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Illustration for article titled From A to Z, in the 80s Alphabet (Part 27) -

Surprise! (Google it, it's totally valid.)

Thought I'd wrap this up with a nice little Ouroboros-level bow, indexing the previous posts and linking to some stuff we all missed (some of these were mentioned, but no one posted a video). I'm just going to use regular links — if I embedded them all I'd probably end up breaking Kinja. (Okay, okay, breaking Kinja worse...)


The big capital letters will link you to all previous posts in the series. Add your own favorites we missed, or just have fun exploring/taking issue with my bonus picks!

P.S., I am never doing this again (not daily, at least, I'm old and sickly!). ;)



Altered Images - "Happy Birthday"

After The Fire - "Der Kommissar"

Ambrosia - "How Much I Feel"

Animotion - "Obsession"

Rick Astley - "Never Gonna Give You Up" (can't believe no one did this) (Edit: Bravo, Captain!)



The B-52's - "Dance This Mess Around"

Blondie - "Dreaming"

Big Country - "In A Big Country"

The Buggles - "Video Killed The Radio Star"

Black Flag - "TV Party"

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians - "What I Am"

The Boomtown Rats - "Diamond Smiles"

The Belle Stars - "Sign Of The Times"

Blue Öyster Cult - "Joan Crawford"

Julie Brown - "The Homecoming Queen's Got A Gun"

Adrian Belew - "Oh Daddy"


Cheap Trick - "Mandocello"

The Jim Carroll Band - "People Who Died"

The Commodores - "Sail On"

Crowded House - "Don't Dream It's Over"

Tracy Chapman - "Fast Car"

John Cougar (Mellencamp) - "Ain't Even Done With The Night"

Josie Cotton - "Johnny Are You Queer?"

George Clinton - "Atomic Dog"


Taylor Dayne - "With Every Beat Of My Heart"

Chris de Burgh - "Don't Pay The Ferryman"

The Dazz Band - "Let It Whip"

Terence Trent D'Arby - "Wishing Well"

Deee-Lite - "Groove Is In The Heart"


Electric Light Orchestra - "Hold On Tight"

EBN-OZN - "AEIOU Sometimes Y" (couldn't resist)


Harold Faltermeyer - "Axel F" (how did we all miss this??)

Foreigner - "Waiting For A Girl Like You"

Glenn Frey - "You Belong To The City"

Dan Fogelberg - "Make Love Stay"

Frida - "I Know There's Something Going On"

Bryan Ferry w/David Gilmour - "Is Your Love Strong Enough?"

Flash And The Pan - "Hey St. Peter"

The Fabulous Poodles - "Bionic Man" (totally forgot the Fab Poos!)

Fotomaker - "Make It Look Like An Accident"


The Gap Band - "You Dropped A Bomb On Me"

The Grateful Dead - "Touch Of Grey"


Haircut 100 - "Love Plus One"

The Hooters - "And We Danced"

George Harrison - "When We Was Fab"

Jan Hammer - "Miami Vice Theme" (so obvious!)

Hall and Oates -"Private Eyes"

Don Henley - "Johnny Can't Read"

Holly And The Italians - "Tell That Girl To Shut Up"


Indecent Obsession - "Kiss Me"

Chris Isaak - "Wicked Game"


Jo Boxers - "Just Got Lucky"

Jesus Jones - "Right Here Right Now"

Johnny Hates Jazz - "Shattered Dreams"

Jethro Tull - "Lap Of Luxury"


The Korgis - "Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime"

The Kinks - "Come Dancing"

Kiss - "Tears Are Falling"

Kraftwerk - "The Model"


Los Lobos - "Will The Wolf Survive?"

John Lennon - "(Just Like) Starting Over"

Nick Lowe - "Cruel To Be Kind"

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam - "All Cried Out"


Moon Martin - "She Made A Fool Of You"

Mike & The Mechanics - "The Living Years"

Bobby McFerrin - "Don't Worry Be Happy"

Paul McCartney - "My Brave Face"

Madonna - "Into The Groove"

Mental As Anything - "Live It Up"

The Motors - "You Beat The Hell Outta Me"


Nu Shooz - "I Can't Wait"

Robbie Nevil - "C'est La Vie"


The Outfield - "Your Love"


Robert Palmer - "Simply Irresistable"

Steve Perry - "Oh Sherry"

The Plimsouls - "Zero Hour"

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Here Comes My Girl"

Pink Floyd - "Learning To Fly"

Pixies - "Monkey Gone To Heaven"

Mike Post - "Hill Street Blues Theme"

Graham Parker - "Temporary Beauty"

The Proclaimers - "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"


Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman - "Stumblin' In"


Gerry Rafferty - "Baker Street"

Rockestra - "Rockestra Theme" (cheating a bit, but come on!)

Rockpile - "You Ain't Nothin' But Fine"

Roxette - "The Look"

RUN-DMC - "It's Tricky"

Todd Rundgren - "All The Children Sing"

Re-Flex - "The Politics Of Dancing"


Scandal - "Goodbye To You"

Rachel Sweet - "Hairspray"

Rick Springfield - "Human Touch"

Bruce Springsteen - "Hungry Heart"

Sparks - "Angst In My Pants" (love the Mael brothers!)

Split Enz - "Pioneer/Six Months In A Leaky Boat"

Sixpence None The Richer - "Kiss Me"

Fred Schneider - "Monster"


T'Pau - "Heart And Soul"

Tears For Fears - "Head Over Heels"

Toto - "Africa"

Bonnie Tyler - "Total Eclipse Of The Heart"

Tom Tom Club - "Genius Of Love"


Utopia - "I Just Want To Touch You"


Billy Vera And The Beaters - "At This Moment"


Wings - "Getting Closer"

Wang Chung - "Dance Hall Days"

Wham! - "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" (sorry, had to)


Couldn't find any more!


Neil Young - "Touch The Night"

Paul Young - "Everytime You Go Away"


Frank Zappa - "Dancin' Fool" (technically only Dweezil and Moon were referenced)

Bonus Movie!

If you've never seen this on YouTube, it's pretty cute — basically the ending of every 80s teen movie ever:

Thanks again, everyone, it's been a blast! — Burtonian Institute


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