The 80’s

The 1980’s were an amazing time for pop music. Some of the most memorable bands came out of that era and some of the best drumming did too. It was a time when drummers were first incorporating electronics with their acoustic drums and experimenting with what was possible. Many of the technologies that are used today came out of the 80’s. I have Serious FM and my favorite channel is 80’s on 8. It’s like taking a trip back in time. The music is still great and I even love getting behind the kit and playing along on my iPhone to my favorite 80’s classics.

My Top 10 best pop drumming performances on 80’s hits (in no order):

  1. Missing Persons “Do You Hear Me”
  2. Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget About Me”
  3. The Outfield “Your Love”
  4. INXS “What You Need”
  5. Level 42 “Something About You”
  6. Michael Jackson “Wanna Be Startin’ Something”
  7. Madonna “Material Girl”
  8. Prince “Purple Rain”
  9. Tears for Fears “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”
  10. Mister Mister “Kyrie”

(Honorable mentions: Duran Duran, Midnight Oil, DEVO and Depeche Mode)

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