This next 5 songs offers a little something for everybody - here we go!
80) Fortunate Son - Credence Clearwater Revival - (1969) -- Maybe the greatest anti-war anthem of all times, the defiant "Fortunate Son" is a song that John Fogerty wrote about "those who support military action and force, without ever having to actually pay the cost themselves." In calling out the rich and the priviledged, he forever endeared himself, and his band, to our real American heroes and patriots. A great song that reminds all of us - that those are our brothers and sisters fighting for our freedom.
79) Same Love - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert (2012) -- Nobody has been hotter than Macklemore over the last two years, and he really got it right with 'Same Love'. Never one to shy away from controversy, this is a song about gay and lesbian rights, as well as same sex marriages. Not a topic that the hip hop world will always easily and openly embrace. The message here, is that we are all equal, period. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are here to stay, for sure.
78) Centerfold - J. Geils Band - (1981) -- Talk about a song that has withstood the test of time! The song is about a man who is shocked to discover that his high school crush appeared in a centerfold spread for a men's magazine - and now he can't decide between his anger and his lust. It has been my experience that "lust" usually wins that one! But its a great song and a fantastic video, that perfectly captures the feeling of the early 80's.
77) I Need Your Lovin - Teena Marie - (1980) -- 'Lady T' was, without question, one of the most soulful and talented women in the history of R & B music. She busted on the scene in 1980 with a fantastic LP called "Irons In The Fire" - and 'I Need Your Lovin' was it's first single. A great song that really caught the eyes and ears of the pop music and R & B world, and it catapulted Teena Marie into an instant star. White or black, it did'nt matter - everybody loved Teena Marie - and she was truly one of a kind.
76) The Ghost In You - The Psychedelic Furs ( 1984) -- The 'Furs were the epitome of a British, 80's, new-wave band. Powered by brothers Richard and Tim Butler, the 'Furs had their own very distinct sound, mostly because of the haunting and hypnotic vocals of Richard. Its a terrific song about someone who has to try and figure some things out for themself, which can be difficult. A reminder that we have to love and understand ourself before we can love and/or understand anyone else.
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