80s Song of the Day: Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo

Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo was released on April 29, 1986. It was a single from the band’s fifth studio album of the same name. The 12” release for Dead Man’s Party included Stay, another single from the same album. Continue reading


80s Song of the Day: Axel F by Harold Faltermeyer

Axel F by Harold Faltermeyer was released in the United States on December 5, 1984, with Shoot Out as the B side. The instrumental song appeared on the soundtrack for the movie Beverly Hills Cop and was named after the movie’s title character, Axel Foley, played by Eddie Murphy. axel-fIt also appears as a bonus track on Faltermeyer’s album Harold F. Faltermeyer was the musical director for Beverly Hills Cop.

The song was an international success. It was a Top 5 hit around the world, reaching No. 1 in several countries, including Canada, Ireland, and the Netherlands. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 3 in the United States and the UK Singles chart at No. 2.

The Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack won a Grammy for Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special.

80s Song of the Day: 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton

9 to 5 by Dolly Parton was released on November 29, 1980, with Sing for the Common Man as the B side. The song appeared on the soundtrack album for the film of the same name, which starred Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin. It also appeared on Parton’s album 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs.

The song was a No. 1 hit in the United States, reaching the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Country Songs, and Adult Contemporary charts. It was also nominated for an Academy Award and four Grammy Awards, winning for Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance, Female. Continue reading

80s Song of the Day: For Your Eyes Only by Sheena Easton

For your eyes only, only for you.
You’ll see what no one else can see, and now I’m breaking free.
For your eyes only, only for you.

For Your Eyes Only

For Your Eyes Only by Sheena Easton was released on August 3, 1981, with an instrumental version of the song as the B side. It was the theme song for the 12th James Bond movie of the same name and appeared on the movie’s soundtrack. Continue reading