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by Anonymousreply 102/23/2013

The Top Twenty singles of 1981, the way Casey counted them down (while not berating his staff):

20. Ride Like the Wind - Christopher Cross

19. Still - The Commodores

18. Little Jeannie - Elton John

17. Babe - Styz

16. All Out of Love - Air Supply

15. Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

14. Woman In Love - Babs Streisand

13. Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes

12. Funkytown - Lipps, Inc.

11. Please Don't Go - K.C. & the Sunshine Band

10. Coming Up - Paul McCartney & Wings

9. Pop Muzik - "M"

8. Magic - Olivia Newton-John

7. It's Still Rock & Roll To Me - Bill Joel

6. Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen

5. Upside Down - Diana Ross

4. Rock With You - Michael Jackson

3. Do That To Me One More Time - Captain & Tennille

2. Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd

1. Call Me - Blondie

by Anonymousreply 202/23/2013

GIRLS ON FILM (duran duran)

by Anonymousreply 302/23/2013

Oops... I just gave you the Top 20 of 1980.

by Anonymousreply 402/23/2013

by the way someone should start a thread on who you thought the hottest member of Duran Duran was!

by Anonymousreply 502/23/2013

All that work for nothing!

by Anonymousreply 602/23/2013

We'll try this again... straight from Casey's morning coffee-breath - the Top Twenty songs of 1981:

20. Morning Train - Sheena Easton

19. Being With You - Smokey Robinson

18. Rapture - Blondie

17. Love on the Rocks - Neil Diamond

16. Private Eyes - Hall & Oates

15. Woman - John Lennon

14. Theme from "The Greatest American Hero" - Joey Scarbury

13. Queen of Hearts - Juice Newton

12. The Tide is High - Blondie

11. Keep On Loving You - R.E.O. Speedwagon

10. Arthur's Theme - Christopher Cross

9. Kiss On My List - Hall & Oates

8. 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton

7. I Love a Rainy Night - Eddie Rabbitt

6. Celebration - Kool & the Gang

5. Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield

4. Starting Over - John Lennon

3. Lady - Kenny Rogers

2. Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

1. Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes

by Anonymousreply 702/23/2013

At the time, it was all about ABBA and "The Visitors for me". "When All Is Said And Done" is pure, perfect pop music. Amazing harmonies and a melancholy that betrays its upbeatness. The rest of the album was delightful, too.

In retrospect, though, 1981 was such a diverse year, highly represented in my music collection... Iron Maiden's "Killers", Pat Benatar's "Precious Time" (w/ "Shadows in the Dark"), and Def Leppard's "High N' Dry" just to name a few.

by Anonymousreply 802/23/2013

Wow, '81 sucked. At least there were a few listenable songs on the '80 list. I'm sure '82's list would be even worse, widely regarded as one of the worst years for pop. MTV's golden age, featuring a new British invasion, came to the rescue after that.

by Anonymousreply 902/23/2013

Actually, R9, I like a lot of the top songs of 1982. Of course, you may not, but I thought '82 was a decent year for pop -

We Got The Beat


Let's Groove

Don't Talk To Strangers

Harden My Heart

Jack and Diane

Hurts So Good

I Love Rock and Roll

Don't You Want Me

by Anonymousreply 1002/23/2013

Edge of Seventeen-Stevie Nicks

by Anonymousreply 1102/23/2013

Remember when Sting had hair?

by Anonymousreply 1202/23/2013

One of my favorites from '81... the return of Lulu!

by Anonymousreply 1302/23/2013

Wake me when we get to 1984, now that's a classic music year.

by Anonymousreply 1402/23/2013

Pretenders - "Talk of the Town"/"I Go to Sleep"

by Anonymousreply 1502/23/2013

Dire Straits - "Skateaway"

by Anonymousreply 1602/23/2013


by Anonymousreply 1702/23/2013

Mainstream top 40 pop hits were pretty dire in 81, but there was some stuff brimming in the alternative world. Here's New Order peforming Everything's Gone Green live in NYC 1981

by Anonymousreply 1802/23/2013

Shaddup-a You Face by Joe Dolce

by Anonymousreply 1902/23/2013

Ricki Lee Jones:

by Anonymousreply 2002/23/2013

Marianne Faithfull - Dangerous Acquaintances

by Anonymousreply 2102/23/2013

Terri Gibbs, "Somebody's Knockin'".

Of course, as a 12-year-old, it was funnier to sing "Somebody's Knockers".

By the way, how stoned is Miz Dionne in this clip?

by Anonymousreply 2202/23/2013

Rosanne Cash - "Seven Year Ache"

by Anonymousreply 2302/23/2013

Hüsker Dü - Everything Falls Apart and More

by Anonymousreply 2402/23/2013

"The Tide Is High" has always reminded me of that last moment in 1981 before we knew about AIDS, just like in the movie LONGTIME COMPANION.

Other than that, it seemed as if every other song they played at Uncle Charlie's on Greenwich Avenue that spring was "Bette Davis Eyes." I had just moved back to New York and was waiting for my boyfriend to join me there after closing things up on his west coast life, so I wasn't fucking strangers at the time.

I can't hear the Kim Carnes hit without wondering if waiting for him saved my life.

But what I listened to most at home was Jackson Browne's HOLD OUT album from the year before.

by Anonymousreply 2502/23/2013

The hair stands up on my arms. I forgot it was videos they were playing at Uncle Charlie's.

by Anonymousreply 2602/23/2013

The first real year of the 80s or not?

by Anonymousreply 2702/23/2013

Just Can't Get Enough by Depeche Mode (they're only truly great song, by Vince or Erasure).

by Anonymousreply 2802/23/2013

Oops, mistakes ^^^^^^: "their only truly great song, by Vince of Erasure".

by Anonymousreply 2902/23/2013

I LOVED 1981!!

Tempted - Squeeze

Never Say Never - Romeo Void

New Toy - Lene Lovitch

Love Action - Human League

Careless Memories - Duran Duran

I Will Follow - U2

Every Little Thing She Does is Magic - The Police

Message of Love - The Pretenders

Louie Louie - The Pretenders

Janitor - Suburban Lawns

I Know What Boys Like - The Waitresses

Ghost Town - The Specials

Mirror in the Bathroom - English Beat

Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode

This Town - The Go-Gos

Up All Night - Boomtown Rats

I Love Rock N Roll - Joan Jett

Fascist Groove Thing - Heaven 17

See You On The Other Side - Brian Briggs

What Does Sex Mean To Me? - Human Sexual Response

Abacab - Genesis

Urgent - Foreigner (Thomas Dolby on keyboards, Junior Walker on sax)

Super Freak - Rick James

Give it to Me Baby - Rick James

Controversy - Prince

Never Too Much - Luther Vandross

Let's Groove - Earth Wind & Fire

She's a Bad Mama Jama - Carl Carlton

Burn Rubber on Me - The Gap Band

Genius of Love - Tom Tom Club

Double Dutch Bus - Fankie Smith

Just the Two of Us - Grover Washington Jr.

Can You Feel It? - The Jacksons

Turn Your Love Around - George Benson

One Hundred Ways - James Ingram/Quincy Jones

Shake it Up Tonight - Cheryl Lynn

Too Tight - Con Funk Shun

General Hospi-tale - Afternoon Delights

by Anonymousreply 3002/23/2013

My Favorites of 1981

Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones

Burning For You - Blue Oyster Cult

Joan Crawford - Blue Oyster Cult

Veteran Of The Psychic Wars - Blue Oyster Cult

Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

Tom Sawyer - Rush

Destroyer - The Kinks

Vital Signs - Rush

Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie

For Those About To Rock - AC/DC

Magic Power - Triumph

Unchained - Van Halen

Limelight - Rush

Bringing On The Heartbreak - Def Leppard

Promises In The Dark - Pat Benatar

Fire & Ice - Pat Benatar

Urgent - Foreigner

Who's Crying Now - Journey

Sign Of The Gypsy Queen - April Wine

Red Barchetta - Rush

The KKK Took My Baby Away - The Ramones

Hot Rockin' - Judas Priest

Heading Out To The Highway - Judas Priest

Desert Plains - Judas Priest

Gloria - U2

Tubesnake Boogie - ZZ Top

Pearl Necklace - ZZ Top

Bad Reputation - Joan Jett

Denim And Leather - Saxon

Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne

Heavy Metal - Sammy Hagar

by Anonymousreply 3102/23/2013

Planet Earth / Duran Duran

The Breakup Song / Greg Kihn Band

Stop Draggin' My Heart Around / Stevie Nicks

Hold On Tight / Electric Light Orchestra

Girls On Film / Duran Duran

Jessie's Girl / Rick Springfield

Shake It Up / The Cars

Time / Alan Parsons Project

Rapture / Blondie

Do The Dark / Blondie

Too Much Time On My Hands / Styx

Into You Like A Train / Psychedelic Furs

Fight The Good Fight / Triumph

Ceremony / New Order

Ant Music / Adam & The Ants

Hang Fire / Rolling Stones

Just Between You And Me / April Wine

Our Lips Are Sealed / The Go-Go's

Through Being Cool / Devo

Working In The Coal Mine / Devo

In The Air Tonight / Phil Collins

Bette Davis Eyes / Kim Carnes

Breaking All The Rules / Peter Frampton

by Anonymousreply 3202/23/2013

Bette Davis Eyes was THE song of the 1980s.

It beat John Lennon (who had just been murdered) and Endless Love for Record and Song of the Year Grammys.

And it put KC on the map for years.

by Anonymousreply 3302/23/2013

[quote]Bette Davis Eyes was THE song of the 1980s.

R33 Yep. It was the first 45 I bought since 1969. I couldn't wait for it to come out on an album.

by Anonymousreply 3402/23/2013

What kind of gay people are you guys? Jesus! I was a club boy in 1981. What about these?

Pull Up To The Bumper - GRACE JONES

The Visitors (Cracking Up) - ABBA

Your Love - LIME

Cruising The Streets - BOYSTOWN GANG

Give It To Me Baby - RICK JAMES


He's A Liar - BEE GEES


Super Freak - RICK JAMES

Stars On 45 Medley - STARS ON 45

Paradise - CHANGE

Dancing The Night Away - VOGGUE

Lay All Your Love On Me - ABBA

Controversy/Let's Work - PRINCE

Make That Move - SHALAMAR



Can You Feel It - THE JACKSONS

Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You - BOYSTOWN GANG


Do You Wanna Spend The Night? - VILLAGE PEOPLE


Shake It Up Tonight - CHERYL LYNN

Who Do You Think You're Foolin' - DONNA SUMMER




On & On & On - ABBA


Ai No Corrida - QUINCY JONES

Just Can't Get Enough - DEPECHE MODE

All American Girls - SISTER SLEDGE

by Anonymousreply 3502/23/2013

Kind of boring, R35. And such a LONG list.

by Anonymousreply 3602/23/2013

What about Physical by ONJ...even if only for the hot gay hunks at the end (minus the redhead with the afro). I thought that was the biggest hit of 1981?

by Anonymousreply 3702/23/2013

I spent 1981 listening to Rush' Moving Pictures album. Still one of my favorites. What a great time in my life. I was 18 and livin' it up.


Tom Sawyer

Red Barchetta



The Camera Eye

Witch Hunt

Vital Signs

by Anonymousreply 3802/23/2013

I was a young gay college student in Mahattan in those days. Coming from my little Gulf Coast town, it was heaven. They could have played Lawrence Welk, pansori, and funeral dirges in clubs and on the radio and I would still remember it all with happiness and longing.

I don't ever want to go back, but damn those were some happy days.

by Anonymousreply 3902/23/2013

An earlier poster mentioned Blondie's 'The Tide is High' and how it represented that window of time just before the plague hit. I feel the same way. I bought Blondie's "Auto American" album in December of 1980. It was the main album I listened to in the first half of 1981 (along with AC/DC's Back in Black). Such a great time. My partner and I threw some amazing parties at our home back then. We had cookouts and would invite all of our friends, mostly gay men, a few lesbian couples. I look at photos of that spring and see the smiling faces of my dear friends. I just know "The Tide Is High", "Rapture", "Walk Like Me", "Do The Dark", etc. were playing in the background of the photos. They are all mostly ghosts now. Many taken by the first wave of AIDS. Most gone by 1986. One of the lesbian couples is gone (one by cancer/one by suicide), and I lost my partner of 40 years last year (leukemia). Spring of 81 was that magic, beautiful time before the dark years (ignorance was bliss at that time).

by Anonymousreply 4002/23/2013

R40 Insert little "tear in the corner of my eye" icon, Jarrett.

by Anonymousreply 4102/23/2013

All of those songs put here are amazing and memorable.


by Anonymousreply 4202/23/2013

1981 was a truly diverse year. I was just looking at my old vinyl albums and here the titles I bought that year that show that diversity. Wow. A great time.

Rush - "Moving Pictures"

The Rolling Stones - "Tattoo You"

The Go-Go's - "Beauty & The Beat"

Blue Oyster Cult - "Fire Of Unknown Origin"

The Pretenders - "Pretenders II"

Stevie Nicks - "Bella Donna"

AC/DC - "For Those About To Rock, We Salute You"

Rick James - "Street Songs"

Iron Maiden - "Killers"

Hall & Oates - "Private Eyes"

ABBA - "The Visitors"

Ozzy Osbourne - "Blizzard Of Ozz"

Ozzy Osbourne - "Diary Of A Madman"

The Ramones - "Pleasant Dreams"

Styx - "Paradise Theatre"

Devo - "New Traditionalists"

J. Geils Band - "Freeze Frame"

Journey - "Escape"

U2 - "October"

Judas Priest - "Point of Entry"

Foreigner - "4"

O.M.D. - "Architecture & Morality"

Depeche Mode - "Speak & Spell"

Black Sabbath - "Mob Rules"

Prince - "Controversy"

by Anonymousreply 4302/23/2013

Damn, R43. That's a kick-ass album list. I think I had about half of those back then. Other great albums that year were REO Speedwagon's 'Hi Infidelity', Adam & The Ants' "Prince Charming", Rod Stewart's "Tonight I'm Yours" (his last great LP), E.L.O.'s 'Time', Rick Springfield's 'Working Class Dog' , Kim Carnes' 'Mistaken Identity', Def Leppard's 'High 'n' Dry', Queen's 'Greatest Hits', Alice Cooper's 'Special Forces' and The Kinks' 'Give The People What They Want'. A great year (if you don't go by the Billboard Top 40 Charts-most of those songs that were son huge on that chart are forgotten today).

by Anonymousreply 4402/23/2013

I loved 'A Little In Love' by Cliff Richard, 'How 'bout Us' by Champagne and 'He Can't Love You Like I Love You' by the Michael Stanley Band.

by Anonymousreply 4502/23/2013

I was 16 in 1981 - Music was my life. I liked a little of everything.


15. Spirits In The Material World - The Police

14. Talk To Ya Later - The Tubes

13. Gloria - U2

12. Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode

11. Young Turks - Rod Stewart

10. Burning For You - Blue Oyster Cult

09. Shake It Up - The Cars

08. When All Is Said & Done - Abba

07. A World Without Heroes - Kiss

06. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty

05. Let's Get It Up - AC/DC

04. Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie

03. Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go-Go's

02. Girls On Film - Duran Duran

01. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

by Anonymousreply 4602/23/2013

I loved Juice Newton. I loved her version of "Angel of the Morning". My anthem was "Queen of Hearts" I loved that song. I was also heavy into Joan Jett's debut album "Bad Reputation". Those two albums got me through those impressionable years as a babydyke.

by Anonymousreply 4702/23/2013

Crane's Top Ten 1981 Songs

1. Memories by Barbra Streisand

2. Keep On Lovin' You by R.E.O. Speedwagon

3. The One That You Love by Air Supply

4. Slow Hand by Pointer Sisters

5. Somewhere Down The Road by Barry Manilow

6. Endless Love by Diana Ross, Lionel Richie

7. The Best of Times by Styx

8. Same Old Lang Syne by Dan Fogelberg

9. Best That You Can Do (Arthur's Theme) by Christopher Cross

10. Touch Me When We're Dancing by Carpenters

by Anonymousreply 4802/23/2013


We roll tonight to the guitar bite Yeah, yeah, oh

Stand up and be counted for what you are about to receive. We are the dealers. We'll give you everything you need. Hail hail to the good times 'cause rock has got the right-of-way We ain't no legend, ain't no cause. We're just livin' for the day

For those about to rock, we salute you For those about to rock, we salute you

We rock at dawn on the front line, like a bolt right out of the blue. The sky's alight with the guitar bite. Heads will roll and rock tonight

For those about to rock, we salute you For those about to rock, we salute you For those about to rock, we salute you Yes, we do For those about to rock, we salute you

Oooh, salute! Oooh, ooooh yeah

We're just a battery for hire with the guitar fire. Ready and aimed at you, pick up your balls and load up your cannon for a twenty-one gun salute

For those about to rock - fire We salute you For those about to rock, we salute you Those about to rock - fire We salute you Fire! We salute you We salute you Come on, whooa For those about to rock, we salute you (x4)

Shoot, shoot

We salute you (x3)

by Anonymousreply 4902/23/2013

R49, I never really cared for metal, but that year I did love two metal songs, "For Those About To Rock" by AC/DC and "Crazy Train" by Ozzy. I was more into The Police, The Cars, Devo, Psychedelic Furs, Genesis, and X. That was a powerful song.

by Anonymousreply 5002/23/2013

10. Stop Dragging My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks

9. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police

8. Our Lips Are Sealed - Go-Gos

7. Young Turks - Rod Stewart

6. Physical - Olivia Newton-John

5. Private Eyes - Daryl Hall & John Oates

4. Slow Hand - Pointer Sisters

3. I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) - Daryl Hall & John Oates

2. Harden My Heart - Quarterflash

1. Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones

by Anonymousreply 5102/23/2013

You Better You Bet, THE WHO

Hold On Tight, E.L.O.



Too Much Time On My Hands, STYX

Sprits In The Material World, THE POLICE

Shake It Up, THE CARS

Jealous Lover, RAINBOW

Centerfold, J. GEILS BAND


by Anonymousreply 5202/23/2013

Oh god, did I fucking hate 'Queen of Hearts' by Juice Newton, who disappeared shortly after that. What a stupid song, and it was played a lot.

by Anonymousreply 5302/23/2013

Nathan's Top 15 Tracks of 1981

1. Urgent - Foreigner

2. The Voice - Moody Blues

3. Who's Crying Now - Journey

4. Start Me Up - Rolling Stones

5. The Stroke - Billy Squier

6. Fire And Ice - Pat Benatar

7. Burning For You - B.O.C.

8. Breakup Song - Greg Kihn Band

9. Mean Street - Van Halen

10. Breaking All The Rules - Peter Frampton

11. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

12. Tom Sawyer - Rush

13. The Waiting - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

14. Tempted - Squeeze

15. Stranger - Jefferson Starship

by Anonymousreply 5402/23/2013

All these songs so take me back. I was a 15 year old lez in 1981 and living in the backwoods of Oklahoma. I liked Top 40, Pop and Rock, but back then Country was my passion. I just pulled out my 1981 diary and looked at my list of favorite songs for the year.

10 - All My Rowdy Friends - Hank Williams Jr.

9 - Seven Year Ache - Roseanne Cash

8 - Feels So Right - Alabama

7 - Older Women - Ronnie McDowell

6 - Angel Of The Morning - Juice Newton

5 - Share Your Love With Me - Kenny Rogers

4 - Step By Step - Eddie Rabbitt

3 - Today All Over Again - Reba McEntire

2 - Queen Of Hearts - Juice Newton

1 - Elvira - Oak Ridge Boys

by Anonymousreply 5502/23/2013

Super Freak -- Rick James

Controversy/Lets Work -- Prince

Menergy/I Wanna Take You Home -- Patrick Cowley

Mony, Mony -- Billy Idol

Let's Groove -- Earth Wind & Fire

New Toy -- Lene Lovich

Try It Out -- Gino Soccio

Homosapien -- Pete Shelley

Jerkin' Back 'n' Forth -- Devo

Call Me (Satisfaction Guaranteed) -- Skyy

I Can't Go For That -- Hall & Oates

by Anonymousreply 5602/23/2013

This thread is making me nostalgic for high school...almost. LOL. In 1981, I was halfway through high school (I graduated in 1983). My favorite party jams back then:

1. Wrathchild - Iron Maiden

2. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

3. Vital Signs - Rush

4. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC

5. Burning For You - Blue Oyster Cult

6. Bringing On The Heartbreak - Def Leppard

7. Hot Rockin' - Judas Priest

8. It's Killing Me - U.F.O.

9. Half Penny, Two Penny - Styx

10. Lonely Is The Night - Billy Squier

Man, this list makes me wanna head down to the lake and slam back a few cool ones with my friends and get it on with my best buddy after we drop everyone else off at home LOL. Just like the old days.

by Anonymousreply 5702/23/2013

I graduated in 1981 and I pulled out the last school newsletter before I graduated, dated May 20, 1981. On the back page they always listed the top 15 singles for the week (according to votes from the students), so here goes that list:

May 20, 1981-Top 15 Hits

15. Kiss On My List / Hall & Oates

14. Morning Train / Sheena Easton

13. Precious To Me / Phil Seymour

12. Woman / John Lennon

11. Keep On Lovin' You / REO Speedwagon

10. Crazy Train / Ozzy Osbourne

9. The Best Of Times / Styx

8. Just Between You And Me / April Wine

7. Bette Davis Eyes / Kim Carnes

6. Turn Me Loose / Loverboy

5. Back In Black / AC/DC

4. Treat Me Right / Pat Benatar

3. Rapture / Blondie

2. Take It On The Run / REO Speedwagon

1. Too Much Time On My Hands / Styx

by Anonymousreply 5802/24/2013

R58 - Lisa, that takes me back. I graduated the same year. Damn, I had forgotten about "Precious To Me" by Phil Seymour. That was one of my favorite jams that Spring of 81. That and "Passion" by Rod Stewart. I cranked those two songs in my 1980 Mustang cruising the strip every weekend during senior year with my buddies and my girlfriend. Times change. I still have the same buddies, but now I have a boyfriend instead (LoL).

by Anonymousreply 5902/24/2013

Don't Stand So Close To Me by The Police

Abacab by Genesis

Generals and Majors by XTC

Ant Music by Adam & The Ants

Walk Like Me by Blondie

In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins

Hell Is For Children by Pat Benatar

Talk To You Later by The Tubes

Police On My Back by The Clash

We Want The Airwaves by The Ramones

Into You Like A Train by Psychedelic Furs

Mony, Mony by Billy Idol

Dancing With Myself by Generation X

Once In A Lifetime by Talking Heads

Genius Of Love by Tom Tom Club

by Anonymousreply 6002/24/2013

1. He's A Liar-Bee Gees

2. Young Turks-Rod Stewart

3. When All Is Said And Done-ABBA

4. I Can't Go For That-D. Hall & J. Oates

5. Just Can't Get Enough-Depeche Mode

6. Living Eyes-Bee Gees

7. Physical-Olivia Newton-John

8. Bette Davis Eyes-Kim Carnes

9. Rapture-Blondie

10. Really Wanna Know You-Gary Wright

by Anonymousreply 6102/24/2013

Weird. I was born in 1994 and I know a lot of these songs. I didn't know they were THAT old though. I thought most of these songs were from like the '90s. LOL. I was waaaaay off.

by Anonymousreply 6202/24/2013

The whole album of Beauty and The Beat - GoGo's

by Anonymousreply 6302/24/2013

"Destroyer" by THE KINKS was my favorite song of 1981, closely followed by "Start Me Up" by THE ROLLING STONES and "Limelight" by RUSH.

by Anonymousreply 6402/24/2013

R8-you're a mess. Benatar's "Shadows of the NIGHT" was on "Get Nervous"-not "Precious Time" and did not come out until 1982. Try and keep up.

by Anonymousreply 6502/24/2013

My favorite album of '81 had to be Billy Squier's "Don't Say No". I was 16 that year and one night my best bud and I were cruising around in his pickup, drinking beer and listening to his Squier cassette on the stereo. We stopped and parked by the river and we were joking about how gay-oriented the lyrics to the songs were. I had a huge crush on my friend. At one point, he reached over and put his hand on my leg and we kissed. We ended up having hot passionate sex while that cassette played over and over on the tape deck. It was the first time for both of us. We got it on through the rest of High School. After graduation we went our separate ways. Several years ago we reconnected on Facebook and are in constant contact, though we live on opposite coasts. He's married now and has grown kids, but damn, that was a hot two year romance. So, my favorite songs of 1981 are

In The Dark, The Stroke, My Kinda Lover, You Know What I Like, Too Daze Gone, Lonely is the Night, Whadda Ya Want From Me, Nobody Knows, I Need You, Don't Say No

All from Billy Squier's "Don't Say No"

by Anonymousreply 6602/24/2013

I love Somebody's Knockin'

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by Anonymousreply 6802/24/2013

I remember I loved that GO-GO's Beauty And The Beat album. I got it for Christmas in December of 1981. I played the record to death and was so anticpating the follow-up. I went out and bought the follow-up, "Vacation" in the Summer of 1982 and boy, was I disappointed. "Beauty" was a collection of New Wave classics. "Vacation" was slick, Top-40 Pop. The title song was okay, but the rest was by the numbers pop that could have fit on an Olivia Newton-John album. It's a shame they couldn't have stayed with what made them popular. They last one more pop album after that and they were done for.

by Anonymousreply 6902/24/2013

LOL, The two cassettes I played constantly that year were the first two Loverboy albums, "Loverboy" and "Get Lucky". Everywhere I went, I heard "The Kid Is Hot Tonite", "Turn Me Loose", "Working For The Weekend", "When it's Over", "Lucky Ones" and "Take Me To The Top". I was obsessed with them. Within a year I had moved on to New Wave and Punk. But Loverboy was my world in 1981.

by Anonymousreply 7002/24/2013

Talk Show is under appreciated. It's also a great album r69

by Anonymousreply 7102/24/2013

Don't fret, R70. In 1981, my taste ran toward that mainstream rock, too. My favorites were "Paradise Theater" by Styx, "Hi Infidelity" by R.E.O. Speedwagon, "Escape" by Journey and "Foreigner 4" by Foreigner. The most adventurous my taste ran at that time was The Ramones' "Pleasant Dreams". I acquired that by accident. I was going home from the game room and I found the cassette laying on the grass by the sidewalk. I picked it up and loved it. That changed my musical life.

by Anonymousreply 7202/24/2013

Watching The Wheels / John Lennon

Woman / John Lennon

Her Town Too / James Taylor

Sweetheart / Franke & The Knockouts

I Love You / Climax Blues Band

Endless Love / Diana & Lionel

Chariots of Fire / Vangelis

Nobody Wins / Elton John

Boy From New York City / Manhattan Transfer

Morning Train / Sheena Easton

For Your Eyes Only / Sheena Easton

by Anonymousreply 7302/24/2013

Why Do Fools Fall In Love-Diana Ross, Coming In And Out Of Your Life-Barbra Streisand, Memories-Barbra Streisand, Boy From NYC-The Manhattan Transfer, Modern Girl-Sheena Easton, Morning Train (9 to 5)-Sheena Easton, Betty Davis Eyes-Kim Carnes, The One That You Love-Air Supply, Here I Am-Air Supply, Best That You Can Do-Christopher Cross

by Anonymousreply 7402/24/2013

"Primary" -- THE CURE

"Into You Like A Train" -- PSYCHEDELIC FURS

"I Will Follow" -- U2

"The Funeral Party" -- THE CURE

"Once In A Lifetime" -- TALKING HEADS

"Spirits In The Material World" -- THE POLICE

"Our Lips Are Sealed" -- THE GOGO'S

"Precious To Me" -- PHIL SEYMOUR

"Bad Reputation" -- JOAN JETT

"Generals & Majors" -- XTC

"Working In A Coal Mine" -- DEVO

"The Breakup Song" -- GREG KIHN

"Stand & Deliver" -- ADAM & THE ANTS

"Love Action" -- HUMAN LEAGUE

"Piss On The Wall/Flamethrower" -- J GEILS BAND

"Mony Mony" -- BILLY IDOL

"Girls On Film" -- DURAN DURAN

"Tempted" -- SQUEEZE

"This Town" -- GOGOS

by Anonymousreply 7502/24/2013

1. Start Me Up - Rolling Stones

2. Our Lips Are Sealed - Go-Go's

3. Don't Stop Believing - Journey

4. Urgent - Foreigner

5. Super Freak - Rick James

6. You Make My Dreams - Hall + Oates

7. Tom Sawyer - Rush

8. The Stroke - Billy Squier

9. Lunatic Fringe - Red Rider

10. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around-Stevie Nicks

by Anonymousreply 7602/24/2013

I was eleven years old in 1981. I only bought one record that year. It was a K-TEL compilation featuring the hits of the first half of 1981. It was called "Dimensions" and I listened to it repeatedly.

This was the track listing:

Side One: Queen of Hearts - Juice Newton Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield The Stroke - Billy Squier Fire & Ice - Pat Benatar I Love You - Climax Blues Band Really Wanna Know You - Gary Wright Boy From New York City - Manhattan Transfer

Side Two: You Make My Dreams - Hall & Oates The Breakup Song - Greg Kihn Band Cool Love - Pablo Cruise The One That You Love - Air Supply Time - The Alan Parsons Project Stars on 45 - Stars On 45 Elvira - Oak Ridge Boys

by Anonymousreply 7702/24/2013

I abhored that Stars on 45 Medley. I was a huge Beatles fan and that song was a horrible medley of Beatles songs redone as disco. Really bad disco. The singer sounded like he was on helium, and then there was that same tedious beat throughout. Even worse, it was a medley of mostly Beatles songs with The Archies' nightmarish Sugar Sugar tacked on at the beginning. Poor John Lennon had only been dead for a few months and he was already spinning in his grave! Those Stars on 45 assholes should have been imprisoned for that monstrocity! I'm glad it's forgotten.

by Anonymousreply 7802/24/2013

01. For Those About to Rock - AC/DC

02. I Don't Know - Ozzy Osbourne

03. Veteran of the Psychic Wars - B.O.C.

04. Fight the Good Fight - Triumph

05. Over the Mountain - Ozzy Osbourne

06. The Mob Rules - Black Sabbath

07. So This is Love - Van Halen

08. Let's Get it Up - AC/DC

09. Red Barchetta - Rush

10. Promises in the Dark - Pat Benatar

by Anonymousreply 7902/24/2013

History Never Repeats/SPLIT ENZ

Talk To Ya Later/THE TUBES



Shake It Up/THE CARS

Once In A Lifetime/TALKING HEADS

Our Lips Are Sealed/GO-GOS

In The Air Tonight/PHIL COLLINS

You Better, You Bet/THE WHO

Little Suzy's On The Up/Ph.D

One Step Ahead/SPLIT ENZ


by Anonymousreply 8002/24/2013

There was only one artist who mattered in 1981. Miss SHEENA EASTON! She was the reigning diva of the day, honey. She was the bridge between Donna Summers in the 70s and Madonna in the 80s. She had a gaggle of great songs in '81


Morning Train (9 To 5) - Sheena Easton

Modern Girl - Sheena Easton

For Your Eyes Only - Sheena Easton

When He Shines - Sheena Easton

Take My Time - Sheena Easton

Cry - Sheena Easton

by Anonymousreply 8102/24/2013

General Hospi-tale - Afternoon Delights

All I Have To Do Is Dream - Andy Gibb & Victoria Principal

Boy From New York City - Manhattan Transfer

Morning Train - Sheena Easton

Endless Love - Lionel Ritchie & Diana Ross

Why Do Fools Fall In Love? - Diana Ross

Square Biz - Teena Marie

by Anonymousreply 8202/24/2013

1. Burning For You - Blue Oyster Cult

2. Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones

3. Find Your Way Back - Jefferson Starship

4. Stop Draggin My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

5. Trying To Live My Life Without You - Bob Seger

6. Urgent - Foreigner

7. Stone In Love - Journey

8. Tubesnake Boogie - Z.Z. Top

9. Stranger - Jefferson Starship

10. Heavy Metal (Takin' A Ride) - Don Felder

by Anonymousreply 8302/24/2013

1981 songs that should be on every gay man's iPod.

Cruising the Streets by Boys Town Gang

Boy From New York City by Manhattan Transfer

Your Love by Lime

Lay All Your Love on Me by Abba

Dancin' The Night Away by Voggue

Morning Train by Sheena Easton

Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes

Menergy by Patrick Cowley

by Anonymousreply 8402/24/2013

R84 - Sorry, guy. I love cock as much as the next guy, but I could never see any of those songs on my iPod. I can deal with the ABBA and Kim Carnes songs, but the rest just suck ass (IMHO). Different strokes for different folks.

by Anonymousreply 8502/24/2013

Patrick Cowley was a genius of epic proportions. He was the Bruce Springsteen of dance/Hi-NRG music. His Menergy, I Want To Take You Home and Megatron Man were classics. His 1982 remix of Donna Summer's 1977 classic I Feel Love was the best dance mix ever put to vinyl. His work with Sylvester on Do You Wanna Funk? in 1982 probably yielded the best single of the last 50 years. He unfortunately was one of the first victims of AIDS. He died in Nov. of 1982, before the disease even had a name.

by Anonymousreply 8602/24/2013

1981 was around the time I discovered KROQ 106.7 (in SoCal) and never looked back. (Well I did make some detours into classic rock, metal, R&B, blues and (gasp!) techno/trance stations, but never back to Top 40 radio).

KROQ's Countdown for 1981:

20. "Waiting on a Friend" - The Rolling Stones

19. "Lust to Love" - The Go-Go's

18. "New Toy" - Lene Lovich

17. "Jerkin' Back 'N' Forth" - Devo

16. "White Girl" - X

15. "Funny Face" - Sparks

14. "The Adultress" - The Pretenders

13. "Homosapien" - Pete Shelley

12. "Janitor" - The Suburban Lawns

11. "Stand and Deliver" - Adam & The Ants

10. "I'm With the Guys" - The Penetrators

9. "We Want the Airwaves" - The Ramones

8. "Never Say Never" - Romeo Void

7. "Start Me Up" - The Rolling Stones

6. "On the Outside" - Oingo Boingo

5. "Johnny Are You Queer?" - Josie Cotton

4. "It's My Party" - Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin

3. "We Got the Beat" - The Go-Go's

2. "Antmusic" - Adam & The Ants

1. "Mental Hopscotch" - Missing Persons

by Anonymousreply 8702/24/2013

Crazy Train by Ozzy

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap by AC-DC

Hollywood (Down on Your Luck) by Thin Lizzy

Heading Out to the Highway by Judas Priest

Destroyer by Kinks

Wrathchild by Iron Maiden

For Those About to Rock by AC-DC

Bad Reputation by Joan Jett

Start Me Up by Rolling Stones

Joan Crawford by BOC

Vital Signs by Rush

Magic Power by Triumph

Hey Nineteen by Steely Dan

You Better-You Bet by The Who

Let It Go by Def Leppard

Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield

The Waiting by Tom Petty

Lunatic Fringe by Red Rider

Heart Like A Wheel by Steve Miller Band

Stop Draggin' My Heart Around - Stevie & Tom

by Anonymousreply 8802/24/2013

R87 I loved that station too. Waiting on a Friend by the Stones is one of my five favorite songs ever. I love your list. It's perfect.

by Anonymousreply 8902/24/2013

1. Spirits in the Material World - Police

2. Lust to Love - Go Gos

3. I Will Follow - U-2

4. Message of Love - Pretenders

5. Since You're Gone - The Cars

6. Shake It Up - The Cars

7. Antmusic - Adam & The Ants

8. Don't Stand So Close to Me - Police

9. Happy Birthday - Altered Images

10. Precious to Me - Phil Seymour

by Anonymousreply 9002/24/2013

My favorite album of 1981 was a strange one. Alice Cooper's "Special Forces". By the early 80s he had ditched his classic hard rock sound for new wave. His audience shrunk to next-to-nothing by 1981 and his alcoholism was raging to the point of almost killing him. The result was a strange album, but my favorite of that year. I think I was one of twenty people in the U.S. who bought this album (my best friend, Tony, also bought a copy). I still love it to this day.

Best songs: You Look Good In Rags, Vicious Rumors, Who Do You Think We Are?, and his cover of Love's Seven And Seven Is. A very rewarding new wave/rock hybrid.

by Anonymousreply 9102/24/2013

Great list, r35. Thank you!

by Anonymousreply 9202/24/2013

Party On The Patio-ZZ Top, Lunatic Fringe-Red Rider, Burning for You-B.O.C., Hold On Tight-E.L.O., Let's Get it Up-AC/DC, In The Dark-Billy Squier, Promises in the Dark-Pat Benatar, Mr. Crowley-Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Sawyer-Rush, Sign of the Gypsy Queen-April Wine, Just Between You And Me-April Wine, Wanna Rock-April Wine.

by Anonymousreply 9302/24/2013

R93 - I noticed three April Wine songs on your list. I loved that "Nature of the Beast" album so much. As a 15 year old gay boy, the lyrics to one of the songs jumped out at me. The song "One More Time", which closed the album. It hit me, I guess the second or third time I listened to the record, that the song was about gays (and very spoke about us in a very positive light). There weren't alot of positive views on gays in the media back then, so it made this album even more endearing to me. I'll post the lyrics:

ONE MORE TIME - April Wine - 1981

The man in the back smokes a pack and a half Sayin one more time before we go. The lady in the front wants to roll with the punches. Just one more shot and then she'll know. Everybody's feelin' alright. Runners on an endless flight, so high One more time before we go. One more song on the radio. One more time before we go. One more song on the radio.

The pretty boys stand just as close as they can. Silhouetting lovers, such a sight. Nobody stares, hey why should they care? You are what you are tonight. Tomorrow we could all fade away. They only wanna live for today, so high.

The world may be comin' apart. The confusion they're feelin' comes straight from the heart. All they know is the need that they have to be free. So let 'em, just let 'em be.

The smoke gets thicker as the night goes on. Shadows dancing through the haze. So outrageous, it's a sonic affair. Only doing as they please. You'll never hear a word about heaven. Or what they'd have to do to survive, so high.

One more time before we go. One more song on the radio

by Anonymousreply 9402/24/2013

Scott's Faves:


"WAITING ON A FRIEND" - Rolling Stones

"START ME UP" - Rolling Stones

"DESTROYER" - The Kinks

"XANADU (Live)" - Rush

"THE OATH" - Kiss

"DIARY OF A MADMAN" - Ozzy Osbourne

"CRAZY TRAIN" - Ozzy Osbourne

"HANG FIRE" - Rolling Stones



"SLAVE" - Rolling Stones

by Anonymousreply 9502/24/2013

(Let's Get) Physical - Olivia Newton-John

The Dolphin Song - Olivia Newton-John

Make A Move On Me - Olivia Newton-John

Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Diana Ross

Mirror, Mirror (On The Wall) - Diana Ross

Memories - Babs

Coming In And Out Of Your Life - Babs

Morning Train - Sheena Easton

Boy From N.Y.C. - Manhattan Transfer

Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You - Boystown Gang

by Anonymousreply 9602/24/2013

Damn. I guess I am a pretty well-rounded guy musically. I am familiar with every song listed on this thread, and I love about 95% percent of them. It's amazing to see all these different genres of music and realize what a rich time it was, as far as music was concerned. If you look at the music of 1981 based on the Hot 100 Singles Charts, it looks very dismal. If you look deeper, at the FM Rock hits, the New Wave classics, the terrific dance tracks, it was an amazing year.

by Anonymousreply 9702/24/2013

Dante's Best Songs

Heard It Through The Grapevine - Roger

Controversy - Prince

Super Freak - Rick James

She's A Bad Mama Jama - Carl Carlton

Jam The Box - Bill Summers & Summer Heat

Square Biz - Teena Marie

Give It To Me Baby - Rick James

Too Tight - Con Funk Shun

Burn Rubber Why U Wanna Hurt Me - Gap Band

Can U Feel It - Jacksons

I Need Your Lovin - Teena Marie

Let's Groove - Earth, Wind & Fire

by Anonymousreply 9802/24/2013

Rick Springfield was my favorite back then. I hate him now, only because I met him years ago and he was a total cunt to every one of his fans backstage. Rude and obnoxious. He was in a horrible mood and was being nasty to the people who were paying his bills...The Fans. What an ass! I did love his Working Class Dog LP back then, though he can burn in hell forever.

Jessie's Girl/I've Done Everything For You/Love Is Alright Tonight.

by Anonymousreply 9902/24/2013

Is Billy Squier gay? I always had a mancrush on him back then and he always pinged to high heaven for me. The lyrics on the Don't Say No album were very homoerotic and that video he did a few years later for Rock Me Tonight was gayer than Liberace at a Liza concert. I saw him in concert in '82 and he seemed very fem. but I've heard he's married to a chick. Not that that means anything. What's the scoop?

by Anonymousreply 10002/24/2013

R100 - I don't know if he is or not. I've always kind of assumed he is, based on the things you mentioned. I have also heard that he's a pussyhound (which I have serious trouble believing). So, who knows?

by Anonymousreply 10102/24/2013

R100 and R101. Billy Squier always pinged for me, as well. Paul Stanley from Kiss, too. From what I understand, they both 'claim' to be straight. I would wage a strong bet that they've each eaten at least one weenie in their lives.

by Anonymousreply 10202/24/2013

I wasn't a mellow girl back in the day. My favorite albums in 1981 were:

1. PLASMATICS - Metal Priestess

2. BLACK FLAG - Damaged

3. CIRCLE JERKS - Group Sex

4. X - Los Angeles

5. PLASMATICS - New Hope For The Wretched

by Anonymousreply 10302/24/2013

Best song of 81 was General Hospi-tale by The Afternoon Delights. It was my favorite soap and the song was a perfect spoof. Great song.

by Anonymousreply 10402/24/2013

R104 My God! That was awful!!! I had forgotten about that song. It was a cheap and terrible knock-off of Blondie's terrific "Rapture". My sister had the 45 of that Genital Hospi-tale song and I though it was so amateurish and poorly done. My sis loved it, though. So, to each their own.

My favorite song of 1981 was "Into You Like A Train" by Psychedelic Furs, from their "Talk, Talk, Talk" album. I also loved "In The Air Tonight" by Phil Collins. Great song, but he should never have recorded another song. The rest of his solo work sucked donkeys.

by Anonymousreply 10502/24/2013


My favorite song of 1981 =

"Crazy Train" by OZZY OSBOURNE

Love that song.

by Anonymousreply 10602/24/2013

To whoever asked upthread - Physical (ONJ) was a huge hit, but was the No. 1 song of 1982.

However it was released in late 1981, so technically it straddled both years -- but more of it's time at the top was in '82.

by Anonymousreply 10702/24/2013

"Souvenir" - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

by Anonymousreply 10802/24/2013

X - "White Girl" from Wild Gift

by Anonymousreply 10902/24/2013

Oops. Sorry, Jem. I meant "Promises in the Dark."

by Anonymousreply 11002/24/2013

Billy Squire is rich - he owns a huge apartment at the San Remo on CPW, one of the most exclusive buildings in NY. I have no idea how he has that much money, because his music career wasn't all that big.

by Anonymousreply 11102/24/2013

Sign of the Southern Cross/BLACK SABBATH

Destroyer/THE KINKS

Red Barchetta/RUSH


For Those About to Rock/AC-DC

Mean Street/VAN HALEN

Mother, Father/JOURNEY

Waiting on a Friend/ROLLING STONES

Flying High Again/OZZY OSBOURNE

Bringing on the Heartbreak/DEF LEPPARD

Under Pressure/QUEEN and DAVID BOWIE

by Anonymousreply 11202/24/2013

R111 - Billy Squier was pretty successful in the early '80s. His 1981 album Don't Say No sold over 4 million copies in the U.S. alone. The follow-up, 1982's Emotions in Motion sold right around 3 million copies. 1984's Signs of Life was less successful, but still went platinum, with U.S. sales of over 1 million. He was also a top concert attraction for the first half of the decade. His career died quickly after the Rock Me Tonite video aired. Whether he's gay or not, he was the victim of homophobia by record buyers, based on reaction to his 'less than manly' music video. He followed up the Rock Me Tonite video with live concert clip of his next single, the rockin' All Night Long, but it was too late. The same year, record buyers ostracized Queen for appearing in drag in the I Want To Break Free video. In the early years of the AIDS crisis, homophobia was at an all time high.

by Anonymousreply 11302/24/2013

Electric Light Orchestra - "Twilight"

by Anonymousreply 11402/24/2013

I loved "Twilight" and "Hold On Tight". E.L.O. had a great year in '81. I loved that "Time" album.

by Anonymousreply 11502/24/2013

Oh, man. Electric Light Orchestra's "Time" album. That was one of my favorites. One song I really loved was "Rain is Falling". I remember my first love taking me in his arms in his bedroom when we were 15 and singing it to me, while the album played on the turntable. Sweet memories.

by Anonymousreply 11602/24/2013

Kim Carnes was my girl that year. I played Bette Davis Eyes and Draw of the Cards until the 45s melted. Lol. I loved Hall & Oates' Private Eyes album too. I loved Private Eyes, I Can't Go For That (No Can Do), Did It In A Minute, etc. Cool stuff. I remember my older brother was into The Rolling Stones' Tattoo You and Foreigner's 4 album. We both liked Journey's Escape. Ah, great times. Miss you Danny.

by Anonymousreply 11702/24/2013

My favorite album was 'Only A Lad' by Oingo Boingo. I loved all of the songs. Due to the right-wing nature of the lyrics, I can't really enjoy the album as much as I did at 17. It was a clear favorite for me that summer. U2's 'Boy' album was my other fave.

by Anonymousreply 11802/24/2013

R118 It's amazing how many of the acts that got played on KROQ were such right-wingers. I was big into the new wave and punk scene and didn't realize back then how conservative many of the bands were, even the Sex Pistols. I think that's why as I got older, I drifted away from those acts. Oingo Boingo was great but they were very conservative. Danny Elfman has supposedly changed his tune these days, but who knows?

by Anonymousreply 11902/24/2013

"Heartbeat" by Taana Gardner, which still sounds fantastic and is one of my all-time favorite dance tracks.

by Anonymousreply 12002/24/2013

Nobody admits to having liked Styx anymore, but in 1981 I was obsessed with their "Paradise Theatre" album. I still like the album. Great songs - "Rockin' The Paradise", "Too Much Time On My Hands", "The Best of Times", "Half Penny, Two Penny" and my favorite song on the LP, "Snowblind". Also, I liked Blondie's "AutoAmerican" and Stevie Nicks' "Bella Donna"

by Anonymousreply 12102/24/2013

R120, I had forgotten that one. I remember those wild, hot nights dancing the night away to that song, along with Gino Soccio's 'Try It Out', Change's 'Paradise', Voggue's 'Dancing The Night Away' and Abba's 'Lay All Your Love On Me'. Happy times. I remember the clubs were full of hot shirtless guys in tight Levis and we danced until dawn.

by Anonymousreply 12202/24/2013

I think 1982 was a better year. You had:













by Anonymousreply 12302/24/2013

R123 - Like, gag me with a spoon, fer shure! Totally.

by Anonymousreply 12402/24/2013

Hey r121, are you the "S-T-I-C-K-S" guy?

by Anonymousreply 12502/24/2013

R125, S-T-I-C-K-S guy? No. I'm actually female. Who was the S-T-I-C-K-S guy? I'm curious. lol.

by Anonymousreply 12602/24/2013

A few years back, someone here told the story of loving Styx on the radio, and so decided to decorate his room with a homage to the band by cutting out the letters from self-stick carpeting and pressing it onto his wall. But because he had only heard the name on the radio, he didn't know how it was reall spelled, thus --


by Anonymousreply 12702/24/2013

R123, I think '81 was better than '82, but my favorites of '82 were much different than the ones you listed.

My 1982 Favorites

1. Rock The Casbah - The Clash

2. Rock This Town - Stray Cats

3. You've Got Another Thing Comin' - Judas Priest

4. I Ran (So Far Away) - A Flock of Seagulls

5. White Wedding - Billy Idol

6. Run To The Hills - Iron Maiden

7. Tainted Love - Soft Cell

8. No One Like You - Scorpions

9. Gypsy - Fleetwood Mac

10. Stand or Fall - The Fixx

11. Everybody Wants You - Billy Squier

12. I Love It Loud - Kiss

by Anonymousreply 12802/24/2013

R127 That's hilarious. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

by Anonymousreply 12902/24/2013

Bitches, save your '82 lists for the '82 thread. God damn ADD gays.

by Anonymousreply 13002/24/2013

R130 lol. I was thinking the same thing. Fuckers, take your Ritalin and settle down. This is 1-9-8-1, not 1-9-8-2.

by Anonymousreply 13102/24/2013

R121 I was a huge Styx fan, too. Back in the mid-seventies, my older brothers were into bands like Styx, Rush, Queen, etc. I used to sneak into their rooms when they were gone and listen to their records. I loved Styx' albums "Equinox", "The Grand Illusion" and "Pieces of Eight". The first one I bought for myself was "Cornerstone" in '79, when I was 13. In '81 "Paradise Theater" became my favorite. My Styx affair came to an abrupt end in early-1983. I went to the record store the day "Kilroy was Here" came out and snatched it off the shelf. I got home, put it on the turn-table, listened to it twice, and promptly threw it in the trash. It was awful. I moved on.

by Anonymousreply 13202/24/2013

I was 16 in 1981 and went from working the front desk for court time at a racquet club to being a weekend night DJ at the roller rink they added that year (by taking out two tennis courts) in a huge All About Eve moment after the druggie college guy they hired was busted for larceny...

But yes. Stevie Nicks and early Pretenders (still love them). Styx. The Police. ELO. Rolling Stones from "Tattoo You". "Bette Davis Eyes" and "Morning Train" were huge. Heart. Aerosmith, The Who, REO Speedwagon, etc... Disco was frowned upon in those days; it was all about pop and rock at the rink.

I took my own records to the club and played more ABBA and classic Beatles and Supremes than I probably should have. God knows how skaters looking for a groove fared.

And then MTV came on our cable TVs, and it was a lot more fun to be doing what I was doing in '82 and '83.

by Anonymousreply 13302/24/2013

133 I remember disco was very frowned upon in '81. I liked disco, but only for dancing at clubs. Many people said the demise of disco was due to racism and homophobia. I always disagreed, somewhat. I honestly think disco peaked in '79 and began running out of steam (both artistically and commercially) soon after. There were a few great disco singles in '80 and '81, but most of the disco songs being released were very by-the-numbers and generic. I lost interest based on quality, not because of racism. I'm gay, so it surely wasn't homophobia. I miss those skating rink days, bigtime. I'm the same age as you and spent many an afternoon and evening burning up the rink in the summer of '81.

by Anonymousreply 13402/24/2013

Disco came off as offensively smug to many -- it was that and not racism or homophobia that did it in.

Most disco people had exactly the same backgrounds as the anti-disco people.

by Anonymousreply 13502/24/2013

I miss that time period. A barrage of new releases by acts like Blondie, The B-52's, The Cars, The Police, U2, Adam & The Ants, Oingo Boingo, Go-Gos, Devo, Gary Numan, Psychedelic Furs, X, Ramones, Clash, XTC, Roxy Music, Pat Benatar, Cheap Trick, Pretenders, Ultravox, David Bowie, Joy Division, New Order, Depeche Mode, Killing Joke, Misfits, Lene Lovich, Joan Jett, Missing Persons, The Tubes, Talking Heads, Greg Kihn Band, Iggy Pop, Public Image, Ltd., The Waitresses, ABC, Haircut 100, Duran Duran, Billy Idol, Generation X, and oh so many more.

by Anonymousreply 13602/24/2013

Some songs from 1981 that I would have expected to be bigger hits on the Pop Charts. All of these failed to reach the Top Ten:

Time - Alan Parsons Project (No. 15)

SuperFreak - Rick James (No. 16)

Ain't Even Done With The Night - John Cougar (No. 17)

The Stroke - Billy Squier (No. 17)

Fire and Ice - Pat Benatar (No. 17)

You Better You Bet - The Who (No. 18)

Treat Me Right - Pat Benatar (No. 18)

I Missed Again - Phil Collins (No. 19)

In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins (No. 19)

Our Lips Are Sealed - the Go-Go's (No. 20)

And Donna Summer could get no higher than No. 40 with the song Who Do You Think You're Fooling?

by Anonymousreply 13702/24/2013

I was a teenage metalhead in 1981. I hung with three other guys. I thought they were all straight. Two were, but my best friend of the bunch came out in 1981 (just before I did).

We were into the hardest stuff of the era. These were a few favorite albums that year:

1. AC/DC - For Those About To Rock

2. Motorhead - No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith (Live)

3. Van Halen - Fair Warning

4. Iron Maiden - Killers

5. Black Sabbath - Mob Rules

6. Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz

7. Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman

8. Judas Priest - Point of Entry

9. Triumph - Allied Forces

10. Saxon - Denim And Leather

11. Def Leppard - High 'n' Dry

12. B.O.C. - Fire of Unknown Origin

13. Rush - Moving Pictures

14. Riot - Fire Down Under

15. April Wine - The Nature of the Beast

16. Tygers of Pan Tang - Spellbound

17. UFO - The Wild, The Willing & The Innocent

18. Sammy Hagar - Standing Hampton

19. Heavy Metal (Motion Picture Soundtrack)

20. Iron Maiden - Maiden Japan e.p.

by Anonymousreply 13802/24/2013

Oh, what a fun thread. I've been reminiscing all afternoon. I am surprised that a lot of the songs I loved haven't been mentioned yet. Here's my '81 list. There are a few titles that haven't been mentioned yet.

1. ENDLESS LOVE - Diana R./Lionel R.

2. WHILE YOU SEE A CHANCE - Steve Winwood

3. WHO's CRYIN' NOW - Journey

4. JUST THE TWO OF US - Grover Washington Jr.

5. HOW 'BOUT US - Champaign

6. SAME OLD LANG SYNE - Dan Fogelberg

7. SLOW HAND - Pointer Sisters

8. GAMES PEOPLE PLAY - Alan Parsons Project

9. HARD TO SAY - Dan Fogelberg

10. BEST THAT YOU CAN DO - Christopher Cross


12. JUST ONCE - Quincy Jones & James Ingram

13. KEEP ON LOVING YOU - R.E.0. Speedwagon

14. WINNING - Santana

15. I LOVE YOU - Climax Blues Band

by Anonymousreply 13902/24/2013

I was an 11 year old living in podunk Florida, so it was a lot of pop and country for me. I had a crush on Eddie Rabbitt, and I'm still waiting for somebody to do a dance remix of his 1981 classic "Someone Could Lose a Heart Tonight"

by Anonymousreply 14002/24/2013

Believe It or Not (Greatest American Hero) -- Joey Scarbury

I Don't Need You -- Kenny Rogers

Poor Man's Son -- Survivor

For You -- Manfred Mann's Earth Band

Harden My Heart -- Quarterflash

Leather And Lace -- Stevie Nicks

All Those Years Ago -- George Harrison

Living Inside Myself -- Gino Vannelli

For Your Eyes Only -- Sheena Easton

No Reply At All -- Genesis

Living In A Fantasy -- Leo Sayer

The One That You Love -- Air Supply

Got To Rock On -- Kansas

The Party's Over -- Journey

A Woman Needs Love -- Ray Parker, Jr.

Being With You -- Smokey Robinson

Time Out Of Mind -- Steely Dan

Hello Again -- Neil Diamond

Sweetheart -- Franke And The Knockouts

My Girl -- Chilliwack

by Anonymousreply 14102/24/2013

Love In The First Degree - Alabama, Nine to Five - Dolly Parton, Cow Patty - Jim Stafford, Elvira - Oak Ridge Boys, I Love A Rainy Night -Eddie Rabbitt, What Are We Doing In Love - Dottie West & Kenny Rogers, Seven Year Ache - Roseanne Cash, Red Neckin' Love Makin' Night - Conway Twitty, I Wouldn't Have Missed It For The World - Ronnie Milsap.

by Anonymousreply 14202/24/2013












by Anonymousreply 14302/24/2013

Some more great 1981 hits:

Joan of Arc - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl) - Haircut 100

Voice - Ultravox

Tonight - GoGos

How Much More - GoGos

Automatic - GoGos

Nicole - Point Blank

Tears Are Not Enough - ABC

Kids In America - Kim Wilde

Rage In The Cage - J. Geils Band

It Must Be Love - Madness

Dead Ringer - Meat Loaf

Mirror, Mirror - Dollar

Beautiful World - Devo

Love In Motion - Icehouse

by Anonymousreply 14402/24/2013

"Peter the Meter Reader" - Meri Wilson

by Anonymousreply 14502/24/2013

I always loved Devo's fascination with masturbation. First there was "Whip It", which was about flogging the dolphin, then there was "Jerkin' Back 'n' Forth", which was a bit less subtle about the activity.

by Anonymousreply 14602/24/2013

"Working for the Weekend" by Loverboy

"The Kid Is Hot Tonite" by Loverboy

"Turn Me Loose" by Loverboy

by Anonymousreply 14702/24/2013

The best song of '81, in my book ---

"Kiss On My List" - by Hall & Oates

My friends wonder why I call you all of the time. What can I say? I don't feel the need to give such secrets away. You think maybe I need help, no, I know I'm right. I'm just better off not listening to friends advice

When they insist on knowing my bliss. I tell them this. When they want to know what the reason is, I only smile when I lie, then I tell them why. (because your kiss) your kiss is on my list (because your kiss) your kiss is on my list. Because your kiss is on my list of the best things in life.

(because your kiss) your kiss is on my list (because your kiss) your kiss I can't resist

I go crazy wondering what there is to really see. Did the night just take up your time, cause it means more to me? Sometimes I forget what Im doing, I don't forget what I want. Regret what Ive done, regret you? I couldnt go on. And if you insist on knowing my bliss

I'll tell you this. If you want to know what the reason is. I'll only smile when I lie, then I'll tell you this.

by Anonymousreply 14802/24/2013

It looks like 1981 sucked. I didn't get into music until three or four years later. None of the people who WERE the eighties are listed.

No Madonna, No Michael Jackson, No Huey Lewis, No Shannon, No Eurythmics, No Culture Club, No Cyndi Lauper, No DeBarge, No Janet Jackson, No Stacy Q, No George Michael, No Wham!.

1981 was not the eighties. It stunk.

by Anonymousreply 14902/24/2013

R149 "No Madonna, No Michael Jackson, No Huey Lewis, No Shannon, No Eurythmics, No Culture Club, No Cyndi Lauper, No DeBarge, No Janet Jackson, No Stacy Q, No George Michael, No Wham!."

I knew I loved 1981 for a reason. It looks like you listed twelve reasons.

The '80s got really superficial and stupid in the years following 1981. I preferred the years '80, '81, '82 and '83. Before the big hair and bad fashions took over.

by Anonymousreply 15002/24/2013

Oh, dear! R149. In what universe did Stacy Q, DeBarge and Shannon "define" the 1980s? They were each one-hit wonders. Shannon's song, Let The Music Play, was quite good, but she was still a one-hit wonder. The other two acts (especially Stacy Q and her irritating bubblegum hit Two of Hearts) didn't make a huge enough impact to define the decade.

by Anonymousreply 15102/24/2013

The 80s really started with 1982. 1980 and 1981 were a hangover from the 70s. Not that there was anything wrong with that.

by Anonymousreply 15202/24/2013

"Can't Stop It But I'm Gonna Try" - Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick's "All Shook Up" album was released in the Fall of '80, but it was my most played album in 1980-81 (my Sophomore year of H.S.).

by Anonymousreply 15302/24/2013

I loved Cheap Trick's "All Shook Up" too. It's one of the more under-rated titles in their discography. "World's Greatest Lover" was their greatest ballad (yes, better than '88s "The Flame"). "Love Comes A Tumbling Down" was a frenetic, high-energy metallic rocker, "Stop This Game" was a terrific single, "Can't Stop It But I'm Gonna Try" was probably my favorite song on the album. "Just Got Back" and "Baby Loves To Rock" kicked maximum amounts of ass too. My brother, who is a year older than me, and I played that album, AC/DC's "Back in Black" and Ozzy's "Blizzard of Ozz" in heavy rotation in the first half of '81.

by Anonymousreply 15402/24/2013

God, I loved Cheap Trick in the '70s and early '80s. One of THE classic bands of all times.

by Anonymousreply 15502/24/2013

I loved that Billy Squier album, 'Don't Say No'. He was cute too. I think he was so sexy on the album cover. Sitting on the floor, strumming his guitar, barefoot. Yum. "Stroke me, indeed!"

by Anonymousreply 15602/24/2013

a year before my birth

by Anonymousreply 15702/24/2013

Too Drunk To Fuck - Dead Kennedys

Spray Paint - Black Flag

T.V. Party - Black Flag

Deny Everything - Circle Jerks

Ceremony - New Order

Ghosts - Japan

World Up My Ass - Circle Jerks

by Anonymousreply 15802/26/2013

Message of Love - Pretenders

Bad Boys Get Spanked - Pretenders

Talk of the Town - Pretenders

Porcelain - Pretenders

The Adulteress - Pretenders

Beautiful World - Devo

Jerkin' Back & Forth - Devo

Edge of Seventeen - Stevie Nicks

Stop Draggin' My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks

Leather & Lace - Stevie Nicks

Shake It Up - The Cars

Since You're Gone - The Cars

We Want The Airwaves - Ramones

by Anonymousreply 15902/26/2013

Blondie, "Rapture"

Blondie, "The Tide is High"

Rick James, "Super Freak"

Rick James, "Give It To Me Baby"

Rick James, "Fire & Desire"

Teena Marie, "Square Biz"

Teena Marie, "It Must Be Magic"

Teena Marie, "Portuguese Love"

Manhattan Transfer, "On the Boulevard"

Manhattan Transfer, "Boy From New York City"

Manhattan Transfer, "Spies in the Night"

Quarterflash, 'Harden My Heart"

Quarterflash, "Find Another Fool"

Earth, Wind & Fire, "Let's Groove"

by Anonymousreply 16002/26/2013

The Once Over Twice by X

We're Desperate by X

Pretty In Pink by Psychedelic Furs

Dumb Waiters by Psychedelic Furs

Our Lips Are Sealed by The Go-Go's

We Got The Beat by The Go-Go's

Stormtrooper In Drag by Gary Numan

Backfired by Debbie Harry

Message Of Love by The Pretenders

Talk Of The Town by The Pretenders

by Anonymousreply 16102/26/2013


'START ME UP' -- The Rolling Stones

'URGENT' -- Foreigner


'OVER THE MOUNTAIN' -- Ozzy Osbourne

'DESTROYER' -- The Kinks


'HOLD ON TIGHT' -- Electric Light Orchestra



'UNDER PRESSURE' -- Queen/David Bowie


'WAITING ON A FRIEND' -- The Rolling Stones

'BLOODY REUNION' -- Molly Hatchet

by Anonymousreply 16202/26/2013

1981 - I'll try to remember my favorites. It's been a while (lol).

Hard to Say-Dan Fogelberg, Same Old Lang Syne-Dan Fogelberg, Run for the Roses-Dan Fogelberg, Leader of the Band-Dan Fogelberg, Oh No-Commodores, For Your Eyes Only-Sheena Easton, Chariots of Fire-Vangelis, Endless Love-Diana Ross & Lionel Richie, Somewhere Down the Road-Barry Manilow.

I also loved Touch Me When We're Dancing, the massive comeback single by The Carpenters.

by Anonymousreply 16302/26/2013

"Centerfold" - J. Geils Band

"Who's Crying Now" - Journey

"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" - Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

"Young Turks" - Rod Stewart

"Physical" - Olivia Newton-John

"Controversy" - Prince

"Burning For You" - Blue Oyster Cult

"Waiting On A Friend" - Rolling Stones

"Shake It Up" - The Cars

"Spirits In The Material World" - The Police

by Anonymousreply 16402/26/2013

The main things I listened to in 1981 were Rush's "Moving Pictures", Styx' "Paradise Theatre" and Genesis' "Abacab" albums. Of course, AC/DC was the biggest thing around back then ("Back in Black" was like the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack- everyone had a copy, regardless of their musical taste), so I had heavy doses of the "Back In Black", "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" and "For Those About To Rock" LPs and loved them. I liked dance music too, but my exposure to it came mostly on Friday and Saturday nights at the club.

by Anonymousreply 16502/26/2013

Here were my favourites, from a British perspective.

1. Start Me Up / Rolling Stones

2. Don't You Want Me / Human League (I think it was a hit in the U.S. a few months later, in early '82)

3. Let's Get It Up / AC/DC

4. Stand & Deliver / Adam & The Ants

5. Ghost Town / The Specials

6. Tainted Love / Soft Cell

7. Under Pressure / Queen & David Bowie

8. Lay All Your Love On Me / Abba

9. I Go To Sleep / Pretenders

10. Wrathchild / Iron Maiden

11. Please Don't Touch / Motorhead & Girlschool

12. Hold On Tight / Electric Light Orchestra

13. Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl) / Haircut 100

14. Planet Earth / Duran Duran

15. Wild Is The Wind / David Bowie

16. It Must Be Love / Madness

17. Heading Out To The Highway / Judas Priest

18. Labelled With Love / Squeeze

19. The Winner Takes It All / Abba

20. The Voice / Ultravox

by Anonymousreply 16602/26/2013

'81s Best...According to Tom:

1. Tom Sawyer - RUSH

2. Too Much Time On My Hands - STYX

3. Rapture - BLONDIE

4. Bette Davis Eyes - KIM CARNES

5. Jessie's Girl - RICK SPRINGFIELD

6. Urgent - FOREIGNER


8. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC

9. Fire And Ice - PAT BENATAR

10. Take It On The Run - R.E.O. SPEEDWAGON

11. In The Air Tonight - PHIL COLLINS

12. Turn Me Loose - LOVERBOY

13. Jealous Lover - RAINBOW

14. Bad Reputation - JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS

15. Breaking All The Rules - PETER FRAMPTON

by Anonymousreply 16702/26/2013

Time....The Alan Parsons Project

The Voice....Moody Blues

Life of Illusion....Joe Walsh

The Stroke....Billy Squier

Talk To Ya Later....The Tubes

Hold On Loosely....38 Special

The Breakup Song....Greg Kihn

The Waiting....Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

You Better, You Bet....The Who

Stranger....Jefferson Starship

History Never Repeats....Split Enz

by Anonymousreply 16802/26/2013

I was 13 that year and yes, the diversity of the music at the time stands out. So many faves hard to narrow down:

1. All Touch - Rough Trade

2. Walking on Thin Ice - Yoko Ono

3. Don't Let Him Go - REO Speedwagon

4. Angel of the Morning - Juice Newton

5. The Boy From New York City - Manhattan Transfer

6. Dirty Back Road - The B52s

7. Eye Communication - Marianne Faithfull

8. Fashion Victim - Rough Trade

9. Hearts - Marty Balin

10. I Can't Stand It - Eric Clapton

by Anonymousreply 16902/26/2013

I am a big fan of the big hair bands of the 80s. But when I saw Lars Ulrich and those lips OMG.

by Anonymousreply 17002/26/2013

In 1981, I was 16. The year I got my first car. Fell in love with my first dude. A great year, indeed.

Mark's Top 15 of 1981

1. Tom Sawyer, Rush

2. Burning For You, Blue Oyster Cult

3. Our Lips Are Sealed, The Go-Gos

4. Working In A Coal Mine, Devo

5. For Those About To Rock, Ac/Dc

6. Urgent, Foreigner

7. Waiting On A Friend, Rolling Stones

8. Half Penny, Two Penny, Styx

9. Tubesnake Boogie, ZZ Top

10. Bette Davis Eyes, Kim Carnes

11. Super Freak, Rick James

12. Start Me Up, Rolling Stones

13. Just Between You And Me, April Wine

14. In The Air Tonight, Phil Collins

15. Crazy Train, Ozzy Osbourne

by Anonymousreply 17102/26/2013

R170, And to think... Lars Ulrich and Metallica were just a bar band playing hole-in-the-wall dives in 1981. They didn't release their first album until mid-1983. Who knew they'd become one of the biggest bands ever? Lol.

by Anonymousreply 17202/26/2013

R95, Scott, you listed TWO songs from Kiss' "(Music From) The Elder" album. I am impressed. Sometimes it seems like I am the only Kiss fan who likes that album. I have seen a couple of people mention 'A World Without Heroes' on here, but 'The Oath'? I'm impressed. I never thought that album was the disaster that the media made it out to be. It was different (I liked it a hell of a lot better than its predecessor, 'Unmasked', which I hated), but not bad. You've earned kudos with me, buddy. Rock on!

by Anonymousreply 17302/26/2013

Who Do You Think You're Fooling? DONNA SUMMER


Why Do Fools Fall In Love? DIANA ROSS

All American Girls SISTER SLEDGE






Double Dutch Bus FRANKIE SMITH

by Anonymousreply 17402/26/2013

I hated all that heavy metal shit. HATED it. I was so glad when Nirvana came along and made all the metal bands irrelevant overnight.

by Anonymousreply 17502/26/2013

Endless Love - Diana Ross Lionel Richie, Same Old Lang Syne-Dan Fogelberg, America - Neil Diamond, Touch Me When We're Dancing - Carpenters, The One That You Love - Air Supply, Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)-Christopher Cross, Yesterday's Songs-Neil Diamond, The Old Songs-Barry Manilow

by Anonymousreply 17602/26/2013

r170 and 175 has no taste .

by Anonymousreply 17702/26/2013

R175 Nirvana sparked the 'Grunge Revolution', which lasted all of two years...and died! The post-1995 nineties were wretched, filled with post-grunge shit like the Goo-Goo Dolls, Live, Bush and Counting Crows. Ugh.

by Anonymousreply 17802/26/2013

Speaking of Lars Ulrich he is so cute and Mettalica is the shit dumb-ass.

by Anonymousreply 17902/26/2013

But at least metal never came back r178.

by Anonymousreply 18002/26/2013

R175 I can't imagine hating any genre of music. I loved everything back then - new wave, punk, metal, hard rock, top 40, disco, r&b, oldies, country, electronic, post-punk, ska, reggae, 40s swing, jazz, bluegrass, soft pop, classical, showtunes, opera. Variety is the spice of life. It was all good. The only music that tends to strike a negative chord with me is hip-hop. I like a song here or there, but I just can't relate to it on any level (but I don't hate it).

by Anonymousreply 18102/26/2013

Lets not forget Ozzy. The best, but I agree he doest have the hottest lips in rock n roll, that would have to go to lars ulrich. And by the way Metal Rules. you must be a pussy.

by Anonymousreply 18202/26/2013

R182 What about Paul Stanley? The king (or queen, lol) of the pucker-pups. He has D.S.L.'s big-time.

by Anonymousreply 18302/26/2013

Sorry no Bi for me, doesnt turn me on I also agree there should be a special place in Metals history for Lars Ulrich lips.

by Anonymousreply 18402/26/2013

Country music was REAL country music back then. Not this glossy, auto-tuned pop shit Taylor Swift, Shania Twain manufactured garbage. I preferred rock and pop back then, but I liked quite a bit of country. Today, you couldn't pay me to listen to most country.

by Anonymousreply 18502/26/2013

Country is cool screw you.

by Anonymousreply 18602/26/2013

Country has become almost bubblegum over the last 15 years. Amazingly saccharine.

by Anonymousreply 18702/26/2013

Early '80s heavy metal was great (AC/DC, Priest, Sabbath, Maiden, Motorhead, Accept, Saxon, Krokus, Van Halen, Scorpions, Triumph, etc.). The bad metal was the girly hair band variety (Bon Jovi, Poison, Warrant, Cinderella, Winger, etc.) from the second half of the decade (1985-1989). That stuff was pure pop garbage, dressed up as rock. That's the stuff that Nirvana made irrelevant, not Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden. At the time, I preferred new wave and punk, but I did like quite a bit of metal at the time.

by Anonymousreply 18802/26/2013

I'll never forget the feeling of freshness on the music scene when the New Romantic bands came in in the early '80s. Duran Duran, Ultravox, ETC. Awesome time.

by Anonymousreply 18902/26/2013

For some reason you people are forgetting about Mettalica , White Zombie , Nine inch nails, I realize these groups where not really part of the 1981 scene. But come on some one start a thread about Heavy Metal come on lets get with it, and how could anyone foget about Korn.

by Anonymousreply 19002/26/2013

My Top Ten 1981 Jamz:

1. Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes

2. Working For The Weekend - Loverboy

3. Hold On Tight - E.L.O.

4. The Best Of Times - Styx

5. Don't Stand So Close To Me - The Police

6. Keep On Lovin' You - REO Speedwagon

7. Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield

8. A Little In Love - Cliff Richard

9. Precious Time - Pat Benatar

10. Pull Up The The Bumper - Grace Jones

by Anonymousreply 19102/26/2013

1. Sausalito Summernight - Diesel 2. Harden My Heart - Quarterflash 3. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty 4. The Night Owls - Little River Band 5. Hold On Tight - Electric Light Orchestra 6. Physical - Olivia Newton-John 7. Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes 8. I've Done Everything For You - Rick Springfield 9. Magic Power - Triumph 10. Too Much Time On My Hands - Styx

by Anonymousreply 19202/26/2013

I'll try to name some great songs that I loved that haven't been mentioned yet. I've always had very diverse musical taste, so I'll wrack my brain and see what shakes out.

Give a Little Bit More by Cliff Richard

Winning by Santana

Super Trouper by Abba

Is It You by Lee Ritenour

The Chase Is Better Than The Catch by Motorhead

Can You Feel It? by The Jacksons

This Little Girl by Gary U.S. Bonds

Hear About It Later by Van Halen

Atlanta Lady by Marty Balin

We're In This Love Together by Al Jarreau

(There's) No Gettin' Over Me by Ronnie Milsap

Murders In The Rue Morgue by Iron Maiden

Breaking Away by Balance

Keep On Runnin' by Journey

Line Of Fire (Live) by Journey

Break It Up by Foreigner

Trouble by Lindsey Buckingham

Guitar Man ('81 Remix) by Elvis Presley

Don't Stop The Music by Yarbrough & Peoples

(Ghost) Riders In The Sky by The Outlaws

Fade Away by Bruce Springsteen

Smokey Mountain Rain by Ronnie Milsap

Don't Go by Judas Priest

Hearts On Fire by Randy Meisner

It's A Love Thing by The Whispers

Ain't Even Done With The Night by John Cougar

by Anonymousreply 19302/26/2013

10. Reach Out - CHEAP TRICK

9. We Want The Airwaves - THE RAMONES

8. My Kinda Lover - BILLY SQUIER

7. Waiting On A Friend - THE ROLLING STONES

6. Treat Me Right - PAT BENATAR

5. The Stroke - BILLY SQUIER

4. Abacab - GENESIS

3. Precious To Me - PHIL SEYMOUR

2. In The Air Tonight - PHIL COLLINS


by Anonymousreply 19402/26/2013

A Woman In Love - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

The Waiting - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Veteran Of The Psychic Wars - Blue Oyster Cult

Joan Crawford (Has Risen From The Grave) - Blue Oyster Cult

Games People Play - Alan Parsons Project

Stop Draggin' My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty

Can't Happen Here - Rainbow

I Surrender - Rainbow

Jealous Lover - Rainbow

by Anonymousreply 19502/26/2013

PLANET EARTH - Duran Duran

GIRLS ON FILM - Duran Duran


RAPTURE - Blondie



PISS ON THE WALL - J. Geils Band

RAGE IN THE CAGE - J. Geils Band




by Anonymousreply 19603/01/2013

HALLOWEEN - Souixsie & The Banshees

INTO THE LIGHT - Souixsie & The Banshees

VOODOO DOLLY - Souixsie & The Banshees





TRUE CONFESSIONS - Garland Jeffries

LOVER'S WALK - Elvis Costello

TEMPTED - Squeeze


F-HOLE - Squeeze

by Anonymousreply 19703/01/2013

Remember the good old 1980s?

When things were so uncomplicated?

I wish I could go back there again

And everything could be the same

Another great track from the "Time" album.

ELO - "Ticket To The Moon"

by Anonymousreply 19803/01/2013

Divinyls - "Boys In Town"

by Anonymousreply 19903/01/2013

I never realized what a great year for music that 1981 was. Damn.

My Favorites:

1. Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones

2. Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go-Go's

3. Private Eyes - Daryl Hall & John Oates

4. Harden My Heart - Quarterflash

5. In The Dark - Billy Squier

6. Girls On Film - Duran Duran

7. Centerfold - The J. Geils Band

8. Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes

9. Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield

10. Ant Music - Adam And The Ants

11. Young Turks - Rod Stewart

12. Burning For You - Blue Oyster Cult

by Anonymousreply 20003/01/2013

Wow. People actually liked that "General Hospi-tale" song? That thing was atrocious. I only heard it once back then, and I almost threw up. I went on YouTube and watched it after being reminded about it on here and...YUCK!

by Anonymousreply 20103/01/2013

Randy Newman - "One More Hour" (Jennifer Warnes)

by Anonymousreply 20203/01/2013

"Your Love" by Lime. Best song of '81. Best song ever.

by Anonymousreply 20303/01/2013

01. For Those About To Rock, We Salute You - AC/DC

02. Waiting On A Friend - Rolling Stones

03. Burning For You - Blue Oyster Cult

04. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

05. Killers - Iron Maiden

06. Bad Reputation - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

07. The Mob Rules - Black Sabbath

08. Start Me Up - Rolling Stones

09. Promises In The Dark - Pat Benatar

10. Veteran Of The Psychic Wars - Blue Oyster Cult

11. In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins

12. Beautiful World - Devo

13. Juke Box Hero - Foreigner

by Anonymousreply 20403/01/2013

"Piss On The Wall" by J. Geils Band

by Anonymousreply 20503/01/2013

80s are over. They sucked. Move on elders.

by Anonymousreply 20603/01/2013

R207 Go back to your Nick Grimshaw & Co. and Justin Bieber threads and stay there. If you're not interested in a thread, don't open it. I know in the '80s music wasn't quite what it is today. After all, we didn't have Nikki Manaj, Bieber, One Erection, Hilary Duff, Hannah Montana, Nickelback and Taylor Swift. We somehow made it, though. I guess everyone over thirty should just put their head in the oven and get it over with, huh?

by Anonymousreply 20703/02/2013

Emmylou Harris - "If I Needed You"

by Anonymousreply 20803/02/2013

MENERGY by Patrick Cowley

by Anonymousreply 20903/02/2013

Steve's Favorite Albums of 1981 ---


STEVIE NICKS / Bella Donna



THE RAMONES / Pleasant Dreams

GO-GO's / Beauty & The Beat

JOAN ARMATRADING / Walk Under Ladders

GRACE JONES / Nightclubbing

OZZY OSBOURNE / Blizzard Of Ozz


by Anonymousreply 21003/03/2013

You know its sad but true.

by Anonymousreply 21103/03/2013
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