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I dedicate this birthday ditty by the Scottish band Altered Images to my wonderful brother on the Left Coast.

There are Top 40 songs that I loved as a child of the 80s, scorned as a teenager of the 90s, and rekindled my love for as an old person of the Aughts.
In no particular order, here are a list of awesome 80s songs that made an impact on my little life.

Belinda Carlisle – I Get Weak
Mark my words: I will cover this.

this is the 12″ version since, alas, all the official videos have “embedding disabled by request”. LAME

Milli Vanilli – Baby Don’t Forget My Number
I never liked New Kids, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, yet I was obsessed with Milli Vanilli.  When the news broke in 1990 that they didn’t sing their own songs, I wasn’t thrown off.  I could care less about the men of MV – I was all about the music, man.  My sister and I even made my dad tape various MV television appearances, including on the show Sister Kate.  I still have my Milli Vanilli cassette tape.  Love is stronger than thunder.

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam – Head to Toe
I remember being super annoyed with Lisa Lisa’s voice so I would sing loudly over her.  Her voice still sounds super annoying to my older ears.  Still rad, though.

Journey – pretty much every song they ever did with Steve Perry
I went through an I-hate-Journey-with-every-beat-of-my-heart phase from about 11 until maybe 19.  I have no real explaination, I was just an angry teen who was disgusted by most things.  Thankfully, I came out of that stage to come back to the sweet, sweet mullet sounds of Don’t Stop Believing, Faithfully, Any Way You Want It, and it goes on and on and on and on. . . .

Klymaxx – Meeting in the Ladies Room
I was most definitely a product of MTV.  Unfortunately, we can never again capture the first decade of music televsion.  But you can always youtube the 80s and Klymaxx exemplified the 80s.
ps No, I did not get the references at age 6. I just liked the jam, yo.

I encourage all of you to look up the music video for this – youtube has disabled embedding for the official video (thanks Universal – jerks).

Terence Trent d’Arby – Wishing Well
Holy shit this song is amazing.  Plus, Terence was so darn pretty.

Paul Young – Every Time You Go Away
I only vaguely remember this video, but listening to this wonderful drivel in my dad’s Ford Pinto seems like yesterday.  I recall my dad disliking this song.  However, he would indulge his *favorite* daughter (see Milli Vanilli above).

Taylor Dayne – Tell It To My Heart
My 15-year-old self would vomit if she knew I was admitting to loving crappy eurotrash I thought was hot shite when I was 7.  B-o-o-h-o-o teenage Rita.

Stay tuned for more soul crushingly bad 80s songs that rocked my young self (and therefore rock me now).