With the new year upon us, we here at Le Blog have been putting a little attention on looking back 30 years at the pop culture of 1985. As the resident music enthusiast, I’ve decided to write a quick opinion piece naming my favorite albums of that year. I was 15 years old at the time, so my options were pretty limited then, and only a couple of these are records I was familiar with soon after their release. Most of the popular top 40 type music of the mid 80s was frothy fun and if you look at the top-selling singles of the year you’ll find undeniable pop gems like George Michael’s “Careless Whisper,” A-ha’s “Take on Me,” and Pat Benatar’s “We Belong.” USA for Africa’s “We are the World” was one of the most played tunes and included a huge contingent of what were current stars. It’s not a particular favorite of mine, but it seemed like an appropriate top image for this article. There is plenty of popular music from 1985 that I have warm feelings for despite its general glossy sheen, however. While some of my all-time favorite albums show up the next year, there was also a general turn toward a more shallow kind of dance pop and the dreaded hair metal groups. That leaves 1985 as a sort of last stand of mainstream music appealing to me.
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