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Billboard #1s: The '80s
     

Billboard #1s: The '80s

 
While perusing the track listing on Rhino's double-disc Billboard #1s: The '80s, you may ask yourself: "Were all 30 of these songs really number one hits? I mean, I know that Mick Jagger's "'Just Another Night'" wasn't that big of a hit, and I've never even heard this Joe Walsh song, "'A Life of Illusion'"! These can't be number ones on the Hot

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While perusing the track listing on Rhino's double-disc Billboard #1s: The '80s, you may ask yourself: "Were all 30 of these songs really number one hits? I mean, I know that Mick Jagger's "'Just Another Night'" wasn't that big of a hit, and I've never even heard this Joe Walsh song, "'A Life of Illusion'"! These can't be number ones on the Hot 100, can they? Aren't they lying here?" Well, if you asked yourself this, the answers are: yes, all 30 songs were number one hits, so Rhino is not lying, but the key is, these weren't all hits on the Hot 100 -- they were number ones on a variety of Billboard charts. Those Jagger and Walsh tracks, for instance, were number one on the mainstream rock chart (as are a full 14 of the 30 songs, actually), while the B-52's' "Love Shack" and the Cure's "Fascination Street" topped the modern rock charts, the Honeydrippers' "Sea of Love" topped the adult contemporary chart, and the rest were genuine number ones on the Hot 100. This talk may all be a bit inside baseball, but it's necessary, since the title of Billboard #1s: The '80s suggests that this would be nothing but the biggest hits of the decade, which it is not (and it's a distinct possibility that licensing restrictions not only prevented big, big hits from the likes of Madonna, Prince, and Michael Jackson from being here, but necessitated the move toward multiple charts, since the compilers needed to fill the space somehow). But, so what? This isn't designed to be complete, or to even have the biggest hits of the entire decade; it's designed to be a cross section of highlights from the '80s and it does a good job at that. As Cory Frye states in the liner notes, the '80s were an "amazingly disparate era," and this disc illustrates that: there's the disco-rock of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust," the sleek AOR ballad "Waiting for a Girl Like You," the lush retro-vision of the Honeydrippers on "Sea of Love," the stately goth rock of the Cure's "Fascination Street," INXS' tight funky "Need You Tonight," and Tommy Tutone's power pop classic "867-5309/Jenny" (there's also Bruce Hornsby's "The Way It Is," which Frye pegs as "spare and human," which may apply to the lyrics, but "human" is kind of an odd description for a recording that boasts one of the most conspicuous uses of keyboard bass). These may not be the biggest or best songs of the '80s, but they are representative of the decade, as this collection is as a whole, which is what makes it a good listen.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2004
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227808426
catalogNumber:
78084

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Jon Anderson   Composer
Phil Collins   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Composer
Lou Gramm   Composer
Justin Hayward   Composer
Bruce Hornsby   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Mick Jones   Composer
Trevor Rabin   Composer
Fred Schneider   Composer
Billy Squier   Composer
Chris Squire   Composer
John Waite   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
Joe Walsh   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
David Foster   Composer
Alex Call   Composer
Holly Knight   Composer
Christine McVie   Composer
Robbie Patton   Composer
Fee Waybill   Composer
Bobby Bloom   Composer
Kenny Passarelli   Composer
Tony Banks   Composer
Frank Beard   Composer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction,Cover Photo
Peter Buck   Composer
Ritchie Cordell   Composer
John Deacon   Composer
Simon Gallup   Composer
Billy Gibbons   Composer
Dusty Hill   Composer
Trevor Horn   Composer
Michael Hutchence   Composer
George Kooymans   Composer
Geddy Lee   Composer
Mark Leonard   Composer
Alex Lifeson   Composer
Steve Lukather   Composer
Steve Miller   Composer
Mike Mills   Composer
Neil Peart   Composer
Kate Pierson   Composer
Brian Robertson   Composer
Mike Rutherford   Composer
Robert Smith   Composer
Michael Stipe   Composer
Keith Strickland   Composer
Porl Thompson   Composer
Laurence Tolhurst   Composer
Ritchie Valens   Composer
Boris Williams   Composer
Cindy Wilson   Composer
Roger O'Donnell   Composer
Lol Tolhurst   Composer
Bill Berry   Composer
Jim Keller   Composer
Tommy James   Composer
Mike Chapman   Composer
George Khoury   Composer
Dean Schachtel   Licensing
Charles Sandford   Composer
Phillip Baptiste   Composer
Luis Martínez Serrano   Composer
Bo Gentry   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Cory Frye   Liner Notes
Tom Scholz   Composer

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