I have been periodically teasing a new project for ages.
Well, here it is.
Following the wildly popular, successful, and inarguably correct list of Inforoo's Favorite Albums that consumed much of this forum's 2017, we're turning our sights toward the 1980s and its songs.
Here's how it works:
*You make a list of your favorite songs from the 1980s. *Lists should be at least 50 songs, and no more than 100. I would prefer, for ease of scoring, that everyone's list be 100 songs. This should not be hard. *Your list, whatever its length, must be at least 80% unique artists. 40 unique artists in 50 songs. 64 in 80. 80 in 100. You get it. This is the Prince & Michael Salary Cap Rule. *Scoring will be done similarly to the albums list, but I have not settled on an exact scoring method yet. The higher you rank a song, the more points it gets. You get it. *Inclusion criteria: Any song released in the 80s is fair game. If it was on a 1979 album and released as a single in 1980, it's fair game. If it's on a 1990 album but was released as a single in 1989, it's fair game. Given that singles were the means through which most songs reached peoples' ears in the 80s, this feels appropriate. *Live tracks will be considered on a case-by-case basis if the original song was not released in the 80s. *Deadline: December 31, 2021
When you finish your list, DM it to me. I will tabulate. I will post publicly who has submitted lists but not the lists themselves, not until submissions are closed.
If you submit a list prior to 12/31, you may resubmit an updated version up until that point, just note that when you resubmit.
The list will be revealed throughout January and February, once I'm done calculating.
Open discussion of songs you have been jamming out to, rediscovering, or finding for the first time is welcome and expected, but don't give away your rankings! If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the thread, that way I don't have to answer the same question multiple times.
EDIT: For the love of god, format your lists the following way:
Artist - Song Title Artist - Song Title
Don't number your lists, just put them in order starting with #1. If a band's name starts with "The", such as The Clash or The Fixx, please include that. You will make my life easier when it's tabulation time.
If a song is commonly presented in radio, video, or physical/digital media as two songs combined into one track, that is entirely reasonable. For example: head over heels/broken by tears for fears or tainted Love / where did our love go by soft cell.
If there is some ambiguity, or the songs are not consistently presented together, like need you tonight / mediate, by INXS, then you should try to carefully and include the predominant song, which in that case is obviously need you tonight
But Need You Tonight/Mediate was released as a video.
yeah, but that's it.
they aren't played on the radio together, in part because they are separate tracks and weren't even on the same single until after the video happened (the B-side is "I'm Coming Home")
a good rule of thumb to follow in situations like this is if you have a situation where it's two (or more) songs separated by a slash is that if they are one track on the album or the single, they count as one song here. if they are separate on the album or the single (as is the case with Need You Tonight and Mediate, outside of the video), then they'll be counted separately here
i settled on doing the 80s first (spoilers we're gonna do the rest later) because a friend and I had a little competition to make the best 80 song 80s playlist
hers did not have Take On Me on it
I’m in and I can promise you mine will.
Growing up in the Eighties was strange to think about for me. I didn’t get into albums till almost the end of the decade and largely relied on radio and videos for music. It wasn’t till I started skateboarding that got me into music, ironically enough. I’ve filled in a bunch of gaps but I can’t wait to see everyone’s lists to fill in more.