The Sign of My Times

80 Going underground, atomic love will tear us apart. Back in black, the atmosphere that’s entertainment turns ashes to ashes my sweet Enola Gay.

81 So “Pretty in Pink”, pull up to the bumper of this ghost town by the river.  Love action, too drunk to fuck, I’m under pressure from your tainted love…but I believe in love.

82 Run to the hills, Billie Jean because the temptation of this house of fun will send you straight to Hell. I will rock the Casbah and rip it up on the way to Atlantic City.  Come on Eileen, should I stay or should I go, to Rio?

83 On blue Monday, this charming man sings his song to the siren, white lines…don’t don’t do it!

84 Two tribes, the Boys of Summer and The Killing Moon. You spin me round, time after time when doves cry. How soon is now to jump?

85 In between days don’t you forget about me. The hounds of love just like honey. On the road to nowhere we care a lot, shipbuilding the whole of the Moon.

86 Living on a prayer, this velocity girl is a master of puppets.  Past Graceland there is a light that never goes out.  If I walk this way, I might just word up out of this bizarre love triangle.

87 What have I don’t to deserve this? It’s a sin that I need you tonight. Just like Heaven, the Fairytale of New York on April skies shows the sign ‘o’ the times and never let me down again. I’m gonna push it and pump up the volume because nothing’s gonna stop us now. Cause I’m paid in full. You’re the one I love, but with or without you I hit the north on my birthday.

88 You made me realize that I don’t believe the hype. Our teen age riot, that freak scene straight outta Compton left teardrops in the mercy seat.  Where is my mind? A buffalo stance beat dis sweet child ‘o’ mine mentality everywhere like a theme from S’Express and everyday is like Sunday until it ain’t.

89 So sit down while she bangs the drums back to life like a monkey gone to Heaven after fools gold in the pacific state. She can’t be sure about the magic number, like a prayer I cry Hallelujah about a girl and her French kiss…


This entire piece was composed from song titles of popular songs from the 1980’s. This piece contains 99 song titles in total.  Hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane of music from the first decade of my life.

~ Marta G.

List ‘o’ Songs

Back In Black – AC/DC (1980)
Atomic – Blondie (1980)

Ashes To Ashes – David Bowie (1980)
Atmosphere – Joy Division (1980)
Enola Gay – OMD (1980)
That’s Entertainment – The Jam (1980)
Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division (1980)
Going Underground – The Jam (1980)
The River – Bruce Springsteen (1981)
Pull Up To The Bumper – Grace Jones (1981)
Pretty In Pink – Psychedelic Furs (1981)
Love Action (I Believe In Love) – Human League (1981)
Ghost Town – The Specials (1981)
Under Pressure – Queen & David Bowie (1981)
Tainted Love – Soft Cell (1981)
Too Drunk To Fuck – Dead Kennedys (1981)
Rio – Duran Duran (1982)
Rip It Up – Orange Juice (1982)
Run To The Hills – Iron Maiden (1982)
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson (1982)
Temptation – New Order (1982)
Rock The Casbah – The Clash (1982)
House of Fun – Madness (1982)
Straight to Hell – The Clash (1982)
Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners (1982)
Atlantic City – Bruce Springsteen (1982)
Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash (1982)
Song To The Siren – This Mortal Coil (1983)
White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It) – Melle Mel (1983)
This Charming Man – The Smiths (1983)
Blue Monday – New Order (1983)
Two Tribes – Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1984)
You Spin Me Round – Dead Or Alive (1984)
How Soon Is Now – The Smiths (1984)
The Boys Of Summer – Don Henley (1984)
Jump – Van Halen (1984)
The Killing Moon – Echo And The Bunnymen (1984)
When Doves Cry – Prince (1984)
Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper (1984)
The Whole Of The Moon – The Waterboys (1985)
Road To Nowhere – Talking Heads (1985)
We Care A Lot – Faith No More (1985)
Shipbuilding – Elvis Costello (1985)
In Between Days – The Cure (1985)
Just Like Honey – The Jesus And Mary Chain (1985)
Hounds Of Love – Kate Bush (1985)
Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds (1985)
Word Up – Cameo (1986)

Graceland – Paul Simon (1986)

Living On A Prayer – Bon Jovi (1986)
Bizarre Love Triangle – New Order (1986)
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths (1986)
Master Of Puppets – Metallica (1986)
Velocity Girl – Primal Scream (1986)
Walk This Way – Run DMC (1986)
The One I Love – Various Artists (1987)
Paid In Full – Rakim (1987)
Push It – Salt N’ Pepa (1987)
Need You Tonight – INXS (1987)
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship (1987)
It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys (1987)
April Skies – The Jesus And Mary Chain (1987)
What Have I Done To Deserve This? – Pet Shop Boys (1987)
Sign ‘O’ The Times – Prince (1987)
Birthday – Sugarcubes (1987)
Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues (1987)
Pump Up The Volume – MARRS (1987)
With Or Without You – U2 (1987)
Hit The North – The Fall (1987)
Never Let Me Down Again – Depeche Mode (1987)
Just Like Heaven – The Cure (1987)
Teen Age Riot – Sonic Youth (1988)
You Made Me Realise – My Bloody Valentine (1988)
Don’t Believe The Hype – Public Enemy (1988)
The Mercy Seat – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds (1988)
Freak Scene – Dinosaur Jr (1988)
Where Is My Mind? – Pixies (1988)
Buffalo Stance – Neneh Cherry (1988)
Straight Outta Compton – NWA (1988)
Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac (1988)
Everyday Is Like Sunday – Morrissey (1988)
Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses (1988)
Beat Dis – Bomb The Bass (1988)
Theme From S’Express – S’Express (1988)
Teardrops – Womack & Womack (1988)
French Kiss – Lil Louis (1989)
Sit Down – James (1989)
She Bangs The Drums – The Stone Roses (1989)
Fools Gold – The Stone Roses (1989)
Debaser – Pixes (1989)
Hallelujah – Happy Mondays (1989)
Like A Prayer – Madonna (1989)
Made Of Stone – The Stone Roses (1989)
Monkey Gone To Heaven – Pixies (1989)
Back To Life – Soul II Soul (1989)
Pacific State – 808 State (1989)
About A Girl – Nirvana (1989)
Can’t Be Sure – Sundays (1989)
The Magic Number – De La Soul (1989)

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