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Happy Music Monday! Scott’s rested after his vacation and he’s ready to take the long, hard trip back to the 1980s, where he can collect some ballads. Join him, won’t you?

Heart - Alone

 

The 1980s were a great time for the bombastic power ballad. Be it the first dance at the prom or a gloomy dream-sequence beside a Christmas tree, the ballad was there! And Heart was super-good at using the ballad to create the perfect atmosphere for all situations. Singing alone in the car? Works! Dreaming about a lost love? Works! Trying to win over someone at karaoke? Works!

The ‘80s ballads are only gettin’ better. See you after the jump!

Sade - Sweetest Taboo

 

As an added bonus, this video includes two other very ‘80s features. The “plot with nothing to do with the song” and the “guy comes in late to rehearsal which we are watching” are absolute classics! As is this song. Sade grew to be even better than this, but it’s still a lovely ballad.

New Edition - Can You Stand The Rain

 

This particular ballad was more aimed at teens than adults, but it’s still so very lovely in that special ‘80s way. Take that, Frank Ocean.

T’Pau - Heart & Soul

 

Proof that lighting can strike once, T’Pau had this amazing radio smash! And then… Well, at least they did their part to blur the lines between ballad and serious rock song. That mix of angel voice and slammin’ drums would have been enough to challenge Heart for the ballad title - if only T’Pau had been able to pull it off twice. And no, China In Your Hand does NOT count as a smash hit.

Cyndi Lauper - I Drove All Night

 

I have nothing to add. What else is there to add? This song is pretty much what ‘80s ballads were building to from the start. It’s got the strings, it’s got the synth, it’s got the Fairlight, and you could play it “unplugged” if you wanted to be relevant to the 1990s. The perfect ‘80s ballad. The end.

Let us also just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use. See you next week.

mossygreen


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Why is this so difficult? I'm blanking totally, and I assume everyone else is as well.

Edit: Oh yeah! Duran Duran, Save A Prayer

I've always assumed it's about a male prostititute.

mossygreen


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Or is everyone else struck dumb by the the fact that the third link goes to "Secret Lovers"?

Edit: I'm waiting for someone else to post something before I start posting Gary Numan songs, because I don't want every comment this week to be me.

stacipurv


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Chicago - Hard To Say I'm Sorry

HomerTime


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I like "Heart and Soul", but it is way too up-tempo to be considered a "ballad" in my book.

Sure, something like "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" might be peppy, but that is another definition of ballad.

debraae


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How about Berlin

Deb-er-do

dougall


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Frankie Says....!

CatCK


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The 80s had some really sappy music. Also had some great songs. Here are some good ones.





remo28


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Let's not forget the 80's hair band ballads.


LarryLars


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I got married in the 80's and the following two rock ballads were contenders for our wedding song:

Bryan Adams - Heaven


Chicago - You're The Inspiration


Ended up picking the Chicago tune. (It was a 10 year run.)


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Have you checked your Private Messages lately?

miken927


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I love Cheap Trick, but this was their worst hit ever (1988)


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miken927


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remo28 wrote:

Let's not forget the 80's hair band ballads.



Unfortunately (for the sake of the theme) a lot of the great hair metal ballads were hits in the early '90s, pre Smells Like Teen Spirit, e.g. Extreme's "More Than Words".

BUT, I can't help but post this, more fitting with the 'close to our hearts' theme:


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hot72chev


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My memories of my college days in the 80's are a bit fuzzy, but here's one that I pulled out of the fog:

mossygreen


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miken927 wrote:I love Cheap Trick, but this was their worst hit ever (1988)


It's a shame, isn't it? I mean, I'm sure that's the song that pays for all of Rick's guitars and Robin's pineapple farm in Hawaii, so I do not begrudge them the success, but it's a crappy song.

I was hoping to counter with "Voices," but after a small amount of research it turns out it came out in the fall of '79.

Then I decided to post it anyway, because if I had gone to prom in 1980 I'm sure I would have slow-danced to it in a Gunne Sax dress.

dougall


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mossygreen wrote:
Then I decided to post it anyway, because if I had gone to prom in 1980 I'm sure I would have slow-danced to it in a Gunne Sax dress.



Darn rebel

mossygreen


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dougall wrote:Darn rebel


Nothing rebellious about a Gunne Sax dress in 1980, sir. Or did you mean the hardy soul who would have taken a Supertramp-obsessed 8-year-old to prom?

dougall


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mossygreen wrote:Nothing rebellious about a Gunne Sax dress in 1980, sir. Or did you mean the hardy soul who would have taken a Supertramp-obsessed 8-year-old to prom?


I wouldn't really know... Its all quite alien to my Mancunian self.

mossygreen


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dougall wrote:I wouldn't really know... Its all quite alien to my Mancunian self.


Not Allowed on Campus, Supertramp was HUGE.

Edit: that's an adorable word filter, there.

mossygreen


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More actual '80's ballads!

Journey, Open Arms


The Cars, Drive

strawhousepig


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Not what you're looking for, but...

[NSFW] Alice Donut - Joan Of Arc


Got yer mainstream too.

Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It?

mossygreen


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I give you Soft Cell and their ecstasy dealer on Top of the Pops, miming to Torch

PUfelix85


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Journey - Lights


it is a few years early, but still...

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