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Against the Wind

RSN 1980s Top 1000
List created by Gabriel Thy

When I left the chicken farm at Lofton Creek FL in September, 1980, little did I know that monumental rock icons Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Seger would soon start to fade into the background of history, at least for a rather long spell, as another set of celebrated sounds with different intellectual and emotional considerations and vocals would be pushed to the forefront of my consciousness. I was now residing in Hurricane Allen-ravaged Corpus Christi TX, at the request of my brother Clyde, the roofing contractor. After a short stint with him, I took on the task of breaking into the taxi business, becoming the only anglo is the all-hispanic company, Red Top Taxi. Punk and electronic had already made its mark on sound and fashion; the Eighties push had begun. This push started out as "new wave" which would morph into fresh pop in shiny day-glo new clothes. Punk would grow darker and heavier for the remainder of the decade. Metal became suburban big hair normal, slashing its crude assault on the senses known as speed metal. Even old pop rock bands from the 60s would hit the Eighties running with a new perspective, a new questioning, a new date zero, some 70s punk bands would tear through the Eighties as damn near mainstream giants, such as the Ramones and Iggy Pop. I would engage them all pn a more personal level than mere record listening, by relocating back to Atlanta for a brief eighteen month period, and then onto Washington, DC, home of the hardcore punk scene. This punk scene raged against me, and I raged right back.—December 29, 2013

No. Time Name Artist Plays Genre Year
1 5:15 Against the Wind Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 351 Rock 1980
2 8:10 White Wedding Parts 1&2 Billy Idol 342 Rock 1982
3 4:44 Dancing With Myself Billy Idol 318 Rock 1980
4 5:02 Lose This Skin The Clash 290 Punk 1980
5 5:17 In the Air Tonight Phil Collins 289 Rock 1981
6 4:53 People Who Died Jim Carroll Band 251 Punk 1980
7 4:46 88 Lines About 44 Women The Nails 249 New Wave 1984
8 3:56 She Belongs To Me Ramones 244 Punk 1986
9 4:59 Ten Witches 9353 244 Punk 1984
10 3:33 No Man's Land Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 236 Rock 1980
11 3:42 My War Black Flag 233 Punk 1984
12 4:30 Homosapien Pete Shelley 228 New Wave 1981
13 3:46 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Cyndi Lauper 222 Pop 1983
14 3:31 Real Wild Child Iggy Pop 221 Punk 1986
15 2:11 Rise Above Black Flag 219 Punk 1981
16 4:50 Big Log Robert Plant 219 Rock 1983
17 4:52 The River Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 214 Rock 1980
18 4:46 Troops of Tomorrow The Exploited 214 Punk 1982
19 7:49 Twilight Zone Golden Earring 210 Rock 1982
20 5:16 Repo Man Iggy Pop 209 Punk 1984
21 3:31 Fire Lake Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 206 Rock 1980
22 4:17 Beds Are Burning Midnight Oil 206 Rock 1987
23 3:32 Rockin' In the Free World (Live) Neil Young 206 Rock 1989
24 5:52 Never Say Never Romeo Void 205 New Wave 1982
25 2:56 Whole World's A Battlefield Immoral Discipline 204 Oi 1988
26 3:36 Wreck on the Highway Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 200 Rock 1980
27 10:49 Youth of America The Wipers 196 Punk 1981
28 3:33 Elvis Is Everywhere Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper 195 Rock 1987
29 3:20 We Want The Airwaves Ramones 193 Punk 1981
30 2:29 We Got The Beat Go Go's 192 New Wave 1981
31 6:32 Man of Peace Bob Dylan 191 Rock 1983
32 5:25 Tweeter & The Monkey Man Traveling Wilburys 190 Rock 1988
33 3:19 Modern Romans The Call 186 Rock 1983
34 4:51 Sweet Dreams Eurythmics 186 Rock 1983
35 4:53 With Or Without You U2 185 Rock 1987
35 4:33 Independence Day Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 183 Rock 1980
36 3:30 Fight For Your Right To Party Beastie Boys 182 Hip-Hop 1986
37 2:41 Our Lips Are Sealed Go Go's 182 New Wave 1981
38 3:49 Her Way of Praying The Jesus and Mary Chain 182 Rock 1989
39 3:58 No Surrender Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 181 Rock 1984
40 3:31 MTV Get Off The Air Dead Kennedys 180 Punk 1985
41 4:31 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For U2 180 Rock 1987
42 3:49 Remember Rock and Roll Radio? Ramones 179 Punk 1980
43 4:11 It's The End Of The World As We Know It R.E.M. 178 Rock 1987
44 5:12 I and I Bob Dylan 177 Rock 1983
45 2:18 I Fought The Law Dead Kennedys 177 Punk 1987
46 5:54 Strawman Lou Reed 177 Rock 1989
47 4:39 Hallelujah Leonard Cohen 176 Rock 1984
48 3:51 Der Mussolini D.A.F. 175 Electronic 1981
49 4:00 Walk Of Life Dire Straits 175 R&R 1985
50 3:52 The Cutter Echo & the Bunnymen 175 New Wave 1983
51 3:55 Radio Free Europe R.E.M. 175 Rock 1981
52 3:15 Can't Stop The World Go Go's 174 New Wave 1981
53 4:19 Abandoned Love Bob Dylan 173 Rock 1985
54 2:35 Psycho Therapy Ramones 172 Punk 1983
55 3:33 I Need A Life The Damned 170 Punk 1985
56 4:37 Good Evening Mr. Waldheim Lou Reed 170 Rock 1989
57 3:41 I'll Melt With You Modern English 170 New Wave 1982
58 4:10 Something To Believe In Ramones 170 Punk 1986
59 3:48 Roman P Psychic TV 169 Goth 1984
60 3:23 Trust Yourself Bob Dylan 168 Rock 1985
61 2:56 Windowshop For Love The Wipers 168 Punk 1980
62 5:44 Stranded Manfred Mann's Earth Band 167 Rock 1980
63 3:05 Masterplan Plasmatics 166 Hardcore 1981
64 2:02 I Love Living In The City Fear 165 Punk 1982
65 3:30 Political World Bob Dylan 164 Rock 1989
66 2:52 I Can Speak American Screaming Blue Messiahs 164 Rock 1988
67 4:55 Money Changes Everything Cyndi Lauper 163 Pop 1983
68 3:07 I Know What Boys Like Waitresses 162 New Wave 1982
69 2:55 Ring Them Bells Bob Dylan 161 Rock 1989
70 10:27 Shine On You Crazy Diamond Pink Floyd 161 Rock 1981
71 2:40 How Long You Wanna Live Anyway? Stray Cats 161 R&R 1983
72 3:55 Time After Time Cyndi Lauper 160 Pop 1983
73 3:32 Who Do You Want To Be Today Oingo Boingo 160 Rock 1983
74 3:14 I Wanna Marry You Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 159 Rock 1980
75 3:40 War The Exploited 159 Punk 1982
76 3:13 Do What You Do GBH 159 Punk 1986
77 2:18 These Boots Are Made For Walkin' Government Issue 159 Punk 1985
78 4:17 Love Vigilantes New Order 159 New Wave 1985
79 5:51 Point Blank Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 158 Rock 1980
80 3:40 She Bop Cyndi Lauper 158 Pop 1983
81 3:30 Between Planets The Jesus and Mary Chain 158 Rock 1989
82 2:44 Safety Dance Men Without Hats 158 New Wave 1982
83 3:25 Sweet Water Pools Screaming Blue Messiahs 158 Rock 1988
84 3:23 Time of Your Life The Call 157 Rock 1983
85 3:48 The Five Year Plan Dirty Rotten Imbeciles 157 Metal 1987
86 2:39 Money Embrace 157 Punk 1986
87 4:52 I Want To Know What Love Is Foreigner 157 Rock 1984
88 3:40 I Love America Alice Cooper 156 Rock 1983
89 6:58 Angelina Bob Dylan 155 Rock 1981
90 3:47 There Is No Time Lou Reed 155 Rock 1989
91 5:14 The Dead Heart Midnight Oil 153 Rock 1987
92 2:33 Adolescent Dream Manfred Mann's Earth Band 152 Rock 1980
93 2:44 War Stillborn 152 Rock 1988
94 3:35 Rockin' All Over The Place Stray Cats 152 R&R 1989
95 3:06 Hold On Tight Electric Light Orchestra 151 Rock 1981
96 3:34 Howling At The Moon(Sha-La-La) Ramones 151 Punk 1984
97 4:30 Sacrifice Flipper 150 Punk 1982
98 7:14 City Drops Into the Night Jim Carroll Band 150 Punk 1980
99 3:24 Nothing is True Jim Carroll Band 150 Punk 1980
100 3:09 Fake Friends Joan Jett & the Blackhearts 150 Rock 1983

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