Every decade there are some songs that just stay in your head whether you like them or not. In this post we are going to look at some of these songs from the 80’s. 

All the bands in this list fall into the synthpop genre.

Most of the bands we are going to look at stretched the boundaries in many ways through lyrics, video and even the gender boundary.

SONG 1 - Pet Shop Boys - What Have I Done To Deserve This?

I remember thinking how un-dynamic the Pet Shop Boys were, they didn’t move around the stage at all.

Released in 1987 this song reached number 2 in both the U.K. and the U.S.

Taken from the album ‘Actually’.

Dusty Springfield is the female vocalist.

The song helped put Springfield in the spotlight again and led to her releasing a new album in 1990.

The Pet Shop Boys formed in 1981 but didn’t release their first album ‘Please’ until 1986

All their albums have a single word title.

They continue to perform today.

SONG 2 - Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy

Released in 1984 it reached number 3 in the U.K. and was a number 1 dance hit in the U.S.

Taken from the album ‘The Age of Consent’.

Formed in 1983 ‘Bronski Beat’ broke up in 1995 but Jimmy Somerville the vocalist left in 1985.

Jimmy Somerville went on to form ‘The Communards’ who were together for three years until 1988.

Jimmy Somerville continues to perform solo today.

SONG 3 - Erasure - A Little Respect

Released in 1988.

The single reached number 4 in the U.K. and number 2 in the U.S. (Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs).

This is regarded as one of the bands signature tunes.

The song consist is heavily synthesized.

Erasure, were formed by Vince Clarke who had previously been in Depeche Mode and Yazoo.

Erasure, have been hugely successful having sold over 25 million albums.

Erasure, still perform today.

SONG 4 - Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Two Tribes

Released in 1984.

The second single from ‘Frankie Goes to Hollywood’ it reached number 1 in the U.K. and number 43 in the U.S.

The song has relentless pounding bass line and guitar riff.

Their first three singles ‘Relax’, Two Tribes’ and ‘The Power of Love’ all reached number 1 in the U.K.

The band formed in 1980 and stayed together until 1987. They reformed in 2004 until 2007.

Holly Johnson the frontman for ‘Frankie Goes to Hollywood’ still performs today.

SONG 5 - Japan - Quiet Life

Japan formed in 1974 and had commercial success in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

The single ‘Quiet Life’ reached number 19 in the U.K. in 1981.

As the band, were becoming successful they were having creative differences and would eventually break up in 1982.

They would briefly reform from 1990 to 1991.

Japan are regarded as a major influence for Duran Duran.

David Sylvian the frontman for Japan still performs today.

SONG 6 - Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now

Released in 1983.

This single reached number 4 in the U.K. and number 3 in the U.S.

Taken from their fifth album ‘Into the Gap’.

They had commercial success in the 1980’s and split in 1993.

As individuals each band member is still active to different degrees.

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