My favorite songs of 1985


The year 1985 was the prototypical 80s year for me. An abundance of songs that I liked, but very few songs that I loved. In fact, that two songs given an ‘Awesome’ rating here I think I was being generous with the definition given the songs in prior years that hold that rating.

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been 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 and I start singing along. You understand. So I group them, instead of present a hard-and-fast order:

Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with inter-group splitting.



Awesome – 1 Money For Nothing  Dire Straits
Awesome – 1 One More Night  Phil Collins
Great – 3 Centerfield  John Fogerty
Great – 3 Driver 8  R.E.M.
Great – 3 Lonely Ol’ Night  John Mellencamp
Great – 3 She Sells Sanctuary  The Cult
Great – 3 Walk Of Life  Dire Straits
Great – 8 Alive and Kicking  Simple Minds
Great – 8 Rain  The Cult
Great – 8 Raspberry Beret  Prince
Great – 8 Small Town  John Mellencamp
Great – 8 So Far Away  Dire Straits
Pretty Good – 13 Can’t Get There From Here  R.E.M.
Pretty Good – 13 Crazy For You  Madonna
Pretty Good – 13 Don’t You (Forget About Me)  Simple Minds
Pretty Good – 13 Home Sweet Home  Mötley Crüe
Pretty Good – 13 Just A Gigolo / I Ain’t Got Nobody  David Lee Roth
Pretty Good – 13 King For A Day  Thompson Twins
Pretty Good – 13 Kyrie  Mr. Mister
Pretty Good – 13 Lay Your Hands On Me  Thompson Twins
Pretty Good – 13 Never Surrender  Corey Hart
Pretty Good – 13 Nightshift  Commodores
Pretty Good – 13 No One Is to Blame  Howard Jones
Pretty Good – 13 R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.  John Mellencamp
Pretty Good – 13 The Boys of Summer  Don Henley
Pretty Good – 13 The Power Of Love  Jennifer Rush
Pretty Good – 13 We Are The World  USA for Africa
Pretty Good – 13 We Built This City  Starship
Pretty Good – 13 We Don’t Need Another Hero  Tina Turner
Pretty Good – 13 Would I Lie to You?  Eurythmics
Pretty Good – 31 One Night Love Affair Bryan Adams
Pretty Good – 31 A Criminal Mind Gowan
Pretty Good – 31 A View To A Kill  Duran Duran
Pretty Good – 31 Addicted To Love  Robert Palmer
Pretty Good – 31 Don’t Come Around Here No More  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Pretty Good – 31 Head Over Heels  Tears for Fears
Not Bad – 37 Stay in the Light Honeymoon Suite
Not Bad – 37 You’re a Strange Animal Gowan
Not Bad – 37 Situation Critical Platinum Blonde
Not Bad – 37 Tears Are Not Enough Northern Lights
Not Bad – 37 Broken Wings  Mr. Mister
Not Bad – 37 Close To Me  The Cure
Not Bad – 37 Everybody Wants To Rule The World  Tears for Fears
Not Bad – 37 Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money)  Pet Shop Boys
Not Bad – 37 Part-Time Lover  Stevie Wonder
Not Bad – 37 Rhythm Of The Night  DeBarge
Not Bad – 37 Take Me Home  Phil Collins
Not Bad – 37 These Dreams  Heart
Not Bad – 37 Walking On Sunshine  Katrina & the Waves
Not Bad – 37 West End Girls  Pet Shop Boys
Not Bad – 37 What You Need  INXS
Not Bad – 37 Behind the Waterfall  David Lanz and Paul Speer
Not Bad – 37 Cherish  Kool & the Gang
Not Bad – 37 Conga  Miami Sound Machine
Not Bad – 37 Holding Back The Years  Simply Red
Not Bad – 37 Let’s Go All The Way  Sly Fox
Not Bad – 37 Nikita  Elton John
Not Bad – 37 Some Like It Hot  The Power Station
Not Bad – 37 St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)  John Parr
Not Bad – 37 Take On Me a-ha
Not Bad – 37 The Greatest Love Of All  Whitney Houston
Not Bad – 37 The Power of Love  Huey Lewis & the News
Not Bad – 37 Things Can Only Get Better  Howard Jones
Not Bad – 37 Who’s Holding Donna Now  DeBarge
Not Bad – 65 Lovin’ Every Minute of It Loverboy
Not Bad – 65 Black Cars Gino Vannelli
Not Bad – 65 Crying Over You Platinum Blonde
Not Bad – 65 A Good Heart  Feargal Sharkey
Not Bad – 65 All I Need Is A Miracle  Mike + the Mechanics
Not Bad – 65 All She Wants to Do Is Dance  Don Henley
Not Bad – 65 And She Was  Talking Heads
Not Bad – 65 Be Near Me  ABC
Not Bad – 65 Brand New Lover  Dead or Alive
Not Bad – 65 Dancing in the Street  David Bowie and Mick Jagger
Not Bad – 65 Everytime You Go Away  Paul Young
Not Bad – 65 Goonies R Good Enough  Cyndi Lauper
Not Bad – 65 How Will I Know  Whitney Houston
Not Bad – 65 Into The Groove  Madonna
Not Bad – 65 Life In A Northern Town  The Dream Academy
Not Bad – 65 Real American  Rick Derringer
Not Bad – 65 Rough Boy  ZZ Top
Not Bad – 65 Something About You  Level 42
Not Bad – 65 Sussudio  Phil Collins
Not Bad – 65 That’s What Friends Are For  Dionne & Friends
Not Bad – 65 The Old Man Down The Road  John Fogerty
Not Bad – 65 The Whole Of The Moon  The Waterboys
Not Bad – 65 You Belong To The City  Glenn Frey
Not Bad – 65 You’re Only Human (Second Wind)  Billy Joel
Not Bad – 65 Your Love  The Outfield


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