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1985 - The Worst Year in History for Popular Music
Posted: 14 July 2012 08:16 PM   [ Ignore ]
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The top 25 Billboard songs from 1985. Twenty-four of them are chalk-on-a-blackboard dreadful. Guess which one I like.

Billboard Top 25 From 1985

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Posted: 14 July 2012 11:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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DarronS - 14 July 2012 08:16 PM

The top 25 Billboard songs from 1985. Twenty-four of them are chalk-on-a-blackboard dreadful. Guess which one I like.

Billboard Top 25 From 1985

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I just drank a gallon of Clorox after watching that! sick

I’m going to guess you like Money for Nothing - Dire Straits?

Actually there’s a few in that list that I like, but mostly it’s horrible.

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Posted: 15 July 2012 03:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I like:

Stevie Wonder: Part time lover
Tears for Fears: Shout

The rest is BS, yes.

And with the preview function it took only 3 minutes…

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Posted: 15 July 2012 05:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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The Dire Straits song is the only one from that list in my collection. I’ve always liked Money for Nothing. Aside from being a great song it is wonderful for testing speakers. As for Stevie Wonder, although Part Time Lover isn’t a bad song. let’s just say Stevie was well past his prime when he recorded it. And Tears for Fears? We obviously have different musical taste. I find Shout just another generic MTV song. At least we agree that 22 of the 25 top hits of 1985 are dreadful.

Flashback to 1965’s Top 25 hits.

Edit: corrected formatting on Part Timer Lover

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Posted: 15 July 2012 06:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I had no use for the music of the 80’s anyway and even less these days. I’m a classical kind of guy.

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Posted: 15 July 2012 06:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I’ll take Classical over 99.99 percent of the crap released in the 1980s. Give me Bach and Roll Over Beethoven.

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Posted: 15 July 2012 07:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I learned a real appreciation for classical music back in a galaxy far far away when religion was something I believed in and I was part of a Lutheran Church choir. I cut my teeth on Bach’s work, and I haven’t looked back since then.

Handel’s “Massiah” was probably the most difficult work I’ve ever done but Brahm’s “A German Requiem” has an agnus dei which was so treacherous, we called it the “Agony Day.”

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Posted: 15 July 2012 07:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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When I was in junior high school our class went to a Beethoven concert in Kansas City. A local TV station was interviewing kids after the show and wanted someone who actually enjoyed the experience. I walked up to the reporter and said I liked it. Got on the evening news that night. My 15 seconds of fame. And yes, I did find the music fascinating even at that young age.

Bach was the first Rock ‘n’ Roll composer.

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Posted: 15 July 2012 10:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I like Tears for Fears -  Shout & Everybody wants to rule the world.

Simple Minds -  Don’t you forget about me

Dire Straits - Money for Nothing


Overall, eighties music ain’t really my thing.
I’m kind of glad that I was only in third grade when the eighties ended, I escaped having to deal with the pop culture of the decade.

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Posted: 21 July 2012 03:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Ah, yes. Right in the middle of the era of awful synth sounds. Lovely.

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Posted: 23 July 2012 08:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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80s popular music was awful.  Of course, the chart topping music from every decade is awful so I fail to see what’s so special here.

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Posted: 23 July 2012 07:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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You guys are not hip at all. 80s is back in style! In fact, it’s moving on to 90s now

Of course, the chart topping music from every decade is awful so I fail to see what’s so special here.

Quite true

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Posted: 23 July 2012 07:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Damn you DM! I was going to rebut your post, and so looked up the Billboard top 25 from 1995. @&*$#^

There is not one great song on that list. The only decent song was from Blues Traveller. The rest were utter junk that made the 1985 list sound like classics. I didn’t dare assault my ears by listening to the YouTube compilation. Pop music was even worse in 2005.

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I am very, very glad I’m tapped into the Texas Music scene and know some excellent songwriters. I’d go insane listening to today’s Pop crap.

Edit: Ahhhh… iTunes just jumped to some Mississippi John Hurt. I feel better now.

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Posted: 24 July 2012 06:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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DarronS - 23 July 2012 07:15 PM

Damn you DM! I was going to rebut your post, and so looked up the Billboard top 25 from 1995. @&*$#^

There is not one great song on that list. The only decent song was from Blues Traveller. The rest were utter junk that made the 1985 list sound like classics. I didn’t dare assault my ears by listening to the YouTube compilation. Pop music was even worse in 2005.

Hey kids! I’m not like my Dad.

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I am very, very glad I’m tapped into the Texas Music scene and know some excellent songwriters. I’d go insane listening to today’s Pop crap.

Edit: Ahhhh… iTunes just jumped to some Mississippi John Hurt. I feel better now.

Ugh! sick  Blues Traveller?  I’m going with “Waterfalls” by TLC as the only decent song of the 1995 top 25.

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Posted: 24 July 2012 06:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Neither song is very good, but neither totally sucks. FWIW, I do not have any Blues Traveller in my collection. Too middle of the road for my taste.

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Posted: 25 July 2012 10:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Pop music is made for accessibility, which means it has to be repetitive and simple, which means everyone gets sick of it really quickly. It’s good for what it is, but it doesn’t last. That’s pretty much all there is to it.

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