A couple weeks ago, I posted via Twitter that I was contemplating a mega-cheese '80s music mix, and in response to some comments I stated that I would post the list online when ready. Before I do so, however, I just want to clarify what I was shooting for in this list. "Cheesey" can mean lots of things -- I think we can all agree that "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" is the type of cheese best served with some sort of high-octane alcohol so that it doesn't accidentally become the type of earworm that requires repeated listenings of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" in order to remove it. No, in this case, I was thinking about over-the-top, emotionally-overcharged rock songs and power ballads of the '80s -- the type of music epitomized by the collaboration of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman, who sadly won't appear on my list because none of their music come out during that decade. I'm willing to rework the list, so if you think I'm missing something that really belongs in the list I've compiled (or I've included a song that should be removed) please comment away.
Journey, "Don't Stop Believing" Europe, "The Final Countdown" Pat Benetar, "Invincible" Robert Tepper, "No Easy Way Out" Survivor, "The Burning Heart" Whitesnake, "Still of the Night" Kenny Loggins, "The Danger Zone" Bonnie Tyler, "Holding Out for a Hero" Karlo Devito, "We Are Not Alone" Night Ranger, "When You Close Your Eyes" Cheap Trick, "The Flame" Asia, "Don't Cry" Toto, "Africa" Mr. Mister, "Kyrie" Loverboy, "Turn Me Loose" Motley Crue, "Home Sweet Home" Alan Parsons Project, "Games People Play" Corey Hart, "Sunglasses at Night" REO Speedwagon, "Take It on the Run" Styx, "Come Sail Away" Scandal, "The Warrior" Journey, "Separate Ways"
Yes, there are two Journey songs, but as John Scalzi once said, "It's Steve Perry's world, and we're just living in it."