My favorite songs of 1982

Posted: March 5, 2015 in Rankings

A calendar year without a song rankings post? A calendar year without a song rankings post. Well 2014 was a trying year to say the least, with all the headaches that came along with my website upgrades. And I’m still not happy with them! I’ll probably switch to WordPress in the Fall with all the Dobber sites. Anyway, onward and upward…

This was leading into the year that I first started really paying attention to songs and singers a little. And in 1984, at the age of 10, I got my first real cassette tape – Purple Rain, Prince. But it was in 1983 when I started noticing. And some of the songs I noticed were released at the end of 1982. So these songs were the first songs that I can add after having heard and enjoyed them in their time – as opposed to enjoying music released “before my time”.

I was never a big fan of the 80s. I know the music well, but not many songs were considered “awesome”. So the few that do get “awesome” rankings this decade need to be taken with a grain of salt. Hurts so Good may get the same ranking, but it just doesn’t compare to More Than a Feeling or Sweet Emotion.

Unlike most rankings, I won’t be simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because I know better than anybody that on some days, some songs kick more ass than other songs. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow, if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment. So I’ll group them:
Awesome
Great
Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with inter-group splitting.

 

Awesome – 1 Hurts So Good –  John Mellencamp
Awesome – 1 Billie Jean –  Michael Jackson
Awesome – 1 Hey, Hey, What Can I Do – Led Zeppelin
Awesome – 4 Jack & Diane –  John Mellencamp
Awesome – 4 Traveling Riverside Blues –  Led Zeppelin
Awesome – 4 Blister In The Sun –  Violent Femmes
Great – 7 Hard to Say I’m Sorry –  Chicago
Great – 7 Hungry Like The Wolf –  Duran Duran
Great – 7 Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) –  Eurythmics
Great – 7 Where Everybody Knows Your Name –  Gary Portnoy
Great – 7 Up Where We Belong –  Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
Great – 7 Beat It –  Michael Jackson
Great – 7 Gardening at Night –  R.E.M.
Great – 7 Africa –  Toto
Great – 7 Open Arms –  Journey
Great – 7 The Beatles’ Movie Medley –  The Beatles
Pretty Good – 17 Eyes of a Strangers – Payolas
Pretty Good – 17 White Wedding –  Billy Idol
Pretty Good – 17 Gypsy –  Fleetwood Mac
Pretty Good – 17 Hold Me –  Fleetwood Mac
Pretty Good – 17 Bad to the Bone –  George Thorogood
Pretty Good – 17 Down Under –  Men at Work
Pretty Good – 17 Pass The Dutchie –  Musical Youth
Pretty Good – 17 Ebony And Ivory –  Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
Pretty Good – 17 Da Da Da –  Trio
Pretty Good – 26 Goody Two Shoes –  Adam Ant
Pretty Good – 26 Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? –  Culture Club
Pretty Good – 26 Come On Eileen –  Dexys Midnight Runners
Pretty Good – 26 Dirty Laundry –  Don Henley
Pretty Good – 26 Rio –  Duran Duran
Pretty Good – 26 Electric Avenue –  Eddy Grant
Pretty Good – 26 Our House –  Madness
Pretty Good – 26 Sexual Healing –  Marvin Gaye
Pretty Good – 26 Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ –  Michael Jackson
Pretty Good – 26 The Girl Is Mine –  Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
Pretty Good – 26 Back On The Chain Gang –  Pretenders
Pretty Good – 26 Abracadabra –  Steve Miller Band
Pretty Good – 26 Eye of the Tiger –  Survivor
Pretty Good – 26 Should I Stay or Should I Go? –  The Clash
Pretty Good – 26 Jenny (867-5309) –  Tommy Tutone
Pretty Good – 26 Rosanna –  Toto
Pretty Good – 26 (Oh) Pretty Woman –  Van Halen
Pretty Good – 26 Subdivisions –  Rush
Pretty Good – 26 Valerie –  Steve Winwood
Pretty Good – 26 Eye in the Sky –  The Alan Parsons Project
Pretty Good – 26 Chariots of Fire – Vangelis
Not Bad – 47 I Ran (So Far Away) –  A Flock of Seagulls
Not Bad – 47 Hot Hot Hot –  Arrow
Not Bad – 47 Heat of the Moment –  Asia
Not Bad – 47 I’ll Tumble 4 Ya –  Culture Club
Not Bad – 47 Maneater –  Hall & Oates
Not Bad – 47 Shock The Monkey –  Peter Gabriel
Not Bad – 47 Rock the Casbah –  The Clash
Not Bad – 47 Dancing in the Street –  Van Halen
Not Bad – 47 Always On My Mind –  Willie Nelson
Not Bad – 47 Baby Come on Home –  Led Zeppelin
Not Bad – 47 New World Man –  Rush
Not Bad – 47 Der Kommissar –  After the Fire
Not Bad – 47 I Don’t Wanna Dance –  Eddy Grant
Not Bad – 47 Gloria –  Laura Branigan
Not Bad – 47 Who Can It Be Now? –  Men at Work
Not Bad – 47 Kids In America –  Kim Wilde
Not Bad – 47 I’ll Melt With You –  Modern English
Not Bad – 64 You Got Lucky –  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Not Bad – 64 The Message –  Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
Not Bad – 64 I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) –  Hall & Oates
Not Bad – 64 Steppin’ Out –  Joe Jackson
Not Bad – 64 No One Like You –  Scorpions
Not Bad – 64 I’m So Excited –  The Pointer Sisters
Not Bad – 64 Mexican Radio –  Wall of Voodoo

 

1980  1981  1982  1983  1984  1985  1986  1987  1988  1989

1960s          1970s          1980s          1990s

 

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