80s Song of the Day: Cruel Summer by Bananarama

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The city is crowded
My friends are away
And I’m on my own

cruel summerCruel Summer by Bananarama was released in the United Kingdom on June 27, 1983, with Cairo as the B side. It was a single from the album Bananarama.

The song reached No. 8 in the United Kingdom. Its inclusion in the 1984 film The Karate Kid ignited the song’s international success (the group did not, however, allow the song to appear on the film’s soundtrack). Cruel Summer reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984, becoming Bananarama’s first Top 10 hit in the States.

Watch the music video for the song, which was shot in New York City in the summer of 1983.

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10 Hit Songs in the 80s That Were Cover Versions

All of the following songs were big hits in the 1980s, but it wasn’t the first time they were released — they were all cover versions of other artists’ songs. And, in many cases, they surpassed the success of their predecessors. Did you know all of these songs were covers?

1. I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts


I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll was originally released in 1975 by the British band the Arrows. After seeing the Arrows perform the song on television while she was touring England with the Runaways, Joan Jett recorded a version in 1979 with Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols. That version was released as the B side to You Don’t Own Me. In 1981, Jett re-recorded I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll with her band, the Blackhearts. The 1981 version hit pop chart pay dirt, spending seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Continue reading

80s Song of the Day: Simply Irresistible by Robert Palmer

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She’s so fine, there’s no tellin’ where the money went
Simply irresistible she’s all mine, there’s no other way to

simply irresistibleSimply Irresistible by Robert Palmer was released in the United Kingdom on June 22, 1988, with Nova as the B side. It was a single from the album Heavy Nova.

The song reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Watch the iconic music video for the song. simple 2

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80s Song of the Day: Love Shack by The B-52’s

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I got me a Chrysler, it seats about 20
So hurry up and bring your jukebox money

Love Shack 2Love Shack by The B-52’s was released on June 20, 1989, with Channel Z as the B side. The song was a single from the album Cosmic Thing.

Love Shack was The B-52’s biggest hit song and first million-copy seller. It reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, the band’s first single to crack the Top 40. It reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart and was a No. 1 hit in several other countries, including Australia and New Zealand.

Watch the official music video for the song.

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