Much Better Half and I were more in tune 🙂 with numbers from forties, fifties and sixties.  I was mostly interested in Classics, anyway, so by the seventies I lost touch.  During a discussion with brother-and-sister-in-law, who were more into the eighties scene, I gave the opinion that no really good music had come from that era,  They strongly begged to differ, and b-i-l lent me a favourite album –1980s number 1’s – to sample.  Here are the titles.

 Eighties Number 1's

How many do you recognise?  Which are favourites?

I went through them asking myself the following questions:

Do I know them? / Reaction? / Do I want to listen to them again?

          1)    No.   /     Trite beat and music.    /                 No.

2)    No.    /        ditto                           /                  No.

3)    Maybe. / Constant repetition of six notes. /  No

4)    No.   /     More like it.                   /               Perhaps.

5)    Yes.  /    This isn’t at all bad.           /             Yes.

6)    No.    /    Fascinating.  It borrows from She moved through the fair, but that is no negative thing.       /        Definitely

7)    No        /         Boring.                  /              No

8)    For sure /     Easy listening.       /             Yes

9)    Yes. /  Great instrumentals and mood. /  Yes

10)          No.  /  Mainly trite and formulaic.      /    No

11)          No.  /  Doesn’t grab me.                  /     No

12)          No.  / War protests have been done much better.  / No.

13)          Absolutely!  /  Really well done.    /    Yes

14)          Yes.       /  A seventies song, and I think there are superior versions to that of Boy George.       /       No

15)          No.      /   Unimpressed.               /        No

16)          Definitely  /      This one has staying power.     /   Yes

17)          Yes.          /       Good lively stuff.                       /  Yes


My conclusion?  I registered more than I thought I had, but I still think my overall assessment of the era is about right.  Mind you, in my opinion all of it is vastly superior to most of what is currently blasted from popular radio stations. 

© February 2013 Colonialist (WordPress)

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  1. I’m in agreement with you…I can dismiss most 80s music. But then again, I was under a lot of stress during that time and often say I don’t remember the entire decade. I’m very partial to the 70s, however! 🙂


  2. Arkenaten says:

    Yes, well. The problem is …that there was other music recorded besides what featured on the ‘pop’ charts, of course, and you and I both know this. Maybe you should ‘balance the books’ and do a post featuring non-pop? Jazz, Classical, maybe?


  3. TammyeHoney says:

    That was totally not my favorite era for music…today’s music seems to be a mixed bag era again…hopefully we will have a turn around soon.. Thank you for the post


  4. I recognised just about all of them Col, but I love all music, all eras. You should hear what I have ont the iPod :8):


  5. Right there with you. Not a fan of the 80’s music at all. Liked the 60’s. Current stuff – terrible.


  6. adeeyoyo says:

    Nah, nothing much there. 60’s abd 70’s were great and since then only maybe one or two songs/tunes a year. Seems we’re all ‘of an age’ as they say. 60’s and 70’s were a time of musical revolution and we were all heartily (for the most part) sick and tired of love-sick ballads.


  7. optie says:

    Hmmm nothing there that I would wish to have on my ipod. I prefer the music of the 60’s and 70’s.


  8. newsferret says:

    The eighties yielded very few good numbers.


  9. OMG! I’m rubbish at music but I know all of these except number 3. That means this is a fab CD.


  10. cobbies69 says:

    *0’s was my turn off time, to me there was not much that was worth remembering.. and your album reminds of what I did not miss..however thanks for the memory…;)


  11. Pussycat44 says:

    This wasn’t my kind of music, either, but I had to put up with it because of my boys 😦


  12. 68ghia says:

    I recognise 12 of the songs, and the rest will probably jump at me should I listen to them.
    I, myself like tunes from your era, as well as loving the classics. For me, the 80’s brings back memories from when I became a person. More aware of my surroundings. Played that Marc Almond/Gene Pitney song constantly while I was pregnant with my eldest – and he actually also likes the tune as a result of that. Can still remember hearing it for the first time in the ex’s, then husband, Golf GTI, just before it was hijacked in Sauer str in JHB town.
    The 80’s will always be my memory music.
    And all else will be my enjoy music.


    • colonialist says:

      It is a wonder you like that number after the events following your first hearing of it! For me it is all probably music of least memories for various reasons.


      • 68ghia says:

        My life only got off track late 80’s – before that I was happy and healthy 😉
        So, good memories for the most part.
        But so does each person have an era that fits them best 😉


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