Great music from the ’80s lives on

Sep 2 2013 - 10:50am



There are plenty of things that happened during the '80s that everyone agrees should never come back -- mullets, shoulder pads and cellphones with huge antennas, to name a few.

But if there is anything that should always live on from the '80s, it's the music. I grew up on greats like Michael Jackson, Styx, Air Supply and Whitney Houston.

Nowadays, you can't get music with lyrics as meaningful as they were in the '80s. Here's a playlist of 10 songs from this decade before I was even born that are definitely worth listening to and should always stay popular.

1. "We Didn't Start The Fire" -- Billy Joel

This song is pretty much U.S. history in one song starting with Harry Truman and ending with Rock and Roller Cola Wars. The lyrics explain that no one person is the source of the history of the world, and that we just have to deal with the problems that were made by the people before us.

2. "Let's Groove" -- Earth, Wind & Fire

If you're ever in the mood to dance, this is the song for you! "Let's Groove" has a killer beat, and talks about how letting go and dancing our heart out is never a bad thing.

3. "Human Nature" -- Michael Jackson

Every song by the King of Pop is worth listening to, but this one has some deep lyrics that everyone can appreciate. In "Human Nature," Jackson questions why people are always judgmental of others. He goes on to explain that everyone is individual and special because of their beautiful human nature.

4. "Show Me The Way" -- Styx

"Show Me The Way" is a slower song that could be taken in a religious context. The lead singer ponders the world and how corrupt it has become since he was a child. He feels a void inside so he prays that he will find a way to overcome the darkness of the world.

5. "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" -- Air Supply

One of the ultimate love songs is "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All." The lead singer is explaining to his love that he can do almost anything, but he can't do anything without her. My favorite line is, "The beating of my heart is a drum and it's lost and it's looking for a rhythm like you." Definitely the best song to show to a significant other.

6. "How Will I Know" -- Whitney Houston

This song is pretty much what every teenage girl ever thinks when she's contemplating liking a guy. Houston sings about how great this certain guy is, but she has no idea how to figure out if the guy likes her back.

7. "Separate Ways" -- Journey

Alright, we've heard enough about love and hoping that it works out well, but "Separate Ways" is pretty much the most hard-core of breakup songs. Steve Perry expresses his depression that this woman is leaving him, but he says he will always be there for her even though they've gone their separate ways. It's a rocking song with great guitar, not to mention a hilarious music video.

8. "The Power of Love" -- Huey Lewis and the News

If you've seen "Back To The Future" (another great part of the '80s), you'll recognize this as the song Marty McFly wakes up to and wants to play in his school's Battle of the Bands. "The Power of Love" talks about the things love can make you do for another person. Huey Lewis says that love is for everyone, not just those with money or fame.

9. "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" -- Wham!

George Michael is "not planning on going solo" in this song. This one is another good tune to dance to, seeing as how he sings all about dancing with the girl he loves. The song takes on a more boogie-woogie beat, and is super catchy.

10. "Man In The Mirror" -- Michael Jackson

This is another Michael Jackson, but it's the best song to end with. Michael was always an advocate for changing the world for the better, and this song is the embodiment of his message. He sings about how the only thing he can do is change himself for the better, then express his love for the rest of the world. He sings, "If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make the change."

Krystal Ruiz is a junior at Weber High School. Contact her at

See the music video of "Separate Ways" by Journey

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