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Elite '80s

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The five-disc set Elite '80s includes some of the decade's more popular hits of pop, new wave, adult contemporary, and R&B. Global chart hits by Cyndi Lauper, Tears for Fears, Toto, and Kenny Loggins are found here, as well as memorable ballads from Bonnie Tyler, REO Speedwagon, and Eddie Money. There's a decent selection of one-hit wonders -- Glenn Medeiros, the Hooters, Nena, Nik Kershaw -- but a majority of Elite '80s isn't particularly elite at all. There are countless singles found here that were eminently forgettable -- and for good reason. If you're looking for a thorough collection of some of the best songs from the decade of decadence, your best bet is to stick with the Living in Oblivion series. Elite '80s isn't as thoughtful or as celebratory as it should be.

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