Doing It All for My Baby by Huey Lewis and the News was released on June 29, 1987, with Naturally as the B side. It was a single from the band’s fourth studio album, Fore! Continue reading
The city is crowded
My friends are away
And I’m on my own
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.
Vacation by The Go-Go’s was released on June 26, 1982, with Beatnik Beach as the B side. It was the first single from the band’s second studio album, Vacation. Continue reading
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
You in that dress
My thoughts I confess
Verge on dirty
Oh, come on Eileen
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Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Take a ride on the West Coast kick
Holiday Road by Lindsey Buckingham was released on June 24, 1983, with The Trip (Theme from Vacation) as the B side. The song appeared on the soundtrack for the film National Lampoon’s Vacation, starring Chevy Chase. The song also was used in sequels of the movie.
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St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion) by John Parr was released on June 23, 1985, with One Love by David Foster as the B side. It was a single from the St. Elmo’s Fire soundtrack. Continue reading
She’s so fine, there’s no tellin’ where the money went
Simply irresistible she’s all mine, there’s no other way to
The song reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Watch the iconic music video for the song.
On Our Own by Bobby Brown was released on June 22, 1989, with On Our Own (Without Rap) as the B side. It was a single from the Ghostbusters II soundtrack. Continue reading
I got me a Chrysler, it seats about 20
So hurry up and bring your jukebox money
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.