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Hot or not? Pete Townshend's "My Love..."

OK, we've had our first major controversy in the development of the 50 Worst Songs the 80s list. The song in question: Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door."

The song, from his 1980 solo album Empty Glass, was The Who's guitarist's biggest U.S. hit, reaching the top 10. But in an interview that same year with Rolling Stone magazine, Townshend called the song "just a ditty" and said he preferred another tune from the album, "A Little is Enough."

So that doesn't help resolve the issue of whether it's a good song or a real mutt. What else to consider? It's surely been played to death on 80s stations over the last several years. But Hollywood's biggest 80s fan, Adam Sandler,  used the song in his movie "Mr. Deeds." It also appears on soundtracks for "Grosse Pointe Blank" and "Along Came Polly."

Personally, I still enjoy hearing it. (Though I will admit the first dozen times I heard back in the 80s, I thought the lyrics were "Let Mother Open The Door" and I still sing "mother" instead of "my love"...) I guess I just dig the fun, optimistic lyrics:

"When tragedy befalls you
   Don't let it tie you down
   Love can cure your problems
   You're so lucky I'm around"

So, leave a comment and tell us what you think: Does "Let My Love Open The Door" belong on the 50 Worst Songs of the 80s list? (And keep suggesting songs for the top 50 list)

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:17pm]


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