Ah, the 80s. Here, however, we whittle down a decade of societal decadence and political decay into the tracks that defined it. Simon was in rare form on the title track on his pivotal 86 album. Here the punk poet tackled Vietnam, immigration and gentrification.
"Paid in Full" / "Paid in Full (Seven Minutes of Madness Mix)"
There's a reason it always feels like we're on the verge of a s revival, whether it's in the world of music, fashion, or film. The likes of Carly Rae Jepsen , Daft Punk , and The Weeknd , to name a few, have kept the tradition of glitzy synthesizers, soaring choruses, and heart-on-the-sleeve vocal performances alive. Suddenly, hooks were bigger and bolder. Classic live instrumentation mixed with these new digital sounds, bringing funk guitar licks and rock percussion into the future. Smaller scenes were also popping up, too, from footwork-focused Chicago house music to the trance-like reverberations of the U. Though there are some stereotypical ideas that may come to mind when you hear the phrase "'80s songs," there truly was no one sound that ruled the era. The s gave us more great records than any single list could cover, so we assembled a sampling of the decade's top songs from across genres, to send you on a totally tubular musical journey.
Listen on Apple Music. This comparison did not go unnoticed when the song was first released, and critics used it as a reason to pan "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" as a lazy imitation of a formula Houston and Lauper had already gotten right. Houston, then on her second studio album, is youthful, light—the voice on the record is impossible to reconcile with the Houston the public came to know in the years surrounding her death. In the new millennium, big voices have standard issue: from Amy Winehouse, to Adele, Mariah Carey, and Kelly Clarkson, the pop standard is singers with wide ranges, ringing upper registers, and nimble runs.