Warning: The songs on this ultimate '80s playlist are best be enjoyed when wearing a mullet with fried ends, leg warmers and scrunchies, and color-block tracksuits—a gold dookie chain is optional. While the fashion was questionable, the music from the era was anything but. From baby-making jams to underrated classics, here is the only 80s playlist you'll ever need. Your summer barbeque isn't complete without this love song. Legend has it your Sunday breakfast will taste 10 times better if this track is playing in the background. Listening to LaBelle— her honeyed, soulful vocals sounding as buttery and sweet as her famous sweet potato pie—pour out her heart to her crush makes me want to fall in love over and over again. This synthpop gem is an evergreen pop hit that still slaps today. The only thing better than the boppy timeliness of this song and all the covers it's inspired is the wacky, '80s-tastic music video that accompanies it.
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Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. In the '80s, disco's popularity decreased, and the top 20 Hot hits present a more complicated picture than it did a decade before. Not that disco completely disappeared: Diana Ross 's "Upside Down," produced with the help of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards from Chic , was a top hit, as was Michael Jackson 's "Billie Jean," which remains a floor-filler to this day. Queen 's "Another One Bites the Dust" showed another white rock band going disco with great success. The Top 20 Billboard Hot Hits of the s. Duets from established stars were frequently massively successful during the '80s: Lionel Richie and Diana Ross, Paul McCartney -- appearing in the top 20 for his third consecutive decade -- recorded one apiece with Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder , Dionne Warwick sang with a slew of stars. These tracks tended to be smooth, highly-produced ballads.
Ah, the 80s. Here, however, we whittle down a decade of societal decadence and political decay into the tracks that defined it. Simon was in rare form on the title track on his pivotal 86 album. Here the punk poet tackled Vietnam, immigration and gentrification. It was a musical tour de force too, combining ska, lovers rock and more into a cyclone of musical genre splicing — another example of The Clash mixing it all up to create something brilliant and new. Both of which allowed Frank Black to emote over the top, going batshit in the vocal department. This brilliant, stately number was written by Elvis Costello as a much needed protest track against the Falklands war.
This article is about the American Billboard Hot chart held during the s. The Billboard Hot chart is the main song chart of the American music industry and is updated every week by the Billboard magazine. During the s the chart was based collectively on each single's weekly physical sales figures and airplay on American radio station. George Michael was the only artist to achieve two year-end Billboard Hot number-one singles in the s.