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Songs of the Year: 1980

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Welcome to the 1980s, wastoids!

It’s a new decade, with new sounds and technology and all that jazz.

Leading off the technological revolution, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Talking Heads and even Prince. ABBA is still ABBA and Stevie Wonder is back from writing about plants. But you still have plenty of good classic rockers like the Dio-lead Black Sabbath, the Brian Johnson version of AC/DC, and the start of the new wave of British heavy metal with Iron Maiden and Judas Priest’s new sound.

This year we have, for the first time ever, Jason and Kramzer teaming up against Joe, it’s a real once in a lifetime kind of event. The winner takes it all!

The year is 1980 and we’re picking our favorite songs of the year.

It’s a simple concept. We pick five of our favorite songs that made the Billboard Top 100 (established in 1958) during any time that year. We also select five “wildcards” that can be any songs released as a single or on an album or EP that year. Finally, we also pick our “worst” song of the year, just for fun.

We started in 1958 and we’re going until we run out of years.

Standings So Far …

Jason pulled out a stunner, with XTC’s Making Plans for Nigel narrowly defeating the mighty Clash’s Train in Vain, denying Kramzer a rare back-to-back win. Joe’s odd choice of Fleetwood Mac’s What Makes You Think You’re the One earned him some respect… but not that many votes.

Joe: 11
Jason: 9.5
Kramzer: 6.5

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Which Was the Best Song of 1980?

  • Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads (75%, 187 Votes)
  • The Winner Takes it All by ABBA (25%, 61 Votes)

Total Voters: 248

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Robert

For 1981 give a listen to Pirates by Ricki Lee Jones.
The ABBA song reminds me a lot of Jacques Brel.

Joey

Are we going to see a retrospective blog post like we did for the 1960s? Would like to see how each of you rank your winners

Dan O

My favorite songs of 1980:
Rank Title-Artist
1. SPIRIT OF THE RADIO – RUSH
2. COME BACK – J. GEILS BAND
3. RUN LIKE HELL – PINK FLOYD
4. CARS – GARY NUMAN
5. UPSIDE DOWN – DIANA ROSS
6. EVERYTHING WORKS IF YOU LET IT – CHEAP TRICK
7. ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL – PINK FLOYD
8. GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS – PETER GABRIEL
9. MISUNDERSTANDING – GENESIS
10. NEED YOUR LOVING TONIGHT – QUEEN
11. HER STRUT – BOB SEGER & SILVER BULLET BAND
12. DON’T DO ME LIKE THAT – TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
13. FOOL IN THE RAIN – LED ZEPPELIN
14. HEARTBREAKER – PAT BENATAR
15. YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG – AC/DC
16. GIVE ME THE NIGHT – GEORGE BENSON
17. I DON’T REMEMBER – PETER GABRIEL
18. TRAIN IN VAIN (STAND BY ME) – THE CLASH
19. YOU MAY BE RIGHT – BILLY JOEL
20. COMFORTABLY NUMB – PINK FLOYD
21. ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST – QUEEN
22. BREAKDOWN DEAD AHEAD – BOZ SCAGGS
23. THINK ABOUT ME – FLEETWOOD MAC
24. YOUNG LUST – PINK FLOYD
25. (JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER – JOHN LENNON
26. DREAMER (LIVE) – SUPERTRAMP
27. BRASS IN POCKET – PRETENDERS
28. DREAMIN’ – CLIFF RICHARD
29. IN THE CITY – EAGLES
30. WE LIVE FOR LOVE – PAT BENATAR
31. VOICES – CHEAP TRICK
32. CHEAP SUNGLASSES – ZZ TOP
33. KILLER ON THE LOOSE – THIN LIZZY
34. BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN – BABYS
35. WHEN THE WORLD IS RUNNING DOWN – POLICE
36. HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT – PAT BENATAR
37. SAILING – CHRISTOPHER CROSS
38. I’M ALRIGHT – KENNY LOGGINS
39. STAND BY ME – MICKEY GILLEY
40. JANE – JEFFERSON STARSHIP

Dan O

More of my favorite songs of 1980:
41. STOP THIS GAME – CHEAP TRICK
42. HIM – RUPERT HOLMES
43. WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU – ROMANTICS
44. THE LEGEND OF WOOLY SWAMP – CHARLIE DANIELS BAND
45. DON’T LET GO – ISAAC HAYES
46. TURN IT ON AGAIN – GENESIS
47. SARA – FLEETWOOD MAC
48. ALL NIGHT LONG – JOE WALSH
49. ONLY A LONELY HEART SEES – FELIX CAVALIERE
50. CLONES (WE’RE ALL) – ALICE COOPER
51. I’M COMING OUT – DIANA ROSS
52. THAT GIRL COULD SING – JACKSON BROWNE
53. YOU’RE THE ONLY WOMAN – AMBROSIA
54. TURNING JAPANESE – VAPORS
55. LOVE STINKS – J. GEILS BAND
56. 99 – TOTO
57. HEY YOU – PINK FLOYD
58. TAKE YOUR TIME (DO IT RIGHT) – S.O.S. BAND
59. DRIVIN’ MY LIFE AWAY – EDDIE RABBITT
60. YOU’LL ACCOMPANY ME – BOB SEGER & SILVER BULLET BAND
61. IT’S STILL ROCK & ROLL TO ME – BILLY JOEL
62. THIS IS IT – KENNY LOGGINS
63. CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE – QUEEN
64. COMING UP (LIVE AT GLASGOW) – PAUL MCCARTNEY & WINGS
65. REFUGEE – TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
66. HEADED FOR A FALL – FIREFALL
67. GIVE IT ALL YOU GOT – CHUCK MANGIONE
68. SOMETIMES A FANTASY – BILLY JOEL
69. WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE – CLIFF RICHARD
70. ANY WAY YOU WANT IT – JOURNEY
71. BOULEVARD – JACKSON BROWNE
72. TAKE A LITTLE RHYTHM – ALI THOMPSON
73. ANGEL SAY NO – TOMMY TUTONE
74. ANOTHER NAIL THROUGH MY HEART – SQUEEZE
75. DON’T ASK ME WHY – BILLY JOEL
76. I GOT YOU – SPLIT ENZ
77. YOU BETTER RUN – PAT BENATAR
78. TOUCH AND GO – CARS
79. LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR – PETE TOWNSHEND
80. FREE WILL – RUSH
81. YOU KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU – SANTANA
82. FUNKY TOWN – LIPPS INC.
83. FAME – IRENE CARA
84. AND THE CRADLE WILL ROCK – VAN HALEN
85. NEW ROMANCE (IT’S A MYSTERY) – SPIDER
86. LATE IN THE EVENING – PAUL SIMON
87. DO RIGHT – PAUL DAVIS
88. KEEP THE FIRE – KENNY LOGGINS
89. WHIP IT – DEVO
90. RIDE LIKE THE WIND – CHRISTOPHER CROSS
91. RAPPER’S DELIGHT – SUGARHILL GANG
92. I CAN’T LET GO – LINDA RONSTADT
93. CRUISIN’ – SMOKEY ROBINSON
94. DON’T MISUNDERSTAND ME – ROSSINGTON COLLINS BAND
95. WAIT FOR ME – DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES
96. JOJO – BOZ SCAGGS
97. EVERYBODY’S GOTTA LEARN SOMETIME – KORGIS
98. I CAN’T TELL YOU WHY – EAGLES
99. HE’S SO SHY – POINTER SISTERS
100. WHY ME – STYX

Dan O

More of my favorite songs of 1980:
Rank-Title-Artist
101. ROCK WITH YOU – MICHAEL JACKSON
102. THIRD TIME LUCKY (FIRST TIME I WAS A FOOL) – FOGHAT
103. ATOMIC – BLONDIE
104. ROUGH BOYS – PETE TOWNSHEND
105. I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER – PRINCE
106. YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ – DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES
107. EVEN IT UP – HEART
108. FLIRTIN’ WITH DISASTER – MOLLY HATCHET
109. THE LONG RUN – EAGLES
110. HOW DO I MAKE YOU – LINDA RONSTADT
111. EMOTIONAL RESCUE – ROLLING STONES
112. CALL ME – BLONDIE
113. SWEET SENSATION – STEPHANIE MILLS
114. I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU – TOURISTS
115. ALL FOR LEYNA – BILLY JOEL
116. WALKING ON THE MOON – POLICE
117. TULSA TIME (LIVE) – ERIC CLAPTON
118. SAVANNAH NIGHTS – TOM JOHNSTON
119. JESSE – CARLY SIMON
120. HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE BACK – DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES
121. TAKIN’ IT BACK – BREATHLESS
122. ROCK LOBSTER – B-52’S
123. MAGIC – OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN
124. SPANISH BOMBS – CLASH
125. LOOKIN’ FOR LOVE – JOHNNY LEE
126. ROMEO’S TUNE – STEVE FORBERT
127. IN AMERICA – CHARLIE DANIELS BAND
128. CATCHING THE SUN – SPYRO GYRA
129. REAL LOVE – DOOBIE BROTHERS
130. LAST TRAIN TO LONDON – ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
131. MASTER BLASTER (JAMMIN’) – STEVIE WONDER
132. (CALL ME) WHEN THE SPIRIT MOVES YOU – TOUCH
133. REMEMBER (WALKING IN THE SAND) – AEROSMITH
134. SHINING STAR – MANHATTANS
135. RUNNING BACK – EDDIE MONEY
136. MORE THAN I CAN SAY – LEO SAYER
137. NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS BEFORE – STEPHANIE MILLS
138. I THANK YOU – ZZ TOP
139. DAYDREAM BELIEVER – ANNE MURRAY
140. ANGELINE – ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
141. CHIQUITITA – ABBA
142. ROCKIN’ INTO THE NITE – .38 SPECIAL
143. TOO HOT – KOOL & THE GANG
144. SHE’S SO COLD – ROLLING STONES
145. AGAINST THE WIND – BOB SEGER & SILVER BULLET BAND
146. OFF THE WALL – MICHAEL JACKSON
147. ARE FRIENDS ELECTRIC? – GARY NUMAN
148. THIS BEAT GOES ON/SWITCHIN’ TO GLIDE – KINGS
149. LITTLE JEANNIE – ELTON JOHN
150. BRITE EYES – ROBBIN THOMPSON BAND
151. CARRIE – CLIFF RICHARD
152. BOUNCE, ROCK, SKATE, ROLL – VAUGHAN MASON AND CREW
153. BIKO – PETER GABRIEL
154. WONDERING WHERE THE LIONS ARE – BRUCE COCKBURN
155. DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME – CAPTAIN AND TENNILLE
156. ASHES TO ASHES – DAVID BOWIE
157. WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU/FORGIVE ME, GIRL – SPINNERS
158. I HEAR YOU NOW – JON AND VANGELIS
159. HEART HOTELS – DAN FOGELBERG
160. WOMEN – FOREIGNER
161. LET ME LOVE YOU TONIGHT – PURE PRAIRIE LEAGUE
162. DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL – RUFUS FEATURING CHAKA KHAN
163. ROTATION – HERB ALPERT
164. TOO LATE – JOURNEY
165. IT’S LIKE WE NEVER SAID GOODBYE – CRYSTAL GAYLE
166. DEJA VU – DIONNE WARWICK
167. COOL CHANGE – LITTLE RIVER BAND
168. MORE LOVE – KIM CARNES
169. THEME FROM NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FRANK SINATRA
170. WOMAN IN LOVE – BARBRA STREISAND
171. STEAL AWAY – ROBBIE DUPREE
172. SECOND TIME AROUND – SHALAMAR
173. STOP YOUR SOBBING – PRETENDERS
174. PLAY THE GAME – QUEEN
175. ON THE RADIO – DONNA SUMMER
176. BIGGEST PART OF ME – AMBROSIA
177. WHO’LL BE THE FOOL TONIGHT – LARSEN-FEITEN BAND
178. WITHOUT YOUR LOVE – ROGER DALTREY
179. MORE BOUNCE TO THE OUNCE – ZAPP
180. PRIVATE IDAHO – B-52’S
181. STOMP – BROTHERS JOHNSON
182. FIRE LAKE – BOB SEGER & SILVER BULLET BAND
183. LOLA (LIVE) – KINKS
184. INTO THE NIGHT – BENNY MARDONES
185. DIRTY WATER – INMATES
186. I’M ALIVE – ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
187. HURTS SO BAD – LINDA RONSTADT
188. TIRED OF TOEIN’ THE LINE – ROCKY BURNETTE
189. LOVELY ONE – JACKSONS
190. SPECIAL LADY – RAY, GOODMAN & BROWN
191. I CAN’T HELP MYSELF – BONNIE POINTER
192. SAY HELLO – APRIL WINE
193. HORIZONTAL BOP – BOB SEGER
194. I’D RATHER LEAVE WHILE I’M IN LOVE – RITA COOLIDGE
195. AND THE BEAT GOES ON – WHISPERS
196. HOLD ON TO MY LOVE – JIMMY RUFFIN
197. LONGER – DAN FOGELBERG
198. EMPIRE STRIKES BACK MEDLEY – MECO
199. LOST IN LOVE – AIR SUPPLY
200. HERE COMES MY GIRL – TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS

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