80s Song of the Day: If You Leave by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

If You Leave by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) was released on April 21, 1986, with La Femme Accident as the B side. It is a single from the Pretty in Pink soundtrack and is featured in the final scene of the movie. Continue reading

80s Song of the Day: Don’t You Want Me by The Human League

Don’t You Want Me by The Human League was released November 27, 1981, with Seconds as the B side. It was the fourth single from the band’s fourth studio album Dare.

In the United Kingdom, the song was the 1981 Christmas number one. The Human League’s first single released in the United States, Don’t You Want Me topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks in July 1982. Continue reading

80s Song of the Day: Obsession by Animotion

Obsession by Animotion was released November 23, 1984, with Turn Around as the B side. It was the debut single from the group’s self-titled debut album.

The song originally was written and recorded by Holly Knight and Michael Des Barres in 1983. This version was featured in the 1983 film A Night in Heaven; however, Animotion’s version was by far the big success of the two. It reached No. 5 in the United Kingdom and No. 6 in the United States. Continue reading

80s Song of the Day: Take on Me by a-ha

In the “if at first you don’t succeed” category, Take on Me by a-ha was originally released on October 19, 1984, with And You Tell Me as the B side. But this was not the version – or the accompanying music video – that would become one of the most iconic of the 80s.

The original version peaked at No. 3 in a-ha’s native Norway but failed to achieve success elsewhere. Unhappy with the version, the band re-recorded the song with a new producer – Alan Tarney – and released it again in 1985, with Love Is Reason as the B side. Continue reading

80s Song of the Day: Tonight She Comes by The Cars

Tonight She Comes by The Cars was released on October 14, 1985, with Just What I Needed as the B side. It was a single from the band’s Greatest Hits album. Just What I Needed, which also appeared on the Greatest Hits album, was originally released on May 29, 1978 as the debut single from the band’s self-titled debut album.

Tonight She Comes was the first of two songs to be released as a single from the Greatest Hits album. The second was a remixed version of I’m Not the One, previously recorded for the 1981 album Shake It Up.

The Cars’ fourth Top 10 hit, Tonight She Comes reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts.

80s Song of the Day: True Faith by New Order

I used to think that the day would never come
I’d see delight in the shade of the morning sun
My morning sun is the drug that brings me near
To the childhood I lost, displaced by fear

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True Faith by New Order was released on July 20, 1987, with 1963 as the B side. The newly released singles appeared along with all of the band’s previously released singles in their 12-inch versions on the compilation album Substance (also known as Substance 1987). Continue reading

80s Song of the Day: Tainted Love by Soft Cell

This tainted love you’ve given
I give you all a boy could give you
Take my tears and that’s not nearly all

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Tainted Love by Soft Cell was released on July 7, 1981 in the United Kingdom. It featured Where Did Our Love Go as the AA side. (The U.S. single, released in 1982, featured Memorabilia as the B side.) The song, originally released in 1965 by Gloria Jones, was the second single from the album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret. Continue reading