First Hit #1: November 16, 1985
Blender has called it one of the 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs, Rolling Stone held an online poll that called it one of the 10 Worst Songs of the 80s. This confuses me, because how can you hate We Built This City?
I’m not going to claim it’s high art, because it just plain isn’t. It’s a big dumb rock song with a big dumb chorus that’s great fun to sing along to. It’s a song that piles on elements with big moments on several keyboards, drums and guitars. It’s a song with an anti-corporate streak that is specifically designed to be as appealing to as wide a range as possible, including referencing several city trademarks so nobody knows what city they’re referring to. Most importantly, it’s a song that’s fun, with a certain infectious enthusiasm which, for myself, at least makes it very difficult to hate. How can you not shout along to the thing? It’s just too silly and joyous.