The Best Ballad Between 1979-1987: Which Is Your Favorite?

In a time before Mike Matthews entered the world, when Jack Markell was just getting his groove, and there were only three movies considered to be Star Wars movies, I discovered music.  I listened to music before that, but never “my” music.  I count 1979 as the start of this era, because it was when I bought my first 45.  The youth of today call this an mp3 or itune.  But back then, for about 99 cents, you could buy this vinyl record.  The first one I got is on this list back in 1979.  If you grew up back then, you probably know which one it was based on the timeline of the different songs.  Or very close to it.

Back in those days, I was really into ballads.  I got into a conversation about these ballads with a friend of mine and he offered what he thought was the definitive and best ballad of the 80s.  I disagreed, thus this poll (at his suggestion).  Now he wanted me to just put his song up against four others.  Sorry bud, but this blogger was faced with an impossible choice.  If you’ve never heard any of these songs, then you didn’t grow up during a time when music was on both AM and FM radio, when the cassingle first came out, and things like roller skating and Space Invaders were replaced by the Commodore 64 and Jolt.  Which is your favorite?

I’m going to follow-up over the next 24 hours with other polls about music and movies.  What the heck.  It’s the 4th of July weekend.  It can’t all be gloom and doom.  You have to have some good stuff once in a while, right Dave?

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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

15 thoughts on “The Best Ballad Between 1979-1987: Which Is Your Favorite?”

  1. I want to weigh in here. ” I want to know what love is” Longest run ever as #2 (11 weeks) never to make #1….Physical by ONJ for 10 weeks, then I Can’t Go for That (Hall and Oates) for 1 week.


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