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The second half of the 80s is mostly a downhill slide. Every year the trends get staler and the brilliant standouts grow fewer and further between— except, oddly enough, for 1987! I’d still have a hard time calling this a great year for pop music, but the ‘87 year-end chart managed, at the very least,Continue reading “The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1987”
Pop Goes the Year is not about numbers. Even the rankings are pretty loose, and my private ratings of each song out of 10 exist, more than anything, to help me remember which songs I hated enough to slap on a worst list. Still, I do, in fact, rate every song that I listen toContinue reading “The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1986”
Perhaps it’s only fitting that the center couldn’t hold on the cranked-to-eleven energy of the mid-80s pop scene. The Reagan era was one characterized by excess, and excess is, by its very nature, unsustainable. There were definitely hints of it throughout ‘85 and even a few in ‘84, but ‘86 is where the wheels reallyContinue reading “The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1986”
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