My fantasy Top 40 pop songs


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There's something wonderful about the larger-than-life epic pop music of the late Seventies and early/mid Eighties before things went largely downhill circa 1984 until house music happened. Perhaps they were just my formative years, but there was such an explosion of creativity back then using synths to explore new sonic worlds and the whole New Romantic movement embraced this with decadent abandon. In this pioneering spirit, one day I may just write a killer pop song that will take the nation by surprise...

So here is a chart rundown of my favourite pop tunes, in no particular order other than by association, and with no consideration for their popularity, just sheer quality. Many of these tunes are included on DJ Spock's extraordinary megamixes "Class of '81" and "Class of '81 In The House" (unreleased due to obvious copyright issues). Some you'll already know, some may come as a pleasant surprise evoking distant memories. Since people nowadays are getting prosecuted just for linking, I'll leave it up to you to Google the YouTube vids and then prosecute Google. Or just come round and listen to the records.

Early/mid 1980's

  1. Orchestral Manouevres In The Dark - MAID OF ORLEANS
  2. Visage - FADE TO GREY
  3. Freur - DOOT DOOT
  4. Ultravox - VIENNA
  5. Talk Talk - SUCH A SHAME
  6. Eurythmics - LOVE IS A STRANGER
  7. Human League - OPEN YOUR HEART
  8. Gary Numan - MUSIC FOR CHAMELEONS
  9. Soft Cell - TAINTED LOVE
  10. Howard Jones - HIDE & SEEK
  11. Colin Blunstone & Dave Stewart - WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN HEARTED?
  12. Godley & Creme - UNDER YOUR THUMB
  13. The Cars - DRIVE
  14. Propaganda - DUEL
  15. Grace Jones - SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM
  16. Blondie - RAPTURE
  17. Talking Heads - ONCE IN A LIFETIME
  18. Prince - HOT THING
  19. Imagination - JUST AN ILLUSION
  20. Helen - WITCH
  21. M - POP MUZIK
  22. Freur - I.O.U.
  23. New Order - BLUE MONDAY
  24. Was (Not Was) - WHEEL ME OUT
  25. Moodswings - SPIRITUAL HIGH
  26. The Art Of Noise - MOMENTS IN LOVE
  27. Thomas Dolby - WINDPOWER
  28. Blancmange - WAVES
  29. Prefab Sprout - WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN
  30. Stephen 'Tintin' Duffy - KISS ME
  31. Heaven 17 - COME LIVE WITH ME
  32. Spandau Ballet - GOLD
  33. Duran Duran - THE CHAUFFEUR
  34. Arcadia - ELECTION DAY
  35. Japan - GHOSTS
  36. David Sylvian - RED GUITAR
  37. The Police - SPIRITS IN THE MATERIAL WORLD
  38. Ian Dury and The Blockheads - HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK
  39. The Stranglers - GOLDEN BROWN
  40. Stu Phillips - THEME FROM KNIGHT RIDER

1970's

  1. David Bowie - HEROES
  2. Queen - BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
  3. Elton John - SONG FOR GUY
  4. 10cc - I'M NOT IN LOVE
  5. Nick Lowe - I LOVE THE SOUND OF BREAKING GLASS
  6. Streetband - TOAST (aka Paul Young!)
  7. The Tourists - I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU
  8. Public Image Limited - THE SUIT
  9. Joy Division - LOVE WILL TEAR US APART
  10. Tubeway Army - ARE 'FRIENDS' ELECTRIC?
  11. Blondie - UNION CITY BLUE
  12. Kate Bush - THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES
  13. Sally Oldfield - MIRRORS
  14. Abba - FERNANDO / EAGLE
  15. Marcia Griffiths - THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE [The Greatest Reggae Song Of All Time!]
  16. Gil Scott Heron - THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED
  17. Barry White - I'M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY
  18. The Three Degrees - WHEN WILL i SEE YOU AGAIN
  19. Donna Summer - I FEEL LOVE
  20. Chic - LE FREAK
  21. Michael Jackson - DON'T STOP TIL YOU GET ENOUGH
  22. The Saint Orchestra - THEME FROM RETURN OF THE SAINT !!! :-)
  23. Space - MAGIC FLY
  24. Kraftwerk - THE MODEL
  25. Jean-Michel Jarre - EQUINOXE 5
  26. Delia Derbyshire - DOCTOR WHO THEME

    ...not forgetting these Guilty Pleasures:

  27. Starland Vocal Band - AFTERNOON DELIGHT
  28. Demis Roussos - FOREVER AND EVER
  29. Julio Iglesias - BEGIN THE BEGUINE
  30. Andrew Gold - NEVER LET HER SLIP AWAY
  31. Cliff Richard - WE DON'T TALK ANYMORE
  32. Dennis Waterman - I COULD BE SO GOOD FOR YOU

    ...and some Power Ballads to die for...!

  33. Dan Hill - SOMETIMES WHEN WE TOUCH
  34. Air Supply - ALL OUT OF LOVE
  35. Eric Carmen - ALL BY MYSELF
  36. Harry Nilsson - WITHOUT YOU
  37. Rod Stewart - SAILING
  38. Les Dawson - FEELINGS

Classic pop songs from recent years which should have been Number One hits

I don't just like pop music; you also may like to see my lists of recommended records and Desert Island Discs.

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