Category Archives: A good song

Ace of Base – The Sign

First Hit #1: March 12, 1994 The Sign is a great song. Lots of people don’t agree with this, lots of people regard it as a bit of a joke in fact. It’s a silly pop song from the mid-90s, … Continue reading

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Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)

First Hit #1: May 18, 1985 It’s always odd when a song everyone is convinced is bad becomes a hit. It pops up frequently, but Don’t You (Forget About Me) is yet another example. The list of people who didn’t … Continue reading

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Survivor – Eye of the Tiger

First Hit #1: July 24, 1982 The Rocky movies love their montages, and they have a surprisingly good record of finding the perfect song. Survivor’s contribution to the series, the very perfect Eye of the Tiger, is exactly what a … Continue reading

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Human League – Don’t You Want Me

First Hit #1: July 3, 1982 Any discussion of ’80s pop has to involve discussion of synthesizers. I’ve argued that Hall and Oates used synths as a thematic device, but they were also part of an aesthetic all their own, … Continue reading

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Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes

First Hit #1: May 16, 1981 The woman at the center of Bette Davis Eyes – not Kim Carnes, but the woman she’s singing about – is kind of the opposite of Sheena Easton yesterday. She’s portrayed as a beguiling … Continue reading

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Dolly Parton – 9 to 5

First Hit #1: February 21, 1981 Dolly Parton is an incredibly smart woman. It’s not always an obvious intelligence – she knows exactly what her image is and sometimes that can hide the amount of thought that goes on behind … Continue reading

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Paul McCartney – Coming Up

First Hit #1: June 28, 1980 Paul McCartney recorded Coming Up mostly alone, though Linda McCartney does some vocal harmonies. Otherwise, it’s just one of the great pop musicians screwing around and having fun with a synthesizer and seeing what … Continue reading

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