80s Song of the Day: Home Sweet Home by Motley Crue

You know I’m a dreamer
But my heart’s of gold
I had to run away high
So I wouldn’t come home low

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Home Sweet Home by Motley Crue was released September 30, 1985, with Red Hot as the B side. It was a single from the band’s third studio album Theatre of Pain.

The song reached No. 89 on the Billboard Hot 100. Upon it’s re-release in 1991 for the Decade of Decadence 81-91 compilation album, it reached No. 37. Continue reading

80s Song of the Day: True Blue by Madonna

I’ve heard all the lines
I’ve cried oh so many times
Those tear drops they won’t fall again
I’m so excited ’cause you’re my best friend

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True Blue by Madonna was released on September 29, 1986, with Ain’t No Big Deal as the B side. The song, about Madonna’s then-husband Sean Penn, was the third single from her third studio album of the same name.

The song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was a No. 1 hit in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada. Continue reading

80s Song of the Day: Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N’ Roses

Welcome to the jungle
We’ve got fun and games
We got everything you want
Honey, we know the names

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Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N’ Roses was released in the United Kingdom on September 28, 1987, with Whole Lotta Rosie (Live) as the B side. It was a single from the band’s debut album Appetite for Destruction. It was later released in the United States on October 24, 1988, with Mr. Brownstone as the B side.

The song reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 24 on the UK Singles Chart. In 2009, VH1 named it the greatest hard rock song of all time. Continue reading

80s Song of the Day: We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning

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We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel was released on September 27, 1989, with House of Blue Light as the B side. A single from the album Storm Front, it includes references to more than 100 headline events from 1949, the year of Joel’s birth, to 1989 when the song was recorded.

The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Record of the Year. It was a No. 2 hit in Canada and Australia. Continue reading

80s Song of the Day: Purple Rain by Prince and the Revolution

I never wanted to be your weekend lover
I only wanted to be some kind of friend
Baby I could never steal you from another
It´s such a shame our friendship had to end

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Purple Rain by Prince and the Revolution was released on September 26, 1984, with God as the B side. It was the third single from the soundtrack album for the movie of the same name.

The song was recorded during a benefit concert for the Minnesota Dance Theatre at the First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis on August 3, 1983. The performance was guitarist Wendy Melvoin’s live debut with The Revolution, at the age of 19. Continue reading

80s Song of the Day: 1999 by Prince

I was dreamin’ when I wrote this
So sue me if I go to fast
But life is just a party
And parties weren’t meant to last

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1999 by Prince was released on September 24, 1982, with How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore? as the B side. It was a single from the album of the same name.

The song originally peaked at No. 44 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1983, it was re-released following the success of Little Red Corvette and reached No. 12 on the Hot 100. In the United Kingdom, the song reached No. 25 in 1983, and No. 2 in 1985 after its re-release there. Continue reading

80s Song of the Day: Need You Tonight by INXS

Your moves are so raw
I’ve got to let you know
I’ve got to let you know
You’re one of my kind

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Need You Tonight by INXS was released on September 23, 1987, with I’m Coming (Home) as the B side. It was the first worldwide release from the album Kick.

The song was the band’s only No. 1 hit in the United States. In the United Kingdom, it only reached No. 58 on the UK Singles Chart when it was originally released; after it was re-released there in November 1988, it went all the way to No. 2. Continue reading