1980’s: Terrifyingly "Inspirational" Songs

Halloween is over. Unfortunately. But boy do I have found some scary stuff: Cracked’s The 10 Most Terrifyingly Inspirational ’80s Songs

The Final Countdown” by Europe – politicians seem to love this tune during election times, heard loads of times from Austria to South America. Nobody really knows what the countdown is for but  “we’re heading for Venus, and still we’ll stand tall!”.

Wanted(Dead Or Alive)” by Bon Jovi – Jon Bon Jovi wanted to be a cowboy and a “Colt in your stable,” with his 80’s hockey hair. I think this has to be one of those moments in the history of music, were you don’t really know what to say, you just smile and move on to the Teletubbies.

I’m loving the story behind this one: “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen: Apparently Sylvester Stallone wanted this song for Rocky III, as the official theme, BUT Freddy Mercury refused to grant him permission!

To add insult to injury, three years later Queen would give rights to their song “One Vision” to the movie Iron Eagle. This was a goofy flying movie in which Louis Gossett Jr. wanders around a flight deck for 96 minutes before crapping in a bucket and asking to go home. In response, Sylvester Stallone made Rocky IV, in which he beats Communism half to death with his bare hands.

I didn’t know this: when played backwards the chorus of “Another One Bites the Dust” clearly states “It’s fun to smoke marijuana.”

Holding Out for a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler – Annoying. Every time I hear this song it just simply annoys me. Ironically the “search for a hero til the end of the night” was featured in “Footloose” and Kevin Bacon danced and worked “out some emotions” in the warehouse. Someone to look up to, truly.

I knew before I even scrolled down to #1 on the List that it just had to be “Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor. So after Queen denied Rocky the usage rights to “Another One Bites the Dust”, this gem step into it’s place. “Eye of the Tiger” is the ultimate 1980’s fight montage.

When anything insurmountable occurs, from massive corporate takeovers to pie-eating contests, “Eye of the Tiger” may be faintly heard, wafting distantly in the wind. If life is Goliath, “Eye of the Tiger” is its Rocky David.

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