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Help! What early 80s music can I use for "Steel Magnolias"?

Asked by kevbo_emergency_question (25 points ) February 11th, 2010

I swear this is my last play ever. Super frustrating.

Okay, I need music suggestions to go with the play “Steel Magnolias.” Here’s the criteria:

1. early 80s (1980–85), but not new wave, punk, pop—more along the lines of country, rock, ballad. Music that would play on a southern, rural radio station. Later 80s stuff can be a little more edgy.

2. Not love songs. I need something more anthem-like. Anthem topics can vary widely.

3. Possible themes: hair, women’s beauty (makeup, nails, etc), working class, football, marriage/relationships, 80s woman, sweat, princess grace/jacqueline smith, the color pink, young love, gossip, the radio, mothers and daughters.

4. I’m sort of looking for stuff that hasn’t withstood the test of time (one hit wonder-like), but classics are okay at this point, too.

5. Here’s what I’ve brought in so far. I’m not saying it’s very good, just what I have:

Bobbie Sue – Oak Ridge Boys
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Born on the Bayou
Drivin’ My Life Away – Eddie Rabbit
Love’s Been a Little Bit Hard On Me – Juice Newton
Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue – Crystal Gayle
Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
Magic – Olivia Newton John
Sailing – Christopher Cross
Babe – Styx
Theme song from “Alice”
Against the Wind – Bob Seger
Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
Wouldn’t It Be Good – Nik Kershaw
Strut – Sheena Easton

That list looks long, but I need a few more suggestions.

Thank you!!!

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ShanEnri's avatar

http://www.eightyeightynine.com/music/top40.html

Has the top 20 hits from every year 80–89!

janbb's avatar

Betty Sue’s Getting Married Tonight and Fire Lake by Bob Seger
Total Eclipse of the Heart Bonnie Tyler
Thunder Road Bruce Springsteen
Glory Days Bruce Springsteen
Tangled Up in Blue Bob Dylan
Soundtrack from Pretty in Pink
Sweet Home, Alabama is that Lynyrd Skynyrd?
Jessica Allman Brothers Band or others of theirs

Cruiser's avatar

My all time favorite is Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress by the Hollies!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0LTRPMpOVM

Head East Never Been Any Reason was a toe tapper at one time
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CguSW9y5bD8
Fooled Around And Fell In Love – Elvin Bishop
What’s Your Name – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Hold On Loosely – .38 Special
and of course Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd

aprilsimnel's avatar

So Caught Up in You by .38 Special
Trouble by Lindsay Buckingham
You Should Hear How She Talks About You by Melissa Manchester
Boy, almost anything by Laura Branigan or Kenny Loggins would probably fit.

ubersiren's avatar

9 to 5— Dolly Parton
Islands in the Stream- Bee Gees, Kenny Rogers and Dolly
Girl’s Night Out- The Judds ( Check out The Judds Greatest Hits)

DrC's avatar

Keep on Loving you – REO Speedwagon
Love is a Battlefield – Pat Benetar
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Still Loving You – Scorpions

breedmitch's avatar

Anything by Joe Jackson. How about “Steppin Out”?

Dr_C's avatar

Black Velvet – Alannah Myles
It Must have been love – Roxette
Listen to your heart – Roxette
I’ll Stand by You – Pretenders
Two steps behind – Def Lepard
It Ain’t Over till it’s Over – L:enny Kravitz
Time After Time – Cindy Lauper
We Belong – Pat Benetar
No More I Love Yous – Annie Lennox
True – Spandau Ballet
Forever Young – Alphaville
Glory of Love – Chicago
I want to know what love is – Foreigner

Hope that helps.

gemiwing's avatar

Growing up in the South during the 80’s it was all pretty much classic rock or country so I’ve stuck there.

Anything by Vince Gill, Reba, Judds, Dolly, The Oak Ridge Boys (Elvira anyone?), Alabama.

Song of the South- Alabama
Mountain Music- Alabama (that was a huge huge song. everyone sung it.)
Let Me Love You Tonight- Pure Prairie League
On The Other Hand and Diggin’ Up Bones by Randy Travis

Classic rock was all from the early 80’s late 70’s. Most radio stations near me didn’t have enough money to be able to afford to play the ‘big’ stars.

There was still a lot of 70’s country being played too so l would like to recommend some late 70’s country hits.

Take this job and shove it, Mama’s don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys, Only one love in my life (ronnie millsap IIRC) were all from 78 or 79 but were played so much that they might as well have been released in the 80’s.

evandad's avatar

Anything by the English Beat. Pretty in Pink by the Psychedelic Furs. She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby and mostly – Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

Come Sail Away – Styx
Or was that released in the 70’s?

kevbo_emergency_question's avatar

Thanks everyone! I got it done and not without your help. Found a gem: “Talk to Me” by Stevie Nicks—perfect for the show.

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