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CMJ Top 250 Songs, 1979 – 1989, 64 – 62

64. Hoodoo Gurus, “I Want You Back” The casual listener would be forgiven for assuming that “I Want You Back” is just another pining pop song, the next nearly indistinguishable boxcar on the endless train of the musically lovelorn line.

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CMJ Top 250 Songs, 1979 – 1989, 67 – 65

67. Psychedelic Furs, “Heartbreak Beat” Columbia Records really wanted new music from Psychedelic Furs. In 1986, the band were unlikely beneficiaries of the John Hughes teen movie factory, which was producing new material at a rapid clip. “Pretty in Pink,”

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CMJ Top 250 Songs, 1979 – 1989, 70 – 68

70. Public Image Ltd., “Rise” John Lydon, formerly known as Johnny Rotten, is not someone who most would instinctively refer to as a folk musician, but that’s exactly how he sees himself. “What I mean by folk is that what

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CMJ Top 250 Songs, 1979 – 1989, 73 – 71

73. Frankie Goes to Hollywood, “Two Tribes” When Frankie Goes to Hollywood released their second single, in 1984, they faced the burden of following up a major smash. “Relax,” their debut, was one of those songs that grabbed pop culture

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CMJ Top 250 Songs, 1979 – 1989, 76 – 74

76. Fine Young Cannibals, “Johnny Come Home” In the early nineteen-eighties, Roland Gift was filling up some of his evening hours performing as the lead singer for a ska group called Akrylix, schlepping through the clubs of Northern England. When

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CMJ Top 250 Songs, 1979 – 1989, 79 – 77

79. Joe Jackson, “Steppin’ Out” Joe Jackson was a seasoned veteran by the time he released the 1982 album Night and Day. Although his debut, the splendid Look Sharp!, had hit record stores only three years earlier, Jackson was on

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CMJ Top 250 Songs, 1979 – 1989, 82 – 80

82. R.E.M., “So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)” R.E.M. made their U.S. network television debut on Late Night with David Letterman, in October 1983. The band’s debut album, Murmur, had been in stores for about six months, and it naturally made

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