I have a substantial daily commute to work. It’s not horrible, but it’s long enough to let my mind wander onto the strangest of subjects.

This morning I was listening to 80’s music on the radio, and I figured out the reason it’s stood the test of time as one of the most well-loved genres:

It’s because of the bad-boy rockers who sang love songs that made them seem vulnerable and sensitive.

Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy the occasional fun song like Cee Lo Green’s Fuck You. It’s catchy and cool. It makes me smile. And yeah, I like moving my hips to Lady Gaga’s stuttering hits now and then, too. But in general, today’s music doesn’t really make my skin tingle or leave me breathless. Kinda tough to be moved by songs about rides on disco sticks or brushing your teeth with a bottle of Jack with your drunk text on.

The music from the 80’s was not only good technically, but the lyrics were important. The songs were heart-felt and beautiful and made me believe in love.

Football Guy, my high-school boyfriend, loved Cheap Trick. Just listen to The Flame – I mean, c’mon. How romantic is that? Or how about Journey’s Open Arms?

That’s what I want. A bad-ass guy who isn’t afraid to need a woman and tell her so.

Mmm… now that’s sexy.

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