80’s Playlist – Bangers from the decade that changed music

By Judith Turkson-Baidoo – Contributing writer

I just would like to clarify that I am no expert when it comes to music but I do love listening to music and I am pretty much into anything, such as R&B, hip-hop, classics, pop, and much more. I know everyone has different music tastes so here are my top 10 ‘80s tracks:

  1. Michael Jackson – Thriller

I am very much aware every single one of you will know Michael Jackson for his incredible and unique talent. If you haven’t, where have you been?! Eight years after his death, I continue to appreciate his music and his talent. He will always be the King of Pop in my opinion. As much as I love most of his songs, Thriller has to be the one.

  1. Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer

I am not a massive fan of Bon Jovi, but I do like this track as it gets me in a very good mood, especially when I am on a night out with my friends.

  1. Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody

This song is never completed when it comes to functions and The Forum, mainly ten minutes before the night ends.  Whitney Houston’s voice and her music will forever live on.

  1. David Bowie – Let’s Dance

Another talented man we have sadly lost a year ago and I feel that I have missed out a lot when he was alive. I knew who he was but I never really listened to a lot of his music. What I can say is that I really appreciate his talent and I know he has inspired a lot of people through his creativity and his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust.

  1. Cameo – Word Up

This song is a great one to listen to while working out in the gym. It keeps you motivated and a feel good beat to blast in your car, while you’re cleaning, or trying to get you university work done.

  1. N.W.A – Straight Outta Compton

Hip-hop in the ‘80s? Then this one is for you if you if you like Ice Cube and Dr Dre. This is just a thought on how hip hop has changed from then and up to now.

  1. Wham – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

Just only two months ago, George Michael passed away, and this is one of the songs which most of you should start listening to every morning. Yes, I know it’s a struggle getting out of bed and getting ready for work or university, but this track should do the trick!

  1. The Police – Every Breath You Take

If you have heard P.Diddy’s  track ‘I’ll Be Missing You’  (1997) then you will love this one for sure.  My primary school did our own version of this track to say goodbye to a deputy head teacher who had retired. This is one of my greatest memories.

  1. Soul II Soul – Back to Life

I really miss music like this and this reminds me of  The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the very first episode!

  1. Young MC – Bust a Move

The beat and the rhyming flows so well, and I just love the track! This is something which should be played a lot more in night venues.

There are a lot more songs I would have listed but I have put web links below the song titles so if you really want a Throwback Thursday or a Flashback Friday, this is a place to go.

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