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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227808426
  • Catalog Number: 78084

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen (3:35)
  2. 2 Owner of a Lonely Heart - Yes (3:50)
  3. 3 Mony Mony (4:02)
  4. 4 Invisible Touch - Genesis (3:30)
  5. 5 The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby (4:57)
  6. 6 Twilight Zone (4:49)
  7. 7 Waiting for a Girl Like You - Foreigner (4:36)
  8. 8 La Bamba - Los Lobos (2:55)
  9. 9 Just Another Night (5:16)
  10. 10 A Life of Illusion - Joe Walsh (3:31)
  11. 11 Everybody Wants You (3:48)
  12. 12 Sleeping Bag (4:03)
  13. 13 Missing You (4:03)
  14. 14 Sea of Love - The Honeydrippers (3:05)
  15. 15 One More Night - Phil Collins (4:24)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Love Shack - The B-52s (4:22)
  2. 2 Orange Crush - R.E.M. (3:52)
  3. 3 Need You Tonight (3:04)
  4. 4 Touch of Grey (4:31)
  5. 5 Hold Me (3:44)
  6. 6 Fascination Street - The Cure (4:20)
  7. 7 Amanda - Boston (4:17)
  8. 8 The Living Years - Mike + the Mechanics (5:30)
  9. 9 New World Man - Rush (3:43)
  10. 10 She's a Beauty - The Tubes (3:30)
  11. 11 The Voice (4:15)
  12. 12 867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone (3:46)
  13. 13 Love Is a Battlefield (4:10)
  14. 14 Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band (3:38)
  15. 15 Downtown Train - Rod Stewart (4:39)
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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
Bill Inglot Remastering
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
Dave Schultz Remastering
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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