General chatter - Good, well known songs of the 50s-80s

09-16-2013, 05:41 AM
Well i'm making a CD for Christmas day (;)) and I need some REALLY GOOD songs from the (including) 50s to the 80s. I've heard heaps of good songs over the years but I've never picked up the names of them unfortunately.

So far I have:

Jail House Rock - Elvis Presley

Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley

Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

Footloose - Kenny Loggins

Why Does Love Do This To Me - The Dance Exponents

Burning Love - Elvis Presley

Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley

Mamma Mia - ABBA

I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston

Daddy Cool - Boney M

Sunny - Boney M

I do have a few songs in there that aren't from the 50s-80s. But I would prefer the rest to be in the area.
& yes! I do know it's way too early to be planning stuff for Christmas, but I just simply can't wait and this CD is keeping me sane! ;)

So yeah, well known songs, with a good beat to dance too is what I'm looking for.

09-16-2013, 06:03 AM
Do you like the Beatles? Here are a few songs for slow dancing:


-In My Life

-I'll Follow The Sun

Do you want to include Christmas Songs?

-Christmas Time by The Beatles

-Blue Christmas by Elvis

-The Christmas Song by The Carpenters

-Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helm

09-16-2013, 06:22 AM
I realize that you might want songs that are more fun:

-Old Fashioned Rock and Roll by Bob Seger

-Celebration by Kool and The Gang

-Shout by The Isley Brothers

-Walking On Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves

09-16-2013, 11:54 AM
Phil Spector's Christmas album is INCREDIBLE. s_cover.jpg

09-17-2013, 05:04 AM
Thanks so much guys! :)

09-17-2013, 05:53 AM
Check out this list ( of 28 80s Songs That Will Always Make You Happy.

09-17-2013, 07:12 PM
I Second That Emotion - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

Nowhere to Run - Martha & the Vandellas

I Heard it Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye

We Are Family - Sister Sledge

Neutron Dance - Pointer Sisters

Joy to the World - Three Dog Night

Fat Bottom Girls - Queen (Pretty much all of Queen IMO)

Here Comes the Sun - George Harrison

Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves

The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Several versions

Lady Marmalade - Several versions

Walk This Way - Aerosmith

Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Come Together - Beatles (I like the Joe Cocker cover in Across the Universe)

Honky Cat - Elton John

Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin

Venus - Bananarama

Jumpin Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones

Vogue - Madonna

Don't Stop (thinking about tomorrow) - Fleetwood Mac

Amy and Two Lane Highway - Pure Prairie League

Dog and Butterfly - Heart

Carry on My Wayward Son - Kansas

I Wish - Stevie Wonder

These are pop and rock standards that are primarily upbeat I could go on but these came to the top of my head. folk and reflective type songs I left off.

Have fun.

09-20-2013, 09:08 PM
Awesome! Thank you. :D

09-20-2013, 09:38 PM
Rockin' Robin - Bobby Day

09-20-2013, 10:42 PM
ohmygod! thank you! I love this song. :)

09-20-2013, 11:00 PM
Burning Down the House, Talking Heads
Fashion, David Bowie
We Don't Need No Education, Pink Floyd
Satisfaction, Rolling Stones

09-21-2013, 01:23 PM
Mr. Blue Sky by ELO never fails to make me smile. Very upbeat song.

09-21-2013, 10:07 PM
This is a fun thread! :cool:

How about Billy Joel? I still love his music!!!

09-21-2013, 10:25 PM
Do you like the Beatles? Here are a few songs for slow dancing:


-In My Life

-I'll Follow The Sun

Do you want to include Christmas Songs?

-Christmas Time by The Beatles

This, though the Christmas song is just Paul McCartney.

09-21-2013, 10:46 PM
"I'm So Excited" - Pointer Sisters
"Hip to Be Square" - Huey Lewis & the News
"Take on Me" - A-Ha
"Walk Like an Egyptian" - The Bangles
"You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" - Dead or Alive
Goody Two Shoes - Adam Ant
Raspberry Beret - Prince
"Everybody Have Fun Tonight" - Wang Chung
"Whip It" - Devo

Can't do the 80's without Madonna -- maybe not "Like a Virgin" or even "Material Girl" for Christmas Day, but how about Holiday or Lucky Star?

Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" makes me instantly happy whenever I hear it.

For ultimate 80's Christmas --
"Last Christmas" - Wham! (
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" - Band Aid

09-22-2013, 06:16 AM
"Last Christmas" - Wham! (

This would be by far my favourite Christmas song, followed closely by Snoopy's Christmas.

09-22-2013, 11:37 AM It's one of mine, too! Good song that has held up since 1984!