My 20 must watch films and songs from the 1980's

My millennial daughter has asked me to write a blog about the 1980's - this is quite a broad subject.
I think she is thinking about films and music, but I can add some more to that.

In the 1980's I was going to be an actor, fact. There was no bend in me on this front, I went to tap, ballet and modern dance lessons. I had singing lessons, I was in my local amateur dramatic group and I forced my way into every production I could at school, by the time I was going to Uni I realised I wasn't that great an actor and didn't know what I wanted to be, (which was a bit of a blow, to be honest) by the time I left college I wanted to be a theatrical lighting designer- that didn't happen either, but it didn't matter because in the 80's (until the recession) you thought you could do anything. It was a pretty amazing time.

I started secondary school in 1979 so I am a proper, fully fledged, teenager of the 1980's.

I wanted my hair to be like him out of flock of seagulls during the early 80's, then I just wanted to be Siouxsie Sioux during the late 80's.
Me Circa 1984 between flock of seagulls and siouxsie sioux

Siouxsie Sioux
Him from Flock of Seagulls


During the 80's we saw vinyl moving to CDs, we saw portable telephones, Slimfast, the introduction of laptops and the massive takeover of Microsoft  and in 1989 we saw the fall of the Berlin Wall and in essence the end of the cold war. It was a time of great technological and political change.

We saw this with music and film as well, MTV was introduced and in 1983 they finally started showing 'black music' playing the video for Michael Jackson's Billie Jean on heavy rotation.

Films started using better and better special effects and we saw Steven Spielberg's meteoric rise with films like ET, The Goonies, all the Indiana Jones Films, The Color Purple and Empire of the Sun. All of which hold their own today, not just because of the stories but also because of the amazing visuals.

But what are my 20 must watch films and 20 must listen to songs from the 1980's?

This has been really tricky as there are so many great films and songs to choose from, so today these are the ones I am thinking of - tomorrow it could be completely different. Here is a selection of just some of my singles from the 80's, I had quite eclectic tastes (still do).

Which ones did you have?
In no particular order (and I could have picked so many more)- Films

  1. Blade Runner 
  2. The Lost Boys
  3. The Shining
  4. Alien 
  5. Aliens
  6. The Breakfast Club
  7. Terminator
  8. Die Hard
  9. Raging Bull
  10. Airplane
  11. Platoon 
  12. Full Metal Jacket
  13. Scarface
  14. The Princess Bride
  15. The Blues Brothers
  16. Dirty Dancing
  17. Blue Velvet
  18. Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure
  19. Heathers
  20. Tim Burtons Batman
 In no particular order - Songs
  1. When Doves Cry - Prince
  2. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns n Roses
  3. Blue Monday - New Order
  4. Push it - Salt n Pepa
  5. Girls just wanna have fun - Cyndi Lauper
  6. West End Boys - The Pet Shop Boys
  7. Rapture - Blondie
  8. Grimly Fiendish - The Damned
  9. Spirit In the Sky - Doctor and the Medics
  10. 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
  11. Flashdance - Irene Cara
  12. Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
  13. Faith - George Michael
  14. Dear Prudence - Siouxsie and the Banshees
  15. Only You - Yazoo
  16. Temptation - Heaven 17
  17. Thriller - Michael Jackson
  18. Back to Life - Soul ll Soul
  19. Prince Charming - Adam and the Ants
  20. Buffalo Gals - Malcolm Maclaren
 So there you have it, if you do nothing else, watch one film and listen to one song that you haven't listened to/watched before - you might enjoy it.

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