I recently filled a 4:00 Free-For-All with songs that were summertime hits in the 1980s. I know not everyone got to tune in, so here’s the mix, for your listening pleasure.
|Bow Wow Wow "I Want Candy"
Like the Go-Go's "Vacation," this one-hit wonder from the summer of 1982 was buoyed by a video full of summery scenes.
|The Human League "Don't You Want Me"
Another huge hit from the summer of 1982.
|David Bowie "Let's Dance"
The Thin White Duke went down under in the summer of 1983
|Big Country "In A Big Country"
Top of the Pops, summer of '83.
|Simple Minds "Don't You Forget About Me"
Boosted by 'The Breakfast Club,' this became Simple Minds' biggest hit, and was a summer of '85 radio and MTV staple.
|'Til Tuesday "Voices Carry"
Another song from the summer of '85, from Boston's finest. Fun fact: the closing "Carnegie Hall" scene from the video was actually shot here in Boston at the Strand Theatre.
|Tears For Fears "Everybody Wants To Rule The World
From 'Real Genius,' and the summer of 1985.
|The Cult "She Sells Sanctuary"
Hell yeah summer of '85.
|Big Audio Dynamite "E=MC2"
Certainly not their biggest hit, but it was pretty big in the summer of '86
Slapping our way through the summer of 1987.
|Echo & The Bunnymen "Lips Like Sugar"
Another gem from '87.
|Jonathan Richman "That Summer Feeling"
Not a "summer hit," technically, but a great way to wrap up the mix.