When I commenced this countdown several weeks ago, I knew there’d be at least a handful of selections readers glance to and immediately question my musical taste if not my sanity or manhood all together.  To those critics I say— tough shit. 

This is a daily rundown of my favorite 80s songs, not necessarily its biggest chart toppers or most critically applauded hits.

Corny perception or not, I was unapologetically a huge fan of Loverboy in the 80s and still love re-living their records today.  Loverboy was the first rock concert I ever attended as a kid and several years later (1999 to be exactly) a Loverboy show (along with Pat Benatar) became my first date with my future wife (who’s not nearly as big a fan).

Loverboy never enjoyed the commercial success as  early to mid-80s rock band colleagues like Styx, REO Speedwagon and Foreigner (some may question labeling these groups and Loverboy together as colleagues), but hate on, haters—- I liked Loverboy just as much.  The group had plenty of solid rock songs to my liking, including “The Kid Is Hot Tonite”, “Working for the Weekend”, “Turn me Loose”, “Lucky Ones” and “Loving Every Minute Of It.”

For me their best was “When It’s Over”, which depended mightily on synthesizers.  Like most their work, the lyrics are pretty much nonsense if not garbage, but all that counted for me were the vocals of frontman Mike Reno—one of the most gifted and enigmatic songsters of the era, not to mention the pioneer of sporting corny red headbands when performing.

Call this tune one of my favorite guilty pleasures. My guess is you’re calling it something far less flattering.

Chart Success: “When It’s Over” wasn’t one of Loverboy’s more popular songs, only reaching No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100.  It did manage to stay on the charts for 15 weeks but didn’t finish in 1982’s year-end Top 100.

Uhhh, Lyrics: Normally this section is titled “Great Lyrics” but I can’t even lie—the lyrics sound like they were written by some kid who barely had hit puberty. It’s just terrible.  However, it matters not when the great Mike Reno is belting them.

“Sometimes you think you’re playing the fool
He’s running around breaking all the rules
Somehow that don’t seem fair
There’s got to be a better way
You know what I’m trying to say

‘Cause deep, deep down inside
You’re living in a life in total lies”

Fun Fact: While Loverboy was a well-known band in the 80s they weren’t exactly chart stompers.  The group never had a single reach higher than ninth. In total they had eight Top 40 hits, led by “Lovin’ Every Minute Of It” it’s highest at nine.


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 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

75. Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)

74. Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take It

73. Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie 

72. The Police – Every Breathe You Take 

71. Survivor – The Search Is Over

70. REO Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You

69. Hall & Oates – You Make My Dreams

68. Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel 

67. Kenny Loggins – Meet Me Halfway 

66. Irene Cara – Flashdance…What A Feeling

 65. Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It

64. Phil Collins – One More Night

63. Europe – The Final Countdown 

62. Patrick Swazye – She’s Like The Wind

61. Matthew Wilder – Break My Stride

 60. Men Without Hats – Safety Dance 

59. Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf

58. Huey Lewis & The News – Power Of Love

57. Journey – Open Arms

56. Michael Sembello – Maniac

55. Styx – Too Much Time On My Hands

54. Heart – Alone 

53. Olivia Newton John – Physical