The ’80s were full of classic pop songs. ‘Do You Really Want to Hurt Me’ by Boy George, ‘Temptation’ by Midge Ure, and ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ by Billy Joel are all popular favorites. You might even recognize a few of these songs on your personal playlist. Read on to learn more about the best songs of the decade. Hopefully you’ll find something you like!
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me by Boy George
The music video for Do You Really Want to Hurt Me by BabyGeorge features the British singer barefooted. The video was directed by Julien Temple, who explained that the song’s lyrics are about the persecution that a homosexual can suffer. It is a touching piece of work, and it’s hard not to get caught up in its bouncy rhythm. Its lyrics are a poignant reminder of how we mistreat one another.
The music video for the song is an iconic video. Boy George was on trial, and the video features flashbacks to a 1936 nightclub, and a 1957 health club. The video includes a scene where the jury wears blackface and makes jazz hands gestures. The lyrics are a call to action against prejudice against homosexuals, and many people can relate to them. The song’s lyrics connect Boy George with the irish tradition of song.
During the release of the song, the band released two singles. George wanted the track to be a radio single, but it was rejected by the label. George even threatened to quit the band if the label did not release it to radio. The single went on to reach No.2 in the US. In the UK, the song went straight to the top, but in the US, it was held back by Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” The Culture Club’s success helped them become international stars within a short time.
The music video is a powerful example of this phenomenon. It makes Boy George’s Irish heritage come through as an archetypal victim of intolerance and persecution. Anyone who has felt picked on may recognize themselves in this performance. It’s easy to see how Boy George managed to turn into such a controversial figure. But the music video isn’t a perfect example of this. If it were a film, it’s more like a movie.
‘Temptation’ by Midge Ure
‘Temptation’ by Midge Uare is one of the most influential albums of the 80s. Ure is one of the original New Wave rock singers. His songs have been covered by a wide range of artists including the Beatles and David Bowie. His career peaked when he played for tens of thousands of people at Wembley Stadium on December 23, 1985. Eventually, Ure became an elder statesman in the Rock scene, becoming one of the mainstays of Prince’s Trust concerts. The song also influenced a lot of other artists, including Paul McCartney and Madonna.
During her solo career, Midge Ure performed with punk outfits such as Slik and the Rich Kids. She then joined the band Ultravox, which she molded into one of the most influential New Wave acts of the 1980s. Midge Ure achieved solo success with ‘No Regrets’ in 1982. She then went on to create Band Aid to help with the Ethiopian famine. Despite a turbulent personal life, she went on to release two more albums, both of which were not as successful as her debut.
‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ by Billy Joel
Barry White wrote and produced the hit song ‘Never Gonna Give You Up,’ which was released as the first single from Rick Astley’s debut album. It peaked at number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Billboard Hot 100. It also reached number fourteen on the UK Singles Chart. It became Billy Joel’s best-selling single of all time.
The song “Never Gonna Give You Up” is a timeless classic from the era. The psychedelic harmonies and smooth rhythms of the song make it perfect for any romantic occasion. The song was released on November 23, 1977, and became a double-platinum hit in the US. It also reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1978. In addition to becoming a platinum single, it topped the Billboard Easy Listening Chart for the month of January 1978.
‘Tango in the Night’ by Whitney Houston
‘Tango in the Night’ by the legendary American singer is a timeless masterpiece. It has received a plethora of accolades and awards. The album was one of the most successful of its time. Its songs have become staples of the pop culture and continue to inspire generations of artists. Although Whitney Houston’s popularity has waned in recent years, she remains as relevant as ever.
The song is an uptempo hard rock number that features a female singer singing the role of the night’s queen. Queen of the Night, which Houston co-wrote, was first released in 1993 as the fifth single from The Bodyguard soundtrack album. It was Houston’s fifth number-one dance single. It was also released internationally, peaked at number nine on the UK Dance Singles Chart, and reached number three in the US.
Fleetwood Mac released a re-release of their 1987 bestselling album, ‘Tango in the Night’, in March. The deluxe version will contain three CDs and a vinyl LP. There will also be a DVD featuring Fleetwood Mac’s music videos. This iconic album is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary. The album is one of the best-selling albums of all time.