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The best-selling love songs of the 1980s

The 80s was a decade that produced some of the most memorable and iconic love songs in music history. There are several reasons why this decade was particularly rich in love songs:

  1. Rise of Pop Culture: The 80s was a decade that witnessed the rise of pop culture, with a focus on romance and relationships. This trend was reflected in the music of the time, with many love songs being produced by popular artists. This meant that love songs were widely consumed and significantly impacted popular culture.

  2. Technological advancements: The 80s was a time of technological advancements, particularly in music production. Using synthesizers and drum machines allowed for the creation of unique and innovative sounds, which lent themselves well to romantic ballads.

  3. Social and political changes: The 80s was a time of social and political changes, with many people becoming more open and accepting of different lifestyles and cultures. This led to greater freedom in expressing emotions, including love and romance. Love songs became an important medium for people to express their feelings and connect with others.

  4. Economic prosperity: The 80s was a time of economic prosperity in many parts of the world. This led to a sense of optimism and hope, reflected in the romantic themes of many love songs. Many of the songs of the time were about finding and holding onto love, resonating with people experiencing newfound success and happiness in their personal lives.

In conclusion, the 80s was a decade that produced some of the most memorable love songs of all time. The rise of pop culture, technological advancements, social and political changes, and economic prosperity created a rich and diverse musical landscape that celebrated love and romance.

Here are 10 of the best

"Careless Whisper" by George Michael

"Every Breath You Take" by The Police

"Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper

"I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder

"Endless Love" by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

"Hello" by Lionel Richie

"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" by Phil Collins

"Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie

"I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner

"True" by Spandau Ballet

These songs were popular in the 1980s and have become timeless classics that continue to be played on the radio and at weddings and other romantic events.


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