by Logan B.
I have nothing to say. (Oh yeah, except to remind everyone about the pretense of this list. I’m posting my highest ranked — not necessarily favorite — single from each year according to the list at Acclaimed Music.) Okay. Let’s get to the list:
- 1981 – Monday: "Radio Free Europe", R.E.M.
- 1982 – Tuesday: "Sexual Healing", Marvin Gaye
- 1983 – Wednesday: "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", Eurythmics
1981: Susan sort of stole my thunder on this one, but that’s okay. She has more to say about it than I do. Still, it’s my highest ranking song from the year.
1982: I think the best description I’ve heard of this song comes from the review at All Music Guide: "Using a melodic and minimal reggae-tinged track, Gaye found the perfect way to distill his love for both sexual relations and Bob Marley."
1983: I’m really running out of things to say about these songs. I guess "Sweet Dreams" was a huge worldwide success, and only came over from Britain in 1983 because MTV was looking for this kind of stuff to play in its early days. It sounds so typical of the 80’s now, but it was the first of its style to get big here in the US.