5. “Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister- From the 1985 album Welcome to the Real World, “Broken Wings” was the first #1 hit for Mr. Mister. One of the things most memorable about this song is the pitting of the disjointed rhythm of the electric guitar against the beat of the drum which actually flow together smoothly giving it a very unique song. The lyrics are poetic, like much of the music from the time, featuring the talents of lyricist John Lang.
Perhaps more so than any other decade, the 80's were defined by the music. With some of the greatest artists and most memorable moments of music history packed into the beloved decade it is hard to choose only 20 songs that define the era but the ones the follow are the songs that best defined the decade, saw some of the greatest success, and still have the power to inspire us for one reason or another.