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Back to the '80's: Top 10 Instrumentals of the 80's

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Top 10 Instrumentals of the 80's

Oh Yeah

While this may not be an instrumental in the strictest sense of the term, it really doesn't have any singing in it either. There are some "Oh Yeahs" and some "Beautifuls" dispersed throughout the song, but that's about it.

What made this such an important 80's instrumental was it's appearance in movies such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Secret to my Success, K-9 and She's Out of Control.

Close to the Edit
Art of Noise

I'll never forget when this video came out. The little girl really freaked me out. Still does. Good music, strange video.

Kenny G

Before Kenny G was so busy trying to break world's record by hitting the all-time longest notes, he was busy hitting the charts in the 80's with smooth sounding jazz songs such as this.

The A-Team Theme
Mike Post and Pete Carpenter

As soon as you heard the music you knew you were in for some laughs and plenty of action. The song has a militaristic sound to it, yet still carries a nice enough tune to listen to and enjoy over and over.

Hill Street Blues Theme
Mike Post feat. Larry Carlton on guitar

Great music and perfect for the series. This theme was written by one of the same guys that wrote The A-Team Theme above. I'd say he's pretty good at his job.

Miami Vice Theme
Jan Hammer

The coolest television series on the air had to have the coolest theme, so Jan Hammer was brought in to handle the music for Miami Vice. It would be pretty hard to think of Miami Vice with any other theme now, wouldn't it?

Axel F
Harold Faltermeyer

The name of the song comes from Eddie Murphy's character, Axel Foley, in Beverly Hills Cop, which the song was written for.

Herbie Hancock

Not only was this one of the most innovative song of it's time but it was also one of the most innovative music videos of all-time.

Love Theme from St. Elmo's Fire
David Foster

This plain and simply is just beautiful music. It's one of those songs that immediately transports you back in time. It gives you a soothing sense of happiness for all things past.

Chariots of Fire

What a great song! When I hear Chariots of Fire, I immediately think of triumphing over impossible odds. It's one of the very few instrumentals to have ever hit #1 on the charts.

Hope you enjoyed this list of instrumentals. Do you think other songs should have been included on this list or some on this list should not have? Leave your opinions in the comments section below.

I'll be typin' at ya later,
Bob the Blogger


AJUK said...

No Theme For The Great Cities?

Anonymous said...

Close to the Edit is still one of the most imaginative, if not disturbing videos I've ever seen.