Robert Smith counts down his favorite '80s songs. Do you agree?

Cure frontman (and ponytail-sporting Coachella curfew-buster) Robert Smith hosted a two-hour countdown of his favorite songs from the ’80s on SIRIUS XM’s 1st Wave channel at noon today. It’ll be re-broadcast through the weekend, but we snagged the full list for you, Mixers, so you can match up your tastes with the legendary mopester. My favorite of his Top 30 is embedded here (okay, it’s my second favorite; YouTube wouldn’t let me embed the Bowie). After the jump, see the full list… and then totally bitch him out for forgetting something.

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ABC, "The Look of Love"
The Associates, "Tell Me Easter’s On Friday"
Bananarama and Fun Boy Three, "It Ain’t What You Do It’s the Way That You Do It"
David Bowie, "Let’s Dance"
Kate Bush, "Cloudbusting"
Cocteau Twins, "Persephone"
Cristina, "Things Fall Apart"
Daf, "Sex Unter Wasser"
Depeche Mode, "Personal Jesus"
Dinosaur Jr, "Freak Scene"
Echo and the Bunnymen, "The Killing Moon"
Peter Gabriel, "Red Rain"
The Human League, "Human"
The Jesus and Mary Chain, "Some Candy Talking" 
Joy Division, "The Eternal"
Chaka Khan, "I Feel For You" [Really? – ED.]
Madness, "Return of the Los Palmas Seven" 
Mel and Kim, "Respectable"
My Bloody Valentine, "Lose My Breath"
New Order, "Everything’s Gone Green"
Yoko Ono, "Walking on Thin Ice"
The Pixies, "Gigantic"
The Pretenders, "Don’t Get Me Wrong"
Prince, "Starfish and Coffee"
Psychedelic Furs, "Heaven"
Siouxie and the Banshees, "Dear Prudence"
Soft Cell, "Tainted Love"
The Sugarcubes, "Birthday"
Suzanne Vega, "Small Blue Thing"
Tom Waits, "In the Neighborhood"

Comments (12 total) Add your comment
  • Matt

    Personal Jesus is from 1990, not the 80s.

  • Richard

    Actually, Personal Jesus came out in August 1989, well ahead of the release of Violator in Spring of 1990.

  • Tom

    LOL @ “Respectable” by Mel & Kim. It’s such a cheesy song, but oh-so-addictive!

  • justjack

    Ugh. I can’t understand how anyone can listen to “Tainted Love” anymore, I’m so over that song….

  • Tim

    Some true gems in there, Rob!!
    Sugarcubes ‘Birthday’ changed my life. Cocteau Twins, Yoko, Echo, P-Furs, My Bloody Valentine, Cristina. Nice stuff all!!!

  • Tim

    Ooooh! I just noticed my favorite Prince song of all time there too: ‘Starfish & Coffee’. I miss you, Prince!

  • Marcel Lebrun

    Bob, what about “Computer Love” (Kraftwerk) ? “P-machinery” (Propaganda) ? and “Fade to Grey” (Visage) ? By the way, the song by Yoko Ono is the most underrated single of all time. I’m glad it’s on your list.

  • Snarf

    My Faves from the 80’s…
    Girls on Film – Duran Duran
    More than This – Roxy Music
    Wishing – A Flock of Seagulls
    How Soon Is Now – the Smiths
    Just Like Honey – Jesus & Mary Chain
    Life’s What You Make It – Talk Talk
    Story of Love – Voice of America
    Never Let Me Down – Depeche Mode
    Touched by the Hand of God – New Order
    Your Love Takes Me Higher – Beloved

  • Phil Guest

    No “Blue Monday” by New Order, Robert? I particularly liked The Cure’s cover version (only you called it “The Walk”…)

  • amber

    i just never imagined that robert would like some of these songs lol..i still love him to death though!!

  • Nhadz

    PERSEPHONE by Cocteau Twins! My favorite!

  • ben

    What about sun always shines on tv by A-Ha?

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