100 Best Singles of 1984: Pop’s Greatest Year

Great list, the entries are well written

80. Robin Gibb, “Boys Do Fall in Love”

The blue-eyed-soul Bee Gee made his New Wave move late, with stuttering, silly synth-pop that somehow echoed the then-emergent evolution of both Italodisco (the song went Top 10 in Italy) and Latin freestyle (it was shaped by a team of producers who’d just kicked off the genre with Shannon’s “Let the Music Play”). Chirpingly cheerful about boys getting love on a Saturday night, yet sheltering a secret sadness that slips out whenever Gibb grabs angelic high notes, “Boys Do Fall in Love” can also be heard as a male mirroring of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” And in its sci-fi video, set in A.D. 2184, people do futuristic things: wearing Devo glasses, for instance, and sliding CDs into a player. C.E.

via Rolling Stone (via Kotke)

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