Continuing my list of favorite albums from every year I've been alive.
a-ha: Hunting High and Low
Okay, guys, you cannot imagine how close this one came between this and Crush by Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark. I actually had the word "TIE" written in this post at one point, but decided that a-ha takes it for a couple of reasons.
First, while I really liked all of Crush, my lust for the album is based solely on "So In Love," which was my anthem for most of the year. Second, though I like other OMD albums, I don't love them nearly as much as the body of a-ha's work.
I know. You're surprised that a-ha has a body of work. Most people think of them as a one-hit wonder, but that's because they're not remembering "The Sun Always Shines on TV," "I've Been Losing You," "Cry Wolf," or especially the theme to the James Bond movie The Living Daylights. The band's got eight albums though (the most recent one I just now found out about while writing this) with a ninth one scheduled for this year. I've only got the first seven of them so far, but those are all excellent.
Still, for better or for worse, there's one song that a-ha will always be known for. And probably for very good reason.
Arcadia: So Red the Rose
Dead or Alive: Youthquake
Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms
Mr. Mister: Welcome to the Real World
Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark: Crush
Prince: Around the World in a Day
Simple Minds: Once Upon a Time
Simply Red: Picture Book
Sting: The Dream of the Blue Turtles
Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair
Thompson Twins: Here's to Future Days
U2: Wide Awake in America
"Weird Al" Yankovic: Dare to Be Stupid
Baltimora: "Tarzan Boy"
Big Audio Dynamite: "The Bottom Line"
Kate Bush: "Running Up That Hill"
Phil Collins: "Take Me Home"
Duran Duran: "A View to a Kill"
Eurythmics: "Would I Lie to You"
Falco: "Rock Me Amadeus"
The Firm: "Radioactive"
Jan Hammer: "Miami Vice Theme"
Elton John: "Nikita"
Elton John: "Wrap Her Up"
Howard Jones: "No One is to Blame"
Howard Jones: "Things Can Only Get Better"
Level 42: "Something About You"
Madonna: "Material Girl"
Eddie Murphy: "Party All the Time"
Simple Minds: "Don't You (Forget About Me)"