Top 10 Awesome Old-School '80s Jamz
Remember when those sweet, sweet jamz were full of rhymes about gettin' down with the underground? The '80s were the best, man.
That's why we're here. We dig old-school jamz, you dig old-school jamz, and we want you to have a festive Throwback Thursday. What better way to do that then to jam out with Shannon? That's right; she's on here. But even if we're drooling over her, ultimately it's all about you, baby.
Well, you and Sir Humpty, anyway.
10. "Upside Down," Diana Ross Oh, Ms. Ross. She was the reigning queen of '80s dance music, at least for a little while, thanks to this disco-tinged hit. "Upside Down" made it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980, where it stayed for a month or so. But it's lasted much longer in our disco-happy-hearts.
9. "It Takes Two," Rob Base and DJ EZ-Rock Whoo! Yeah! Whoo! Yeah!
Everyone knows this jam, and everyone loves it. We weren't sure the duo could get any better until we saw them in those emerald green tracksuits.
8. "Let The Music Play," Shannon Shannon basically defined the '80s. Well, not really, but "Let The Music Play" is so totally '80s and danceable that she should have. It topped of the dance charts in '83 and basically kickstarted the the dance-pop era. So you can also blame Shannon for all the horrible stuff that came after.
7. "Pump Up The Jam," Technotronic This little '80s house song has some kind of street cred. It was the first of its kind to bust onto the American pop charts, and killed it in the UK too, reaching all the way to No. 2. Worldwide -- that's Technotronic.
6. "All Night Long," Lionel Richie Come on. It's Lionel Richie. Fiesta! Forever! All night long! This jam is still awesome, and we really don't need to validate it any more than that.
5. "Rhythm of the Night," DeBarge This 1985 hit is the biggest song DeBarge ever recorded, which is cool, because it's also the best. DeBarge was already well-known for their stream of popular R&B ballads when this jam hit the airwaves, and immediately became a staple of '80s dance music.
But "Rhythm of the Night" is also widely credited with jump-starting the career of songwriter Diane Warren, who went on to write monster ballads like "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" for Aerosmith and "How Do I Live" for LeAnn Rimes. So from the ashes of "Rhythm of the Night" sprung many a sad love song. Go figure.
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4. "The Show," Doug E Fresh & Slick Rick How can you go wrong with "Inspector Gadget" samples? You can't, really, which is exactly why Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick (who plays Warehouse Live Friday, btw) sampled the cartoon theme for their 1985 hit. Not only was "The Show" named Spin magazine's rap single of the year, it also broke the record for the best-selling rap single of all time in Europe. Pretty sweet, eh?
3. "Push It," Salt-N-Pepa It's borderline amazing that Salt-N-Pepa's 1987 hit jam, "Push It," was a B-side of the "Tramp" single, because everything about that equation makes perfect sense. Really, now. Who could forget the awesome "Ooh, baby baby" hook in this song? "Push It" is a fantastic show of raunchy lyrics by two chicks who know a thing or two about how to deal with the booty. These lady rappers were -- and are -- legit.
2. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," Whitney Houston Whitney's 1987 single from her second album, Whitney, was met with mixed reviews from critics, who thought the song's arrangement was too similar to Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." But even with that shade, "Somebody" is still widely considered one of the best dance jamz of the '80s. And we ain't hatin', because "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" is equally fantastic.
1. "The Humpty Dance," Digital Underground Is there really a valid reason to argue with this jam from Digital Underground's 1990 album Sex Packets? Hell no! With the enigmatic Shock G rhyming as Hennessey-loving "Humpty Hump," how could it not? Humpty Hump for-eva.
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