LPC's Weekly Playlist: The '80s are greaties
I love the '80s as much as this grown-ass man loves his Care Bears blankie.
Think I'm joking? I'm not. The 1980s is my favorite decade and music genre because there is so much going on. The decade is responsible for birthing the Pop Star (Madonna, clearly) and setting the tone for pop music today. It also launched New Wave, one of my favorite genres, and gave us (ugh) hair bands, a David Bowie/Freddie Mercury collab. (not even on this list, lol) and Michael Jackson's hair catching on fire.
What I'm trying to say is this is just the beginning. Be on the lookout for The '80s are greaties volume 2, 3, 4, 5, 6- infinity.
Madonna - Like a Virgin
Guys. Guys, guys, guys, guys! This song will always be very special to me for one reason only. In college, I was a youth-group kid (take a moment to deal with this new information) and during a karaoke outing, a group of young women got up to sing this song as a testament to THEIR VIRGINITY. I didn't have the heart to explain what the song was really about and just enjoyed knowing what everyone else didn't.
Hall & Oates - Maneater
I don't have much to say about this one. It's a good song and the chorus is cheesy in a way only the '80s could master. Sometimes I got "Maneater" confused with "Hungry Like the Wolf" but I am an educated woman now.
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
This song peaked at 98 on the Billboard Hot 100, which is one of the decade's biggest tragedies, edging out Michael Jackson's hair catching on fire.
Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine - Rhythm Is Gonna Get You
This song choice is in honor of Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio turning down the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show because it's too stressful and that she's already done two halftime shows. I have added a bonus track at the bottom of this list in honor of our self-care queen.
Dexys Midnight Runners - Come on Eileen
I will never skip this song, even though it drives me bonkers that there is no apostrophe in "Dexys."
The Human League - Don't You Want Me
In high school, Kelly Garrett and I would sing the chorus of "Don't You Want Me" to each other because we thought the song was hilariously cheesy. I mean, it is and always will be, but I will also be the first to tell you it slaps hard.
Janet Jackson - What Have You Done for Me Lately
Where were you when you found out how many Jacksons there are? For me it was the "American Idol" debut, when I was introduced to Randy Jackson and learned Michael, Janet, Tito, LaToya and Jermaine (already too many kids!!!) WEREN'T THE ONLY KIDS???!!! And to this day, I cannot remember Jackie or Rebbie. Anyway, this is a great Janet Jackson song.
INXS - Need You Tonight
I was "officially" introduced to INXS through a Rosie O'Donnell interview with Michael Hutchence in 1997. The only thing I remember about the interview is that Hutchence told a story about a fan showing him how they could "perform" the band's single "Need You Tonight" with a stream of their piss. And I've never forgotten about this song since.
Culture Club - I'll Tumble 4 Ya
I watched Billy Madison so many times in the '90s and early 2000s that I cannot think about this song without thinking about Adam Sandler dancing down a staircase to it. They are one and cannot be separated from my mind.
Pat Benetar - Heartbreaker
One of my best birthdays was when I went to see Pat Benetar not give a single shit about performing. (I think this was around 2012?) She played the hits, but made sure to tell the audience she had done her time as a touring artists and now gets to pick whatever she wants to do onstage. I love her.
Eddie Murphy - Party All the Time
Fun fact: Eddie Murphy was working with Prince on his album. Prince bowed out and Rick James stepped in to help deliver this absolute banger. Wish I was old enough to watch SNL in the '80s. Too bad I was negative four years old.
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
In elementary school I had a bus driver who would play music on the bus and let us choose the radio station. It was the only good thing about riding any school bus, ever. The point is, thanks to Mrs. Mendez and 96.3 FM, I was introduced to this song and it was one of those songs that was so unique to me that I have loved it ever since.
Nena - 99 Luftballons
Remember our friend Kelly Garrett from the previous entry? Her brother and I were in the same German class. His German name was Klaus (I think?) but his real name is Brian and one time he got a pack of tampons sent in the mail to him, except they labeled it "Bria" instead of "Brian." Absolute comedy. The point of this story is that "99 Luftballoons" is better in German than in English.
George Michael - Faith
I'll never forgive Limp Bizkit for what they did to this song.
Whitney Houston - How Will I Know
This song was originally intended for Whitney's playlist neighbor, Janet Jackson. Thankfully Ms. Jackson passed because I cannot imagine any other artist singing this song.
Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine - Conga
Told you there was a bonus.