Rocking Relevance

The 1980’s have long been considered the worst decade for fashion and music. And while the fashion may very well never come back the music never left. The following are 11 timeless songs that will never go away.

AC/DC – Thunderstruck. We played a drinking game to it in college. Somehow that’s my first memory of the song. Obvi a pump up song in many regards but hardly the best song on record for the rock gods.

The Outfield – Your Love. While it was a fairly popular song in it’s own right, the band was known as more of a one-hit wonder. And yet it’s just one of those songs that’s stood the test of time and you’re likely to hear it half the time you go out.

Queen – We Are the Champions. Is it weird that my first introduction to this song was on The Mighty Ducks?!? Obviously they play it in Disney movies galore, but 30 years later? It certainly helps that these guys were way more than one song.

Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody. Whitney was being played on the regular before she died. Now that new music is never coming out again, this is basically a theme song to every girl’s life ever. And I know all the words.

Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me. Took me a while to figure out what this song was really about. Now I’m even more embarrassed to listen to this song real loud. But it’s popular at strip clubs, so there’s that.

Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’. Definitely overplayed, but not for the wrong reasons. A lot of people don’t care for Journey but that’s just due to the corniness factor. You can’t really hate this song when it comes in moderation.

Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough. No matter what this guy was as a person there’s no denying what he was as an entertainer (case in point; Chris Brown). So while this wasn’t his most famous track it does come from arguably his best album (sorry Thriller fans).

Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer. Speaking of annoying artists of a forgotten decade. Jon Bon Jovi somehow made it to the 90s with similarly obnoxious ballads that have idiots standing on tables crooning karaoke as if the original wasn’t bad enough.

Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time. Broadway musical and all, Cyndi Lauper is a name you can’t really forget but when you write a song that gets covered as many times as this popular track was it’s hard to forget.

Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley – I’ve Had the Time of My Life. If you’ve never seen Dirty Dancing then you suck. Essentially every lame assisted living commercial or geriatric-based product in the history of time features this song in the background.

Survivor – Eye of the Tiger. Rocky made it popular, but I’m at a loss for how the other great songs on Rocky 3 and Rocky 4 haven’t been memorialized. But this somehow still gets the most airplay and is played before every athletic competition ever.



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