This disco flavored number 1 hit has been a point of contention with critics since its release. The major complaint surrounding the song being that it was quite a departure from Stewart’s earlier style. In interviews Stewart has defended the song, and reportedly confessed that the look he sported at the time of the song's release was “tarty.”
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Most Memorable Lyric: “Don’t you just know exactly what they’re thinkin’?”
Who doesn’t love a good power ballad now and again? Only people who haven’t surrendered to the lyrics, and belted one out. Manchester shows off some serious pipes on this number, which allows for some great theatrics when it's being interpreted.
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Most Memorable Lyric: “But Baby can’t be broken, cause you see, she had the finest teacher. That was me.”
Rupert Holmes may not have done much else to speak of with his musical career, but he gave the world at large one of the most frequently quoted songs in recent memory. Want to be clever when filling in your interests and activities on Facebook or match.com? Just plug in some Rupert Holmes, ‘I like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.’
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Most Memorable Lyric: “So while she lay there sleeping, I read the paper in bed.
And in the personals column, there was this letter I read: If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain…”
One of the great, wallowing, break up songs ever recorded. Chances are it’s helped a fair number of people successfully serenade their way back into a relationship, and certainly helped just as many get over a broken one.
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Most Memorable Lyric: “I’m reaching for you, are you feeling it too?”
Probably the only song to consistently annoy telephone companies since its release, and to have its own Snopes page verifying that fact. Unfortunately for those who share the name of the titular Jenny, and have to deal with “867-5309” jokes and references, it doesn’t look like this one is going to fade from pop-cultural relevance anytime soon.
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Most Memorable Lyric: “Jenny don’t change your number. Eight six seven five three oh nah-eeh-ah-ine.”
“Mickey” is often touted as a cheerleading favorite, which may be true, but is that because of some element of the song, or because Toni Basil made it so by wearing that cheerleading outfit? Hard to say, while the song does appear at the end of Bring It On, this Friends clip is far more true to the experience of the song.
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Most Memorable Lyric: “Oh Mickey, what a pity you don’t understand, you take me by the heart when you take me by the hand.”
Another of those 80s songs that is simply impossible to shake after hearing the first few notes. “Safety Dance” recently received the Glee treatment, but that version lacks the mesmerism of the original.
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Most Memorable Lyric: “We can dance if we want to. We can leave your friends behind. Cause your friends don’t dance, and if they don’t dance, well they’re no friends of mine.”
If ever there was a ballad that could be called epic, it is this one. Bonnie Tyler’s powerhouse vocals combined with dramatic emotional themes make this song a delightfully guilty joy, not to mention a soft rock radio staple.
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Most Memorable Lyric: “Once upon a time I was falling in love, but now I’m only falling apart. There’s nothing I can do, a total eclipse of the heart.”
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