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10 Songs That Defined The 80s

by TV One Staff

October 12, 2016

It’s safe to say that we lead the pack when it comes to telling the untold stories of the greatest Black stars of the past and the present.

Some of us grew up with these artists while others (like millennials, who still have milk on their ?) are experiencing some of these classics for the first time!

We present to you the 90’s ON THE 80’s where millennials review clips and music videos from artists who have been featured on Unsung. Enjoy!

Theme: 10 songs that defined the 1980s!

Millennial: Ricardo (27)

1. TEENA MARIE – SQUARE BIZ (1981)

R- You knew this song was gonna be a good time, the second Teena commanded you up out of your seat. I still don’t know what “Square Biz” means but whatever it is, I like the sound of it! And the flow at the end? BARS.

 

2. SHALAMAR – A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (1982)

R- Uh, this song just makes me so happy! This is the song you play before you go to the turn-up while you’re getting ready, because you know, that’s when the party REALLY starts.

 

3.WHITNEY HOUSTON – HOW WILL I KNOW (1985)

R- I love seeing “Nippy” this colorful. Her voice is legendary and this song is infectious! I wonder how many macho men danced to this record when no one was looking…?

 

4. DEBARGE – RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT (1985)

R- Okay I don’t know why, but this song has a slight “Miami” feel to me. Did Gloria Estefan make a remake of this?

 

5. ZAPP & ROGER – COMPUTER LOVE (1986)

R- THIS SONG WILL LIVE FOREVER….and those Charlie Wilson vocals????????

 

6. READY FOR THE WORLD – LOVE YOU DOWN (1986)

R- I’ve heard so many remakes of this record but nothing compares to this flawless original.

 

7. LISA LISA & CULT JAM – I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME (1985)

R- This feels like the 80s! And Lisa Lisa better represent for the Puerto Ricans! I’m spinning on my head as I write this, by the way.

8. NEW EDITION – COOL IT NOW (1984)

R- Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky & Mike! I remember seeing this video as a kid and pretending to be Ralph Tresvant. Don’t judge.

9. BIG DADDY KANE – AIN’T NO HALF STEPPIN’ (1988)

R- Growing up in the 90s, I didn’t really consider that you old skool cats could rap until I stumbled on this video. Very witty lyrics.

10. MIKI HOWARD – LOVE UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT (1989)

R- There is no denying Miki’s powerful vocals. SANG MIKI, SANG!

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