The 80s had everything; big hair, colorful clothes, iconic artists, and last but not least great music. The decade was filled with unforgettable music hits from big hair bands, metal bands, R&B, hip hop, and pop artists. The music artists from the 80s made a lasting impression and still inspire radio hits twenty years later. Who could forget the sounds of Madonna, Blondie, The Commodores, Billy Joel, or Kool and the Gang? Billboard magazine produced a top 40 chart list from the 80s that can be found online at eighty-eightynine’s website which is where I comprised my list of memorable 80s radio hits.
Blondie, founded by Deborah Harry and Chris Stein, is the perfect band to represent both the style and sounds of the 80s. They had a unique fashion sense and their song, Call Me, made the list of top hits in 1980. They heavily influenced the new wave punk scene and dressed in the most fashionable clothes. Blondie’s cool hair styles made a fashion statement all on their own. Their music was mixed with sounds of reggae, disco and pop. In 1981, Dolly Parton released a song that that continues to be sung today in commercials, movies, and even our own homes, 9 to 5. She wrote the song for the film Nine to Five in which she also played a small role. The song became somewhat of a theme song for working people in the 80s. It most likely made the list of top hits because it won a Grammy award. Dolly Parton is one of the most successful female artists in the world. Another radio hit that didn’t fizzle out in 1982 was, Eye of the Tiger. The song is found in a lot of movie soundtracks and is most notably recognized for being played in the movie Rocky III with Sylvester Stallone. He requested the band Survivor to produce the song specifically for the movie.
In the mid 1980s, Madonna could always be found on the top 40 chart lists. She came out with hits such as; Borderline, Like a Virgin, and Crazy for You. These hits all helped to fuel her long lasting career and she still records hits today. Her edgy and daring personality and personal style made her an iconic figure. The end of the decade was popular for the band Milli Vanilli and they produced hits Girl You Know Its True, Girl I’m Gonna Miss You, Blame It on the Rain and, Baby Don’t Forget My Number. They were one of the most popular acts and their songs were played frequently on radio stations. The songs were award winning, until it was revealed that the singers’ vocals weren’t their own. Their music still topped the late 80s music charts.
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