Monday, August 29, 2005

1982 was a bad year on the radio

Mitch is passing along this: Go to Music Outfitters, enter the year you got out of high school in the search box, copy and paste it into a blog post or wherever, cross out the ones you don't like, bold the ones you do, and underline your favorite. I skipped the underline part - just not enough good music here to differentiate.

  1. Physical, Olivia Newton-John ...sorry, I don’t mind listening to ONJ
  2. Eye Of The Tiger, Survivor
  3. I Love Rock N' Roll, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
  4. Ebony And Ivory, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder … worst song, ever
  5. Centerfold, J. Geils Band
  6. Don't You Want Me, Human League
  7. Jack And Diane, John Cougar
  8. Hurts So Good, John Cougar
  9. Abracadabra, Steve Miller Band
  10. Hard To Say I'm Sorry, Chicago
  11. Tainted Love, Soft Cell
  12. Chariots Of Fire, Vangelis
  13. Harden My Heart, Quarterflash
  14. Rosanna, Toto
  15. I Can't Go For That, Daryl Hall and John Oates
  16. 867-5309 (Jenny), Tommy Tutone
  17. Key Largo, Bertie Higgins
  18. You Should Hear How She Talks About You, Melissa Manchester
  19. Waiting For A Girl Like You, Foreigner
  20. Don't Talk To Strangers, Rick Springfield
  21. The Sweetest Thing, Juice Newton
  22. Always On My Mind, Willie Nelson …sorry, Willie
  23. Shake It Up, Cars
  24. Let It Whip, Dazz Band
  25. We Got The Beat, Go-Go's
  26. The Other Woman, Ray Parker Jr.
  27. Turn Your Love Around, George Benson
  28. Sweet Dreams, Air Supply
  29. Only The Lonely, Motels
  30. Who Can It Be Now?, Men At Work
  31. Hold Me, Fleetwood Mac
  32. Eye In The Sky, Alan Parsons Project
  33. Let's Groove, Earth, Wind and Fire
  34. Open Arms, Journey
  35. Leader Of The Band, Dan Fogelberg
  36. Leather And Lace, Stevie Nicks and Don Henley
  37. Even The Nights Are Better, Air Supply
  38. I've Never Been To Me, Charlene
  39. '65 Love Affair, Paul Davis
  40. Heat Of The Moment, Asia
  41. Take It Easy On Me, Little River Band
  42. Pac-man Fever, Buckner and Garcia
  43. That Girl, Stevie Wonder
  44. Private Eyes, Daryl Hall and John Oates
  45. Trouble, Lindsey Buckingham
  46. Making Love, Roberta Flack
  47. Love's Been A Little Bit Hard On Me, Juice Newton
  48. Young Turks, Rod Stewart
  49. Freeze-frame, J. Geils Band
  50. Keep The Fire Burnin', REO Speedwagon
  51. Do You Believe In Love, Huey Lewis and The News
  52. Cool Night, Paul Davis
  53. Caught Up In You, 38 Special
  54. Why Do Fools Fall In Love?, Diana Ross
  55. Love In The First Degree, Alabama
  56. Hooked On Classics, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  57. Wasted On The Way, Crosby, Stills and Nash
  58. Think I'm In Love, Eddie Money
  59. Love Is In Control, Donna Summer
  60. Personally, Karla Bonoff
    61. One Hundred Ways, Quincy Jones
  61. Blue Eyes, Elton John
  62. Our Lips Are Sealed, Go-Go's ...I prefer Fun Boy 3
  63. You Could Have Been Wih Me, Sheena Easton
    65. You Can Do Magic, America
  64. Did It In A Minute, Daryl Hall and John Oates
  65. I Ran, A Flock Of Seagulls
  66. Somebody's Baby, Jackson Browne
  67. Oh No, Commodores
  68. Take It Away, Paul McCartney
  69. It's Gonna Take A Miracle, Deneice Williams
  70. Love Will Turn You Around, Kenny Rogers
  71. Don't Stop Bellevin', Journey
  72. Comin' In And Out Of Your Life, Barbra Streisand
  73. Gloria, Laura Branigan
  74. Empty Garden, Elton John
  75. Yesterday's Songs, Neil Diamond
  76. Crimson And Clover, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
  77. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Police
  78. Here I Am, Air Supply
  79. I Keep Forgettin', Michael Mcdonald
  80. Get Down On It, Kool and The Gang
  81. Any Day Now, Ronnie Milsap
  82. Make A Move On Me, Olivia Newton-John
  83. Take My Heart, Kool and The Gang
  84. Mirror Mirror, Diana Ross
  85. Vacation, Go-Go's
  86. (Oh) Pretty Woman, Van Halen
  87. Should I Do It, Pointer Sisters
  88. Hot In The City, Billy Idol
  89. Kids In America, Kim Wilde
  90. Man On Your Mind, Little River Band
  91. What's Forever For, Michael Murphy
  92. Waiting On A Friend, Rolling Stones
  93. Do I Do, Stevie Wonder
  94. Working For The Weekend, Loverboy
  95. Goin' Down, Greg Guidry
  96. Arthur's Theme, Christopher Cross
  97. Through The Years, Kenny Rogers
  98. Edge Of Seventeen, Stevie Nicks


Wow, I dislike 54 songs and only really care for 7.

Mitch says he envies those of us graduating in 1982. One word: NO. This is a really craptacular list of music. 1982 was not devoid of good music, it was just that very little of it made it onto pop radio; at least in Minnesota. All I remember from 1982 is wave upon wave of Air Supply and Journey. I even waited in line for 10 hours to buy Journey tickets for my friends and then gave away my ticket because I realized the band sucked. The best music to be heard in the Twin Cities at that time was the Radio One show on KFAI. Mostly european new wave, dance, some punk (both Brit and American), and early rap; also the radio play Ruby, the Galactic Gumshoe. Very little of this music made it to the normal airwaves or to the list above.

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