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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 9, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B0000033QA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,642 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We Got The Beat - Go-Go's
2. Take On Me - A-Ha
3. The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
4. Cars - Gary Numan
5. 99 Red Balloons - Nena
6. Time (Clock Of The Heart) - Culture Club
7. Tempted - Squeeze
8. I Know There's Something Going On - Frida
9. You Might Think - The Cars
10. 867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone
11. Centerfold - The J. Geils Band
12. Brand New Lover - Dead Or Alive
13. Rapture - Blondie
14. Abracadabra - The Steve Miller Band
15. Sister Christian - Night Ranger

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Customer Reviews

That is what makes the album so great.
Ei
All these songs were popular when I was a kid so listening to them brings back memories of my youth.
Guy Fawkes
The 1980s was without a doubt the best decade for fun pop music.
Vincent M. Mastronardi

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ei on November 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I was in junior high and high school throughout the 80's, and can remember hearing the songs on this album umpteen times. For the most part, the songs that appear here are mostly one hit wonders or the biggest hits from some of the acts that appear, like The Go-Go's and Night Ranger.
Some selections are a bit obscure, and aren't as big hits as others. That is what makes the album so great. You'll find a few songs here that you may not have heard in a long time.
Put it on and take a stroll down memory lane. You will have a wicked awesome time!
This is good background music for an 80's theme party too..I have yet to do it myself, but I have thought about it. There are some good dance songs, "Safety Dance" is probably the best.
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The 1980s was without a doubt the best decade for fun pop music. This album does not showcase the best of the best but it's a fun little playlist of 80s highlights from some very popular artists at the time. No, you won't find the biggest stars of the decade like Prince, Madonna and Michael. But the disc does have classic rock staples by the Cars ("You Might Think") and Night Ranger ("Sister Christian") plus a drum heavy pop epic from a former singer from Abba (Frida's "There's Something Going On") and one the coldest and most amazing electronic songs ever by Gary Numan ("Cars"). It's not the quintessential 80s playlist,but hits a lot of areas in the pop landscape (sadly, not an R&B/Urban/Hip-hop song in the mix) from the Go Go's to Culture Club (with "Time", not their most popular but a beautiful ballad showcasing Boy George's vocals).

The reason I actually bought this specific collection was for Dead or Alive's "Brand New Lover", because of it's the radio/video single mix which I could not find anywhere else (which is surprising).

I really like the whole disc and don't disagree with any of the songs choices, but again it would have been nice to include R&B songs that were popular in the MTV area. Also, while it's surprising that the CD focuses on the early 80s, I would have figured any easy choice for the disc would be "Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners. It just seems obvious! I almost thought it had to be on there. Even though I bought the disc for one specific song, I'm very happy with it so if you love 80s pop, this is for you.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steve Peak on April 24, 2000
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These songs represent the best of new wave and rock in the early 1980s on MTV. Certainly, MJ, Madonna and Prince should be included, but their record companies won't license their music for compilations. If you want Madonna and the others, look elsewhere.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Marc Axelrod VINE VOICE on November 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I went to high school from 1982-1985, and I used to despise this music as empty and shallow. I preferred the raw rock and roll of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and especially Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin.

But music tastes change, and now, the music from this era sounds amazingly better than I remember it. This nostalgic 80's cd contains 15 well known hits of the decade, including "We've Got the Beat" by the Go-Gos, "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats, "Cars," by Gar Numan, "867-5309/Jenny" by Tommy Tutone, "99 Red Balloons" by Nena, and more. The cd definitely emphasizes the new wave pop of the 1980s over other parts of the decade, and some will find this frustrating.

But this was a fascinating part of the decade and so I don't mind at all. A great cd and worth getting if you don't already have these songs.

Rev. Marc Axelrod
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I really liked this CD, as it has the real artists playing the songs. You have to be careful when you buy bundled music. iTunes is a big rip off for that.
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By Guy Fawkes on April 26, 2010
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It shipped to me super fast. All these songs were popular when I was a kid so listening to them brings back memories of my youth.
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This one is even better than "more of the big 80's". These songs make me fondly remember a better time and a much better world.
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By robert m burrow on February 6, 2014
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This is a second in the hits of the 80's Its just as good as the first.I like it. Cool !!
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