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Top 10 Best And Worst Songs Of The 80’s

Having lived through exactly one year of the 80’s I probably (hopefully) absorbed just enough music as an infant to make me qualified to take on this impossible task...which I begged The Project to let me do.

Here is my 5 worst and 5 best songs from the 80's:

WORST - Hello by Lionel Richie

No, it’s not you I’m looking for.

It’s considered by some to be Richie's signature song, which is unfortunate for him. The video clip suggests a love affair between an art teacher and his blind student…oh and if that isn’t bad enough his love for the student is unrequited. This a big NO to the song and clip for me.

BEST - Dancing in the dark by Bruce Springsteen

I was about 10 when I first heard this song. My parents had made me go to the neighbours for a BBQ where there were no other kids, no dog, no pool and no ice blocks…why me?? It came on through the neighbour’s portable stereo system and I instantly liked it. I connected to the lyrics, I remember thinking, “It’s true! You can’t start a fire without a spark”. It was deep man.

Was it possible this guy looked even cooler in a bandanna than Avril Lavigne?? It was!

WORST - The Final Countdown by Europe

From the moment this monotonous song starts I begin counting down the seconds until it will end. Happy to admit I may not be in the majority on this one as it did reach number 1 in 25 countries. Watch the clip if you literally have nothing else on for today…I swear they upped the audio of girls screaming.

BEST - Maneater by Daryl Hall & John Oates

It’s soulful, it’s smooth, it will get stuck in your head for days and you won’t even care. Listen out for the stunning saxophone solo!

WORST - Nasty by Janet Jackson

No you’re not watching the state finals of Rock Eisteddfod…I know it’s confusing. This is in fact pop star Janet Jackson. I don’t know what is worse: the song or the clip. Shout out to the set designer who managed to make the borrowed Sesame Street studio look slightly browner.

BEST - Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac

OBVIOUSLY. I mean it’s probably still one of my top songs of all time to this day.

WORST - Together Forever by Rick Astley

It’s a bit intense Rick and you should be so lucky! Together forever is too much pressure for me. I will admit it is somewhat impressive a 9-year-old can sing this well.

BEST - What's Love Got to Do With It by Tina Turner

Tina Tuner was 44-years-old when she released this hit and it’s exactly what I want in a song: an older woman teaching all us younger girls that love isn’t always and usually isn’t the most important thing when it comes to a relationship. You tell em (me) Tina!

WORST - Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car by Billy Ocean

I think this is a fun, catchy song but the lyrics are super creepy and for that reason I’m marking it as a NO. The song literally starts with Billy yelling at a lady on the street, “Hey you! Get into my car!”.

This song is the biggest and weirdest flex of all time. Billy, I’m sure you’re actually sweet but you seem like you’re overcompensating when you state to be some stranger's 'non-stop miracle'. It’s a real shame because it has a killer sax solo too.

BEST - Our Lips Are Sealed by The Go-Go's

I chose this song because it’s one of the earliest examples of a song that made me feel like I’m cruising down the coastline in an endless summer. If only these were the girls I was spending days at the beach with.

To get a real idea of their aesthetic and another big YES from me, check out their song ‘Head Over Heels’.

You can catch lead singer of The Go-Go's Belinda Carlisle on The Sunday Project, this Sunday 17th February.