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1. Song Number 20: "Some girls are sadistic, materialistic, looking for a man makes them opportunistic"
This song's 20 weeks in the Top 40 made it the most popular song of the last half of the decade and, as a fixture in many a Hollywood teen flick, it's popularity has endured through today. What 1989 rap became the biggest hit for Young M.C.?
2. Song Number 19: "Was it something that they said? Are the voices in your head calling..."
...this the biggest hit of the 1980's never to reach number one? Well if they are, they're right. Do you know who Laura Branigan was talking to in her number two smash?
3. Song Number 18: "So bring your good times and your laughter too"
Prior to 1981, I like to think that wedding receptions had three minutes of silence, waiting patiently for this song to fill the gap. What staple of nuptials across the nation was the only number one song for Kool and the Gang and may be the most instantly recognizable classic of the 1980's?
4. Song Number 17: "I was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar, that much is true"
The Human League took this song to number one in the U.K. for five weeks in 1981. The following year it was exported to America and brought with it a music style that would become a mainstay of the 80's pop scene: synthesizer-based new wave. What ground-breaking tune spent three weeks at number one in the U.S. in July, 1982?
5. Song Number 16: "Our life together is so precious together. We have grown."
One of the great tragedies of the 1980's was the senseless murder of John Lennon on December 8th, 1980. This song, from his album "Double Fantasy", was climbing the charts at the time and wound up at number one for five weeks. Can you name the record that helped soothe a world in mourning?
6. Song Number 15: "Respectfully, I say to thee, I'm aware that you're cheating"
Music historians have claimed that this may have been the last number one song of the disco era. What a bang to end on--a song that spent four weeks at number one and would eventually become the biggest solo hit for the diva who sang it. What catchy song did Diana Ross take to the top in 1980?
7. Song Number 14: "Once upon a time I was falling in love but now I'm only falling apart"
It was a big voice out of Wales that haunted America in the fall of 1983 with a melodramatic tale of unrequited love and desperation. What song did Bonnie Tyler belt all the way to number one?
8. Song Number 13: "Standing here, baptized in all my tears, baby through the years, you know I'm crying, boo hoo hoo"
Coming off the heels of "Thriller", this duet by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney was destined to be a surefire smash. The good-natured video featuring them as old time hucksters conning rural folk sure didn't hurt. Can you name their duet that spent six weeks on top in 1983?
9. Song Number 12: "Let me hear you whisper softly in my ear"
This male tale of unrequited love came from country superstar Kenny Rogers. He describes "so many ways" he loves his former lover that when he croons she's "the love of his life" every woman in America swooned. Do you remember this tender ballad?
10. Song Number 11: "She showed a photo, my baby cried, his eyes were like mine"
Arguably the most famous pop music moment of the 80s was when Michael Jackson moonwalked across the stage at Motown's 25th anniversary special. This was the song he was dancing to. Spending seven weeks at number one in 1983, what song helped define the sound of the eighties?
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