60 english songs in 70s – 90s that only the 80s -90s kids’ generation will know

Over the years, music has evolved with times. From the 80s till now, these multiple changes in terms of trends and pop culture.

In celebration of this year SG 50, I had listed down the songs which the 80s – 90s generation will know.

1980s makes the emerging of pop, dance music and new wave. Music genres such as post-disco, Italo disco, Euro disco and dance-pop became more popular.
During this decade, several major electronic genres were developed, including electro, techno, house, freestyle and Eurodance.

We grew up listening to these songs.

I believe everyone have their own stories to tell for each songs that will be listed below.

1. (1973) Top of the World – Carpenters

I learnt about this song, “Top of the World” during my primary school times.

I did not even know that this song was release in 1973.

2. (1973) Yesterday Once More – Carpenters

Another of my favorite song by Carpenter.

3. (1977) How Deep Is Your Love – Bee Gees 

4. (1976) Dancing Queen – Abba

5. (1977) We Will Rock You – Queen

Everyone will be super familiar with this song.

We will hear and sing this song during our Sport Day or  School Camp.

“We will, We will Rock You ! ”

 6. (1978) Y.M.C.A – Village People

The moment when the song hit the chorus, everyone will stretch up their hands to form Y.M.C.A and sing their hearts out. Y.M.C.A

Here we go… Y.M.C.A !!

7.  (1982) Hey Mickey – Toni Basil

Hey Mickey was a very popular song for cheerleading.
The super light and cheerful song will make you want to stand up and start dancing with the song.

8. (1982) Hard to Say I’m Sorry – Chicago

9. (1982) Beat It – Micheal Jackson

Micheal Jackson had rock the whole 80s music industry with his music and dance.

10. (1983) Every Breath You Take – The Police

11. (1983) Uptown Girl – Billy Joel 

We are more familiar with the song “Uptown Girl” by Westlife.

However, “Uptown Girl” is a song written and performed by American musician, Billy Joel in 1983.

12. (1984) Forever Young – Alphaville

How we wish we are Forever young. It brought back lot of memories during our younger days.

13. (1984) Take me on – a-ha

14. (1984) Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go ! – Wham!

15. (1985) We are the World –  Lionel Richie, Tina Turner , Micheal Jackson

The world was a beautiful and better place in the 80s.

16. (1985 ) Call Me – Spagna

17. (1986) Stand By Me – Ben e King

“And darlin’, darlin’ stand by me ..
Oh stand by me ..
Oh stand now, stand by me, stand by me ..”

“Stand by Me” was recorded in 1961.

There are over 400 version for this song.

It gained more popularity in the 1980s after being feature in the soundtrack of an 1986 Flim.

18. (1987) Boys Boys Boys (Summertime Love) – Sabrina Salerno

19. (1987) Never Gonna Give  You Up- Rick Astley 

20.  (1987) I Want To Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston

21. (1987)  Heaven Is A Place On Earth – Belinda Caelisle

This is my first Euro-techno song. I cant help singing along while listening to this song.

22. (1988) One Moment In Time – Whitney Houston

I did not knew that this song was recorded for 1988 Summer Olympics.

It brought back memories of my school choir’s day when we sang this song.

23. (1988) I Hate Myself For Loving You – Joan Jett

24. (1989) Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx 

I am sure that “Right Here Waiting” had definitely play a small part in your life.

This classic song was still popular till now.

25. (1989) Eternal Flame – The Bangles 

This is one of those love songs I remember hearing when I am very young.

26. (1991) Everything I do (I do for you) – Bryan Adams

The soundtrack of Robin Hood.

27. (1991) Dangerous -Micheal Jackson

28. (1992) I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

Till tonight, this song is still very popular for wedding.

29. (1993) Hero  – Mariah Carey

This is an super meaningful song for me.

It gave me the strength to pushes myself through all these years.

30. (1994) Now and Forever – Richard Marx

Another classic song by Richard Marx. I really love his song.

This is a great song for wedding proposal :

“Now and Forever, I will be your man.”

31. (1994) I Swear – All 4 One 

32. (1995) Lemon Tree – Fool’s Garden

33. (1995) Macarena – Los Del Rio

Lets dance Macarena !!

34. (1996) Wannable – Spice Girl

35. (1997) Barbie Girl – Aqua 

 36. (1997) My Hearts Will Go On – Celine Dion

The main theme song  for the movie “Titanic”. A beautiful love song that tell the whole story of Titanic.

37. (1997) Truly, Madly,Deeply – Savage Garden

38. (1997) How do I live – LeAnn Rimes 

39. (1998) Baby One More Time – Britney Spear

The goddess and dream girl of every guy in the 90s.

“Baby One More Time” was a great hit in 1998.

In 1998, Dance-pop was a hit to the music industries.You can hear Dance-pop almost every where in Singapore.

40. (1998) Tarzan & Jane – Toy Box

41. (1998) Boom Boom Boom -Vengaboys

42. (1998) We Like To Party ! – Vengaboys

43. (1998) Witch Doctor – Cartoons

“Ooh eeh ooh ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang !! ”

Do you know, “Witch Doctor” was written and sang by  Ross Bagdasarian in 1958.

44. (1998) Calcutta (Taxi Taxi Taxi) – Dr Bombay

45. (1998) Butterfly –

46. (1998) Big Big World – Emilia 

47. (1998) No Matter What – Boyzone 

The first boy band which I love.

48. (1998) When You Believe – Prince of Egypt

Personally, I love the original Disney version with Hebrew lyrics.

This was also one of the song, we performed for our SYF Choir.

49. (1999) Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way

50. (1999) Backstreet Boys – Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely

51. (1999) Blue (Da Ba Dee) – Eiffel 65

52. (1999) Bring It All Back – S Club 7 

53. (1999) Livin’ La Vida -Ricky Martin

54. (1999) When You Say Nothing At All – Ronan Keating 

55. (2000) It’s My Life – Bon Jovi

56. (2000) Shala lala – Vengaboys

57. (2000) Bye Bye Bye – N’Sync

58. (2000) My Love – Westlife

59. (2000) Only Love -Trademark

“Only Love” have all my secondary school’s memories.
This was one of the favorite school song as our DM will sing during school’s celebration.

60. (2000) Graduation (Friend Forever) – Vitamin C

This songs brought back alot of memories of school days.

Especially the memories of your group of best friends, the times when we play, cry and study together.

“As we go on, We remember
All the times we, Had together
And as our lives change, Come whatever
We will still be, Friends Forever”

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