30.2 “Friend of a Wounded Heart” – Wayne Watson (1987)

Album – Watercolour Ponies

You know you can’t deny the strength of this Christian power ballad. What a joy to know that God is there for us when we’re hurting.

30.1 “Every Heart That Is Breaking” – Twila Paris (1988)

Album – For Every Heart

This is also a Christian power ballad about God being there for us when we hurt, which is why it is also #30. (Actually, I just forgot to include this song when I originally made my list.

29. “In Too Deep” – Genesis (1986)

Album – Invisible Touch

This is not the most critically appreciated era of Genesis, and this song is typical 80’s cheese, but I dig it.

28. “Tomorrow Started” – Talk Talk (1984)

Album – It’s My Life

I really like atmospheric synthy jams, and this one is hard to beat.

27. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” – Crowded House (1986)

Album – Crowded House

This is just a perfect 80’s radio single. Too bad stuff like this doesn’t stand a chance on the radio these days.

26. “Shout” – Tears For Fears (1985)

Album – Song From The Big Chair

You already have an opinion on this song; you won’t click play, nor care what I have to say.

25. “Why Must I” – ‘Til Tuesday (1988)

Album – Everything’s Different Now

The beautiful melancholy voice of Aimee Mann makes an already sad song sound 10 times sadder.

24. “Wrapped Around Your Finger” – The Police (1983)

Album – Synchronicity

The Police had lots of big songs, but this is a no-brainer pick for my favorite by them. This song has an atmospheric tinge, that I wish the band would have touched on a bit more often in their recordings, because it’s quite stunning.

23. “A Little Respect” – Erasure (1988)

Album – The Innocents

My favorite thing about this song is also my least favorite; the melody is so strong that it gets stuck in my head for days.

22. “Blue Monday” – New Order (1983)

Album – Power, Corruption & Lies

This is one of the most important and influential dance-pop singles ever, and it’s not hard to see why.

21. “Awesome God” – Rich Mullins (1988)

Album – Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth

I remember singing this song with a group of friends in front of the church when I was in 8th grade. Rich Mullins was one of the first true artists whose lyrics really resonated with me.

To read part one and an overview of my list go to Songs 40-31