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The following are my Top 20 videos from the 80's in no particular order, and it's not easy to choose. Video Window up there!
LISTEN/WATCHABC-Album-cover

What a brilliant band, and they will always be my personal favourite. Poison Arrow was released by New Wave band ABC in 1982 and included on their totally fantastic debut album Lexican of Love. in 1982. "Poison Arrow" reached No.6 in the UK charts, No.4 in Australia and No.25 in the US. Poison Arrow was a big hit for ABC and was released in a number of record formats as well as extended versions of the song. Also look out for an alternative Lounge Music version of the song entitled "Theme from Mantrap". The 'B' side featured "Tears Are Not Enough" which reached the Top 20 in the UK in 1981.
Also the best selling single the The Look of Love (watch the video!) which actually comes in four parts. Part 1 is the standard Album version, Part 2 is an Instrumental version, Part 3 is a vocal remix and Part 4 is another Instrumental. You will also find a variety of Club Remix versions.
Phil Donnely

LISTEN/WATCHPat Benatar album

Released in 1985 this song reached No.17 in the UK charts. Love is a Battlefield was a track from her album Live from Earth. Pat received a grammy award for best Female Vocal Artist a total of four times. Pat was thirty years of age by the time she had major chart success with a career only really taking off in the early 80s. Other hits included "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", "We Belong" and "Invincible". She has continued to have a successful career right up 2013. I think this song is my personal favourite.
Phil Donnely




LISTEN/WATCHDave Lee Roth

While still a member of Van Halen David Lee Roth released this single "California Girls" which was a cover version of the original Beach Boys song recorded 20 years erlier. This hit single also featured backing vocals from Carl Wilson and Christopher Cross. This single hit No.3 in the US Charts and was a moderate hit in the UK too because of the success of the video produced by David and with the creative input of Jerry Kramer and Peter Angelus. 1985.
I like the original more than this but who, having seen this video would not appreciate the creative content of the video and the style in which David sings this song. Beach Boys and California Girls. My friends and I were big Beach Boys fans, yes, cruising in my pals car of a Saturday night on the Kings Road, Fulham.Phil Donnely

LISTEN/WATCHbonJovi

Sticking with Rock music for my next video I have selected this Bon Jovi song "Keep the Faith" from the album by the same name released in 1982. I was a mere 27 years of age at the time and more a Pop Music fan than a Rock music fan. But as I've aged my music tastes have changed. There are not too many Bon Jovi songs that I highly appreciate but this is one that I do. Don't get me wrong, I'll happily listen to Bon Jovi for hours but a Rock album wouldn't be my first choice for a personal music session.
"Bed of Roses", another great song from Bon Jovi was also on this album and was the most successful single from the album.
Phil Donnely

LISTEN/WATCHdiana-rossa-album-cover

Chain Reaction was written by the Bee Gees who also sang the backing vocals for this melodic 1985 R&B song sung by the beautiful and talented Diana Ross. The song was originally released on the 1985 album "Eaten Alive". Chain Reaction was released as a single in 1985 and again in 1986. Whether as a member of the Supremes or in her own right as a solo artist, Diana Ross was one of the outstanding female artist of the 70's and 80's. Chain Reaction is here because it was Diana's last appearance on the US Billboard Top 100 where it didn't do that well and because it reached the No.1 spot here in the UK.

LISTEN/WATCHduran duran cover

Her name is Rio and she certainly has a good time in this video. This video is so 80's, mainly because of the suits with those big padded shoulders and the bright colours which continue throughout the video, right down to the custard! Some videos just should not go unseen, I hope the original film is in good condition because it's a piece of British history. One of the best videos of the 80's and made to follow on from the success of their second album. Duran Duran have to go down as one of the top bands of the 80's for their video success and their music success. They certainly weren't afraid to push the boundaries. The album "Rio" achieved Gold and Platinum status by the end of 1983. Duran Duran had 14 singles in the UK Top 10 and sold over 100 million records. Success took it's toll on the boys though as the original members only managed to hold it together until the mid 80's when exhaustion claimed it's first group member.

LISTEN/WATCHPeter Gabriel cover

Peter Gabriel, "Sledghammer". After his amicable split from Genesis Peter began his solo career in 1977 with the release of "Solesbury Hill". But my choice here is a great video to accompany this Top 10 hit song by Peter Gabriel called "Sledgehammer" which also matched his other Top 10 hit Games Without Frontiers in popularity in the UK Charts. This song is from the album "So, Passion and Us" which rocketed Peter in Pop status making him a global star in 1986. The album also contained another hit song called "Don't Give Up" which was a duet with Kate Bush, a lovely song that probably saved lives! By today's standards this Video is nothing special but in 1986 it was the video that helped this song achieve it's hit song status. The video actually won a number of awards including 9 MTV awards in 1987. WikiPedia states "The lyrics are a mosaic of sexual innuendos, with references to steam trains, bumper cars, Big Dipper (roller coaster) and fruit cage as metaphors for male and female sexual organs and references to pollination, acting like a sledgehammer, fruit and bees as metaphors of sexual acts". The video was produced by Adam Whittaker of Aardman productions fame. The video uses claymation, pixilation, and stop motion animation to give life to the images which I would imagine takes a lot of planning, time and resource. One of Peter's favourite singers/song writers is Otis Redding

LISTEN/WATCHGenesis Album cover

Following on from Peter Gabriel I've chosen a Genesis song. OK, so I'm really a Genesis fan so whatever I do I will nearly always find a way of dropping a Genesis song into my Top 20 80's videos or any music selection! I like this video because it shows them in a way that we would always like to remember them. It's not just me that loved Genesis, they were one of the biggest bands of the 70's and 80's selling over 150 million albums. Invisible Touch was the title track to the album of the same name and released in 1986 and was immediately a Top 10 hit reaching number 1 in the UK. Invisible Touch was re released several times and included on other Albums from Genesis right up to 1991. There was also a limited edition 7" version of the song released in 1991. What amazes me about this album is the fact that the title track reached the No.1 spot on the US chart, the only song by Genesis to do so, and after the departure of Peter Gabriel who also had his own success in the same year. Further more, Phil Collins who was lead singer for Genesis had his own successful career and Collins released his most successful album, the Diamond-certified "No Jacket Required", which reached number one in U.S. in the summer of 1985. It contained the U.S. number one hits "One More Night" and "Sussudio". So, in all, Peter Gabriel, Genesis and Phil Collins were on a roll in the mid 80's, possibly by association.
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LISTEN/WATCHINXS Album cover

I wanted Australian band INXS here for several reasons, first one being that they are one of the biggest groups of the 80's and 90's, even after Michael Hutchence died in 1997. Hutchence is credited for thrusting Kylie into the center of the pop stage and forcing a departure from her earlier homely girl style which was a hangover of her Jason and Kylie days. Even if you were not an INXS fan you will remember their music well enough, and in particular this song "Original Sin" released in 1984 and from the album The Swing. This song was released at the end of 1983 and reached the top spot in their home country soon after. Now, I've got to say I found it difficult to pick an INXS song/video, mainly because I like many and also because their biggest UK hit in the 80's reaching No.2 in 1987 was "Need You Tonight (PLAY)". INXS suffered a set back when Hutchens died and it was a good year or more before they recovered but they went on to new success with new lead singers. They are still a force in Australian Music today and have helped a variety of Australian music talent. So, since this video is so typically INXS during their younger years I chose "Original Sin". Try and sit still while listening to this!
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LISTEN/WATCHkatebush

"Babooshka" (Not Babushka) was a single taken from Kate's 3rd Album Never for Ever released in 1980. The single reached No.5 in the UK and stayed there for 10 weeks. In the video Kate presents herself as a rather dark and sinister character as she portrays a curious and mistrusting wife who sets out to test her husbands faithfulness. As Babooshka she presents herself as a sensual young woman attracted to the husband, tempting him to betray his wife. He can't resist the temptation and upon meeting the sexy younger lady feels an attraction to her. Reminding him of his wife in fact. Of course it ends in disaster for the wife.
Kate has made a great success of her story telling and animated videos to present her stories as songs. Catherine "Kate" Bush, CBE is a prolific song writer and one of England's most successful female singer-songwriters of the 20th century and continues to entertain us into the 21st Century. KateBush.com

LISTEN/WATCHmadonna-album-cover

Well, Material Girl she is. At least she has all the materialistic trappings of success. I guess she's a sex icon, a female maverick, entrepreneur and philanthropist. The first time I heard Madonna I asked my neighbour to turn her off! Mainly because I didn't like seeing my belonging being bounced around the room by my neighbours stereo pumping out "Like a Virgin". My neighbour was so into Madonna that she became a mirror image, alas, she could NOT sing! Well, eventually I became a fan, possibly because of her singing, but I was only 30 years of age and she looked OK to me. Since Madonna has been bouncing around Hi-Fi systems for most of my adult life I guess she deserves a place, well, I've watched the videos often enough too.
Madonna Louise Ciccone burst on to the scene in 1983 with first album Madonna. This song, "Material Girl" is off the album Like a Virgin, both songs, "Like a Virgin" and "Material Girl" made Madonna a pop icon. Success followed success and she gathered quite a following, in part due to her provocative attitude and her raunchy videos. "Material Girl" was a major hit for Madonna and sat in the Top 5 in most pop charts around the world for a couple of weeks. In fact it hit the Top 5 in the UK on the day of my 30th Birthday. Madonna.com

LISTEN/WATCHeurythmics

Annie Lennox playing with a few heart strings in this song, even more so if you watched the video. She was simply one of the iconic voices of the 80's, who didn't love the Eurythmics'? And doesn't the Harmonica sound as though it had a little help from Stevie Wonder, right down to the Cherub impersonating a young Stevie too. I'm sure a few guys would like to have walked Annie Lennox down the aisle, but don't be fooled by her angelic look, there is a woman of steely determination and confidence under that make-up (Just my opinion). And don't forget to check out her delicious website AnnieLennox.com, you will stay for a while I'm sure. Next to Annie stood David A. Stewart, musician, song writer and producer. Eurythmics' formed in 1980 and split in 1990 causing a mass of disappointment among their big fan base but gave us a reunion or two to lift our spirits in later years. It wasn't until 1983 that Eurythmics made their big breakthrough to the mainstream (I can't think of another word!) commercial POP music world although they are classified like so many bands at the time as a Synthpop, Rock and New-wave band. This song was written by the pair for their album "Be Yourself Tonight" which was released in 1985. And Yes, the Harmonica was played by Stevie Wonder, who else plays it like that...And that's the reason our little Cherub got the part! Cool a! "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)" became Eurythmics' first and only number-one single in the UK.
Eurythmics-Ultimate.com
Phil Donnelly.

LISTEN/WATCHthe-very-best-of-adam-and-the-ants

Adam and the Ants "Stand and Deliver" was their most successful Top 40 Hit going in at No.1 on the 9th may 1981. This hit single was also a track on the 1981 album Prince Charming released in late '81.
In the Video Adam plays a Dandy Highwayman who likes his make up and is fussy about his dress style so last years styles or posh frocks aren't his thing, he much prefers your money so that he can stick to his own style.
Adam and the Ants formed in 1977 although there were a coupe of changes to the band members during their early days, mostly driven by individual ambitions.
This was not just my favourite single either as it sold over 1 million copies pushing it into the Top 10 straight after release. In 1982 the band received a Grammy Nomination but the band was also on the verge of a split. After the band split in 1982 Adam Ant (Stuart Leslie Goddard) set out on a solo career releasing another chart entry with the song "Goody Two Shoes". The band members included Paul Flanagan, Andy Warren, Mark Ryan, Terry Lee Miall, Dave Barbarossa, Marco Pirroni, Johnny Bivouac, Kevin Mooney, Leigh Gorman, Matthew Ashman, Gary Gibbs and drummer/record producer Chris Hughes at various stages in it's short life, most continuing to forge a career in the music industry in their own right.
www.adam-ant.net

LISTEN/WATCHCher - Turn Back Time

The first time I heard Cher she was Cher Bono wife of Sonny Bono and they were "Sonny and Cher" and I remember hearing the 1965 hit "I Got You Babe". I wasn't a big fan at the age of 10 but I did have to listen to my brothers music a lot along with a lot of Elvis, Buddy Holly and a whole lot of Tamla. Now for this video, you may remember Chers' tights or stockings, a US Battleship and those very happy sailors. That was 1989 Cher was aged 43. Here is an image of her 24 years later (Click here for an image of her on TV recently). This song is titled "If I could Turn Back Time", and from the evidence in the picture I've provide I would say she succeeded.
This song just makes it in to my Top 20 80's songs since it was released in June 1989. The song was from her amazingly successful 1989 album Heart of Stone, and if you managed to buy a copy shortly after it's release then well done you. The Video is VERY memorable, well, it is for me since I always had a soft spot for that soulful voice of hers and her dress style in 1989 or at any time come to that. Thanks Cher!

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LISTEN/WATCHTFF_Head_Over_Heels

Tear For Fears are a "New Wave" rock band formed in 1981 consisting of Roland Orbazel and Curt Smith. Both Curt and Roland contributed vocally and co wrote their songs although Orbazel played a greater part in the song writing. Both are accomplished musicians. Roland writes songs, plays Guitar, Timpani (Kettle drum) and Keyboard. Curt also Sings plays Bass Guitar and Keyboards. So these two guys along with keyboard player and composer Ian Stanley and drummer Manny Elias, were Tears For Fears for a period of 10 years from 1981 through to 1991. Ian and Manny were not considered full members of the band until 1983 when they released The Hurting. They met as Teenagers and were only 20 years of age when they formed T.F.F. Both are highly acclaimed British Musicians and Song writers. I kind of like the this video which was created to promote this song which only reached No.12 in the UK. The song is from the 1984 album Songs from the Big Chair. BUY! Songs From The Big Chair (Remastered With Bonus Tracks)image

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LISTEN/WATCHSimply Red - Only Love That Your Giving

The sort of song any girl might love to hear while getting closer to someone special And how many people have made love while listening to a Simply Red song. You would have to be deaf to ignore this 1988 love Ballard sung by Mick Hucknall. This song was originally sung by Barry White back in 1978. While a great song sung by two very popular artists both songs come across quite differently in my view. Barry's version was a Disco dance floor hit, as was Mick Hucknalls but I would imagine many girls would prefer the Simply Red version during a romantic evening at home. I prefer the smooth vocals of Mick over the raspy tones of Barry White personally. Simply Red's version reached No.13 in '88 and was a moderate hit in the US at No.57 although it should have most definitely done better but I would imagine there was some affection for the Barry White version in the US, plus I would imagine more women purchased this single or the Album than men! I wasn't a big Simply Red fan but I know many women who were, and that's why it's here. For all the cuddles I received during Simply Red concerts.
Video Directed by Andy Morahan
www.simplyred.com (Mick Hucknall)

LISTEN/WATCHPet Shop Boys

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LISTEN/WATCHPrince purple Rain

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LISTEN/WATCHThe Police

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LISTEN/WATCHMax Headroom - Paranormia

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Featured 1980's Videos for Muscians and Bands on this site include "10cc", "A flock of seagulls", "A guy called gerald", "A-Ha", "ABBA", "ABC", "Adam and the Ants", "Adrian Gurvitz", "Aerosmith", "Air Supply", "Alan Parson Project", "Alannah Miles", "Alcatrazz", "Aldo Nova", "Alexander O'Neil", "Alisha", "Alison Moyet", "Alphaville", "Al Jarreau", "Ambrosia", "America", "Anderw Roachford", "Andy Gibb", "Anneka", "Anne Clark", "April Wine", "Aromoury Show", "Asia", "B-52S", "B-Movie", "Bananarama", "Banshee", "Barbra Streisand", "Basia", "Rhe Beach Boys", "Bee Gee's", "Belinda carlisle", "Berlin", "Betty Boo", "Billy Ocean", "Black Box", "Black Flag", "Blondie", "BloodGood", "Blue Oyster Cult", "Bobby Brown", "Bob Marley", "Bonnie Tyler", "Bob Marley", "Bon Jovi", "BoomTown Rats", "Boy George", "Bravo", "Brenda K. Starr", "Brian Ferry", "Bronski Beat", "Bryamn Adams", "Bucks Fizz", "Burning Sensation", "Buster Poindexter", "Brenda Russell", "Captain Sensible", "Carly Simon", Cheryl Lynn", "Cher", "Chicago", "Christopher Cross", "Chris De Burgh", "Chris Rea", "Clannad", "Cliff Richard", "Colonel Abrahams", "Company B", "Coroner", "Culture Club", "Dan Hartman", "David Bowie", "David Hasselhoff", "Dean Martin", "Debbie Harry", "Deep Purple", "Depeche Mode", "Devo", "Dexys Midnight Runners", "Diana Ross", "Dione Warwick", "Dire Straits", "Divine", "Dolly Parton", "Dominoe", "Donna Sommer", "Don Johnson", "Duran Duran", "Earth Wind and Fire", "Eddie Grant", "Eddie Murphy", "ELO", "Elton John", "Enigma", "Enya", "Erasure", "Eric Clapton", "Eurythmics", "Evelyn Thomas", "Fat Larrys Band", "Feargal Sharky", "Fiction Factory", "Fleetwod Mac", "Flying Pickets", "Foreigner", "Frankie Goes to Hollywood", "Freddie Mercury", "Gary Numan", "George Benson", "Gipsy Kings", "Gloria Estefan", "Godley and Creme", "Goon Squad", "Grace Jones", "Guns 'n' Roses", "Haircut 100", "Hall and Oates", "Heaven 17", "Herbie Hancock", "Hot Chocolate", "Howard Jones", "Huey Lewis", "Human League", "Ian Hunter", "Images In Vogue", "INXS", "Iron Maiden", "Irene Cara", "Jan Hammer", "Jason Donovan", "Jeff Healey", Jennifer Rush", "Jesus Jones", "Jocelyn Brown", "Joe Cocker", "Johnny Logan", "John Lennon", "Judas Priest", "Julio Inglesias", "Kate Bush", "Katrina and the Waves", "KC and the Sunshine Band", "Kenny Loggins", "Kid Creole", "Kim Wilde", "KISS", "KIX", "Kool and the Gang", "Kraftwerk", "Kylie Minogue", "Laura Branigan", "LA Guns", "Leo Sayer", "Level 42", "Limahl", "Linda Rondstat", Lionel Richie", "Living in a Box", Liza Minnelli", "London Boys", "Lou Reed", "Luther Vandros", "Madness", "Madonna", "Marc Almond", "Martha and the Muffins", "Matt Bianco", "Maxi Priest", "MC Hammer", "Meatloaf", "Mel and Kim", "Men at Work", "Michael jackson", "Mick Jagger", "Midge Ure", "Milli Vanilli", "Morrissey", "Motley Crue", "Motorhead", ""Nazareth", "Neil Young", "Nena", "New Kids on the Block", "Nick Berry", "Nik Kershaw", "Nirvana", "Nolan Sisters", "Nolan Thomas", "Oak Ridge Boys", "Olivia Newton-John", "OMD", "Owen Paul", "Ozzy Osborne", "Patrick Swayze", "Paula Abdul", "Pet Shop Boys", "Peter Cetera", "Peter Gabriel", "Phil Oakley", "Pink Floyd", "Polecats", "Prince", "Public Enemy", "Quarterflash", "Quincy Jones", "Queen", "R.E.M", "Radiorama", "Red Hot Chilli Pepers", "REO Speedwagon", "Rick Astley", "Rick Springfield", "Rita Coolidge", "Robin Gibb", "Rod Stewart", "Roger Waters", "Roxette", "Roxy Music", "Roy Orbison", "Run DMC", "Ryan Paris", ......

Phil Donnelly's Cue 80's Music and Video website

Cue80sMusic.com exists purely to help me, Phil Donnelly find the best 1980's music videos ever created by some of the most talented artists from the 80's who are still producing great music today in 2013.
I haven't just selected 1000+ videos, I have and will select the best of the music videos available for viewing. There are literally 1000's of videos to choose from on YouTube and Vevo but I have selected what I consider to be the best. Where ever possible I have used official videos and videos that have been available for a long time on YouTube and Vevo, hopefully on the basis that the record company or artist is allowing them to be. That means there is a low likely hood of these being removed at any time in the near future.
The site will grow and the music I add to YouTube, Vevo and Cue80sMusic.com will grow with it. I hope all my visitors enjoy my selection and find my links entertaining and useful.
My biggest thank you is too all those terrific 1980's artists, bands, writers and musicians that gave us so many great song and videos. In the 70's we had the music, in the 80's we had that and the theatrical element in video provided by such greats as Michael Jackson, Cher, Meat Loaf and Madonna. This site is my personal directory and a link to my personal blog.
I also produced this website as an exercise and an aid to developing my skill and as a hobby. It's also an outlet for love of music.