All eras can be remembered by the popular music was played during their time. But no era was especially as defined by its music as the 80s, if for no other reason than you can name a genre of music in your iPod as '80s' and everyone will know what to expect.
You can expect to have something from the King of Pop in that playlist, a track from the Police, and perhaps a song from a band that never escaped the 80s like Frankie Goes to Hollywood or Soft Cell.
Those songs were exactly what appeared when UK motoring information resource HPI released the top ten favorite driving tracks of the 80s. The list is called the Ultimate 80s Drive Time Top Ten.
The complete list is as follows:
1. Queen "I Want to Break Free"
2. Soft Cell "Tainted Love"
3. Michael Jackson "Billie Jean"
4. Survivor "Eye of the Tiger"
5. Frankie Goes to Hollywood "Relax"
6. U2 "With or Without You"
7. A-Ha "Take on Me"
8. Ultravox "Vienna"
9. Police "Don't Stand so Close to Me"
10. Dexy's Midnight Runners "Come on Eileen"
HPI Consumer Services Manager Nicola Johnson has the same assumption I do. "It seems that traffic jams could be behind the choice, with Queen's 'I want to break free' taking the number one spot in our top ten 80s driving tracks." Although in our context I also want to break free of Bayani Fernando's visage scattered around the city. I almost feel sorry for him for losing his party's nomination to a guy whose only reason for being nominated is his loyalty to Malacañang. Almost.
I know all the songs in the list except Ultravox's "Vienna." Actually I don't know Ultravox at all. And I'm surprised Soft Cell ranked ahead of MJ. But other than that, it looks like a typical 80s playlist. Although if this were a Filipino playlist I'm sure Seona Dancing's "More to Lose" would be included, maybe even in the top five. It's ironic because Seona Dancing's lead singer is Ricky Gervais, who is a very popular British comedian.
What about you, what are your favorite 80s driving tunes?