Great Moments in 80s Pop Songs

What makes the perfect 80s song? Oh, so subjective. But I’ve got my opinions.

Let’s start with this one:

Greg Kihn: The Breakup Song.

From the 1981 album, “Rockihnroll.” Yes, most of Greg Kihn’s albums have “Kihn” somewhere in the title. We don’t judge.

What makes it awesome? A steady combination drum/cymbal beat. Memorable but simple guitar riff that immediately brings you back to the song. Repetitive lyrics that you can easily sing along to in the chorus … but then in the rest of the song, the lyrics are a sort of a quick chant that makes you want to listen closer and figure out what the heck he’s saying. And you don’t notice that the guitars are muted right about 1:10 and the guitars start in a bit harder as the lyrics get tighter and the result is a brilliant tenseness that build until that second chorus breaks out, and you get it—you get what he’s talking about.

I classify pop music in the 80s in a few different categories. This one falls into that dirty pop, it has a slightly edgy, dangerous sound to it versus some of the more in-your-face punk or shiny, happy bubblegum.

I give it 5 out of 5 sticks of black eyeliner that you had to warm up before you put it on.

9 Responses to Great Moments in 80s Pop Songs
  1. Melisa
    September 21, 2012 | 7:37 am

    I agree with you that 80′s music is actually subdivided into a few categories, because when I first read your title, the first element I thought of was “SYNTHESIZER”, but obviously that’s not true in all cases.

    BTW, I LOVE this song.

  2. Kathryn Doran
    September 21, 2012 | 8:59 am

    I have to agree when I think ’80′s I think synthesizers and The English Beat. This one is a good one- best chorus. Sadly ’80′s also includes hair bands… -shiver-

  3. Some Guy Named Scott
    September 21, 2012 | 7:20 pm

    Good stuff! Seem to remember reading that the uh-uh-uh-uh was something he put in as a placeholder just to keep the tempo until he thought of something better but liked the way it sounded so it stayed. BTW, Susan saw the GKB at least 20 times back in the day.

    PS – Love the idea of this as a recurring series. Will throw a tantrum if ‘Stand and Deliver’ is not included in the (I hope) series…. #Imthedandyhighwayman

  4. Melisa
    September 22, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    I like Scott. #standanddeliver

  5. Kim
    September 28, 2012 | 1:39 am

    I used to skate to this song…..back in the good old days when the local rink played mostly rock music :)

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  7. Kayla
    March 17, 2013 | 1:59 pm

    Wow, this song is actually older than me but doesnt sound that dated. I think a true test of a songs greatness is when it doesnt sound old after 10 years, when that 10 is closer to 30 you certainly have a classic on your hands.

  8. Natalie
    May 6, 2013 | 8:59 am

    I am a big 80′s fan but being based in the UK hadnt really heard of Gregg Kihn but thanks for highlighting his song. Shall now search itunes for some more of his songs.

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