10 of Our Favorite Songs Turn 30 This Year
When you have small children, people love to tell you that the days are long but the years are short. That can be hard to wrap your head around, especially when you're sleep-deprived and have the same routine day in and day out, over and over again. It can be difficult to fully grasp that a handful of years, or even a decade, has passed until you realize just how out of date your music taste is. Before you know it, all of your favorite songs are being played on the classics station, and the current hits amount to "just a bunch of noise that those kids are listening to these days."
Be prepared to feel really old, because the following songs that you have sung hundreds of times (and the lyrics of which you could recite in your sleep) hit the Billboard Hot 100 THIRTY YEARS AGO.
1. "I Hate Myself for Loving You" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
Oh Joan Jett, we love you and can't believe it's been thirty years since you rocked your way into our hearts. This song scored the band a Grammy nomination. And lucky for us, it remains timeless, as it is featured in the Broadway musical "Rock of Ages," as well as the movies "Rounders" (1998) and "Kick-Ass 2" (2013).
2. "Don't Worry Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin.
You don't even have to think twice before being able to whistle the epic opening to this song. The video itself is like so many from this time (oddly reminiscent of "Got My Mind Set On You," which is also on this list), but we can't forget that it features the late, great Robin Williams, as well as the physical comedic heavyweight, Bill Irwin.
3. "Hazy Shade of Winter" by The Bangles.
This is perhaps not their best song, or the most well-known, but it is solid. This one really shows its age as clips from "Less Than Zero" (1987) play interspersed throughout the video. Perhaps not-so-little known fact: this song was actually written and recorded by Simon and Garfunkel, but the Bangles made it famous when they released it in 1987.