Rick Springfield knows what he’s talking about when it comes to 1980s music. The Aussie rocker, 66, whose album Rocket Science is out now, revealed some of his favorite tracks from that decade, ranging from David Bowie to The Church to Big Country. Check out his rad ’80s picks, shared exclusively with Us Weekly.
“Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood: “I was filming the video for ‘Love Somebody,’ heard it and said, ‘I’m screwed! This is a new sound.’”
“China Girl” by David Bowie: “I could easily pick 100 great Bowie songs. Everyone loves Bowie or at least one of his best incarnations.”
“Human” by The Human League: “This has such a monster of a melody. I’ve also always loved the listless way Philip Oakey sings it.”
“Almost With You” by The Church: “One of my favorite bands. This is their supreme song, not ‘Under the Milky Way.’”
“Velcro Fly” by ZZ Top: “They’re my favorite American band. Best guitars ever, and that swanky voice is f–king awesome!”
“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears: “It’s such a great, big-sounding song and represented the top of what Britain was about back then.”
“Gloria” by U2: “Love this. It’s from before they exploded and were a cult band. Only supercool people knew them.”
“Tainted Love” by Soft Cell: “To me, this one always sounded like the 1960s filtered through 1981. Such a highly original track.”
“Beds Are Burning” by Midnight Oil: “I love what this song says. The chorus harmonies are unique. Great super compressed percussion as well!”
“In a Big Country” by Big Country: “What a great debut single this was. Steve Lillywhite’s production is dynamic, and the song is so damn hopeful.”
“Don’t Wanna Fall in Love” by Jane Child: “Great hook and the keyboard arrangement is so cool. Where did she go? She was awesome!”
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