Essential ’80s: 1980-1984

Essential ’80s: 1980-1984

Essential ’80s: 1985-1989

Various Artists

Hip-O

Oh sure, I know. You’re all sitting out there chuckling to yourselves, claiming not even one miserable song from the entire decade is worth listening to today. Well, fess up, Bunkie. I happen to know that every single one of you smug assholes has at least one secret song from the ’80s that you like. Don’t try to deny it; I’ve got your number.

I’m willing to bet my old lawnmower that one of these songs would find its way onto your stereo if nobody was around. “Bette Davis Eyes” happens to be one of my all-time favorite songs, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Okay, so it hasn’t aged well, but I still like it. John Waite’s “Missing You” is a great tune, and so is “Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister.

These two CDs, each containing 14 radio hits from the 1980s, are a legitimate collection of well-known, representative songs from that rather forgettable decade. Admittedly, there are some cuts I wouldn’t play if my life depended on it, but my list of yea and nay songs would probably be totally different from yours. And that’s what makes rock and roll so special!

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