Taken from the song Dancing in the Dark by New Jersey’s finest Bruce Springsteen, from the iconic Born in the USA album (1984). Who doesn’t love Bruce? My favourite song of his will always be Secret Garden (with a soft spot for Thunder Road too), but had to add this to the set. Especially as it has such agreat sax solo.
Let’s dance in style, let’s dance for a while Heaven can wait we’re only watching the skies
Taken from the song Forever Young from the 1984 debut album of the same name by the German band Alphaville. Though not a success in either the UK or US, the song has been covered numerous times and was memorably used in the film Napoleon Dynamite.
And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy Throw your arms around the world at Christmastime
Taken from the charity song Do They Know It’s Christmas by Band Aid (1984). The multi-million selling single was written in response to a severe famine in Ethiopia, and, along with several re-releases, has raised an estimated $150m into different causes. Have a wonderful Christmas everyone.
Now I know what a fool I’ve been But if you kissed me now I know you’d fool me again
Taken from the song Last Christmas by 80s pop band Wham, from their final studio album Music from the Edge of Heaven (1986). Kept off by the The Power of Love by Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Band Aid’s Do They Know it’s Christmas?, the much-loved song has regularly charted and been covered by a wide selection of artists, including Jimmy Eat World.
I’m never gonna dance again Guilty feet have got no ryhthm Though its easy to pretend I know you’re not a fool
Taken from the astonishingly successful song Careless Whisper by George Michael. Although credited to Michael, it features on Wham’s second album Make it Big (1984) and topped the charts in countries including the UK and US.