True Blue – Madonna

True Blue” is a song by American singer Madonna. It is the title track from her third studio album True Blue (1986), and was released as the album’s third single on September 17, 1986 by Sire Records. Written and produced by Madonna and Steve Bray, the song deals with Madonna’s feelings for her then-husband Sean Penn. A dance-pop song, it features instrumentation from […]

Let Me In – Mike Francis

Mike Francis is an anti-irony authority figure. It’s nigh on impossible to listen to “Let Me In” and not feel at least some emotional affect. There’s something about the openness of it, the completely untethered sense of longing, yearning, that’s complete magic. The sophistipop backing, as elementally gorgeous as it is, is a perfectly blank […]

Secret – Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark

“Secret” is a song by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, released as a single from their 1985 album Crush. Paul Humphreys sings lead vocals on the track. It became their second US Billboard Hot 100 entry, peaking at number 63, and also made number 34 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was featured in the movie Arthur 2: On the Rocks and on its […]

Breakout – Swing Out Sister

“Breakout” is a single from British act Swing Out Sister‘s debut album It’s Better to Travel. The single reached the number four position in the UK in the autumn of 1986, and rose to number six on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and number one on the Adult Contemporary in the US in 1987. The song also resulted in a Grammy […]

You To Me Are Everything – The Real Thing

“You to Me Are Everything” is a single by the British soul group The Real Thing. Written by Ken Gold and Michael Denne and produced by Ken Gold,[1] “You to Me Are Everything” was The Real Thing’s sole number-one single in the UK Singles chart, spending three weeks at the top in July 1976.[2] A remixed version of the […]

If You Leave – Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark (OMD)

If You Leave” is a 1986 song by the British synthpop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD). It was recorded for the soundtrack to the film Pretty in Pink(1986), in which it is played prominently during the final scene. Along with 1980’s “Enola Gay“,[1] the track has been described as the band’s signature song.[2] “If You Leave” is the group’s highest-charting single in […]