169. Dead Or Alive – ‘You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)’ (1984)

“Watch out here I come”

Taken from the album Youthquake

Also released on Rip It Up and Evolution: The Hits

UK #1, AUS #3, US #11

I love Sega music, so any synth-pop songs that sound like they came straight from a video game is gonna be absolutely fine by me. Dead Or Alive’s eighties classic ‘You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)’ fits that description easily, and also has basically every other element of a great song to complement this. From the vocals to the video, this is the whole package.

The most famous element is of course that chorus, which is quite simply among the catchiest hooks in pop history. “You spin me right round, baby, right round, like a record baby, right round, round round”. Doesn’t sound like much on paper but when the song really gets going it feels as though the chorus could just keep spinning forever. You could drown in it. There’s also that catchy synth riff, making this even more of an earworm.

Coupled with a great video, ‘You Spin Me Round’ would become a huge hit. It was claimed that they were a rip-off of Culture Club – which, let’s face it, at least image-wise they totally were – but even if they became something of a one-hit wonder Dead Or Alive became more respected musically thanks to just how good their one hit was. Brought back to prominence over the past few years thanks to the resurecction of Pete Burns and Flo Rida’s international number one ‘Right Round’, this song has taken it’s rightful place as one of the very best pop singles of the eighties.

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