Sunday, March 29, 2009

Music Meme: 1986

Continuing my list of favorite albums from every year I've been alive.

1986

A-Ha: Scoundrel Days



I resisted picking this one for the year because I didn't want to choose the same band for two years in a row. "Keep it interesting," I thought. I tried plugging Music from the Edge of Heaven and Please into the top spot, but as much as I like those albums and Wham! and Pet Shop Boys in general, I just don't like them as much as this. In fact, song-for-song Scoundrel Days is even a better collection than Hunting High and Low.

Wish I could find the original video for this song, but oh well. Here it is live.



Runners up:
Belinda Carlisle: Belinda
Pet Shop Boys: Please
Pretty in Pink soundtrack
Prince: Parade: Music from the Motion Picture Under the Cherry Moon
Poison: Look What the Cat Dragged In
R.E.M.: Lifes Rich Pageant
David Lee Roth: Eat 'Em and Smile
The Stranglers: Dreamtime
Wham!: Music from the Edge of Heaven

Singles:
The Bangles: "Walk Like an Egyptian"
Beastie Boys: "Fight for Your Right"
Berlin: "Take My Breath Away"
Blow Monkeys: "Digging Your Scene"
Chris de Burgh: "The Lady in Red"
Duran Duran: "Notorious"
Electric Light Orchestra: "Calling America"
Janet Jackson: "Nasty"
Run DMC featuring Aerosmith: "Walk This Way"

Looking at those runners up and singles, there's a lot of pop, rap, r&b, and glam rock. And the last good song from Duran Duran. I didn't know it yet, but New Wave was dying.
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