Interstellar Adventures

November 2, 2006

Thursday Thirteen, ed. X

Filed under: Thursday Thirteen — by InterstellarLass @ 10:24 am

Interstellar Lass’ Thirteen Favorite 80’s Songs

1. A-Ha: Take on Me. Also quite possibly one of the absolute best videos ever made.

2. Night Ranger: Sister Christian. The guitar in this song is awesome.

3. John Mellencamp: Jack & Diane. This song makes me feel naughty.

4. Devo: Whip It. This is actually the ring tone on my cell phone. Which I just realized I left at home.

5. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts: I Love Rock N’ Roll. I don’t know why, but when I hear this song, I want to go out and kick some ass.

6. Modern English: I Melt With You. There’s nothing you and I won’t do…

7. Rick Astley: Never Gonna Give You Up. That voice. Ahhh…

8. Aerosmith: Janie’s Got a Gun. Hell yeah. And Joe Perry…YUM.

9. Men Without Hats: Safety Dance. I want to do a silly dance when I hear this song.

10. Duran Duran: Rio. What 80’s list is complete without Duran Duran?

11. The Vapors: Turning Japanese. This song is bouncy. And naughty.

12. Dexy’s Midnight Runners: Come on Eileen. I think this is an ultimately romantic song, but without the sappy beat.

13. Falco: Rock Me Amadeus. Outlandish.

What’s your favorite 80’s song?

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  1. Have you been watching VH-1’s Top 100 Songs of the 80’s Countdown this week??? I have!

    Jack & Diane was only like #50-something! What the crap? That song is an anthem! I love that A-ha song. And Rock Me Amadeus, too. Rick Astley was great! Never cared for Sister Christian though.

    What about Walk Like An Egyptian? Or Every Rose Has Its Thorn? Or some Prince?

    You’re speaking my language, Lass.

    Yes! When I can sing almost every song on the countdown, well, it makes me yearn for yester-year. I almost put Walk Like An Egyptian on the list. ALMOST. It would have been 14.


    Comment by Bone — November 2, 2006 @ 10:37 am |Reply

  2. Yes, LOVE #1 and #7!

    Comment by Jenny Ryan — November 2, 2006 @ 11:29 am |Reply

  3. These are great songs honey. They remind me of High School and you of Jr. High… I have robbed the craddle.

    Take On Me is my favorite video ever. I like Sister Christian, but I have no clue what the hell they are saying. Joan Jett, Hubba Hubba.

    We had a spoof of Rock Me Amadeus at the radion station, it was Rock Me Jerry Lewis. I have it on a cassette in the garage somewhere. I’ll have to subject Lass to it. She’s already suffered through my old air checks.

    Sadly, when I think 80’s music the first song I think of is Wake Me Up Before You Go Go. I’m not proud of that, but damn, it’s catchy.

    Comment by Nick Philips — November 2, 2006 @ 11:34 am |Reply

  4. I love Take On Me!! Joan Jett rocks. Wasn’t Janie’s Got a Gun in the early 90s? Please say it’s so!

    It was 1989. On the cusp of the ’90’s!


    Comment by buttercup — November 2, 2006 @ 11:42 am |Reply

  5. #5 is a great song.

    I’m not sure what my favourite would be. There were so many.

    Happy TT!

    Comment by Brony — November 2, 2006 @ 12:17 pm |Reply

  6. How funny! I was just on another TT’s blog and mentioned that I love Take On Me but couldn’t remember who sang it. Thanks for the info!

    Comment by kailani808 — November 2, 2006 @ 12:25 pm |Reply

  7. i love rick astley, whatever happened to him? i tried to download this song but could only find a dance remix, it’s like, i don’t know, 45 minutes.
    i’m doing the tt this week too.

    Comment by better safe than sorry — November 2, 2006 @ 12:47 pm |Reply

  8. I think I’ll prefer songs from the late 1960;s!

    Comment by Jean-Luc Picard — November 2, 2006 @ 12:48 pm |Reply

  9. Great list! 🙂 Thanks for the walk down memory lane. 🙂 #1, 5, 7, 9, 12, and 13 were favourites back in the 80s. My husband and I have a CD compilation called “Big Shiny 80s” and it has some great 80s tunes on it. 🙂

    Happy T13. 🙂

    Comment by Caylynn — November 2, 2006 @ 2:03 pm |Reply

  10. I love almost all the 80s songs that were played in movies with Molly Ringwald! Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark forever!

    Comment by Racy Li — November 2, 2006 @ 2:03 pm |Reply

  11. ah.. those bring back memories!! Everytime I hear Jack & Diane it makes me think of a story my mom told me.. before she started seeing my dad she was dating a guy named Jack (her name is Diane) and she said she didn’t think about him till that song came out now everytime she hears it she thinks of him.. and I of course think of her telling me about him.

    Comment by Tammy — November 2, 2006 @ 2:32 pm |Reply

  12. You’re feeling naughty today, aren’t you? ; )

    I can’t figure out if you were late eighties or early eighties. I was smack in the middle eighties. You must have been late eighties.

    You know, I still kind of like Lionel Richie. He had a good album in the 80s with lots of ballads to make a teenage girl feel all dreamy.

    Comment by Raehan — November 2, 2006 @ 4:10 pm |Reply

  13. Oh man…i love those..and here are a few
    My Sharona
    Jessie’s Girl
    8675309 by Tommy Two tone?
    sigh….love. it.

    Comment by KaraMia — November 2, 2006 @ 4:17 pm |Reply

  14. I was in high school in the 80’s. Journey’s “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'” comes to mind. Whew, getting HOT in here now!

    My basketball team used to listen to “I Love Rock and Roll” in the locker room before our games. We didn’t always kick ass, but I’m sure it helped!

    Comment by AbbyNormal — November 2, 2006 @ 5:04 pm |Reply

  15. Great list! I love a lot of those too!!
    Happy TT!

    Comment by Annamary — November 2, 2006 @ 7:15 pm |Reply

  16. There is no way, even with a gun to my head could I pick my favorite 80’s song(s). I was walking through campus the other day with my iPod blaring in my head thinking these kids have no idea what kind of music they missed in the 70’s-80’s.

    Comment by carnealian — November 2, 2006 @ 7:25 pm |Reply

  17. Where do cantelopes go for summer vacation? John Cougar Mellancamp!

    You said you thought the Vapor’s Turning Japanese-ah was bouncy and naughty? I thought “Come on Eileen” was naughty too!

    Comment by tony — November 3, 2006 @ 2:36 am |Reply

  18. Love Janie’s got a gun- Joe Perry ooh Mr Style as my friend Helen was so mad about him as a teen it rubbed off on me!

    Comment by wisbo — November 3, 2006 @ 3:34 am |Reply

  19. What a great list!

    I’ve heard a different Amadeus parody called “Watch out Armadillo!” It was a warning anthem to all the armadillos in West Texas that tend to wander into the passing lane.

    Is that a Twisted Sister pin on your uniform????

    Love me some vintage MTV. The police, what song was it where the guy was surrounded by candles? We always thought: fire hazard!

    Comment by ben — November 3, 2006 @ 9:23 am |Reply

  20. Those are perfect! Love them. Might have to make a playlist with all of those.

    Comment by Gypsy — November 3, 2006 @ 9:48 am |Reply

  21. Ben, wasn’t that video for King of Pain?

    Comment by Gypsy — November 3, 2006 @ 9:48 am |Reply

  22. Oh, I so agree. A-Ha’s video is the best.

    And I dressed up as Joan Jett for Halloween. She definitely kicks ass.

    Great list!

    Comment by jess — November 3, 2006 @ 11:06 am |Reply

  23. “Rick Astley” (laughing)

    “Rick Astley” (laughing at the crazy little white dude deep barry white voice)

    “Rick Astley” (not laughing anymore because I know the lyrics to the song)

    Comment by creative-type dad — November 6, 2006 @ 1:45 pm |Reply

  24. Great playlist, wish you had them streaming. You should download the songs and put a free mp3 streamer on your website.

    Comment by Steve — June 29, 2011 @ 4:44 pm |Reply

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