eurythmics, "Here Comes the Rain Again"
74. Gary Numan, "Cars"
73. The Cure, "Just Like Heaven"
72. Kate Bush, "Hounds of Love"
71. Bruce Springsteen, "Atlantic City"
70. A Number of Names, "Sharevari"
69. Run-D.M.C., "Walk This Way"
68. The Rolling Stones, "Start Me Up"
67. Kraftwerk, "Computer Love"
66. Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force, "Looking for the Perfect Beat"
65. Janet Jackson, "Rhythm Nation"
64. Prince, "1999"
63. U2, "Where the Streets Have No Name"
62. Whitney Houston, "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
61. New Order, "Ceremony"

60-41...

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:01 pm
by JR
60. Laurie Anderson, "O Superman (For Manneset)"
59. Blondie, "Atomic"
58. Paula Abdul, "Straight Up"
57. Nu Shooz, "I Can't Wait"
56. The Stone Roses, "Made of Stone"
55. The Clash, "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
54. Simple Minds, "Don't You (Forget About Me)"
53. Kid Creole & the Coconuts, "Annie, I'm Not Your Daddy"
52. Mr. Fingers, "Can You Feel It?"
51. David Bowie, "Let's Dance"
50. Sonic Youth, "Teenage Riot"
49. Bruce Springsteen, "Born in the U.S.A."
48. Taana Gardner, "Heartbeat"
47. Young MC, "Bust a Move"
46. Prince, "Sign o' the Times"
45. Adam Ant, "Goody Two Shoes"
44. Soft Cell, "Tainted Love"
43. Madonna, "Open Your Heart"
42. George Michael, "Father Figure"
41. The Smiths, "This Charming Man"

Re: Slant (USA): Best Singles of the 1980s

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:54 pm
by Moonbeam
JR wrote: 100. David Bowie, "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)"
85. Janet Jackson, "The Pleasure Principle"
84. The Bangles, "Hazy Shade of Winter"
It's very cool to see these included!
99. Tracy Chapman, "Fast Car"
94. Michael Jackson, "Smooth Criminal"
91. Violent Femmes, "Blister in the Sun"
87. Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock, "It Takes Two"
82. Devo, "Whip It"
I'm happy to see these in as well, but I expected them to be a bit higher.

Re: 80-61...

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:57 pm
by Moonbeam
JR wrote: 80. Janet Jackson, "What Have You Done for Me Lately"
65. Janet Jackson, "Rhythm Nation"
I'm very happy to see Janet getting her due with at least 3 entries! "Rhythm Nation" should be higher, though.
77. Patrice Rushen, "Forget Me Nots"
75. Eurythmics, "Here Comes the Rain Again"
67. Kraftwerk, "Computer Love"
61. New Order, "Ceremony"
:D
64. Prince, "1999"
Glad it made the cut, but this is Prince's best single, so it should be much, much higher!

Re: 60-41...

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:59 pm
by Moonbeam
JR wrote: 59. Blondie, "Atomic"
48. Taana Gardner, "Heartbeat"
42. George Michael, "Father Figure"
Very, very, very happy to see these here.
43. Madonna, "Open Your Heart"
And even happier with this! It's about time the best song from True Blue got some love.

40-21...

Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:04 pm
by JR
40. U2, "With or Without You"
39. Talking Heads, "Burning Down the House"
38. R.E.M., "The One I Love"
37. Michael Jackson, " Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
36. Bananarama, "Cruel Summer"
35. 35. Salt-N-Pepa, "Push It"
34. Grace Jones, "Slave to the Rhythm"
33. Cyndi Lauper, "All Through the Night"
32. R.E.M., "Radio Free Europe"
31. Indeep, "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life"
30. The Smiths, "How Soon Is Now?"
29. INXS, "Need You Tonight"
28. Madonna, "Live to Tell"
27. David Bowie, "Ashes to Ashes"
26. Madonna, "Into the Groove"
25. Prince, "Little Red Corvette"
24. R.E.M., "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"
23. The Clash, "Rock the Casbah"
22. Cyndi Lauper, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
21. Queen & David Bowie, "Under Pressure"

20-1...

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:25 pm
by JR
20. Beastie Boys, "(You Gotta) Fight for your Right (To Party)"
19. A-ha, "Take on Me"
18. Tom Tom Club, "Genius of Love"
17. Public Enemy, "Fight the Power"
16. Madonna, "Express Yourself"
15. Prince and the Revolution, "I Would Die 4 U"
14. Echo & the Bunnymen, "The Killing Moon"
13. Kate Bush, "Running Up That Hill"
12. Shannon, "Let the Music Play"
11. Eurythmics, "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
10. Michael Jackson, "Beat It"
9. New Order, "Blue Monday"
8. Cyndi Lauper, "Time After Time"
7. Madonna, "Like a Prayer"
6. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, "The Message"
5. Talking Heads, "Once in a Lifetime"
4. Prince and the Revolution, "When Doves Cry"
3. Blondie, "Call Me"
2. Joy Division, "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
1. Michael Jackson, "Billie Jean"

Re: Slant (USA): Best Singles of the 1980s

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:05 pm
by Moonbeam
This is a truly awesome list! Love the high placements of "Call Me", "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", "Genius of Love", "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" and "Push It". I also love the dominance of Prince and Madonna - they truly owned the 80s.

Re: Slant (USA): Best Singles of the 1980s

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:47 pm
by JR
Agreed, Moon. Also, I like that Slant didn't give the usual props to "Like a Virgin" (and "Material Girl," to an extent)- good to see a few M tracks that don't get as much love as those, getting it on this list.