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80’s Top Five Playlist – Done!!

April 1, 2009

So we are heading to an 80’s party this weekend and the only thing we are required to bring is a playlist of 5 of our favorite songs from that era.  Initially I thought this would be a very easy task, but it turned out to be harder than I thought.

If you haven’t seen my earlier post about trying to narrow my songs down from 100 to 40, I suggest you watch the video I posted there.  This has been a very painstaking process!

The criteria for picking my top 5 are as follows:  What makes me remember being a teenager in my room air guitaring all over the place and what just had that fun 80’s rock feel that made you want to be with your buddies?

I’m gonna count down from 5 to 1, so here is my fifth song:

5.  Ratt’s Round and Round

Ratt was one of my all time favorite bands back in the day.  Their music was infectious and groovin’ and fun.  I picked them from pure nostalgia.  I probably listened to more Ratt than any other band.

4.  Dokken’s Burning Like A Flame

Burning Like a Flame isn’t the best Dokken song, I know.  I love it and again, this song is chosen from good memories as a teen.  I grew up in a small town and we didn’t have cable, so I couldn’t watch MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball.  I had friends that would tape it for me, and it always seemed that Dokken’s Burning Like A Flame was being played.  I love the album artwork and I love the entire album.

3.  Tesla’s Love Song

Tesla just has to be in the top 5.  They have sooo many good songs that it was very hard to pick which one I love the most.  I figured that the power ballad needed to be represented, and Love Song is one of the best.

2.  Van Halen’s Summer Nights

5150 was the very first hard rock album that really grabbed my attention.  I was in 8th grade when it was released and it turn me onto hard rock for life!  You can read another blog I posted about this experience here. So needless to say, I had to pick a song from 5150 just because it was this album that made me what I am today!

(I know the audio quality is horrible on this video, but it was the only one I could find!)

1.  Stryper’s To Hell With The Devil

Yes, Stryper has my number one song of the 80’s!!  Even as Van Halen’s 5150 made me give hard rock another listen, Stryper’s To Hell With The Devil made me give God a second look.  This album was a huge catalyst for me becoming a follower of Jesus.  I had the above album cover as the big back patch on my jean jacket in high school.  I was THAT cool!  Again, you can read about my experience here!

(unlike the Van Halen video, Stryper is spot on and sound just like the album! Premiere musicians, these guys are!)

It’s been a lot of fun picking these songs.  As soon as the party is over I’ll be posting pics of all us dressed up goofy and having fun!

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  1. April 11, 2009 9:14 pm

    You and I always have interesting parallels; I think if I had gone to your high school (or vice-versa), we’d have been two peas in a pod!

    Van Halen’s 5150 album was the first rock album I ever bought with my own money (well, allowance anyways!). Got it on tape and played the heck out of it!

    I saw Stryper in cocert during their “In God We Trust” tour and you should have seen them, if you hadn’t. Just like the above video, they sounded note-for-note perfect! I’ve only heard a few bands actually achieve that level of live perfection. (Queensryche is one of those that comes to mind!)

    • April 13, 2009 6:59 am

      Yeah, that would’ve been awesome to have another Christian metalhead around!

      Did you hear that Stryper is doing a 25 year reunion tour, 1/2 the dates with Time Gaines on bass! I’m actually counting the days until their new album is released.

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