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"Pure 80s" Compilation Features 18 No. 1 Hits; Comes Out May 9

April 30th, 2006 9:00pm EDT
Pac-ManGot enough 80s? Pure 80s: #1s features 18 chart-topping smash hits, from "Eye Of The Tiger," "Addicted To Love," "Every Breath You Take" And "Maniac" To "Karma Chameleon," "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" and "What's Love Got To Do With It."

The '80s were a hit-and-miss decade. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pac-Man, MTV, "Miami Vice," "Cheers," "The Cosby Show," the CD, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were hits. The New Coke, the return of Halley's Comet, and the DeLorean were misses. On the music charts, the hits and misses were just as obvious. Eighteen of the hits--all songs that peaked at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, 11 of them gold or platinum--are heard on Pure 80s: #1s, available May 9, 2006.

Daryl Hall and John OatesFirst out of the box are 1981's gold "Kiss On My List" from the blue-eyed soul duo of Daryl Hall & John Oates and the gold, Oscar-winning "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from Christopher Cross as heard in classic comedy film. From the following year, Pure '80s: #1s culls another soundtrack, Rocky III, for the Oscar-nominated, double platinum "Eye Of The Tiger" from Survivor and the platinum "Down Under" from a band from Oz, the Colin Hay-led Men At Work.

1983 contributes a handful of vintage gems: "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" from progressive rock giants Yes, the gold Sting-penned "Every Breath You Take" from The Police, and gold "All Night Long (All Night)" from Lionel Richie, who also wrote and co-produced the song heard on his Grammy Album of the Year Can't Slow Down. Two other songs, however, are even more indelibly associated with the '80s: the quirky gold "Karma Chameleon" from the Boy George-fronted Culture Club and Oscar-nominated "Maniac," the Michael Sembello performed-written-produced track heard in Flashdance. From 1984, another song with movie ties, Tina Turner's gold "What's Love Got To Do With It," appeared on her blockbuster Private Dancer album and lent its title to her autobiography and hit biopic.

Tears For FearsThe year 1985, recently made famous by the Bowling For Soup radio hit baring its name, contributed "Kyrie" from Mr. Mister and a pair of anthems: Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" and Robert Palmer's gold "Addicted To Love."

Pure '80s: #1s closes the decade with 1989's "The Living Years" from Mike + The Mechanics, the gold, Diane Warren-penned "When I See You Smile" from Bad English and gold "She Drives Me Crazy" from Fine Young Cannibals.

The latest release in the best-selling, multi-platinum Pure series, Pure 80s: #1s joins its compatriots Pure '80s Hits, Pure '80s Love, Pure '80s Rocks, Pure '80s Dance, Pure '80s, and More Pure '80s.