Guess the '80s Hit Song from Its Opening Line

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It wasn't all big hair and big ballads (although there were a lot of those, too). Can you guess these hit '80s songs from their first lines?

"Life is a mystery, everyone must stand alone…"

"Like a Prayer" was Madonna's seventh No. 1 song and is still a staple of her set lists for live shows.

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"I know there's something in the wake of your smile…"

Roxette purposely took "Listen to Your Heart" to maximum power ballad heights and it paid off; it has been played millions of times on radio around the world.

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"She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene…"

In the 1980s, no one was better at the pop game than Michael Jackson, whose "Billie Jean" spent seven weeks at the No. 1 spot.

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"Color me your color, baby…"

The album version of Blondie's "Call Me" weighs in at more than 8 minutes long; the radio edit is just 3 minutes.

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"You put the boom boom into my heart…"

"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" was a No. 1 hit for an English group named Wham! that included George Michael.

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"Tonight it's very clear, 'cause we're both lying here…"

Peter Cetera ditched the band Chicago and found gold with "Glory of Love" in 1986.

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"End of passion play, crumbling away…"

Thrash metal hit the mainstream thanks in large part to hits like Metallica's "Master of Puppets" which was released in 1986.

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"God money I'll do anything for you…"

1989's "Head Like a Hole" stormed college radio and heralded the coming of Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor.

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"And you may find yourself, living in a shotgun shack…"

Brian Eno produced "Once in a Lifetime," one of the most popular tracks ever made by Talking Heads.

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"Well they blew up the chicken man in Philly last night…"

Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City" sketches the way things die and then sometimes come back again.

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"Shot like an arrow going through my heart…"

In 1989, only one song spent as long as four weeks at No. 1, and it was Janet Jackson's "Miss You Much."

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"Dig if you will the picture..."

"When Doves Cry" was Prince's first No 1. hit song and the best-selling single of 1984.

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"When routine bites hard, and ambitions are low…"

Ian Curtis killed himself and Joy Division turned to dust, but not before "Love Will Tear Us Apart" became an eerie hit.

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"I guess this time you're really leaving…"

Repeat after me: "These five words I swear to you," helped "I'll Be There For You" become one of Bon Jovi's biggest hits.

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"Gotta make a move to a town that's right for me…"

In the early 1980s, no matter where you were on the planet, "Funkytown" by Lipps Inc. was totally inescapable.

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"We don't need no education…"

"Another Brick in the Wall" has become one of the most recognizable songs from Pink Floyd's oppressive opus, "The Wall."

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"Looking in your eyes I see a paradise…"

"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," from the "Mannequin" soundtrack, was performed by Starship and went to No. 1 on the charts.

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"Honey don't walk out I'm too drunk to follow…"

Tom Petty's "Rebels" was released in 1985 and became one of the Heartbreakers' signature songs.

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"Who's that gigolo on the street…"

Neneh Cherry sang "Buffalo Stance" and made herself (and her entourage) international stars.

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"Spare a little candle, save some light for me…"

"These Dreams" was the syrupy side of Heart, the sister act that's sold nearly 40 million albums.

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"See the stone set in your eyes…"

Love them or hate them, the 1980s version of U2 wrote wistful lyrics like no other band, especially in "With or Without You."

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"I come from down in the valley…"

"The River" is Bruce Springsteen's storytelling lyricism at its starkest.

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"Now there's a backseat lover that's always under cover…"

Run D.M.C. covered an Aerosmith tune called "Walk This Way" and then made music video history.

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"Driving down those city streets, waiting to get down..."

Grace Jones blew out of Jamaica and into worldwide fame with "Pull Up to the Bumper."

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"Nobody on the road, nobody on the beach…"

Don Henley penned the classic "The Boys of Summer," which topped U.S. charts in 1984.

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"Toe to toe, dancing very close…"

"Rapture" sometimes gets credit for being the first "rap" video ever broadcast on MTV.

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"Once upon a time not so long ago…"

"Slippery When Wet" went platinum 12 times over thanks to megahit songs like "Livin' On a Prayer."

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"Caught you lookin' for the same thing…"

Public Enemy's hit "Don't Believe the Hype" was a politically confrontational tune from 1988.

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"How does it feel to treat me like you do?"

"Power, Corruption & Lies" was a 1983 album by New Order, featuring "Blue Monday."

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"She's got a smile it seems to me…"

"…reminds me of childhood memories," but really, "Sweet Child O' Mine" from Guns N' Roses didn't need lyrics, just the opening guitar riff.

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