Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day Playlists Inspired by the 1980s

I'll say it once, and I'll say several times over on this blog. I love the music of the 1980s. I grew up on the music from the 1980s. And I wholeheartedly believe there has never been a more revolutionary decade in the way we see and hear music today. Part of that reason is the pure raw emotion you can hear from those vocalists, putting their heart and soul into their records – something that is profoundly missing from contemporary musicians of the 21st century. There is no other holiday celebrating a wide array of emotions like Valentine's Day, or Single's Awareness Day as some put it. Whether you're celebrating love, suffering from heartache, or holding out hope for that special someone, there's a vast number of songs to fit your mood. As a 1980s music connoisseur, I give you my personal 11-track playlists for the secure, for the scorned, and for the seekers to commemorate February 14. Enjoy.

For the Secure
*"The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson, Bad
*"Hypnotize Me" by Wang Chung, Mosaic
*"Girl You Know It's True" by Milli Vanilli, Girl You Know It's True
*"Crazy for You" by Madonna, Vision Quest (soundtrack)
*"Together Forever" by Rick Astley, Whenever You Need Somebody
*"Keep On Loving You" by REO Speedwagon, Hi Infidelity
*"Shake You Down" by Gregory Abbott, Shake You Down
*"Hands to Heaven" by Breathe, All That Jazz
*"Endless Love" by Lionel Riche & Diana Ross, Endless Love (soundtrack)
*"Right Here Waiting" by Richard Marx, Repeat Offender
*"Faithfully" by Journey, Frontiers

For the Sullen
*"Love Stinks" by The J. Geils Band, Love Stinks
*"Shattered Dreams" by Johnny Hates Jazz, Turn Back the Clock
*"Everything She Wants" by Wham!, Make It Big
*"Wot's It to Ya" by Robbie Nevil, Robbie Nevil
*"Don't Wanna Fall in Love" by Jane Child, Jane Child
*"If You Leave" by OMD, Pretty In Pink (soundtrack)
*"You Keep Me Hangin' On" by Kim Wilde, Another Step
*"Tainted Love" by Soft Cell, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
*"What Have You Done For Me Lately" by Janet Jackson, Control
*"Heaven Help Me" by Deon Estus, Spell
*"Missing You" by John Waite, No Brakes

For the Seekers
*"Lost In Love" by Air Supply, Lost In Love
*"Addicted To Love" by Robert Palmer, Riptide
*"The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis & the News, Back to the Future (soundtrack)
*"Everlasting Love" by Howard Jones, Cross That Line
*"I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner, Agent Provocateur
*"One More Try" by George Michael, Faith
*"Looking For a New Love" by Jody Watley, Jody Watley
*"Someday" by Glass Tiger, The Thin Red Line
*"What About Love" by Heart, Heart
*"Love Changes (Everything)" by Climie Fisher, Everything
*"When I'm Back On My Feet Again" by Michael Bolton, Soul Provider

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