7 Songs 

That Defined the 80s

#1 Livin’ on a Prayer

About the Song: Bon Jovi wrote this hit with Richie Sambora and Desmond Child. It tells the story of two kids, Tommy and Gina, who work hard to overcome adversity to make it in the music industry.

#2 Everybody Wants to Rule the World

About the Song: The English pop group Tears for Fears released their first number-one hit, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, in 1985. Band members Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley, and Chris Hughes co-wrote the song while taking a break from recording another great hit, Shout.

#3 Take on Me

About the Song: Admit it, you’ve jammed out to the iconic pop synth intro to Take on Me by a-ha. It may surprise you that this tune didn’t hit the charts initially.

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