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More happy songs ... from unhappy people



Popcandy_2 The list of 80 Happiest Songs of the '80s had the opposite effect on some people, particularly the hard-to-please crowd over at USA Today's immensely popular Pop Candy blog, penned by my web-crush Whitney Matheson. (I keep sending her jewelry and plane tickets to Vegas every Valentine's Day; she keeps sending restraining orders. She'll come around.)

Aside from showing contempt for "We Built This City," a lot of her readers also were baffled by "Wouldn't It Be Good" and "New Song" -- the top 2 songs on our list. Some had never even heard them! Maybe they're confusing Howard Jones with Howard Johnson?

Actually, they had some fantastic suggestions. Here are some of the songs the Pop Candy readers feel need to be added to the list of happiest songs of the 80s:

Never Gonna Give You Up (Rick Astley): [video]

I Want Candy (Bow Wow Wow): [video]

Modern Love (David Bowie): [video]

Goody Two Shoes (Adam Ant): [video]

Punk Rock Girl (The Dead Milkmen): [video]

Come on Eileen (Dexy's Midnight Runners): [video]

Always Something There To Remind Me (Naked Eyes): [video]

What I Like about You (The Romantics): [video]

You Can Still Rock in America (Night Ranger): [video]

Love Shack (B-52s): [video]

Don't Stop Believin' (Journey): [live performance]

Just Can't Get Enough (Depeche Mode): [video]

Jungle Love (Morris Day and The Time): [video]

Shout to the Top (Style Council): [video]

My thoughts: Yeah, in retrospect, I'd have added "Just Can't Get Enough," "Jungle Love," "I Want Candy," "Don't Stop Believin'," and "Never Gonna Give You Up" for sure.

Where were all you Pop Candy readers when we were compiling the list? Stick around and help us out with our next list: "Top 20 ways for Steve to woo Whitney Matheson." (No. 5: Hire Matt Dylan to break into her place and spell out her name on the counter in rose petals. No. 4: Stand outside her house with a boom box playing "Never Gonna Give You Up.")

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:32pm]


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