Finally catching up with some rankdowns! Sharing some thoughts bout songs where my ranking differed the most with the final ranking: 50 I Gotta Try (39): Not a bad discovery, just a bit forgettable and derivative from other typical Doobie Bros stuff. I still liked it enough to escape my bottom 10.
48 I'll Find My Way Home (33): Nice discovery to me. I’m an overall fan of several songs by Vangelis and by Yes! So this was a nice combination to me.
47 Wired for Sound (22): A nice rediscovery to me. I remembered hearing that chorus before, but didn’t really recall the song. The kind of pop-rock melody, vibe and vocals that I dig.
45 Memory (8): Awwww. I first heard this as a piano version by Richard Clayderman and liked it. Then I heard the original version in the late 80s and loved it even more. The melody is superb and Barbra’s vocals are outstanding of course. Surprised it’s ended this low to be frank.
42 Rockin' Into the Night (31): Another nice discovery. The more I heard it, the more I liked its kind-of anthemic rock vibe, especially that chorus that ended up getting stuck in my head
40 Goodnight Saigon (13): And this is another song I heard after the 80s, probably in the mid-90s. I’ve always been an overall Billy Joel fan, and I think this song combines his strength in terms of melody, lyrics, and vocals. Even though it’s a bit longer than it should be, the storytelling and the sing-alongs kind of makes up for the length to me.
39 Psychobabble (19): I don’t remember hearing this in the 80s. I believe I heard this first when I bought their greatest hits CD in the late 90s. I like the instrumental enough to make it top 20.
38 The Kid Is Hot Tonite (25): Another kinda rediscovery (that chorus sounded too familiar to be a full discovery). Multiple listens helped me like it better and make it to my top half. I like how the instrumental gets a bit more dynamic in the second verse, and of course the chorus is an earworm.
37 Yearning for Your Love (50): Sorry, but this was easily the most forgettable and boring song in this RD to me.
35 State of Independence (18): I remember hearing the song and watching the video in the early 80s. It wasn’t among my favorite Donna songs, but I appreciated the more alternative sound that she went for. Only years later I learned this was a cover of Jon & Vangelis, which made more sense and made me appreciate it even more. I can also see why it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, especially considering how the J&V song ended at #48 in this RD
30 Since You Been Gone (12): Really?!! This was my second favorite discovery in this RD. I love the lead vocals and harmonies (very Boston-like), the whole melody, and the late 70s kind of instrumental.
28 Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll (44): So, I do like the instrumental and overall vibe of this song. It just felt a bit repetitive/derivative, and the main melody wasn’t as strong to me. I may have needed to be more familiar with it to rank it higher.
27 You Are in My System (41): Very similar feelings for this song than for the above. I liked the instrumental a bit more, though.
23 Walking on Thin Ice (10): I don’t remember hearing this song in the 80s. I learned about the remix in 2003 but didn’t pay much attention to it. It’s just for this RD that I really listen to this song —and I was utterly impressed. The instrumental is outstanding, almost ahead of its time. I dig the whole dark, mysterious, nostalgic vibe, both in terms of production and lyrics. And her vocals fit the vibe very much (kinda gave me Kate Bush vibes). It should’ve at least made the top 20 IMO.
22 Money (45): I admit I had some trouble ranking this song. I like the production quite a bit and even felt it was a bit ahead of its time, which made me rank it initially 15+ positions higher. However, the more I heard it, the more I wished for stronger melody to complement the production, so the kinda novelty factor waded off.
21 New Frontier (49): I do like the production, but the melody totally turned me off. Reminded me a bit of some of the Steely Dan songs, where the key changes and overall melody countered the strength of the instrumental. In this case, the chorus was almost annoying to me.
19 Hold Tight (47): I admit I could’ve ranked this much higher in a Lost 70s Rankdown, as I liked the disco vibe and melody. However, for an early 80s RD, this felt like a ‘been there / down that’ situation. At least a song like Soup for One (my #28) sounded more interesting and more 80s.
16 I Will Always Love You (5): I heard this in the late 80s, alongside Here I Go Again, and really liked both. She’s a great emoter and I truly believe her when she sings. I actually like this a bit more than Whitney’s cover, as I prefer her understated vocals over Whitney’s slightly over the top last minute.
15 Goodbye Stranger (7): This was a hit in Peru with pretty good longevity. It took me a bit to get into Supertramp’s stuff, but by the late 80s I fully got them. I consider this one of my favorite Supertramp songs, and one of those interesting, unique and unforgettable 80s songs
14 Over You (34): Good enough discovery to me. More REM sounding than what I remember Roxy Music sounding like. My main issue was that it was a bit monotonous with the chorus melody repeated multiple times, just sprinkled with different instrumental breaks —they were pretty good, though, so likely I just needed some more listens to fully appreciate them…
13 Sisters of the Moon (26): I like the instrumental enough (thanks, Lindsey for that guitar), but the melody is a bit lazy. Stevie does a good job as usual, but the song is just a bit monotonous to me.
12 The Hardest Part (9): I don’t remember hearing this in the 80s. I believe the first time was when I bought their Greatest Hits CD in the early 00s. Although it’s not in my top 15 Blondie songs, this is still a pretty good song with strong instrumental, melody and vocals.
11 What Do All The People Know? (16): One of my favorite discoveries in this RD. Great synth pop, new wave instrumental, catchy melody, and strong vocals made this a real earworm that got stuck in my head from the first listen in this RD.
10 Can You Feel It (11): I discovered this thanks to the 1998’s Feel It by The Tamperer featuring Maya, which I really liked at that time. I really like how bombastic and epic it sounds. Despite its disco influence, the production sounded more like 80s than 70s, which I still appreciate.
9 Haven’t You Heard (46): This was a discovery that unfortunately got kinda forgettable after several listens. The chorus is okay, but I basically preferred the melody and instrumental of all the other disco songs in this RD. Surprised it’s this high, to be frank.
8 Someday, Someway (30): This was a nice discovery that I would rank in my 21-25 zone now. A catchy pop-rock with a more classic sound, but there were several other more interesting songs in this list to consider this a top 10.
7 A Night to Remember (21): A bit like #8 —I do like this song, but found others more interesting, stronger in this list. At the same time, in this case I don’t mind seeing Shalamar with this tune in the top 10, as it’s a cool tune anyway that does sound more like an 80s than a 70s disco song.
6 Super Trouper (6): I’m a huge Abba fan. And I love a lot of their songs. Even if this is not in my top 10 Abba songs, I still love it. From the more nostalgic verses to the happier chorus, even with the cheesy male “pa-pa”s, the melodies and vocals are spot on, and always bring a smile on my face.
5 Planet Rock (14): I do not love this song as much as my ranking would seem to indicate —I just find it quite interesting, forward-looking and influential.
4 Rock Lobster (3): The 1-2-3 punch of Party Out of Bounds, Private Idaho and this one was a great introduction to B-52s in Peru, and a key reason why I became a big fan of them. Although not as huge as the first two, this was still a hit, and a song I’ve always liked, especially when I want to get pumped up Great energy, instrumental and vocals. Glad to see this in the top 5.
3 Last Train to London (1): This was a big hit in Peru, with great recurrent airplay since then. And this is my favorite ELO song. Outstanding instrumental (mix of prog rock with bit of disco especially thanks to those strings), melody (that 2-part chorus is an earworm!), and vocals. One of my favorite early 80s songs.
2 Rapper’s Delight (4): This is a great song, and one of the most influential in terms of further expanding the reach of rap into mainstream. From Blondie’s Rapture to Las Ketchup’s Asereje Great flow, rhythm, vibe. A gem.
1 Video Killed the Radio Star (2): One of the most forward-looking songs in Pop history IMO. This sounds like a mid-80s synth pop tune, not something from 1979! I’ve always loved the production and melody, and the chic’s vocals are a great contraposition to the robotic male vocals. This was a hit in Peru that has maintained great recurrent airplay since the late 80s.
By the way, out of the Extras, the only one that I would’ve ranked in my top 30, and maybe even top 10 would’ve been It’s Raining Men —that’s a classic, fun, greatly sung jam!
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