By Jordan Bartel
The Baltimore Sun
2:19 PM EDT, June 12, 2014
More proof that the mid-'80s were ridiculously awesome, via Billboard's Hot 100 Chart archive.
10. "Walking on Sunshine," Katrina & the Waves
Catchy, huh? Advertisers think so. NPR reported in 2010 that advertisers will pay $150,000-$200,000 to use the track for one year. The band has earned millions in royalties for this one track. Lesson learned: Craft a cheesy pop song.
9. "Angel," Madonna
"Angel" wasn't Madonna's biggest hit in 1985, which was a busy "Like a Virgin"-era year for her. "Material Girl" hit No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart, but "Angel" eventually hit No. 5.
8. "Everything She Wants," Wham!
It's sort-of funny that George Michael would write a song criticizing materialism, but here we are.
7. "In My House," Mary Jane Girls
"In My House" was the R&B group's first single -- and was condemned by the Parents Music Resource Center, which thought the song's lyrics were overtly sexual. Ah, the '80s. A simpler time, even for alleged raunchy music.
6. "Sussudio," Phil Collins
What does the word "sussudio" mean? Nothing. Completely made up. Phil Collins was the William Shakespeare of the 1980s.
5. "Things Can Only Get Better," Howard Jones
Warning: You'll be humming the word-less chorus all day.
4. "Suddenly," Billy Ocean
I'm pretty sure the citizens of 1985 demanded a ballad from the "Caribbean Queen" singer. And he clearly delivered.
3. "Axel F," Harold Faltermeyer
Synth masterpiece? Yes, those two words can go together.
2. "Heaven," Bryan Adams
You can basically hear the noise of high-school girls shuffling in their satin prom dresses. "Heaven" had a revival of sorts when DJ Sammy/Yanou released a popular dance cover of the song in 2001.
1. "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," Tears For Fears
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World," the U.K. duo's biggest hit, was No. 1 for two glorious weeks and has been covered or sampled by a wide range of artists, including Nas, Patti Smith, Atomic Tom and — my favorite — Care Bears on Fire.
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