By the time Top Gun introduced this LA electro-pop band to the masses, they'd been scoring Geffen hits for three years. Here are 12 of their best: that soundtrack smash, Take My Breath Away ; the hits Sex (I'm A ); The Metro; Masquerade; No More Words; Now It's My Turn , and more!
Like Blondie, Berlin is a female-fronted new wave band with a lead singer (Terri Nunn) who can really belt, although Nunn is more in-your-face than Debbie Harry. Their music is submerged new wave synth-pop that is varied most successfully by Nunn's agile vocal arrangements. In "No More Words," she first yells and then drops to a scathing whisper, only to attack again; it's scary enough to make any man cower. "Take My Breath Away" is a beautiful from-the-gut ballad, so large and deep in scope that it commands your full attention. In "The Metro" she puts you on a train, sullen and melancholy, going nowhere. --Beth Bessmer