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Spring Training Is Not 1985
2005-03-03 15:00
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

In settling a bet among people at work, I came across the following list of songs from the year of my high school graduation. I post it here because ... because ... because that was my favorite non-World Series championship year. Yeah, that's it.

Legend:
X - never liked
L - liked always
T - tolerable
Z - tolerated then, but no longer
N - no recollection right now - would need to hear it again

Top 100 Songs of 1985

1. "Careless Whisper".....Wham! - X
2. "Say You, Say Me".....Lionel Richie - Z
3. "Separate Lives".....Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin - X
4. "I Want To Know What Love Is".....Foreigner - X
5. "Money For Nothing".....Dire Straits - L
6. "We Are The World".....USA for Africa - T
7. "Broken Wings".....Mr. Mister - X
8. "Everybody Wants To Rule The World".....Tears for Fears - X
9. "The Power Of Love".....Huey Lewis & The News - T
10. "We Built This City".....Starship - X
11. "St. Elmo's Fire".....John Parr - Z
12. "Can't Fight This Feeling".....REO Speedwagon - T (barely)
13. "Crazy For You".....Madonna - T (barely)
14. "Easy Lover".....Phillip Bailey & Phil Collins - L
15. "Everytime You Go Away".....Paul Young - X
16. "Don't You (Forget About Me):.....Simple Minds - L
17. "Take On Me".....a-ha - L
18. "Party All The Time".....Eddie Murphy - X
19. "Everything She Wants".....Wham! - X
20. "Shout".....Tears for Fears - X
21. "Alive and Kicking".....Simple Minds - L
22. "I Miss You".....Klymaxx - L
23. "Sea Of Love".....Honeydrippers - L
24. "Cool It Now".....New Edition - N (I know I should remember this but I can't.)
25. "Part-Time Lover".....Stevie Wonder - T
26. "Saving All My Love For You".....Whitney Houston - X
27. "Sussudio".....Phil Collins - X (most overplayed song of the year. Had the CD but was forced to skip past it.)
28. "Oh Sheila".....Ready for the World - X
29. "A View To A Kill".....Duran Duran - X
30. "One More Night".....Phil Collins - T
31. "Cherish".....Kool & The Gang - N
32. "Heaven".....Bryan Adams - Z
33. "The Heat Is On".....Glenn Frey - T
34. "Raspberry Beret".....Prince & The Revolution - L
35. "You're The Inspiration".....Chicago - X
36. "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free".....Sting - L
37. "Miami Vice Theme".....Jan Hammer - X (please)
38. "Freeway Of Love".....Aretha Franklin - L (Clarence Clemons on sax, right?)
39. "Don't Lose My Number".....Phil Collins - Z
40. "Never".....Heart - N
41. "Things Can Only Get Better".....Howard Jones - T
42. "The Boys Of Summer".....Don Henley - L (perfect song for a high school senior)
43. "Rhythm Of The Night".....DeBarge - T
44. "We Don't Need A Norihiro".....Tina Turner - X
45. "We Belong".....Pat Benatar - L
46. "Loverboy".....Billy Ocean - T ("Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car" still the tops)
47. "All I Need".....Jack Wagner - N, but undoubtedly X
48. "One Night In Bangkok".....Murray Head - X
49. "Never Surrender".....Corey Hart - L
50. "Lovergirl".....Teena Marie - N
51. "Nightshift".....Commodores - L
52. "Head Over Heels".....The Go-Gos - L
53. "Neutron Dance".....Pointer Sisters - Z
54. "Axel F".....Harold Faltermeyer - T
55. "You Give Good Love".....Whitney Houston - N
56. "The Search Is Over".....Survivor - N
57. "Small Town".....John Cougar Mellencamp - L
58. "Smooth Operator".....Sade - T
59. "Glory Days".....Bruce Springsteen - L
60. "Suddenly".....Billy Ocean - N
61. "Run To You".....Bryan Adams - T
62. "Obsession".....Animotion - X
63. "Lonely Ol' Night".....John Cougar Mellencamp - L
64. "Some Like It Hot".....Power Station - N
65. "Valotte".....Julian Lennon - N
66. "You Belong To The City".....Glenn Frey - Z
67. "Material Girl".....Madonna - T
68. "Perfect Way".....Scritti Politti - N
69. "Election Day".....Arcadia - N
70. "Too Late For Goodbyes".....Julian Lennon - N
71. "Freedom".....Wham! - X
72. "In My House".....Mary Jane Girls - N
73. "Summer Of '69".....Bryan Adams - L
74. "Sleeping Bag".....ZZ Top - N
75. "Angel".....Madonna - N
76. "Lay Your Hands On Me".....Thompson Twins- X
77. "I'm On Fire".....Bruce Springsteen - T (never one of my favorites of his)
78. "Would I Lie To You?".....Eurythmics - L
79. "Who's Zoomin' Who".....Aretha Franklin - T
80. "Fortress Around Your Heart".....Sting - L
81. "Born In The U.S.A.".....Bruce Springsteen - L
82. "All She Wants To Do Is Dance".....Don Henley - T
83. "Voices Carry".....'Til Tuesday - L
84. "Be Near Me".....ABC - N
85. "Private Dancer".....Tina Turner - T
86. "Fresh".....Kool & The Gang - T
87. "Sentimental Street".....Night Ranger - N
88. "California Girls".....David Lee Roth - Z
89. "Do What You Do".....Jermaine Jackson - X
90. "Method Of Modern Love".....Hall & Oates - X
91. "Walking On Sunshine".....Katrina & The Waves - T (saw Don Henley in concert in '85. Katrina & the Waves were supposed to open - all my brother and I could imagine was that they would play this song nine times. Instead, they canceled and were replaced by ... Mr. Mister.)
92. "Pop Life".....Prince & The Revolution - T
93. "You're Only Human".....Billy Joel - T
94. "Invincible".....Pat Benatar - T
95. "Lovin' Every Minute Of It".....Loverboy - N
96. "Get It On (Bang A Gong)".....Power Station - Z
97. "Dare Me".....Pointer Sisters - N
98. "What About Love".....Heart - T
99. "You Are My Lady".....Freddie Jackson - N
100. "Dress You Up".....Madonna - N

Totals
23 - never liked
23 - liked always
24 - tolerable
8 - tolerated then, but no longer
22- no recollection right now - would need to hear it again

I guess with those numbers, I have to be pretty ambivalent about this list.

And the No. 1 song of 1985 is ... "The Boys of Summer."

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