V.A. I Want My 80’s Box! [3CD BoxSet] (2001)

Artist: VA
Album: I Want My 80’s Box!
Year Of Release: 2011
Label: Hip-O
Genre: Pop, Dance, New Wave, Funk
Quality: 320 kbps
Format: MP3
Total Time: 02:56:13
Total Size: 403 mb

01. Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star
02. Culture Club – Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
03. Joe Jackson – Steppin’ Out
04. Tommy Tutone – 867-5309/Jenny
05. Rapture – Blondie
06. The Gap Band – You Dropped A Bomb On Me
07. Dazz Band – Let It Whip
08. Quarterflash – Harden My Heart
09. ABC – Poison Arrow
10. Asia – Heart Of The Moment
11. Toni Basil – Mickey
12. Kool & The Gang – Celebration
13. Squeeze – Tempted
14. Soft Cell – Tainted Love

01. Pat Benatar – Love Is A Battlefield
02. Bryan Adams – Cuts Like A Knife
03. Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams
04. A-Ha – Take On Me
05. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax
06. The Fixx – One Thing Leads To Another
07. Big Country – In A Big Country
08. Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
09. Madness – Our House
10. Oingo Boingo – Weird Science
11. The Motels – Suddenly Last Summe
12. Night Runner – Sister Christian
13. Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
14. John Waite – Missing You

01. Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
02. Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
03. Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
04. Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonigh
05. Joe Perry/Run-D.M.C./Steven Tyler – Walk The Say
06. Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love
07. Jody Watley – Looking For A New Love
08. Yello – Oh Yeah
09. Suzanne Vega – Luka
10. Chris de Burgh – The Lady In Red
11. Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now
12. Whitesnake – Here I Go Again
13. Bobby Brown – My Prerogative
14. Steve Winwood – Higher Love

And, boy, you got it! Here are 42 of the biggest hits that dominated ’80s radio and flashed across MTV-includes 867-5309/Jenny Tommy Tutone; Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? Culture Club; Poison Arrow ABC; Mickey Toni Basil; Steppin’ Out Joe Jackson; Suddenly Last Summer Motels; Hold Me Now Thompson Twins; Walk This Way Run D.M.C.; Luka Suzanne Vega; Lady in Red Chris De Burgh; Addicted to Love Robert Palmer; Relax Frankie Goes to Hollywood; Harden My Heart Quarterflash; Sweet Dreams Eurythmics; Missing You John Waite; Weird Science Oingo Boingo; Oh Yeah Yello, and more.

God bless punk and new wave. Without them, ’80s pop music might well have ended up as vapid and ghettoized as, well, pop music of the ’90s. Those late ’70s movements were frankly reactionary at heart (seeking to counter what was perceived as the overwrought tendencies of rock’s prog and hard-rock elite and calling for a return to the diverse energy of ’60s Top 40), but their influences can be felt on nearly every cut of this triple-disc hits anthology, from the Buggles’ all-too-prophetic «Video Killed the Radio Star» to the nouveau funk of Kool and the Gang, the Dazz Band, and the Gap Band, to the nascent big-hairdom of Night Ranger («Sister Christian») and Whitesnake. If you’re looking for the roots of alternative rock or obscure college playlist fodder, look elsewhere; this is prime-time ’80s pop chart glory, as seen on MTV (over and over and over). Though the songs here cover a breadth of style and genre (if not necessarily substance), there’s a remarkable unity of purpose and hook-laden musical accomplishment that’s sorely missed. If this collection woefully shortchanges hip-hop, it still underscores a distinctly irony-free era where style admittedly triumphed over substance, as opposed to the ’90s, where style caricatured substance.


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