The best of 1984 mix tape
If the Best of 1983 mix was really difficult due to the crazy insane number of great songs to choose from, 1984 presents a different challenge – namely sifting through a vast wasteland of mediocre Billy Joel singles (the man has some great songs, but Tell Her About It, etc are not among them), the world’s inexplicable fascination with Culture Club, and David Lee Roth yelling at everybody to leave the ground. There’s definitely some good stuff here, but you have to dig a little deeper for it. Apologies to This Is Not a Love Song by PiL and You Might Think from The Cars for being the last two cut. No apologies to Frankie Goes to Hollywood for ignoring Relax. That songs blows and always has.
Criteria for selection is here.
The Killing Moon – Echo & The Bunnymen
One of the great songs of the 80s, even if it isn’t quite as good as Ian McCulloch seems to think it is.
So. Central Rain – R.E.M.
An amazing song ever since it was unveiled to the world without a title on David Letterman in 1983. It was tough to leave our personal fave Letters Never Sent though.
All Night Long – Lionel Richie
You can try and claim you’re too cool for this, but you’ll fail. Lionel Richie always wins in the end.
I Want You Back – The Hoodoo Gurus
There were only three guys in this band, but live they made more noise than just about any band ever.
Unsatisfied – The Replacements
Another killer tune from The ‘Mats and their best was still yet to come.
Borderline – Madonna
The lure of a great pop song is undeniable and Madonna delivers the goods here.
The Ghost in You – The Psychedelic Furs
In case you didn’t know they were way more than the soundtrack to John Hughes movies, here’s a great reminder.
This Charming Man – The Smiths
So many epics guitar riffs from Johnny Marr, and this is one of the best.
Middle of the Road – The Pretenders
I’d forgotten what a good song this is, and it just nudges out Back on the Chain Gang and 2000 Miles for Learning to Crawl supremacy.
Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
This song hits way closer to home these days than it used to. Great tune nonetheless.
99 Red Balloons – Nena
“Oh yeah, that one.” – All of you, right now.
Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream) – The Icicle Works
They later reversed the title when this song was released in the U.S., but it still has a ridiculous name. GREAT song though.
Trail of Tears – Guadalcanal Diary
One of the great bands of the Southeast during this time that should have been bigger than they were.
Hero Takes a Fall – The Bangles
Just a killer, killer tune. Plus, Susanna Hoffs was one of the first future Mrs. Los, even if she never knew it.
Bad – U2
It’s been my favorite U2 songs since I heard first heard it. Safe to say that nothing off the new album will change that.
Here’s the Spotify playlist for your listening enjoyment.
Which on of your favorites did I miss?
Update: Wow, did I make a major, huge mistake and omitted Prince. I’m sorry, Mr. Nelson. To make it up to you I updated the playlist and gave you to lead off spot. It violates the tape length rule but Prince doesn’t play by your rules.