Melissa’s choice: “Purple Rain”
I know, I’m already dodging. And I concede that when Prince performed the title song from his 1984 soundtrack in concert, even the cacophonous guitar solo at the end of the song exploded with vitality. But registered? A beating chore.
Rodney’s choice: “Batdance”
This song reached number 1 in the summer of 1989 but is rarely heard for a reason: it is basically a weird promo for the movie “Batman”. There are some cool song elements built in here, but it feels more tinkered with for commercial purposes than for artistic merit.
Melissa’s choice: “A matter of trust”
In 1986, Joel certainly won the right to indulge in a vanity project, and it was his only success to spotlight it on the electric guitar instead of the piano. Unfortunately for longtime fans, Joel’s go-to project manifested itself in simple, monotonous chords, slow rhythm, and an attempt at Springsteen-esque grit.
Rodney’s choice: “You are only human”
This is Billy at his most preacher. An original song he wrote for his “Greatest Hits Vol. 1 and Vol. Released 2 “, this top 10 hits from 1985 was a way to help kids with depression and suicidal thoughts, so the intentions were good. But as a song it’s both annoying and flabby lyrical.
Melissa’s choice: “Crocodile Rock”
Perhaps this is due to the fact that thousands of uncoordinated commuters try to dance while singing the squeaky chorus “la la la la la” from John’s first hit # 1 (in 1972) in concert which spoiled all the fun. of this song. But the inanity and novelty of the song also contribute.