Category Archives: 1985

Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love For You

First Hit #1: October 26, 1985 Saving All My Love for You is a deeply sad song, about a woman pining for a married man even though she knows damn well the relationship is never going to go anywhere. One … Continue reading

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A-ha – Take on Me

First Hit #1: October 19, 1985 Take on Me is probably best remembered for its iconic music video, which combined live action and pencil-drawn animation to create some memorable images, as well as make people question why the men with … Continue reading

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Ready for the World – Oh Sheila

First Hit #1: October 12, 1985 Ready for the World really wishes they were Prince. The instrumentation, the lyrics, the vocal style, everything is trying to replicate Prince’s style, a bit of synth heavy dance with sexy lyrics. The band … Continue reading

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Dire Straits – Money for Nothing

First Hit #1: September 21, 1985 While there are innumerable pop songs about pop music, Money for Nothing is at least a little original in that it tries to approach it from an outside perspective. Here’s a song from the … Continue reading

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John Parr – St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)

First Hit #1: September 7, 1985 St. Elmo’s Fire is a strange song, not because of anything that is actually in the song – it’s really not too far off from yesterday’s Power of Love – but because of the … Continue reading

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Huey Lewis and the News – The Power of Love

First Hit #1: August 24, 1985 Sometimes a movie comes along that just captures a decade, and Back to the Future is one of those films. It kind of has to, since it has to underline the differences between 1985 … Continue reading

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Tears for Fears – Shout

First Hit #1: August 3, 1985 Shout is dance music for unhappy people. That’s not an insult, but it’s a reflection of the dark synths and slightly miserable lyrics, which are slightly incongruous lyrics for a song that demands you … Continue reading

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