Tag: pop music

  • Johnny Cash – Hurt

    I love Johnny Cash. He is an American original. He is the king of outlaw country music, the Man in Black. Cash had a career spanning nearly 50 years. He was a versatile artist who did pop., rockabilly, folk, gospel and rock, in addition to country music. This crossover appeal earned him the rare honor […]

  • 1980s Medley

    Here are 3 songs I was listening to this morning through Alexa on our Echo Dot smart speaker. First Song The first song is “Don’t You Forget About Me” by the Scottish rock band Simple Minds. It was released on February 20, 1985. The song was featured in the movie “The Breakfast Club.” It became […]

  • 1980s British Bands + Elvis

    Always Something There to Remind Me Here are two 1980s songs, by two different British bands that I really like. The first is “Always Something There to Remind Me” by Naked Eyes. This less well-known New Wave song was a great example of synth-pop. I should point out that this song makes good use of […]

  • Wilson Phillips

    I recently made posts on Brian Wilson and The Mamas & The Papas so I thought I’d do a post on their musical offspring Wilson Phillips! Wilson Phillips is an American pop group formed in Los Angeles in 1989. The group consists of Carnie and Wendy Wilson, the daughters of Brian Wilson of the Beach […]

  • The Mamas & The Papas

    Another great 1960s folk/pop group that I really enjoy is The Mamas & The Papas. They had great vocal arrangements, sublime harmonies and were a cohesive group. My favorite song of theirs is “Dedicated to The One I Love” (1967). This haunting song echoes the pain of being separated from the one we love and […]

  • Brian Wilson

    Brian Wilson, the brains behind the Beach Boys (he co-founded the group) and the single most important factor in their success, struggles with mental illness just like me. He wrote iconic songs such as “Good Vibrations” and “God Only Knows”. He’s a master of writing rich multi-layered complex harmonies with beautiful and captivating melodies, dynamic […]

  • If You Leave

    This song, “If You Leave” (1986), by the English electronic band OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark), is one of my favorite New Wave songs of the 1980s. It’s also one of my favorite synth-pop songs. Also, note the saxophone, an instrument featured in my 1980s songs, which you don’t see in most songs today. […]

  • Favorite 80s music

    I was a kid during the 1980s and have fond memories of the music. As an adult, I revisited the music and found it highly appealing. I listen mainly to classical music, but when I’m not listening to classical music I like to hear 80s music. Here is a list of my top 30 favorite […]