Records of the Year: 1986

The next 80s list is ready to be served! 1986 is – as of now – lacking a 5/5 record for me. There are tons of albums that I haven’t rated yet (Bronski Beat, Megadeth, Talk Talk, The Smiths…), so let’s see what the future holds. For this year that has been over for almost 40 years. Anyway..

I personally love the pop phase of Genesis and that’s why you’ll find „Invisible Touch“ at the top of my personal ranking of 1986. Pretty much every single track on this album is a hit. „Land of Confusion“, „Throwing It All Away“, „Tonight, Tonight, Tonight“ – what more is there to say?

„Living With Victoria Grey“ by Cleaners From Venus is a more or less hidden 80s gem. If you dig Jangle Pop, make sure to check that one out.

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Records of the Year: 1981

I have dozens of year lists piling up in my Google sheets folder and it’s time to sort out this mess.

Let’s dive into the 80s and kick it off with the wonderful year of 1981. My top 5 is pretty heavy which was surprising to me because I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself a heavy metal connaisseuse.

You will find „Faith“ by The Cure at the top because it is a masterpiece of an album. And here come the heavy boys. Iron Maiden isn’t even a band a particularly like but „Killers“ is so much fun! I believe even non-metal fans can enjoy this record a lot. Same goes for Black Sabbath and their 10th album „Mob Rules“. Sabbath have their ups and downs throughout their discography but I think 95% of their albums are at least worth listening to.

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2010s – A Decade in 1,000 songs

A couple of months ago I stumbled upon a playlist a friend of mine created on Spotify. 600 songs from 2010-2019, sorted by year and alphabet. I was amazed! If you follow my blog a bit you are probably aware that I love big playlists that allow to lose yourself within a genre, decade, discocraphy – and I loved the idea behind this specific playlist, too.

Of course I had to copy that. Thanks Christopher for the inspiration!

I decided to make it a 1,000 songs playlists though. It took me roughly three months to gather songs, kick them out again (I had approx. 1,300 at the beginning), sort them by year and alphabet and double check that they were actually from that decade. Spotify tends to fool around regarding the release date at times.
I didn’t only include songs I still like but tracks that I’ve listened to a lot, that represent the sound of the 10s for me or that were omnipresent. So don’t be surprised if you stumble upon a stupid pop song in the playlist.

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Songs About: USA

The next country is ready: the US!

  1. Beastie Boys – No Sleep Till Brooklyn
  2. Spelling – Blue (American Dream)
  3. Tina – On Line (Boston)
  4. Tina – Baby Boo (Miami)
  5. Alex Beaupain – Brooklyn Bridge
  6. Mylène Farmer – California
  7. Serge Gainsbourg – New York USA
  8. Maria Laforêt – Banks Of The Ohio
  9. La Femme – Welcome America
  10. Benjamin Biolay – Los Angeles

Songs About: France

While working on my genre playlists I frequently found songs about different countries or cities. This somewhat triggered my passion for collecting and I started to save these songs in country-playlists. I decided to publish them as soon as I collected 10 songs for a country (or – from there on – 10 new songs). I am not actively searching for songs, e.g. by searching a specific country within Spotify. That would be too boring. Instead, I only collect them if I come across them in the wild.

Since I listened to a lot of French music in the last few weeks it was not surprising that France is the first country with 10 songs:

  1. Mila Mar – Maid of Orleans
  2. Billy Woods & Despot – Versailles
  3. Tina – Je t’aime quand même (Guadeloupe)
  4. Tina – Pa oublié mwen (Paris)
  5. Jacques Dutronc – Il est cinq heures, Paris s’éveille
  6. Florent Marchet – France 3
  7. William Sheller – Promenade française – Instrumental
  8. Étienne Daho – Paris ailleurs
  9. Jacqueline Taieb – Le printemps à Paris
  10. Jacques Dutronc – La Seine