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"America" is a patriotic song written by Neil Diamond. The song was released in 1980 as part of the soundtrack of The Jazz Singer. It peaked at #8 in 1981.

The song is fiercely patriotic and includes the line, "My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing."

A swelling orchestral introduction that sweeps you off your feet and exudes immense feeling. A masterful arrangement which stirs significant patriotic emotion each time I hear it.

Asia is a progressive rock band formed in London in 1981. One of the original "Super Groups" the band in it's original format consisted of Lead singer John Wetton (King Crimson), Guitarist Steve Howe (Yes), Keyboardist Geoff Downes (Yes, The Buggles), and Drummer Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer)

"Only Time Will Tell" was the third single released from their wildly popular first album, Asia. The song peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1982.

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In 1981 Rick Springfield released this Top 10 hit from his album "Working Class Dog". The song peaked at #8 on Billboard's Hot 100.

Written by Sammy Hagar this cover proved to be a huge success for Rick Springfield and cemented his popularity in the early 80's.

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"Start Me Up" is a song by the Rolling Stones featured on the 1981 album Tattoo You. Released as the album's lead single, it reached number one on Australian Kent Music Report, number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number seven on the UK Singles Chart.

The song opens with what has since become a trademark riff for Richards. It is this, coupled with Charlie Watts' steady backbeat and Bill Wyman's echoing bass, that comprises most of the song. Lead guitarist Ronnie Wood can clearly be heard playing a layered variation of Richards' main riff (often live versions of the song are lengthened by giving Wood a solo near the middle of the song, pieces of which can be heard throughout the original recording). Throughout the song Jagger breaks in with a repeated bridge of "You make a grown man cry", followed by various pronouncements of his and his partner's sexual nature.

The Rolling Stones were at the forefront of the British Invasion of the 1960's and their longevity has been unparalleled making them one of the greatest bands in rock history!

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"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the second track from their 1987 album The Joshua Tree and was released as the album's second single in May 1987. The song was a hit, becoming the band's second consecutive number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 while peaking at number six on the UK Singles Chart.

The song originated from a demo the band recorded on which drummer Larry Mullen Jr. played a unique rhythm pattern. Like much of The Joshua Tree, the song was inspired by the group's interest in American music. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" exhibits influences from gospel music and its lyrics describe spiritual yearning. Lead singer Bono's vocals are in high register and lead guitarist the Edge plays a chiming arpeggio. Adding to the gospel qualities of the song are choir-like backing vocals provided by the Edge and producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois.

"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" was critically acclaimed and received two nominations at the 30th Annual Grammy Awards in 1988, for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It has subsequently become one of the group's most well-known songs and has been performed on many of their concert tours. The track has appeared on several of their compilations and concert films. Many critics and publications have ranked "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" among the greatest tracks in music history including Rolling Stone which ranked the song at number 93 of its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

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"Your Wildest Dreams" is a 1986 single by the progressive rock band the Moody Blues, written by the band's lead singer, principal songwriter and lead guitarist Justin Hayward. The song was first released as a single, and later released on the Moody Blues' 1986 album The Other Side of Life. It was a top-10 hit in the United States, peaking at #9, which had not happened to a Moody Blues song since "Nights in White Satin" in 1972.

The music video produced for "Your Wildest Dreams", received a Billboard Video of the Year award. The video was in heavy rotation on MTV. The actress in the video is Janet Spencer-Turner. In flashback scenes, the young Moody Blues are represented in the video by the British band Mood Six. The video was recognized as the "best overall video" at the Billboard Video Music Conference held in Los Angeles in November 1986. Brian Grant was awarded the top director honor.

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"Hold On" is a song written and first recorded by the Canadian singer and songwriter Ian Thomas, on his 1981 album The Runner.

In 1982 the Latin rock band Santana, featuring lead vocalist Alex Ligertwood, covered the song for their album Shangó. It is the second track on the album and was released as the album's first single. The song reached No. 15 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, making it Santana's tenth most successful US hit. It also peaked at No. 17 on Billboard's Top Tracks chart. On the Cashbox chart, it reached No. 9.

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"Der Kommissar" is a song first recorded by Falco in Austria in 1981, covered a year later by After the Fire. Originally written by Robert Ponger and Falco, the Falco version reached the top of the charts in many countries.

After the Fire's version featured English lyrics by the band's Andy Piercy. The song peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

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.38 Special was formed in 1974 in Jacksonville, Florida by neighborhood friends Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant. Donnie is the younger brother of the Lynyrd Skynyrd founder Ronnie.

In 1983 the band released the song, "If I'd Been The One" which peaked at #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Chart and #19 on the Hot 100 chart.

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"She Drives Me Crazy" is a song released in 1988 by English group Fine Young Cannibals, and included on their 1989 album The Raw & the Cooked. Peaking at No. 5 on the British singles chart in January 1989 (it was released on New Year's Day), "She Drives Me Crazy" is the band's highest charting single in their native UK. The single proved an even bigger hit in the US, topping the Billboard Hot 100 on 15 April 1989 (for one week), and becoming the first of two chart-topping singles for the band on this chart. "She Drives Me Crazy" also reached No.1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart,[2] as well as in countries including Australia, Austria, Canada, New Zealand and Spain. It reached the top 3 on several European charts including Belgium, Germany, Iceland, Ireland and Switzerland.

In 2018, Time Out magazine listed "She Drives Me Crazy" at No. 28 in their countdown of The 50 best '80s songs.

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You're A Friend Of Mine" is a Top 20 hit song from 1985. Clarence Clemons (Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band Saxophonist) and Jackson Browne proved to be a success as a duo as the song became a quick hit.

The song was named #100 on VH1's Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80's.

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n 1984 "Do They Know It's Christmas" was released.

The song was written in reaction to the great famine of 1983-85 in Ethiopia. Written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure it featured many stars including Phil Collins, Sting, Bono, Boy George, George Michael and my personal favorite, Paul Young.

Along with a star studded cast this song raised millions for famine relief. The song concludes with the motto, "Feed The World".

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"Time" is a beautifully crafted, haunting song from The Alan Parsons Project. The song was released in 1981 and peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot 100.

Alan Parsons is a vastly understated talent and has made a significant impact on the music of our time.

His career began at the age of 18 as he was an assistant engineer at Abbey Road Studios and received his first credit on the LP "Abbey Road" by The Beatles.

A distinguished writer, producer and engineer, he worked with Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd (Dark Side of The Moon) and was instrumental in influencing the direction of The Hollies steering them with the songs "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" and "The Air That I Breathe"

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ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) is one of my Top 5 favorite bands! Their music is a mixture of classical arrangements with a bit of Beatlesque pop.

Known as "the English guys with Big Fiddles" the group scored big in the 70's and 80's with a string of 20 Top 40 hits. In fact, they are the only band in music history to have 20 Top 40 hits without a #1.

Released after the single "Xanadu" (a collaboration with Olivia Newton-John), this was the third Top 20 ELO single released from the 1980 soundtrack, peaking at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

ELO was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

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Dire Staits released "Walk of Life" in 1985 and peaked at #7 on Billboard's Hot 100.

The song is a simple Rock n' Roll rhythm, the long introduction has become iconic making it easily recognizable. The melody is played on a synthesizer organ giving it a bit of a cajun twist.

Mark Knopfler includes in his lyrics, "down in the tunnels, trying to make it pay," a reference to playing for tips in the subway.

"It's Still Rock n Roll To Me" was released by Billy Joel in 1980 and peaked at #1 for two weeks. The song spent a total of 11 weeks in the Top 10 and was the 7th biggest hit of 1980.

The song is an examination of the themes of a musician's declining fame and changing public tastes.

The song has sold over 1 million copies making it a Platinum Song.

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In 1985 Mr. Mister released the song, "Kyrie" hitting #1 for 2 weeks.

The lyrics to "Kyrie" were written by John Lang and is essentially a prayer. Kyrie eleison means, "Lord, have mercy, Christ have Mercy, Lord have mercy" in Greek and is a part of many liturgical rites in Eastern and Western Christianity. prayer. Kyrie eleison means, "Lord, have mercy, Christ have Mercy, Lord have mercy" in Greek and is a part of many liturgical rites in Eastern and Western Christianity.

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In 1989 Mike + The Mechanics released "The Living Years". The song hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100.

This powerful ballad was written by Mike Rutherford and B.A. Robertson. The song addresses the regret over unresolved conflict between a son and his father, the lack of communication that exists before the father's death.

A lyric from the song says, "Say it loud, Say it clear, You can listen as well as you hear. It's too late, When we die, To admit we don't see eye to eye." One of the best songs lyrically written in the 80's, it touched a raw nerve in our society.

The band is one of my favorites from the 80's and this song is definitely in my personal Top 10 for the decade.

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In 1985 the hit show "Miami Vice" debuted. Jan Hammer scored BIG with this hit song as it hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100. It was the last instrumental song to hit #1 until 2006.

The song garnered 2 Grammy's for "Best Instrumental Composition" and "Best Pop Instrumental Performance."

Along with Glenn Frey's "You Belong To The City", the soundtrack was on top of the US Album Chart for 11 weeks, making it the most successful TV Soundtrack until Disney Channel's "High School Musical" in 2006.

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"Centerfield" is the title track from John Fogerty's album Centerfield. Although the song only peaked at #44 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1985 the song is now commonly played at baseball games across the United States. Along with "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," it is one of the best-known baseball songs."

In 2010, Fogerty became the only musician to be celebrated at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony when "Centerfield" was honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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In 1984 Bruce Springsteen released the album "Born In The USA." "Dancing In The Dark" was the first single released from that album and spent 4 weeks at #2 on Billboard's Hot 100.

The song features uptempo synthesizer riffs that proved to be a masterful stroke as once it is played the audience instantly recognizes the song.

The video features a young Courtney Cox being pulled on stage to close out the song.

A GREAT song from a GREAT decade!

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A shout out to the Big Hair Bands of the 80's. Bad English scored huge on this as they hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 for 2 weeks.

There are some big names in this band who have worked together, off and on, throughout their careers including John Waite (I Ain't Missing You) formerly of The Baby's and Jonathon Cain, of Journey fame and also formerly of The Baby's.

Check out the hair though!

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"Runnin' Down A Dream" was released by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers in 1989 and peaked at #23 on Billboard's Hot 100.

The song was written by Tom Petty, Mike Campbell and Jeff Lynne (ELO). The song was a nod to Petty's musical roots as it pays homage to Del Shannon, with the lyric "me and Del were singin' 'Little Runaway'" making reference to Del Shannon's song "Runaway".

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We're going back to 1980 and this huge hit from Styx.

In 1979 Styx released their triple platinum album "Cornerstone". "Babe" was the second single released from that album hitting the charts in 1979 and quickly climbing to #1 holding that spot for 2 weeks.

The song was written by Styx lead singer, Dennis DeYoung, as a birthday present for his wife Suzanne.

The song is included in the Simply 80's list as it was descending the charts in January 1980.

Who doesn't remember hearing this song during the slow skate during the early 80's...a classic hit from a classic band.

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The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) was written by The Proclaimers – the twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” was released as the lead single from their second album “Sunshine on Leith”. The single was released in August 1988 (June 1993 in the U.S.) with “Better Days” on the B-side. It topped the singles charts in Australia and New Zealand and reached #3 in the United States and #4 in the UK.

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Welcome to Simply 80's, a channel dedicated to the music videos from the greatest decade in Pop/Rock music. Take a look around at a collection(growing daily) that spans numerous genres and take the time to really appreciate what this amazing decade gave us!

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