Friday, June 12, 2015

80s Acronyms

80s Language

During the 80s people loved to throw acronyms around. It can make the eighties language a little confusing for the uninitiated! If you grew up in the 80s, however it can be fun to look back and remember what they were.

If I've missed out any that you used to use, please let me know towards the end of the page.


Yuppies was probably the most used acronym during the 80s and I was always under the impression that it stood for Young Upwardly mobile Professional, however it appears that the meaning could change depending on where you lived! In the States it apparently stood for Young Urban Professional.

Basically, if you were young and doing well for yourself in the city then you were a yuppie. Where the term Yuppie originated is quite a controversial area, some claim that there were mentions of yuppies during the 60s, although it's generally part of 80s pop culture.

Yuppies were the first generation to use mobile phones, although the phones they had then were more like bricks!

The Yuppie Handbook

The Yuppie Handbook: The State-of-the-Art Manual for Young Urban Professionals

Published in 1984 The Yuppie Handbook is quite fun to read now. The 80s animal kingdom of Western corporations in all of it's glory and how to succeed in it.


Yuppie-dom has spawned many other alternative acronyms for people including:-
Poupies - Porsche Owning Urban Professionals
Guppies - Greenpeace Yuppies (this is the 80s version, these days it is used to mean Gay Urban Professionals)
Buppies - I must admit I had never heard this acronym used during the 80s, but I'm assured it was and it means Black Urban Professionals.
Swell - Single Woman Earning Lots of Loot ie Miss Yuppie

Are You Single?

Acronyms were also used to denote your family situation:-

Sinkies - Single Income No Kids
Dinkies - Dual Income No Kids
Yummies - Young Urban Mothers


Bobos were often seen in the city where the young professionals worked hard and played even harder.

Bobo - Burnt out but Opulent.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was first heard of in the 1980s and before it was given a medical term people referred to it as Yuppie Flu. Some people thought it was sheer laziness and others thought it was merely burnout.

The Bobo Mug


What about the Oldies?

Yes, the 80s even had acronyms for their elders. These were the older generation that would put the "We're Off Spending Our Children's Inheritance" bumper stickers on their brand new cars!

Woopie - Well Off Older People
Jollies - Jet Setting Oldsters with Lots of Loot

Have I Missed Any Acronyms?

Please list any here that I have missed, I havent' included WASP or JAP because I thought they were being used before the 80s, feel free to correct me below.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Best Selling Albums of the 80s

80s Hit Albums

Great 80s albums
Some of my 80s Albums
I absolutely love 80s music and have enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane as I compile this page for you that features the top 10 best selling albums of the 80s in the UK.

I actually own a few of these albums and a couple of them have remained on my must buy list - Phil Collins, No Jacket Required was an album I kept meaning to buy and still don't have although I do play his greatest hits regularly.

The only album that really surprised me was Kylie as I hadn't realized just how many albums she had sold during the 80s - I remember when she first hit the charts and a couple of my friends and I were sure she'd be a one hit wonder!!

Anyway take your time and enjoy your nostalgic trip to the decade where music was music and we all rocked!

Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits

Brothers in Arms
The number one best selling album of the eighties in the UK was Dire Straits and their classic - Brothers in Arms. This album is a must have album for any eighties music lover featuring the fantastic hits such as Money for Nothing and Walk of Life among others.

Brothers in Arms was the fifth album for Dire Straits and was actually the first album to sell one million copies in the CD format and to also outsell it's LP other words we could blame this album for the demise of vinyl!!!

Brothers in Arms

Track Listing
  1. So Far Away (Album Version) 5:12
  2. Money For Nothing (Album Version) 8:26
  3. Walk Of Life (Album Version) 4:12
  4. Your Latest Trick (Album Version) 6:33
  5. Why Worry (Album Version) 8:31
  6. Ride Across The River (Album Version) 6:57
  7. The Man's Too Strong (Album Version) 4:40
  8. One World (Album Version) 3:40
  9. Brothers In Arms (Album Version)
Not only was Brothers in Arms the best selling album of the 80s as of April 2008 it was 5th on the list of best-selling albums of all time in the UK.

Bad - Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was the 80s King of Pop so it is hardly surprising that he should hold the number 2 and number 3 spot in the best selling albums of the 80s. I was actually surprised that Bad beat Thriller to the number 2 spot as I would've thought that Thriller was HIS album of the 80s.

The majority of the tracks on Michael Jackson's Bad album were actually written by Michael himself. The songs have also aged well with Alien Ant Farm introducing the single Smooth Criminal to a new generation.

Quincy Jones, who produced the album, said that they wanted a tough album and I think that they managed it.


Track Listing
  1. Bad
  2. The Way You Make Me Feel
  3. Speed Demon
  4. Liberian Girl
  5. Just Good Friends - Michael Jackson, Britten, Terry
  6. Another Part of Me
  7. Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson, Garrett, Siedah
  8. I Just Can't Stop Loving You
  9. Dirty Diana
  10. Smooth Criminal
  11. Leave Me Alone
  12. Streetwalker
  13. Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu (I Just Can't Stop Loving You) - Michael Jackson, Blades, Ruben
  14. Fly Away

Thriller - Michael Jackson

Thriller, 25th Anniversary Edition
To me Thriller is a must have album of the 80s, whatever you think of Michael Jackson these days in the 80s he ruled! Thriller was an amazing album and really catered to the MTV crowd who doesn't remember the Thriller video?

Most people who lived through the 80s would know all of the singles from this album. Not only was Thriller the 3rd best selling album of the 80s in the UK it also swept away with 8 Grammys.

This 25th anniversary edition of Thriller contains bonus tracks that weren't on the original album - I've included this version because I think if you're missing this album from your collection then the extra tracks really do showcase how timeless MJ's music really is.

Thriller 25th Anniversary Edition

Track Listing
  1. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
  2. Baby Be Mine
  3. The Girl Is Mine (with Paul McCartney)
  4. Thriller
  5. Beat It
  6. Billie Jean
  7. Human Nature
  8. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
  9. The Lady In My Life
  10. Vincent Price (bonus track)
  11. The Girl Is Mine 2008 with ( Previously Unreleased Track For 25th Anniversary Edition )
  12. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) 2008 with Michael Jackson and ( Previously Unreleased Track For 25th Anniversary Edition )
  13. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008 with Michael Jackson, Akon and Previously Unreleased Track For 25th Anniversary Edition )
  14. Beat It 2008 with Fergie( Previously Unreleased Track For 25th Anniversary Edition )
  15. Billie Jean 2008 with Kanye West ( Previously Unreleased Track For 25th Anniversary Edition )
  16. For All Time (unreleased track from original Thriller sessions) ( Previously Unreleased Track For 25th Anniversary Edition )

Greatest Hits - Queen

Queen - Greatest Hits
Queen were a British rock group that was formed in 1970, in 1981 they released their first compilation album which was called Greatest Hits. As well as being the fourth best selling album of the 80s in the UK it is also the best selling album of all time in the UK.

This absolutely classic album that any rock fan should embrace includes the hits Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions, Another One Bites the Dust and Killer Queen.

Queen - Greatest Hits Vol 1/UK Version

Track Listing
  1. Bohemian Rhapsody
  2. Another One Bites The Dust
  3. Killer Queen
  4. Fat Bottomed Girls
  5. Bicycle Race
  6. You're My Best Friend
  7. Play The Game
  8. Flash
  9. Seven Seas Of Rhye
  10. We Will Rock You
  11. We Are The Champions
  12. Don't Stop Me Now
  13. Save Me
  14. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  15. Somebody To Love
  16. Now I'm Here
  17. Good Old-Fashoned Lover Boy

Kylie - Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue came to prominence in the UK with her role as Charlene on the Australian soap opera Neighbours. Kylie and co-star Jason Donovan both decided to try their luck in the UK and pursued singing careers.

Kylie joined the Stock. Aitken & Waterman stables and produced hit singles such as I Should Be So Lucky and Loco-Motion both of which are on this, her debut album. The album, self-titled Kylie recieved mixed reviews as it was very cutesy and was a classic case of people buying it because they loved Kylie Minogue as opposed to enjoying the music.

I find it hard to believe that this was the fifth biggest selling album of the 80s in the UK.......I blame one of my friend's brothers for this as he was a Kylie fanatic!


Track Listing
  1. I Should Be So Lucky
  2. Loco-Motion
  3. Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi
  4. It's No Secret
  5. Got to Be Certain
  6. Turn It into Love
  7. I Miss You
  8. I'll Still Be Loving You
  9. Look My Way
  10. Love at First Sight

Whitney - Whitney Houston

It is hardly surprising that Whitney Houston should take out the 6th best selling album of the 80s as her debut album - Whitney became the biggest selling debut album of all time for a solo artist.

Her fantastic voice helped her to make a hugely successful cross over from Gospel to pop and even today people the world over attempt to sing Saving All My Love For You on the reality hit show Idol.

I had both of Whitney's first two albums - Whitney & Whitney Houston and I have to say my favorite was the second one, but this first one sold more during the 80s in the UK.


Track Listing
  1. I Wanna Dance With Somebody 4:53
  2. Just The Lonely Talking Again 5:34
  3. Love Will Save The Day 5:23
  4. Didn't We Almost Have It All 5:08
  5. So Emotional 4:38
  6. Where You Are 4:10
  7. Love Is A Contact Sport 4:20
  8. You're Still My Man 4:16
  9. For The Love Of You 5:34
  10. Where Do Broken Hearts Go 4:39
  11. I Know Him So Well 4:31

Tango in the Night - Fleetwood Mac

Tango in the Night
Fleetwood Mac was formed way back in 1967 and had experienced varied levels of success from the late 60s through until the 80s. During the late 70s and into the 80s Fleetwood Mac gave their sound a more popsy feel and added Stevie Nicks as another vocalist.

Tango in the Night became Fleetwood Macs biggest selling album in the UK even outselling Rumours (which I personally think was their best album).

After the Tango in the Night album the most successful line-up of Fleetwood Mac namely Lindsay Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood broke up.

The album released the fantastic singles Little Lies and Seven Wonders among others.

Tango in the Night

Track Listing
  1. "Big Love" (Buckingham) – 3:37
  2. "Seven Wonders" (Sandy Stewart, Nicks) – 3:38
  3. "Everywhere" (C. McVie) – 3:41
  4. "Caroline" (Buckingham) – 3:50

  • "Tango in the Night" (Buckingham) – 3:56
  • "Mystified" (C. McVie, Buckingham) – 3:06
  • "Little Lies" (C. McVie, Eddy Quintela) – 3:38
  • "Family Man" (Buckingham, Richard Dashut) – 4:01
  • "Welcome to the Room... Sara" (Nicks) – 3:37
  • "Isn't It Midnight" (C. McVie, Quintela, Buckingham) – 4:06
  • "When I See You Again" (Nicks) – 3:47
  • "You and I (Part 2)" (Buckingham, C. McVie) – 2:40

  • No Jacket Requred - Phil Collins

    No Jacket Required
    Before Phil Collins released a solo single he was best known as lead singer and drummer for the British rock band Genesis. A fantastic drummer and a good singer Phil Collins was a mainstay in the UK charts throughout the 80s with hits such as Sussudio and One More Night.

    No Jacket Required became the 8th best selling album of the 80s in the UK and went straight to the number one album spot in both the US and UK when it was released. The album received the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1985, but where did the name come from?

    No Jacket Required came from an incident when Phil Collins was refused admittance to a restaurant because the jacket he was wearing wasn't deemed 'proper' enough. This story was one that Phil Collins told regularly when he was on talk shows.

    No Jacket Required

    Track Listing
    1. "Sussudio" - 4:23
    2. "Only You Know and I Know" (Lyrics: Collins/ Music: Daryl Stuermer) - 4:21
    3. "Long Long Way to Go" - 4:22
    4. "I Don't Wanna Know" (Lyrics: Collins/ Music: Stuermer) - 4:14
    5. "One More Night" - 4:48
    6. "Don't Lose My Number" - 4:48
    7. "Who Said I Would?" - 4:01
    8. "Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore?" (Lyrics: Collins/ Music: Stuermer) - 4:18
    9. "Inside Out" -5:15
    10. "Take Me Home" - 5:52

    True Blue - Madonna

    True Blue
    Madonna owned the 80s and this album, her third, recieved critical acclaim and let her own the crown of Queen of Pop. True Blue allowed Madonna to show off her strong voice as it had the ballad Live to Tell which was a change from the pop hits that she had previously released.

    One of my all time favorite Madonna songs is Papa Don't Preach and that was also off of her True Blue album.

    Check out more about the 80s pop queen on our Madonna in the 80s post.

    True Blue

    Track Listing
    1. Papa Don't Preach 5:45
    2. Open Your Heart 4:13
    3. White Heat 4:36
    4. Live To Tell 5:53
    5. Where's The Party 4:20
    6. True Blue 4:18
    7. La Isla Bonita 4:02
    8. Jimmy Jimmy 3:56
    9. Love Makes The World Go Round 4:31
    10. True Blue (The Color Mix) 6:40 Album Only
    11. 11. La Isla Bonita (Extended Remix) 5:26

    The Joshua Tree - U2

    The Joshua Tree
    The rockers from Ireland known as U2 was formed in the late 70s and by the mid 80s had become one of the top international acts. The Joshua Tree was U2's fifth album and catapaulted them to a whole new level, if an album ever defined a group than this is the album that defined U2.

    Hit singles such as Where the Streets Have No Name, With or Without You and I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For are just as relevant today as they were in 1987 when they were released. This album took U2 to a whole new level and made them one of Ireland's biggest exports.

    The Joshua Tree

    Track Listing
    1. "Where the Streets Have No Name"
    2. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
    3. "With or Without You"
    4. "Bullet the Blue Sky"
    5. "Running to Stand Still"
    6. "Red Hill Mining Town"
    7. "In God's Country"
    8. "Trip Through Your Wires"
    9. "One Tree Hill"
    10. "Exit"
    11. "Mothers of the Disappeared"

    I Hope You've Enjoyed This Trip Down Memory Lane

    I've had great fun on this trip, but one of my favorite 80s album is missing from this chart - what about yours?