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Forgotten Gems of the '80s

Here's a look at some of the greatest songs of the '80s that sometimes get lost in the thick fabric of passing time. We're all pretty familiar with many '80s classics, but when was the last time you heard these on the radio?

Oran "Juice" Jones - "The Rain"

Bourgeois Tagg - "I Don't Mind At All"

David & David - "Welcome to the Boomtown"

Kool & the Gang - "Tonight"

Little River Band - "Man on Your Mind"

Cheap Trick - "Tonight It's You"

Tommy Conwell & the Young Rumblers - "I'm Not Your Man"

Michael Morales - "Who Do You Give Your Love To?"

George Benson - "Turn Your Love Around"

The English Beat - "Save It For Later"

The Outfield - "All the Love"

Rainbow - "Stone Cold"

The Monroes - "What Do All the People Know?"

Timex Social Club - "Rumors"

Bronski Beat - "Smalltown Boy"

The Joboxers - "Just Got Lucky"

The Godfathers - "Birth, School, Work, Death"

Joe Jackson - "Breaking Us in Two"

Jason & the Scorchers - "Shop It Around"

Billy Joel - "Sometimes a Fantasy"

Jon Butcher - "Goodbye Saving Grace"

Donnie Iris - "Ah Leah!"

Steel Breeze - "You Don't Want Me Anymore"

The Smithereens - "Behind the Wall of Sleep"

Restless Heart - "I'll Still Be Loving You"

The Rave-Ups - "Positively Lost Me"

Boston - "Can'tcha Say"

Bruce Hornsby & the Range - "On the Western Skyline"

Tony Carey - "A Fine Fine Day"

Krokus - "Screaming in the Night"

The Stranglers - "Always the Sun"

The Style Council - "My Ever Changing Moods"

Kix - "Blow My Fuse"

Martin Briley - "The Salt in My Tears"

Quincy Jones/James Ingram - "Just Once"

World Party - "Ship of Fools"

Berlin - "The Metro"

Dan Fogelberg - "Missing You"

The Bible - "Graceland"

B-Movie - "Nowhere Girl"

Foghat - "Third Time Lucky (First Time I Was a Fool)"

Deep Purple - "Call of the Wild"

Gene Loves Jezebel - "Heartache"

Ronnie Milsap - "Smoky Mountain Rain"

Kansas - "Play the Game Tonight"

Billy Squier - "In the Dark"

The Alarm - "Strength"

Toad the Wet Sprocket - "One Little Girl"

Zebra - "Who's Behind the Door?"

Translator - "Everywhere That I'm Not"

Marillion - "Kayleigh"

Gear Daddies - "Cut Me Off"

The Call - "The Walls Came Down"

Timbuk 3 - "Life Is Hard"

The Motels - "Take the L"

Oingo Boingo - "Just Another Day"

Slade - "Run Runaway"

Santana - "Hold On"

Lone Justice - "Shelter"

INXS - "This Time"

The Del Fuegos - "I Still Want You"

Treat Her Right - "I Think She Likes Me"

Trip Shakespeare

Shoes - "In My Arms Again"

Judas Priest - "Out in the Cold"

XTC - "Love on a Farmboy's Wages"

Bruce Cockburn - "If I Had a Rocket Launcher"

Icicle Works - "Understanding Jane"

Jeffrey Osborne - "Stay With Me Tonight"

Gary Wright - "Really Wanna Know You"

Emerson, Lake & Powell - "Touch and Go"

KBC - "America"

The Mighty Lemon Drops - "Into the Heart of Love"

Frida - "I Know There's Something Going On"

Aztec Camera - "Somewhere in My Heart"

The Producers - "What's He Got"

The Bellamy Brothers - "Old Hippie"

J. Geils Band - "Angel in Blue"

Vinnie Vincent Invasion - "No Substitute"

The Hooters - "Day by Day"

Fleetwood Mac - "Love in Store"

Warren Zevon - "Ain't That Pretty At All"

Billy Ocean - "Love Is Forever"

Jane's Addiction - "Had a Dad"

The Spongetones - "Here I Go Again"

Peter Gabriel - "I Don't Remember"

James Taylor & J.D. Souther - "Her Town Too"

Living Colour - "Desperate People"

Platinum Blonde - "Somebody Somewhere"

Roxy Music - "Oh Yeah!"

The Sound - "Winter"

The Soft Boys - "There's Nobody Like You"

Fiction Factory - "Feels Like Heaven"

Hothouse Flowers - "Don't Go"

'Til Tuesday - "Coming Up Close"

Dave Alvin - "Every Night About This Time"

OMD - "Electricity"

Single Bullet Theory - "Keep It Tight"

Dreams So Real - "Bearing Witness"

The Kinks - "Do It Again"

The Blue Nile - "The Downtown Lights"

Moving Pictures - "What About Me"

Holly & the Italians - "Miles Away"

Hoodoo Gurus - "Bittersweet"

Franke & the Knockouts - "Sweetheart"

Phil Lynott - "Old Town"

Red Rockers - "Another Day"

Los Lobos - "Will the Wolf Survive?"

Joan Armatrading - "Drop the Pilot"

John Fogerty - "Rock and Roll Girls"

Midge Ure - "If I Was"

Altered Images - "I Could Be Happy"

Hollywood Rose - "Reckless Life"

Iggy Pop - "Pumpin' for Jill"

Suzanne Vega - "Gypsy"

Gary Myrick - "She Talks in Stereo"

Van Stephenson - "Modern Day Delilah"

Delbert McClinton - "Givin' It Up for Your Love"

Benjamin Orr - "Stay the Night"

Britny Fox - "Long Way to Love"

Charlie Sexton - "Beat's So Lonely"

Jackson Browne - "For America"

The The - "Uncertain Smile"

Tommy Tutone - "No Way to Cry"

Mary Chapin Carpenter - "Never Had It So Good"

The Bevis Frond - "Lights Are Changing"

Thomas Dolby - "One of Our Submarines"

fIREHOSE - "The Softest Hammer"

Champaign - "How 'Bout Us"

Hunters & Collectors - "Throw Your Arms Around Me"

Then Jerico - "Let Her Fall"

Human Sexual Response - "Dolls"

Shooting Star - "Flesh and Blood"

The Jam - "Absolute Beginners"

Guadalcanal Diary - "Litany (Life Goes On)"

Donald Fagen - "I.G.Y."

Bad Brains - "I Against I"

Utopia - "Feet Don't Fail Me Now"

Fugazi - "Bulldog Front"

Concrete Blonde - "Make Me Cry"

Lyle Lovett - "You Can't Resist It"

The Alan Parsons Project - "Don't Answer Me"

Brian Wilson - "Love and Mercy"

Alabama - "Love in the First Degree"

Bad Company - "One Night"

Russ Ballard - "In the Night"

The Fixx - "Driven Out"

The Dream Academy - "The Edge of Forever"

Peter Frampton's "Breaking All the Rules"

Europe - "Lyin' Eyes"

Atlanta Rhythm Section - "Alien"

Marshall Crenshaw - "Whenever You're on My Mind"

Split Enz - "Message to My Girl"

Dionne Warwick - "Heartbreaker"

Lou Reed - "Heavenly Arms"

Spandau Ballet - "Through the Barricades"

The Bats - "Not Easy for Me"

Lucinda Williams - "I Lost It"

Guided by Voices - "The Future Is in Eggs"

Paul Brady - "Crazy Dreams"

Leslie (Sam) Phillips - "River of Love"

The Cult - "Wild Flower"

Peabo Bryson - "If Ever You're in My Arms Again"

Goo Goo Dolls - "Sex Maggot"

Aztec Two-Step - "Velvet Elvis"

ABBA - "When All Is Said and Done"

Mike + the Mechanics - "Taken In"

The Sisters of Mercy - "Lucretia My Reflection"

Marti Jones - "Inside These Arms"

Teddy Pendergrass - "I Just Called to Say"

The Moody Blues - "The Voice"

Linda Ronstadt - "How Do I Make You"

Ambrosia - "Ready"

Rosanne Cash - "Blue Moon With Heartache"

The Knack - "Just Wait and See"

Jim Capaldi - "Love Used to Be a Friend of Mine"

Mr. Mister - "Something Real"

Texas - "Everyday Now"

The Replacements - "Alex Chilton"

Allan Clarke - "Slipstream"

Adam Ant - "Desperate But Not Serious"

Rockpile - "Teacher Teacher"

The Firm - "All the King's Horses"

Enuff Z'Nuff - "For Now"

The Ramones - "The KKK Took My Baby Away"

Dio - "The Last in Line"

Maria McKee - "Can't Pull the Wool Down (Over the Little Lamb's Eyes)"

'Night of the Comet' Film Soundtrack

BoDeans - "No One"

Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians - "Airscape"

Blue Rodeo - "Love and Understanding"

Meat Puppets - "Split Myself in Two"

The Church - "Lost"

Wishbone Ash - "Living Proof"

Bob Mould - "See a Little Light"

McAuley-Schenker Group - "Anytime"

Keith Richards - "Make No Mistake"

Tom Robinson - "Atmospherics (Listen to the Radio)"

Billy Burnette - "Don't Say No"

Dramarama - "Questions?"

The Go-Betweens - "Streets of Your Town"

The Fall - "Cruiser's Creek"

John Gorka - "Love Is Our Cross to Bear"

Outlaws - "Angels Hide"

Robbie Robertson - "Showdown at Big Sky"

Robert Tepper - "No Easy Way Out"

Steve Winwood - "Spanish Dancer"

Queen- "I Go Crazy"

Boz Scaggs - "Breakdown Dead Ahead"

Nicolette Larson - "Rebel in the Rain"

Steve Earle - "Goodbye's All We've Got Left"

Vandenberg - "Burning Heart"

Gerry Rafferty - "Nothing Ever Happens Down Here"

The Jam - "Ghosts"

Sammy Hagar - "There's Only One Way to Rock"

The Dream Syndicate - "That's What You Always Say"

Gary Moore - "Empty Rooms"

Manfred Mann's Earth Band - "Lies (All Through the '80s)"

Garland Jeffreys - "Innocent"

Fred Eaglesmith - "Take It All Away"

Steppenwolf - "Rock & Roll Rebels"

Government Cheese - "Face to Face"

Joe Walsh - "Things"

Neil Young - "No More"

The Connells - "Sal"

The Everly Brothers - "Born Yesterday"

The Vapors - "News at Ten"

Ric Ocasek - "Emotion in Motion"

Trevor Rabin - "Open Ended"

Difford & Tilbrook - "Hope Fell Down"

Pointer Sisters- "Should I Do It"

Wax - "Right Between the Eyes"

Clarence Clemons - "You're a Friend of Mine"

Paul Collins' Beat - "The Kids Are the Same"

Rodney Crowell - "'Till I Gain Control Again"

Foster & Lloyd - "Sure Thing"

Slow Children - "Staring at the Ceiling"

Doughboys - "I Remember"

Pylon - "Stop It"

Golden Palominos - "Kind of True"

Face to Face - "Wreckless Heart"

Hawks - "It's All Right, It's OK"

Rank and File - "Sound of the Rain"

The Sundays - "Can't Be Sure"

R.E.M. - "Cuyahoga"

Rufus & Chaka Khan - "Ain't Nobody"

Ian McLagan & the Bump Band - "Told a Tale on You"

Nik Kershaw - "You Might"

Mission of Burma - "That's When I Reach for My Revolver"

Al Jarreau - "We're in This Love Together"

Animotion - "I Want You"

Giant - "I'm a Believer"

Colorblind James Experience - "Considering a Move to Memphis"

Sparks - "I Predict"

Shalamar - "A Night to Remember"

Yazoo - "Only You"

Gogmagog - "Living in a F*!#ing Time Warp"

Jamie Sheriff - "Waitress in a Diner"

Burton Cummings - "Heavenly Blue"

Arthur Lee - "Bend Down"

Dwight Twilley - "Touchin' the Wind"

Robin Trower - "Ready for the Taking"

Whitney Houston - "All at Once"

Don Henley - "You Can't Make Love"

Rachel Sweet - "Take Good Care of Me"

Gamma - "Mean Streak"

The Undertones - "There Goes Norman"

Ten Years After - "Wild Is the River"

The Desert Rose Band - "One Step Forward"

The House of Love - "Love in a Car"

Scandal - "Love's Got a Line on You"

Men at Work - "Giving Up"

Beastie Boys - "She's On It"

X - "See How We Are"

Donna Summer - "Walk Away"

Bob Welch - "Nightmare"

Little Feat - "Hate to Lose Your Lovin'"

Prism - "Don't Let Him Know"

Prefab Sprout - "Cars and Girls"

New Grass Revival - "Sweet Release"

Wire Train - "I'll Do You"

Nick Heyward - "Blue Hat for a Blue Day"

Jon Lord - "Chance on a Feeling"

Blue Peter - "Chinese Graffiti"

Bobby Caldwell - "To Know What You've Got"

Andy Fraser - "Fine, Fine Line"

Material Issue - "Sixteen Trombones"

Associates - "It's Better This Way"

Hi-Fi - "I Can't Fade Away"

Babylon Dance Band - "When I'm Home"

Kirsty MacColl - "Innocence"

Kitchens of Distinction - "The 3rd Time We Opened the Capsule"

Discharge - "The Price of Silence"

Dexy's Midnight Runners - "The Celtic Soul Brothers"

Marty Balin - "Hearts"

Willie Nile - "Vagabond Moon"

Scott Walker - "Track Three (Delayed)"

Ian Hunter - "Death 'N' Glory Boys"

Loudon Wainwright III - "Thanksgiving"

Streets - "If Love Should Go"

Kim Carnes - "Does It Make You Remember"

Public Enemy - "You're Gonna Get Yours"

Rush - "Red Barchetta"

Ratt - "In Your Direction"

Graham Parker - "Wake Up (Next to You)"

Tom Verlaine - "A Future in Noise"

Divinyls - "Only Lonely"

The Reivers - "Cowboys"

Tangier - "On the Line"

The Railway Children - "In the Meantime"

Pete Shelley - "Telephone Operator"

The Comsat Angels - "You Move Me"

Tim Curry - "On a Roll"

Mac Davis - "Let's Keep It That Way"

Any Trouble - "Girls Are Always Right"

O-Positive - "up, uP, UP"

Carlene Carter - "Madness"

Game Theory - "Crash Into June"

George Jones - "Still Doin' Time"

The Kings - "This Beat Goes On/Switchin' to Glide"

Killing Joke - "A New Day"

Candy - "First Time"

Echo & the Bunnymen - "Bedbugs and Ballyhoo"

Van Halen - "Summer Nights"

Winter Hours - "Broken Little Man"

The Angels - "Fashion and Fame"

Crack the Sky - "The Radio Cries (It's Singles Time)"

Big Dipper - "All Going Out Together"

Deborah Allen - "Baby I Lied"

Kim Mitchell - "Go for Soda"

The Shooters - "They Only Come Out at Night"

Midnight Star - "Curious"

Let's Active - "Waters Part"

Daryl Hall - "Sacred Songs"

The Pandoras - "In and Out of My Life (In a Day)"

Pink Fairies - "I Might Be Lying"

Dumptruck - "Hung Out on a Line"

Magnum - "Hit and Run"

Dancing Hoods - "Baby's Got Rockets"

Jane Wiedlin - "Blue Kiss"

T. Graham Brown - "I Tell It Like It Used to Be"

Vixen - "Waiting"

The Replacements - "Little Mascara"

Lou Reed - "Good Evening Mr. Waldheim"

Keats - "Tragedy"

The Grapes of Wrath - "Misunderstanding"

Ups & Downs - "The Living Kind"

Off Broadway - "Stay in Time"

Payolas - "In a Place Like This"

John Mellencamp - "Thundering Hearts"

Scream - "No More Censorship"

Frehley's Comet - "Insane"

Steve Wariner - "Some Fools Never Learn"

Miracle Legion - "The Backyard"

Jim Carroll Band - "Wicked Gravity"

Lindsey Buckingham - "Go Insane"

The Primitives - "Crash"

Clarence Carter - "Strokin'"

Alexander O'Neal - "If You Were Here Tonight"

King's X - "Over My Head"

The Silencers - "Painted Moon"

Drivin' N' Cryin' - "Honeysuckle Blue"

Spider - "What's Going On"

The Wonder Stuff - "Cartoon Boyfriend"

The Rain Parade - "You Are My Friend"

Klaatu - "A Million Miles Away"

'The Wraith' Soundtrack
Revered by some as one of the most enjoyable cult films of the '80s, 1986's 'The Wraith' certainly delivers one of the best arena rock soundtracks of the era.

Novo Combo
Sadly, the distinct American new wave and power pop band Novo Combo is not one of the groups best remembered from the early-'80s heyday for post-punk melodic guitar rock.

Forgotten Gem of the '80s - Died Pretty
Built on the spirited, scrappy vocals of frontman Ron Peno, the eclectic early alternative rock band Died Pretty served as one of Australia's finest unsung bands of the '80s,

Forgotten Gem of the '80s - Dugan McNeill - "Walls Come Down"
Early-'80s eclectic arena rock band Chameleon never made the big time, and neither did its bassist and lead vocalist Dugan McNeill. But maybe they should have.

Forgotten Gem of the '80s - Yo La Tengo - "Clunk"
Indie rock band Yo La Tengo began its career during the mid '80s, bringing a freewheeling, lively approach to the early years of indie and alternative rock.

Forgotten Gem of the '80s - Peter Himmelman
Minnesota singer-songwriter Peter Himmelman often receives the label of a musician's musician, and his history as a serious, multi-faceted artist got its start during the '80s.

Forgotten Gem of the '80s - Uncle Green
Though originating in New Jersey, guitar rock band Uncle Green relocated to Atlanta and became a well-received if generally little-known underground band.

Forgotten Gem of the '80s - True Believers
California singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo has built nearly a four-decade rough-and-tumble career as a musical survivor, and his '80s roots rock band True Believers was one of his finest moments.

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