Bren McLean

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by on Nov.28, 2016, under Worship


How good were the 80’s! For those of us who were impressionable teenagers back then, this was the defining era and memorable for questionable fashion and synth pop/rock songs.

A few people have asked me lately about my favourite songs from the 80’s, so I decided to take the 7 day challenge and post a song a day on Facebook.

Below (in no particular order) are the results:

Wouldn’t it be Good – Nik Kershaw

Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds

Rosanna (Live) – Toto

Don’t Dream It’s Over (Live) – Crowded House

Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi

Jump – Van Halen

Flame Trees – Cold Chisel

Honourable mentions – Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey), More Than a Feeling (Boston), Eye of the Tiger (Survivor), Don’t Give Up (Peter Gabriel), Don’t You Want Me (Human League), Owner of a Lonely Heart (Yes).

Any list is going to be subjective, but for someone who is obsessed with synthesizers and great melodies, these 7 songs stand the test of time.

What about Australian pop/rock bands like Dragon, Icehouse, INXS, Midnight Oil, Mi-Sex, Mondo Rock, Noiseworks and Pseudo Echo? It was difficult to fit them in, so maybe I’ll do a separate challenge for classic Oz Rock songs. I have such fond memories of seeing these artists live back in the 80’s and 90’s and it’s great to see some of them back on the road!



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