describes “ I Ran (So Far Away)” by Flock of Seagulls as the following: “This is the opening song of the album, which is a concept piece about an alien invasion of earth. The song itself describes a person seeing an attractive female – he becomes anxious and wants to run away from his feelings but he can’t forget her. Then they are both abducted by the aliens.”

Uhhh, Ok.

I never knew what the song was supposed to mean and to be honest, I really don’t care to either.  I loved “I Ran (So Far Away) because of the sweet synthesizer sounds, the funky voice of the British pop band’s lead singer (Mike Score) and the impossibly to not sing along with chorus.

The video is also…..interesting.

A true one-hit wonder (in the United States anyway), Score has admitted in several interviews that he hated the group playing the song because it’s the only thing the audience was interested in hearing.

Young (in general) music fans may more associate the song as being in the 2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City video game, including promotional commercials.

I was only 11-years old when “I Ran (So Far Away)” came out—for the record, having to type  (So Far Away) is annoying. Anyway, thanks to this tune for introducing me to the art of pretending to play the keyboards while actually banging my fingers on the kitchen table.

Chart Success:  Climbed as high as number-eight on the Billboard Top 100 and remained on the charts for 22 weeks. It finished 1982 ranked 67th on the Billboard Top 100.

Great Lyrics:  I’m not trying to fool anyone here—the lyrics are pretty stupid.

“With auburn hair and tawny eyes
The kind of eyes that hypnotize me through
You hypnotize me through

And I ran
I ran so far away
I just ran
I ran all night and day
I couldn’t get away”

Fun Fact: As much as I dug this song, evidenced by its inclusion on this countdown, VH-1 apparently loved it more.  It came in at No. 55 on the VH-1 100 Greatest Song of the 80s.


100. Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That (No Can D0)

99. Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgetting

98. Steve Perry – Oh Sherry

97. The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

96. Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach

95. Billy Joel – Uptown Girl

94. Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time

93. Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone

92. Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes

91. Night Ranger – Sister Christian 

90. Asia – Heat of the Moment

89. Journey – Don’t Stop Believing 

88. Madonna – Borderline 

87. Debbie Gibson – Foolish Beat

86. Glen Mederios – Nothing’s Going To Change My Love For You

85. John Cougar – Jack and Diane

84. Madonna – Like A Prayer

83. Devo – Whip It 

82. The Outfield – Your Love

81. Billy Squier – Everybody Wants You

80. Debbie Gibson – Only In My Dreams 

79. Shelia E. – The Glamorous Life

78. Toni Basil – Mickey 

77. Whitney Houston – Greatest Love Of All

76. Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Say Say Say