One of the most popular rock bands was Journey, which released “Don’t Stop Believin'” in 1980. The song has a great guitar run and complex structure, and was a top hit in many countries. Its singer, Steve Perry, also made the song a huge success.
Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”
Pat Benatar’s song “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” is one of the most memorable songs of the 1980s. The song is from the band’s album Crimes of Passion and was written by Eddie Schwartz. It was released as the second single from the album and reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. It has also been certified platinum by the RIAA. In addition to reaching the top 10, this song has become one of the most recognized songs of the 1980s.
The song was written by Eddie Schwartz, and Benatar released it in 1980. It quickly reached the Top Ten and went on to sell more than a million copies. Benatar has been a vocal advocate for women’s rights and was interviewed by CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Jim Axelrod on the abuse of power in the music industry.
Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run”
While the album’s title might suggest that it is about life, the album’s songs actually tell a story. The characters are often in dire circumstances, but they are optimistic in the face of this harsh reality. It’s an album that’s worth listening to again, no matter what your age.
Born to Run is Springsteen’s best-known album and has received much critical acclaim. The album peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200, selling over six million copies in the U.S. alone. It is still considered to be Springsteen’s finest album.
Neil Young’s “It’s Too Late”
The classic Neil Young song is one of the most recognizable pieces of his oeuvre, and it’s a perfect example of his talent. This Canadian singer and songwriter first recorded the song with Crazy Horse, then performed it with The Band at the ‘Last Waltz’ concert. Its pristine sound is still hard to beat, and the song is one of his most popular.
The song is composed of three parts, each of which leads to the next, repeated chorus. The chorus blends seamlessly into the previous verse. Young’s lyrics refer to the qualities of a golden heart, while also referencing his own shortcomings. In this way, the song is a very personal work of art.
AC/DC’s “Smoke on the Water”
The classic rock band AC/DC has built a legacy with their blues-infused rock music. Lead by guitarist Malcolm Young and his brother Angus, the band has become an icon in rock music. They have influenced other bands such as Foo Fighters and Van Halen.
AC/DC released several hits during their career. Despite the popularity of the ’80s, they still found ways to create meaningful music. In 2008, the band released the Grammy-nominated album Black Ice, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album featured the classic line-up from the band’s heyday.
Little Richard’s “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”
Little Richard is one of the most influential musicians in the history of rock. His career spanned the 1950s and ’60s, and his songs helped define a generation of music fans. His trademark black eyeliner, bouffant hairdo, and flamboyant performances made him a sensation. His real name was Richard Penniman, and by the time of his death, he had sold over 32 million records worldwide. Little Richard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990. He also received a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 1993.
Cheap Trick’s “Surrender”
Despite their success, Cheap Trick have never been able to cross the world over, and “Surrender” is a fine example of that. The band’s lyrics are dark and subversive, making it difficult for a broad audience to relate to them. However, the song is one of the band’s finest works, and it captures the band’s essence in an unusual way.
While “Surrender” wasn’t Cheap Trick’s biggest chart hit, it’s still one of their most popular songs. The singer describes how overprotective his parents were when he was a teenager, and how he grew up listening to KISS records instead. The song was written in a single sitting, and it became the band’s first break into the Hot 100. Though it didn’t chart on the Hot 100 for too long, it remained relevant even after being released in 1978.