What are some popular 80s songs?


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Some popular 80s songs include Prince’s “When Doves Cry” and The Smiths’ “How Soon Is Now?” From pop to rock, these hit songs defined the decade and influenced countless artists to come.

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The bass-free “When Doves Cry” was the lead single from Prince’s decade defining album and film “Purple Rain.” Prince recorded every instrument on the track himself, and the song is a mixture of his perfectly honed pop sensibilities and ear for experimentation.

The Smiths’ brooding, atmospheric single “How Soon Is Now?” became one of the defining songs of the 1980s, combining Morrissey’s tenderhearted, searching lyrics with some of guitarist Johnny Marr’s most unique instrumentation. The song’s mood and tone went on to influence countless rock bands in the 1990s.

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