Top 100 Singles of the 80s: 55-51

55 Heaven 17: Temptation Heaven 17’s finest moment, Temptation has a split personality: sometimes, it’s the 1983 UK number-two original with Glenn Gregory duelling with Carole Kenyon (as performed on…
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Top 100 Singles of the 80s: 70-66

70 Toto: Africa Someone somewhere should compile one of those petrol-station compilations called Smooth Driving Sounds Volume 90 and fill it only with Toto’s Africa, on a loop, because nothing…
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Top 100 Singles of the 80s: 85-81

85 Prince: Purple Rain For such a reliable Eighties hit-maker, it’s surprising that only two Prince singles have made it into our Top 100. Let’s Go Crazy, 1999 and Raspberry…
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Top 100 Singles of the 80s: 90-86

90 Eurythmics: Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four) Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox couldn’t have been a more apt duo to record the 1984 movie soundtrack, having already filmed their Orwellian nightmares for…
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Top 100 Singles of the 80s: 95-91

95 Japan: Ghosts Downbeat, minimalist and bordering on an ambient ballad… it’s almost inconceivable now but, thanks to the open-mindedness of Eighties singles buyers, this beautiful piece of music reached…
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Top 100 Singles of the 80s: 100-96

100 The Smiths: Bigmouth Strikes Again A surprisingly low entry in the Top 100 for what’s possibly the purest of pure indiee-pop, at least in comparison to everything else in…
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