Hit songs from the 80’s whose titles are one-word imperatives

  • Shout by Tears for Fears
  • Stand by R.E.M.
  • Jump by Van Halen
  • Wait by Wang Chung
  • Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Any others?

Here’s where I’m supposed to concoct some trenchant observation about society in the 1980’s to explain why so many songs with such names became hits, as opposed to the 70’s, 90’s, or other times. Unfortunately I don’t have any handy, but maybe you can make one yourself with the added facts that:

  • We elected an actor as president;
  • The advent of widespread microwave cooking reduced meal preparation times from hours to seconds;
  • Coca-Cola’s tagline, which over the years varied among “The pause that refreshes,” “It’s the real thing,” “Things go better with Coke,” “Coke adds life,” and many others, was reduced in the 1980’s to the hypersimplified, “Coke is it.”

One Reply to “Hit songs from the 80’s whose titles are one-word imperatives”

  1. I think the only other one is Escape (aka “The Pina Colada Song”), by Rupert Holmes. Admittedly, in the song itself it’s used both in the imperative and as a noun (“Come with me and escape,” “We’ll plan our escape”).

    “Kiss” by Prince, and “Conga” by Miami Sound Machine, both refer to the noun senses (“I just want your kiss,” “Do the conga”).

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