When you hear “the 80’s”, you think of big hair, bangle bracelets that go all the way up your arm, ratty, layered dresses and songs that get stuck in your head for days on end. The same songs, that on Karaoke night, have you laughing and cringing when you hear it for the 50th time that night.
However, if you want to torture your friends yet have a lot of laughs and fun singing along, out of tune or not, these are the top 10 songs to have scrolling across the screen:
10. Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ song, ‘Come on Eileen’
Who can forget “Come on Eileen,
I swear (well he means) At this moment you mean everything,
With you in that dress my thoughts I confess verge on dirty
Ah come on Eileen”
9. Men at Work’s song, ‘Land Down Under’
“Do you come from a land down under?
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover.”
8. Soft Cell’s song, ‘Tainted Love’
“Sometimes I feel I’ve got to run away, I’ve got to, get away
from the pain you drive into the heart of me
the love we share seems to go no where
and I’ve lost my light, for I toss and turn I can’t sleep at night…”
7. Toto’s song, ‘Rosanna’
For those rock-ballad fans:
“All I wanna do in the middle of the evening is hold you tight, Rosanna, Rosanna
I didn’t know you were looking for more than I could ever be…”
6. Steve Perry’s song, ‘Oh, Sherrie’
Another one of those rock-ballads:
“You should have been gone…
Knowing how I made you feel,
And I should have been gone,
After all your words of steel…”
5. Kenny Loggins’ song, ‘Footloose’
Who could ever forget Kevin Bacon?
“I’ve been working so hard, I’m punching my card
8 hours for what? Gonna tell me what I got.
I got this feelin’, that time’s been holding me down…”
4. Culture Club’s song, ‘Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?’
“Do you really want to hurt me? Do you really want to make me cry?”
3. Wham’s song, ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’
“You put the boom-boom into my heart
You send my soul sky high when your lovin’ starts
Jitterbug into my brain
Goes a bang-bang-bang ’til my feet do the same…”
2. Blondie’s song, ‘One Way or Another’
Made even more popular by Piper Perabo’s rendition in ‘Coyote Ugly’ in 2000
‘One way or another I’m gonna find ya, I’m gonna get ya get ya get ya get ya
one way or another I’m gonna win ya I’m gonna get ya get ya get ya get ya…”
And my personal favorite:
1. Pat Benetar’s song, ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’
“You’re a real tough cookie with a long history
of breaking little hearts like the one in me
That’s okay, let’s see how you do it
Put up your dukes and let’s get down to it…”
So, that’s my personal list of the top-10 80’s songs to belt out at your favorite Karaoke bar. Enjoy!