The 1980s is my favourite decade in the history of pop music. For all of the many great songs that I first heard then and still love today I have also loved how those songs are reinterpreted by other singers and music artists. A great cover version retains the essence and the brilliance that the original song was created to be and also makes the artist who covers the song shine in their own right.
Ten years or so ago I discovered blogging as a way to express in words what music means to me especially pop music. How it has often been my solace in times of feeling low. In recent years social media has replaced many blogs and personal websites but today I decided to go back to one of my original blogs and start writing about music again.
A list of songs we love helps us who love music focus on highlighting songs that connect with us. This is the first of a list of 100 songs that are cover versions of songs that were first made famous in the 1980s. They are not a list of my favourites in order but are versions I simply love.
It seems right to begin again with a Madonna song. She is on tour right now in September 2015 with songs old and new. The first cover on my list is from Madonna's debut album Madonna and is one of the singles that brought her to fame --- Borderline. In 2006 Jody Watley covered Borderline on her wonderful The Makeover album. I think it is a version that is pure beauty -- Jody is someone who has had an amazing career in music -- as a singer with Shalamar and as a solo music star. Jody is someone who you just know realises the importance of music in peoples lives and that importance goes into what she does in her own music and it can be heard in her version of Borderline.