I've been looking up Top 40 lists from my formative years and then looking up the songs on YouTube. Fun! And weird! I started with the 1990 Top 40, and then I just kept changing the year in the URL.
Here are the things that stand out to me, as I revisit these old videos:
1. The hair.
2. The guitar solos in the middle of the songs.
3. The way music videos used to be pretty much just the band performing the song on a stage.
One thing that has been surprising me is THE HAIR. And it should NOT be a surprise, considering that the bands of my formative years are called "hair bands." And I was THERE, and I was doing things like that to my OWN hair, so I'd expect all these things together to lead to a pretty firm memory of The Hair. Still: surprising.
Check out Vixen. ZOMG HAIR. "Edge of a Broken Heart" is in the "songs I still like" category, rather than the "oh dear, how embarrassing" category.
Please pardon the weird, wrong-lyrics version of this Skid Row video and just check out how YUMMY Sebastian Bach is. But do you find yourself wondering what he would look like with a haircut?
Ditto for Nelson. Boys, boys. I wanted your hair for myself SO BADLY. But on you? Well. I'm untressing you with my eyes.
Another one that still sounds good to me is Poco's "Call it Love". But what a sad, cynical attitude, Poco!
We Built This City is the song I used to play again and again on the jukebox (you're welcome, other patrons!), and in fact Starship is the first album I ever bought. And do you know what? It was a record. A record, an actual RECORD! My dad put it on our record player and recorded a cassette version for me. And my mother was very upset at what a dangerous Acid Rock album it was, and fretted that I shouldn't be allowed to have it.
How many times did I replay Roxette's "Church of Your Heart"? Let's not investigate.
Anyway, this is the list I've been going through. Feel free to add to it.
We Built This City -- Starship
No One is to Blame -- Howard Jones
Say You, Say Me -- Lionel Richie
Catch Me (I'm Falling) -- Pretty Poison
Stranded -- Heart
Edge of a Broken Heart -- Vixen
Mad About You -- Belinda Carlisle
Don't Worry Be Happy -- Bobby McFerrin
Kiss Him Goodbye -- The Nylons
Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You -- Glenn Medeiros
Make Me Lose Control -- Eric Carmen
Do You Believe in Love -- Huey Lewis and the News
Jump for My Love -- Whitney Houston
Eternal Flame -- Bangles
I Drove All Night -- Cyndi Lauper
Call It Love -- Poco
The Last Worthless Evening -- Don Henley
Because of You -- The Cover Girls
A Little Respect -- Erasure
(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection -- Nelson
When I See You Smile -- Bad English
Time for Me to Fly -- REO Speedwagon
Personal Jesus -- Depeche Mode
A Groovy Kind of Love -- Phil Collins
Little Liar -- Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Church of Your Heart -- Roxette
Right Here Waiting -- Richard Marx
Release Me -- Wilson Phillips
I Remember You -- Skid Row
I Want You -- Shana
Hooked on You -- Sweet Sensation
King of Wishful Thinking -- Go West
Close My Eyes Forever -- Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne
Cold Hearted -- Paula Abdul
Your Baby Never Looked Good in Blue -- Exposé
In Your Eyes -- Peter Gabriel
You're the Inspiration -- Chicago
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