Happiest songs of the 80s: The top 20

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Lauper I know, I know. You'll be happy when this list is finally over. But seriously, do you know how hard it was to narrow the list down to only 80 tunes? I could have done 180 tunes, and we won't even be halfway through it yet.

Let's face it: We were all happier in the 80s.

Today's happiest 80s star: That'd be Cyndi Lauper, who finishes in the top 5 just in time for her big True Colors tour across the United States. Be honest, you may publicly disavow her, but you secretly love Cyndi. She knows it -- and she's cool with it.

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80 HAPPIEST SONGS OF THE 80s: The Top 20

20. Break My Stride (Matthew Wilder): [video]

19. Spirit of Radio (Rush): [live performance]

18. Tenderness (General Public): [video]

17. I'm Alright (Kenny Loggins): [listen]

16. And We Danced (The Hooters): [video]

15. Walking on Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves): [video]

14. Together in Electric Dreams (Phil Oakey): [video]

13. Working For The Weekend (Loverboy): [live performance]

12. Fascination (Human League): [video]

11. Lights Out (Peter Wolf): [video]

10. Blister In The Sun (Violent Femmes): [live performance]

9. In A Big Country (Big Country): [video]

8. Vacation (The Go-Gos): [video]

7. Magic (The Cars): [video]

6. Our House (Madness): [video]

5. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper): [video]

4. Jump (Van Halen): [video]

3. Safety Dance (Men Without Hats): [video]

2. Wouldn't It Be Good (Nik Kershaw): [video]

1. New Song (Howard Jones): [video]

The list is finally complete. Feel free to fire away with the choices and omissions. Our peers over at USA Today's Pop Candy blog added these suggestions.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:31pm]

    

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