TNB Night Owl – Somewhat Random Pop Music From The Eighties

Pat Benatar. Image captured by the News Blender.

The eighties was a weird decade for music, with absolutely tectonic shifts in music styles and tastes from prior decades. Then there were the technological influences that changed how music sounded and looked. By that I mean the heavy use of synthesizers, drum machines, and gated reverb, as well as the role that newly launched MTV and VH1 played in deciding what was a hit and what wasn’t.

In all honesty, I’ve hesitated for quite sometime to write an Owl on eighties music because I have seriously mixed feelings about it. Sure, there were alot of great tunes, but there were just as many that did not age well. Another reason for my reluctance is that everyone has different tastes, and often have emotional attachments to songs that we loved when we were kids. Naturally, the selection below is a very abbreviated list of what I like from the decade, but certainly not a comprehensive representation – that would be impossible given the wide variety of styles and genres.

There are a great many other memorable tunes I would have liked to include, but, you know, time and space and all that. In fact, I ended up only including tunes from the first four years of the eighties, so there’s plenty of material left for a sequel.

1980 – Robbie Dupree – Steal Away

1980 – Jackson Browne – That Girl Could Sing

1980 – REO Speedwagon – Keep on Loving You

1981 – Lindsey Buckingham – Trouble

1981 – Little River Band – The Night Owls

1981 – Foreigner – Waiting for a Girl Like You

1981 – Quarterflash – Harden My Heart

1981 – Marty Balin – Hearts

1981- Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight

1982 – Joe Jackson – Steppin’ Out

1983 – ELO – Loser Gone Wild

1983 – Journey – Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)

1983 – Pat Benatar – Love Is a Battlefield

1983 – Genesis – Home by the Sea

Question Of The Night: Post your favorite music from the eighties; what did you like?

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