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Subject: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: whistledog on 11/22/05 at 12:29 am

What are some of your favourite Instrumental songs of the 80's? 

Here's a few that I enjoy:

Chickadee - Frank Mills
Winter Games - David Foster
Love Theme From St. Elmo's Fire - David Foster
Axel F - Harold Faltermeyer
Chariots of Fire - Vangelis
Peter Gunn - Art of Noise featuring Duane Eddy
Themes From E.T. - Walter Murphy
Hooked on Big Bands - Frank Barber Orchestra
Pop Goes the Movies (Part 1) - Meco
Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag - Pigbag

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: nycmystery on 11/22/05 at 7:14 am

chariots of fire

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: Schillingfan on 11/22/05 at 6:43 pm

Miami Vice Theme by Jan Hammer
Major Tom, part II by Peter Schilling (on the Error In The System and Fehler Im System albums)
19 by Paul Hardcastle

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: Tanya1976 on 11/22/05 at 9:47 pm

What about Rock It from Herbie Hancock?

Axel F. btw too.

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: whistledog on 11/23/05 at 1:12 am


What about Rock It from Herbie Hancock?

Axel F. btw too.


oh yeah Rockit.  I always forget about that one.  I like it too :)

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: vinyl lover on 11/23/05 at 1:21 am

instrumentals??? wheres the words :D

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: SAM-Indonesia on 11/23/05 at 1:49 am

My choices are:
1. OST from Spencer for Hire (I don't remember the title) by (I don't remember the band also)
2. Albedo by Vangelis
3. Beach Scene by Tangerine Dream
4. Zoolook by Jean Maurice Jarre ( it is so 80s)
5. Rock it by Herbie Hancock (it is also 80s)

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: _adam_ on 11/24/05 at 3:22 pm

Red hot chili peppers-Pretty little dity
Def leppard-Switch 625
Mettalica-Call of Kthul

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: A Joe on 10/06/08 at 10:46 pm

How about that Top gun theme....
Do do do dodo dodo do do.... do do doo do do doo do do dodoooooo.....

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: whistledog on 10/06/08 at 11:37 pm


How about that Top gun theme....
Do do do dodo dodo do do.... do do doo do do doo do do dodoooooo.....


Top Gun Theme by Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens.  Sure is a memorable one yes :)

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: nally on 10/06/08 at 11:41 pm

Well, aside from some of the obvious TV themes (such as those of "Magnum PI", "Dallas", "Hill Street Blues", et al), here are some of my faves:

Axel F - Harold Faltermeyer
Chariots Of Fire - Vangelis
Rockit - Herbie Hancock

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: cinnabon on 10/07/08 at 8:01 am

theme songs from Hill Street Blues and Magnum PI by Mike Post (who also did the cool Rockford Files theme in the 70s)

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/07/08 at 8:47 am


theme songs from Hill Street Blues and Magnum PI by Mike Post (who also did the cool Rockford Files theme in the 70s)
...and The A-Team.

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: Claybricks on 10/07/08 at 9:31 am

Paul Hardcastle - Rain Forest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKTAJkVFvCI


Art of Noise - Moments In Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIcmIhOesaI


Tangerine Dream - Love On A Real Train {From the 1983 movie 'Risky Business'}

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOQarR4Hqao



Dan

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: Henk on 10/07/08 at 12:50 pm

Here's one that I know Jason will like: Mezzoforte - Garden Party  8)

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: apollonia1986 on 10/07/08 at 8:18 pm

I love Rockit! That's my jam!

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: midnite on 10/07/08 at 11:03 pm


Paul Hardcastle - Rain Forest

Art of Noise - Moments In Love

Tangerine Dream - Love On A Real Train {From the 1983 movie 'Risky Business'}

Dan



Three great instrumental tracks!  Moments of Love and Love On A Real Train are classics!!!!


Metallica - Orion (1986)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzMJhOwBLqw
      At 8 minutes, this OLD SCHOOL METALLICA instrumental rocks really hard and harmonious at 6:20.

Kraftwork -  Numbers (1981)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGyeR-Orl2I
      Not a pure instrumental, but neither are Rockit and 19 (mentioned above).  Makes me want to pop and lock.  Gets funky at 4:00.

808 State - Pacific State (1989)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUhyFfuHGUg
      Smooth and VERY EARLY techno/trance music.  Perhaps one of the first trance or techno songs?

BTW - I forgot how bizarre the Rockit video is.  LOL.






Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: Kryllith on 10/08/08 at 11:03 am

Some more Tangerine Dream:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7699235628357508279&ei=ENnsSNCdL4Ts-wHfptD_CQ&q=tangerine+dream+streethawk&hl=en

And a bit of Eric Johnson:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Sh1P0earDU&feature=related

(technically "Cliffs of Dover" was released in Feb of '90, but it was recorded in the 80s so I'm including it.)

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: Satish on 10/08/08 at 2:55 pm


Miami Vice Theme by Jan Hammer


Yes, the whole soundtrack to the TV show "Miami Vice" by Jan Hammer is brilliant. From it, I'd pick "Crockett's Theme" as the best instrumental song of the 80s.

It's mostly theme songs from TV shows and movies that come to mind when discussing instrumental songs from the 80s. In addition to ones already listed, let me just add the theme from the TV show "Airwolf" by Sylvester Levay as an honourable mention.

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: Paul on 10/08/08 at 3:14 pm

Certainly not the best instrumental of the times, but original nonetheless...

It actually dates from 1978, but it charted in 1980...so there!

Quite ahead of its time too, as a prototype piece of 'chillout' music!

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 10/08/08 at 3:29 pm


Top Gun Theme by Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens.  Sure is a memorable one yes :)


I thought the Top Gun Theme was by Joe Satriani... ???

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: Midas on 10/08/08 at 4:27 pm

"Wake Up" - Stop
"Humanoid Invasion" (Original Mix) - Laserdance (there's a remix that has the words "Humanoid" and "Invasion" said in them but it's predominantly instrumental)

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: Henk on 10/08/08 at 4:47 pm

Best instrumental song of the 1980's? ???


I think there can be only one...  ::)

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 10/08/08 at 4:57 pm

This is one of my favorite instrumentals from the 1980's...

It's a very pretty multi-instrumental piece from the movie Flashdance (1983)...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGjk8JPu-Ns

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: Claybricks on 10/08/08 at 5:46 pm

Some lyrics, mostly instrumental...

Pete Bardens - In Dreams {1986} 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGcbpmcDwJA



Dan

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: midnite on 10/08/08 at 6:16 pm


Best instrumental song of the 1980's? ???


I think there can be only one...  ::)


Hmmm. I don't know what to say about this one Henk.  LOL.

BTW - every time I click on your links, i get trapped in Youtube Netherlands.  hahaha.

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: karen on 10/08/08 at 7:04 pm


Best instrumental song of the 1980's? ???


I think there can be only one...  ::)


I love you!!  :-*

This song reminds me of family parties

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: whistledog on 10/09/08 at 9:45 am


Here's one that I know Jason will like: Mezzoforte - Garden Party  8)


I have it's parent album 8)

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: whistledog on 10/09/08 at 9:46 am


I thought the Top Gun Theme was by Joe Satriani... ???


Satriani might have done a version, but Steve Stevens did it for the movie.  It was released as a single, but it never charted

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Gun_Anthem

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/10/08 at 3:02 pm


Best instrumental song of the 1980's? ???


I think there can be only one...  ::)
Oh no!!!! Life was so peaceful till now!

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: Henk on 10/10/08 at 3:09 pm


Oh no!!!! Life was so peaceful till now!


Now you want to do the dance, don't you? ::) ;) Finally that back injury comes in handy. ;D

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/10/08 at 3:29 pm


Now you want to do the dance, don't you? ::) ;) Finally that back injury comes in handy. ;D
Very handy....

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: midnite on 10/13/08 at 7:27 pm

One of the best 80s instrumentals has to be this little electo-funky jam?

Tyrone Brunson - The Smurf

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouw97qVZZTE

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/14/08 at 1:37 pm

Et Les Oiseaux Chantaient (And The Birds Were Singing) ~ The Sweet People

Instrumental yes, no human singing yes, but has birds singing.

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: pjdance on 11/13/10 at 11:53 pm

Oh I think some of the best instrumentals of the 80s was

Thieves Like Us - New Order
French Kiss - Lil' Louie

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: whistledog on 11/14/10 at 4:21 pm


Oh I think some of the best instrumentals of the 80s was

Thieves Like Us - New Order
French Kiss - Lil' Louie



Thieves Like Us had lyrics

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: whistledog on 11/14/10 at 4:47 pm

Here's one I bet Philip Eno will like. 

Charles Fox is a composer and songwriter, known for composing the hits 'Killing Me Softly' by Roberta Flack (among others), 'Happy Days' by Pratt and McLain, and 'Makin Our Dreams Come True' (Theme to Laverne and Shirley) by Cyndi Greco

In 1981, he had his own hit, which reached #75 on the US chart called 'Seasons', that was based on Marvin Hamlisch's theme from the 1980 film 'Ordinary People', which itself was based on the classical piece 'Cannon in D' by Pachalbel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgiPyfuHcqA

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: Doc Brown on 11/15/10 at 12:19 am

I love anything 80's by Herbie Hancock and the entire Miami Vice soundtrack rocks(Jan Hammer is the man! )
But I do think we're still forgetting one or two good ones:

"Sirius", Alan Parsons Project
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp0ZISBYidI

"Duke's Intro", Genesis
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAEunBsQ5ZU

"The Other Way Of Stopping", The Police
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsUnD1_44lk

BTW, Mike Post also did the XLNT theme songs for "L.A. Law" and "Quantum Leap".

Your Pal,
Doc

8)

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: oingo_fan on 11/15/10 at 8:02 pm

From my all-time favorite 80's flick "To Live and Die in LA" (great title track too, BTW)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Q6VsR_4PuQ&feature=related

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: nally on 11/16/10 at 12:54 pm


Paul Hardcastle - Rain Forest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKTAJkVFvCI




Oh yeah that's a great one. 8) I never knew the name or performer of that one until maybe a year or two ago when it was announced on the radio.

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: stingr22 on 11/19/10 at 12:01 am

Boomerang II - U2

Subject: Re: Best Instrumental Songs of the 80's

Written By: Howard on 09/15/13 at 3:17 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=W1RmyEexGzQ#t=0

This is pretty funky.  :)

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