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by Steven G (subscribe)
Too much tertiary education... Former performer/wrestler, teacher, scientist; Published author & Father... Want to be a writer if I grow up...
Published February 11th 2022
Songs from the heart about the heart
The third in my heart series, following the 1950s and 60s and the 1970s. And, yes, this is another list of twelve tracks because, as regular readers will know, the 80s are my teenage years in audio form. The wedding anniversary that started this did not include these songs, but in collating my "heart" songs, I couldn't resist and put together a fine list of tracks from this, the best of musical decades.

So, in my continuing attempt to take this Valentine's Day seriously: songs about the heart, part 3!
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Yes, this is the third in a series of these songs. By the time I have finished, there will be a fantastic playlist here. Who needs Spotify when I have way too much music?

Okay… Here's the continuing list!


'Hungry Heart' by Bruce Springsteen (1980)

One of the many highlights from the great The River double album. On the live version from Live 1975-85, the audience sings the opening verse and chorus without any help. It is that sort of song. So good, and one of my favourites from a catalogue that is one of the very best.


'Queen Of Hearts' by Juice Newton (1981)

As much as I like Dave Edmunds, this cover version by country singer Juice Newton is the better one, with that acoustic guitar driving it along and her sweet voice sounding wonderful. This is a song my mum, who is not a fan of country music, even likes.


'Stop Draggin' My Heart Around' by Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty (1981)

This is a track done by two artists at the peak of their careers. From the magnificent Bella Donna album, this is one of the highlights from that wonderful collection, and is such a good song, no matter what.


'Temporary Heartache' by Swanee (1982)

This song is one I have always liked, the first Swanee song I heard. The piano pushing the track along, the sing-along chorus, Swanee's great vocal delivery – this is a wonderful bit of pop-rock goodness.


'Total Eclipse Of The Heart' by Bonnie Tyler (1983)

From Faster Than The Speed of Night, written by the late, great Jim Steinman, this is truly one of one of the best songs of all time. Sorry. I love this song and any time I can put it on a list, it will be there. And Tyler's second time in a heart list!


'Owner Of A Lonely Heart' by Yes (1983)

Speaking of second times on heart lists, who would have thought Yes would also appear twice? But how can I resist when this, Yes' best-known song among casual listeners, and a great track in its own right.


'Straight From The Heart' by Bryan Adams (1983)

One of the ballads that Adams has become so known for (despite recording some really fine rock tracks), this is from early on in his career, and is a really good track. Oh, and because I am on a Bonnie Tyler thing here, she did a fine version as well.


'Somewhere In My Heart' by Aztec Camera (1987)

One of the way too many apparent one-hit wonders of the 1980s, this song, with its brass section and Roddy Frame's wonderful singing, is a track that got me interested in the band, and yet, in Australia, I could never find any of their albums. So I bought the 12" of this instead.


'Heart And Soul' by T'Pau (1987)

This is not the first time this song has come up. Carol Decker's voice is so good, and the band deserved more than the two charting hits they had. But this song with her singing accompaniment to herself is really well put together and sounds fantastic.


'Bridge To Your Heart' by Wax (1987)

"Hold it… Now!" Wax were one of the many bands to emerge from the remains of 10cc, and this was really their only song to chart outside of the UK. But this song is so much fun. I have it on 45 (yes – vinyl!) and it was always pulled out until the end of the 90s when we had parties at my place. It's that sort of song.


'Two Strong Hearts' by John Farnham (1988)

As far as heart songs go, this Farnesy classic is possibly one of the most fun ones, and while it might not be a romantic wonder, it is still a great song, worth singing along to. As I discovered when I saw Farnham live in concert in the 90s.


'Listen To Your Heart' by Roxette (1988)

And we finish with a ballad by a band that in the 80s and early 90s was everywhere, pop, ballads, music that made you want to sing. Marie Fredriksson was an underrated singer and the band deserved the success they had. And this song is so beautiful.


A dozen songs about hearts from the 1980s. A list that is slightly less eclectic than the others, but it is the 1980s and so all the music is great. Of course, I might be biased…

Hope you enjoyed this one!

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