Top ’80s jams


MaKenna Moore, Reporter

Music is a HUGE part in many people’s lives. Everywhere you go you hear some type of music, and it has a calming effect on many. Music is kind of like a guide to some people, and it helped them during difficult times in their lives. The 1980s  was definitely without a doubt one of the most influential and breakpoints for musicians and their greatest hits. The 1980s reflected the beginning of a period of great disparity and focus on affluence was reflected in the music. Several new genres popped up including, hip hop, new wave, and hair metal; all of these genres have influenced and impacted many songs today. The ’80s is when music became big and popular, and it made a big impact in the music industry today. Many of the artists in the ’80s are known as legends for their hit songs, and they’ve all made the music standards off the charts. The ’80s artists are the ones that paved the way for all of the artists after them. The 1980s hold many legendary songs that will never be forgotten, but when it comes down to it there are some specific songs that have more love than others. The list for the best ’80s songs could go on for forever, but here are the top ten that made the biggest impact and are now and forever imprinted in the music industry.

10. “Close to Me,” by the Cure (Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Reeves Gabrels, Roger O’Donnell, Jason Cooper, Gary X, Peter O’Toole, Andy Anderson, Pearl Thompson, Lol Tolhurst, Boris Williams, Michael Dempsey)

9. “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” by Talking Heads. (Tina Weymouth, David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, and Chris Frantz)

8. “The Message,” by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five (Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, Rahiem, Keef Cowboy, Natshniel Glover, Eddie Morris, and Cowboy)

7. “Modern Love,” by David Bowie

6. “Express Yourself,” by Madonna

5. “Fight the Power,” by Public Enemy (Flavor Flav, Chuck D, Terminator X, Davy DMX, DJ Lord, Sister Souljah, Brian Hardgroove, Khari Wynn, The Interrorgator, Brother James, Crunch, and Brother Roger)

4. “Straight Outta Compton’ ,” by NWA (Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr, Dre, MC Ren, DJ Yella, The D.O.C, Arabian Prince, and DJ Speed)

3. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” by Whitney Houston

2. “Beat It,” by Micheal Jackson

1. “Purple Rain,” by Prince