The '80s brought an edgy quality that had been missing in nearly every flavor of pop music except punk in the previous decade. This volume of Definitive Records' Year in Your Life series documents the year 1980, showing off some of those sharper songs, ranging from new wave to power pop, including Blondie's "Call Me," the Romantics' "What I Like About You," and Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot." Other great songs which provide a bit of variety are the Manhattans' "Shining Star" and Toto's "99."
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AllMusic Review by Stacia Proefrock