Some childhood favorites still linger unto this day. It’s been 30 years hence that we still like the sound of the 80’s. This decade was influenced by the 50’s-70’s music.
Why do you think it’s the best decade of music? The reggae, psychedelic, blues, rock, pop and other categories that seemed to have no name at the end of one’s tongue were refined in one way or another during this period.
Individual experiences relate to lyrics composed by amazing artists who were poets in their own rights, amazing is the word for some of them were without formal education, matched with awesome melodies of talented musicians.
Take the song by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers “Free Fallin'”, it’s so generic that anyone can relate to. Don’t know and didn’t care about the good girl and the bad boy, but the words that “I’m free” sounds good and that “I’m fallin'” is inevitable.
The band U2 raised awareness on political and social activism, not only that this group was alive in their cause, but oh my oh my how we girls were more conscious of their good looks only seconded by their talent. U2 is like beauty and brain rolled into one, they sing until now no nonsense songs, “Sunday Bloody Sunday” is just one of many.
The cover of Pet Shop Boys of “Always on my Mind” on the other hand is electric. It is a cognizant that Elvis’ rendition of it was already hypnotic but to make it as a dance/disco music is another form of art that made sober music into a happy one, wow.
There’s this Earth, Wind and Fire, famous in the 70’s until now. In the 80’s, their music was greater than the new wave era which can’t be easily disregarded. Titles of their songs if put together still make sense “it’s a Fantasy to Let’s Groove on September in a Boogie Wonderland Under a Shining Star, Let Me Talk After The Love Has Gone while Can’t Let Go to Sing A Song for Reasons That’s The Way of the World so Be Ever Wonderful In The Stone…”
There are numerous solo artists that personally appeal to my liking. Prince and Billy Idol are two of the few, but not Madonna and Michael J. No offense to their fans, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion and perspective of “best” and “talented” so I will not go to the road on criticizing these two legends for respect, civilly as that.
Well, I feel like I can write more on this topic, but I’m not in authority to do so. The list can go on and on. I haven’t tackled Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, When in Rome, Simply Red, ‘Til Tuesday, A Flock Of Seagulls, The Outfield, Alphaville, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Simple Minds, Wham and my sleep songs in the jazz category yet.