'West End Girls'
With lyrics inspired by T.S. Eliot's poem 'The Waste Land,' the 1986 song was heavily influenced by hip-hop and was written in an attempt to "make a rap record in a British accent."
Originally written for Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks, 'These Dreams' was scooped by my recently signed Heart and became their first No.1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1986.
'Take Me Home Tonight'
This 1986 song features Ronnie Spector from The Ronnettes, who sings the chorus 'Be My Baby' after Money croons, "just like Ronnie said."
'In Your Eyes'
This song was used in the 1989 Cameron Crowe film, 'Say Anything,' during an iconic scene where John Cusack's character Lloyd Dobbler holds a boombox over his head, playing the song for his ex-girlfriend. This scene has become pop-culture cliché, used repeatedly as an example for true romance.
'You Give Love a Bad Name'
Written by Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Desmond Child, the song was originally written for the band Loverboy, but instead was released as the first single on Bon Jovi's 'Slippery When Wet,' resulting in their first number one hit.
'Take My Breath Away'
As the title track in the 1986 Tom Cruise flick, 'Top Gun,' this song won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
'Your Love' has been covered by everyone from punk/ska band, Less Than Jake to hip-hop artist Eve.
'Walk This Way'
Considered to be a game-changer in music, 'Walk This Way' is one of the songs that revolutionized the hybrid musical genre now called, "rap rock" -- combining hip-hop and rock.
'Livin' on a Prayer'
One of their biggest hits, Bon Jovi has referred back to 'Livin' on a Prayer' in subsequent tracks including, '99 in the Shade', 'Fear', and 'It's My Life' -- which included the lyric, "for Tommy and Gina, who never backed down."
'If You Leave'
The band known as OMD (for short) recorded 'If You Leave' for the soundtrack to John Hughes' flick, 'Pretty in Pink,' where it played during the film's final scene. It hit number four on the U.S. charts in 1986 but was practically ignored in the band's hometown of England, where it only reached No.48.