A Child of the 80s (plus a GIVEAWAY!!)

image Ok so technically a lot of my high school and college years took place in the 90s. So yes, I can recite Friends and Seinfeld quotes with the best of them. I watched the very first Real World. I know where I was when the OJ verdict was read (in Taiwan BTW, on foreign quarter). But for some reason, I just feel like I was raised during the 80s.

I tight-rolled my jeans. My Guess jeans (was there another kind). I had Cabbage Patch Kids, two in fact, named Marvin Cy and Paula Holly. I had a purple sparkly bike with a banana seat. My favorite brand was Forenza. And despite the fact that my parents banned MTV, I still managed to watch a fair amount at the neighbors house (sorry mom). So let’s talk about the music shall we?

We can’t talk music without talking mix tapes. I seem to recall Chicago making a lot of appearances. And did anyone else spend a large portion of the 80s at a roller rink? I happened to have my own skates with a big pink pouf that I tied on. When I think roller rink, I think “Thriller” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”. I also think about how awesome it was that I learned to skate backwards so I could couple skate like a slow dance. Probably to something by Chicago, again.

Does anything define the 80s like the music? Well maybe the clothes, but I would really like to forget about those (although the current offerings at the department stores keep trying to remind me). So many songs from that era bring me immediately back to some memory. “Pour Som. e Sugar on Me” takes me back to the steps of Miller Jr. High. “Never Say Goodbye” the sixth grade dance. And well “Walk Like and Egyptian”, “Take on Me” and “Faith” were just best viewed at the neighbor’s house on MTV (yeah, sorry mom again).

What could be better than introducing a great decade of music to my little ones. Of course, they could listen to it the way I grew up listening to it. Well minus the MTV because they don’t even play videos anymore (lame). Plus what kind of parent would let their young, impressionable children watch MTV? (certainly not my mother) So I think the best way is with a little Bob and Larry. They put their own twist on things (Gourds Just Wanna Have Fun), but there are few things more fun than walking like an Egyptian with your seven year old.

80sCheck out this list of classics:

Gourds Just Want To Have Fun
La Bamba
Everybody Have Fun Tonight
Walking On Sunshine
That’s What Friends Are For
We Got The Beat
Walk Like An Egyptian
The Power of Love
Don’t Worry Be Happy

Oh the memories. How would you like to win a copy for you and your kiddos. Please refrain from telling me that you were only 3 during the 80s. Let’s just pretend that I am young shall we. So if you want to win, humor me and tell me what your favorite 80s song is. Maybe I will compile them all and make a mix tape…….

Winner will be chosen at random on Sunday Nov. 14th. I was provided with a CD from Veggie Tales to facilitate my review. As always, opinions expressed are completely mine.


  1. Girls just wanna have fun!!! But oh man…..I also loved Debbie Gisbon….lol. I was young then….I would love to hear Bob and Larry sing Gourds just wanna have fun! :)
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  2. Billy Joel, The Longest Time.

    Or Come On, Eileen, by Dexys Midnight Runners.

    Or anything by Bon Jovi.
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  3. Melissa says:

    I could never pick just one! I loved: Guns N Roses – Welcome to the Jungle, Chicago – Look Away, Def Leopard – Anything, Bon Jovi – Anything.

    Does anyone remember when MTV had a contest to win John Bon Jovi’s childhood home?

  4. Duh. Total Eclipse of the Heart.
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  5. I have soooooooo many favorites, it’s hard to just pick one. Love Bites by Def Leppard is definitely in the top 5, though!

  6. I LOVE THIS!!!! Cannot wait to play this for my little dancing boogers. Since I cannot narrow it down to one favorite, I’ll give you two of many: “She’s Like the Wind” (Patrick Swayze, Dirty Dancing) and “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” from the Breakfast Club.

  7. heather says:

    I loved Walk like an egyptian!

  8. Too Shy!!!!

    too shy shy hush hush eye to eye

  9. So fun! We have Veggie Tales sing the 70’s. This would be SO awesome to win! I am looking forward to having a great dance party with my hubby and kiddos:) Hmmm my favorite 80’s song is “Don’t stop believing” (Journey)

  10. nicolerenae says:

    I would have to say The Locomotion…that was always a fun one at the roller rink!

  11. I would LOVE to win this. How much fun. Hubs and I love listening to 80’s weekend on the radio (I don’t even know what station it is… we just flip ’till we find it.)

    A favorite song?? That’s hard. Just for the sake of picking one, I’ll say, “Straight Up” or anything by and early Paula Abdul! :)
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  12. Veggie Tales and the 80s? That’s awesome! My favorite song is Don’t stop believing.

  13. Oooh, love this! But to pick one song? I’d have to say “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel especially since it is from my favorite 80’s movie, “Say Anything”.

  14. Narrow it down to just one? Well, okay. Little known fact: Walking on Sunshine is one of my all-time favorite songs. Ever. And it’s little-known, because that’s a little embarrassing. :)
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  15. How fun–I’d love to hear Bob and Larry sing the 80s! My fave 80s song is Come on Eileen. :-)
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  16. Betsy says:

    These songs bring back many memories, some good, some not so good! As for my favorite song, it would have to be Manic Monday by the Bangles. I would love to hear Bob and Larry sing that one!

  17. You are SOOOO not old… I graduated high school in the class of 88! (and yes, for those now adding, that does make me 40)… There is NO way to pull just one… I’m not sure I could even just pull one fave. band… Duran Duran (Rio, Hungry Like the Wolf), Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Sir Elton John… yep, the 80’s were good for music!!!
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  18. Bridgette says:

    My favorite 80’s song… ohh, well, most anything Michael Jackson. Especially Billie Jean and Dirty Diana. I also love Journey, but my favorite song of theirs is Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’…which came out in 1979, so it’s almost an 80’s song! Do my favorites have a theme? lol

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  19. How fun! I too am a child of the 80s. And yes my high school years was in the 90s too. :) So we are both getting older!

    I always liked “Don’t Dream Its Over.” I remember when the MMC sang that one even!
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  20. Theresa says:

    I think maybe Walk Like an Egyptian works! This would be so cool to dance with the kiddos while cleaning the house! Oh Bob and Larry could be a lot of fun!

  21. Bethany says:

    I like the song Footloose

  22. Jessica A. says:

    Oh this is tough- picking just one…. I will go with Love bites though.

  23. Laura B says:

    I think we’re alone now, by Debbie Gibson. Soooo many good songs though!

  24. Ha! How fun to see all of the fun songs. I graduated in ’87, so I have many many favorites, but the first thing that came to mind was Wham! and Wake me up before you go go! He he he. Thanks for a chance to win!!

  25. Well, my husband would KILL me if I played this music in our house, but my brother-in-law was STILL tight rolling his jeans in 1996, SO I would definitely give this to him to share with his children:) and my favorite song…Time for me to fly by REO speedwagon!
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  26. I loved Debbie Gibson and Samantha Fox! I think we’re alone now and Naughty Girls (need love too)! Gosh, those songs bring me right back to Jr High and High School!!! and the fun times, before the jobs, the marriage and all the stress that comes with being a GROWN UP! YUCKY!
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  27. Oh the torture this would cause my husband if I won!

    But one song? How could I choose one?

    Hey Mickey! For sure would make that list, Chicago, some hair bands, oh I could go on and on!
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  28. Chandra says:

    80s music is so great… it’s hard to pick a favorite! I love reading everyone’s else’s favorites. It’s like a Kasey Kasem’s top 40 in your comment section!

    My favorite would have to be Toni Basil’s “Mickey”.

    Oh Mickey, you’re so fine, you’re so fine. You’re so fine you blow my mind. Hey Mickey!

  29. Holy Wang Chung! Do I ever want this! I lived the sweetspot of the eighties. I danced to Gloria and Mr. Roboto in seventh grade and they took me all the way through h.s. graduation in ’88. I still remeber most of the words, but have a hard time remembering my own phone number now. BTW – Cyndi Lauper lived right down the street from me in our last town. I can tell you what they drive, but you wouldn’t believe me. :)

  30. Christie says:

    hmm…I do love some Walking on Sunshine. Or Donna Summer–but was she the 70s?

  31. Veggie Tales and the 80s!!!! I can’t think of anything more fun lol. My favorite song? Hmmm… Walk like an egyptian I think. That video is the best lol.
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  32. I remember learning a dance to a Tiffany song…something about Heaven? I thought it was the coolest! My mom didn’t approve of MTV (or even regular music)…so I wasn’t one of the ‘cool’ kids but Amy teaching me that dance made me think I was ‘cool’. :)
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  33. Hmmm… the 80’s… I wish I was only 3 in the 80’s!!! So, there is no end to the list of fav’s… I think I inherited an interest in anything Duran, Duran from my “much older” sisters! Other than that, I loved “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred, a tonne of stuff by Depeche Mode and INXS… Hmmm… Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, Janet Jackson, Cindy Lauper, Richard Marx, Bryan Adams, “More Than Words” by Extreme… need I say more? I was pop music obsessed!!! Absolutely impossible to narrow it down to just one!
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  34. Tiffany M says:

    I love 80’s music!!! My parents exposed us to all generations of music… I love Peter Cetera’s Glory of Love and of course Tiffany, Debbie Gibson…that was also the beginnings of NKOTB!!! I love music!!

  35. Lori S says:

    I love Footloose.


  36. catherine says:

    Pour some sugar on me by Def Leppard is a fav that comes to mind…my little one does love Veggie Tales though so I am sure this would be great to listen in the car!

  37. Amanda M says:

    Pat Bentiar and I are pretty much BFF’s. Ok, maybe thats only in my dreams, but I would totally jam out to one of her songs =)