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Back to the 80s: Top 10 Songs from the 80s with the word 'UP' in the Title - Kickin' it Old School
05.03.09 (5:32 pm)   [edit]
I saw that Disney/Pixar has their next animated feature coming out soon (May 29, 2009) and it is called Up. UpThey always do such a good job with those movies, so I am sure this new one will be no different. It may even have a chance to break onto my Top Animated Feature Films of All Time list. Who knows?

Then I received an interesting little story about the word "up" that I thought I would share with you here. Lovers of the English language might enjoy this:

There is a two-letter word in English that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is 'UP.' It is listed in the dictionary as being used as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v]. (look it "up" and see for yourself.)

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?

At a meeting, Upwhy does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends and we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.

At other times the little word has a real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.
And this UP is confusing:
A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it wets UP the earth. When it does not rain for a while, things dry UP.

One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now ... my time is UP, so time to shut UP!

I had not really thought of it that way before. So I started thinking about songs with the word "up" in the title and decided it deserved a list. Of course, I decided to narrow this list down to just 80s songs and it will not include songs with "up" as part of a longer word like Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" or anything like that. I will include video links for each song on the list in case you need/want reminding. So here is OLD SCHOOL'S TOP 10 SONGS FROM THE 80s WITH THE WORD "UP" IN THE TITLE:

Honorable Mention. "Never Gonna Give You Up" (1987) by Rick Astley Rick Astley- I have done two issues so far on Rickrolling and here is a link to the first one and a link to the second one if you have not read them before. This phenomenon is quite odd yet interesting and worth checking out both of those issues.

10.(tie) "Straight Up" Straight Up(1989) by Paula Abdul [link to video] and "Dress You Up" (1985) by Madonna [link to video]

9. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" (1984) by Wham! [link to video]

8. "Turn Up The Radio" (1984) by Autograph [link to video]Stir It Up

7. "Stir It Up" (1984) by Patti LaBelle [link to video] - From the soundtrack to Beverly Hills Cop

Give It Up6. "Give It Up" (1983) by KC & the Sunshine Band [link to video]

5. "Up Where We Belong" (1982) by Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes [link to video of live performance] - From the soundtrack to An Officer and a Gentleman and included on both my Top Songs from 80s Movies list and my Top 80s Duets listWrap It Up

4. "Wrap It Up" (1986) by The Fabulous Thunderbirds [link to video]

3. "Word Up" (1986) by Cameo [link to video] - It is so bad that it's good

2. "Caught Up In You" (1982) by .38 Special [link to video]Shake It Up

1. "Shake It Up" (1981) by The Cars [link to video of live performance]

There's my list. Let me know if there are any of your favorites from the 80s that might have been missed. These song titles just go to show some of the variety of uses for the word "up." Hope you found this look at "UP" as interesting as I did.

Well, I think I have used UP all I have on this topic, so I will wrap UP this issue of Kickin' it Old School. Thanks so much for reading. If you are interested in reading more of my 80s related issues, please click there for a summary of those. If you are interested in reading more of my Top 10 lists, please click there for a summary. You can also always click on the Archives in the upper left hand column or use the Google Search Box at the top of the right hand column to find any other issues you may have missed. If you are a fan of Kickin' it, PLEASE CLICK ON THE FACEBOOK LOGO in the upper right hand column. This will take you to the new Fan Page where I ask you to then click on "Become a Fan". Even if you are not a Facebook member yet, please consider joining and registering as a fan at that page. Let other 80s fans know about it as well! Peace and much love.

Check this out: Here are some pictures that literally represent the titles of the some 80s Songs. See how many you can guess! Some are more obvious than others, but hope you enjoy it. I will include the answers at the bottom.
1. When Doves Cry

2. Turning Japanese

3. Footloose

4. St. Elmo's Fire

5. Mexican Radio

6. Total Eclipse of the Heart

7. Maneater

Answers - 1) "When Doves Cry" by Prince, 2) "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors, 3) "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins, 4) "St. Elmo's Fire" by John Parr, 5) "Mexican Radio" by Wall of Voodoo, 6) "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler, 7) "Maneater" by Hall & Oates

Quote of the day: "Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson (NOTE: in keeping with this issue's topic, the quote includes the word "up")


posted by: tampi (reply)
post date: 05.03.09 (8:28 pm)

Upside down, boy you turn me, Inside out and round and round. ...
no 2 i thought was the changing faces of mj
up is a positive word to use

posted by: bawdy (reply)
post date: 05.04.09 (1:10 pm)

You neglected Rise Up by the Parachute Club. And Pump It Up by Elvis Costello was released in the late 70s so it merits consideration.

posted by: emerging (reply)
post date: 05.05.09 (3:34 pm)

Make 7

UP yours?

posted by: Marissa (reply)
post date: 05.05.09 (8:13 pm)

My goodness. My brain is truly filled up.

I got all the picture/song titles, except "Tighten up the Ankle" otherwise known as Footloose.

posted by: PastorDave (reply)
post date: 05.06.09 (7:16 am)

That's a matter of trivia I would have never considered. Thanks, it was fun. The 'footloose' picture is funny. Wrenching. It makes me want to bolt.

posted by: daparob (reply)
post date: 05.26.12 (7:03 am)

I'd like to use your post in a campaign to raise money for an elevator. I found you when I was googling "songs with the word 'up'. Fantastic post. Such a simple word, with such myriad meanings. How do I contact you, to get permission to reprint your post?

posted by: OldSchool (reply)
post date: 05.26.12 (7:30 am)

Reply to: daparob
Probably the best way to contact me directly would be to go to Facebook (click on the Facebook logo in top right column). You should be able to send me a message from there and I will be able to respond to you. Should not be a problem to use as long as you give credit & include a link to the site.

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