Can't Fight This Feeling: We still love these 10 hits from 1985

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Reospeedwagon_fight480 Stuck in the '80s is taking its lumps for the songs we named for the Horrible Hits of 1985 podcast. And maybe we deserve it.

No. No way. I'm sorry, but The Honeydrippers' Sea of Love still smells as foul, wretched and hopeless as Sean Daly after the VH1 Behind The Music: Spandau Ballet premiere.

Still, he and I remain hopelessly addicted to many of the tunes from that year. And so, without further insult (okay one more: Sorry, but Robert Palmer simply isn't irresistible to my ears), we present this olive branch. Click the artist names to see the video.

TOP 10 SONGS FROM 1985 WE'LL NEVER RENOUNCE:

10. ST. ELMO'S FIRE - MAN IN MOTION ( John Parr): Pay no attention to our St. Elmo's podcast. Free Rob Lowe!

9. WOULD I LIE TO YOU? ( Eurythmics): Never believe a woman when she asks "Would I lie to you." The answer is usually yes.

8. BE NEAR ME
( ABC): "The message is perfectly simple..." Martin Fry is one of the greatest performers we've seen perform live in the last few years.

7. NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS ( Paul McCartney): "I can wait another day," until Give My Regards To Broad Street comes on DVD. (I can wait many days. But I love this song.)

6. I CAN'T HOLD BACK
( Survivor): "There's a story in my eyes" ... of a band that should NEVER be referred to as a one-hit wonder!

5. WHAT ABOUT LOVE? ( Heart): What's with all the songs with questions in the titles from singers named Anne? "Don't you want someone to care about you?" Trust me, guys, that's a hypothetical question.

4. FORTRESS AROUND YOUR HEART ( Sting): A special dedication to that date I took to the Sting concert back in 1985. Sorry about the bags of rum. Hope you feel better.

3. SENTIMENTAL STREET (Night Ranger): Will Jack Blade and the gang play this underrated tune on their current tour with REO Speedwagon and Styx? Find out Oct. 30 with me at Tampa's Ford Amphitheatre. (Or at a city near you.)

2. THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER (Howard Jones): Howard's Q-Tip hair is long gone, but the song remains as one of the cheeriest of the decade.

1. CAN'T FIGHT THIS FEELING (REO Speedwagon): A weeper of a video. And not for for the line "It's time to bring this ship into the shore and throw away the oar forever." Maybe the most dedication-worthy song of 1985? Even if a person wants to remain ghostly anonymous.

What other hits do you shamelessly adore from 1985? Here's a full list.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:50pm]

    

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