W: When Dove’s Cry


Why do we scream at each other
This is what it sounds like
When doves cry

Today is my favorite Prince song and one of my favorite songs from the ’80s. My MC Fran also loves Prince and this song so she would be happy with today’s choice.

“When Dove’s Cry” was the lead single off of Prince’s hit album, Purple Rain. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for five weeks, which kept Bruce Springsteen from hitting No.1, and was the top-selling single of 1984. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it No. 52 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The video was deemed too sexually explicit by some MTV executives, which is nothing compared to what is out there today, but was released in June 1984 and was nominated for Best Choreography at the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards.


C: Centipede


“When the time is really right
Is when the centipede is crawlin’
You’ll be crying in the night so many tears
And you’re crawlin’ like a centipede.”

Today’s song is a one hit wonder that you may or may not remember. It is performed by Rebbie Jackson, aka Michael Jackson’s sister.

I was such a huge Michael Jackson fan in 1984 that anything remotely having to do with him sent me into a tizzy, which is one of the reasons I liked this song.

The other reason is that I was the queen of the Atari game, Centipede. I used to play the game every morning before going to school, and I got to be pretty good at it. I would jam to this song as I fought off those pesky centipedes, spiders, scorpions, and fleas.

The reason I chose this song for my challenge this year is because two of my main characters regularly play the game Centipede, as well as other Atari games. And, the game appears in a pivotal scene between my two main characters.

“Centipede” was written, arranged, and produced by Michael Jackson. He also sang background vocals on the song along with the Weather Girls.

“Centipede” reached No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs and No. 24 on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts. It was also certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Pretty impressive for Michael Jackson’s big sister.

B: Boys of Summer


I can tell you my love for you will still be strong,
After the boys of summer have gone.

Another drummer turned singer and another one of my favorite ’80s songs. I have a feeling I am going to be saying that a lot throughout this month.

“Boys of Summer” holds a very special place in my heart. I am a huge baseball fan, especially college baseball (Go Gators!), and this song has been known to be played at many a baseball game.

It is another melancholy song, which I love, but it also has a really cool beat and one of the best lines from any song:

Out on the road today I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac.

It is also a pretty important song to my male character, Jack.

“The Boys of Summer” was released in late October of 1984. It peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart. Don Henley won a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Performance for this song and “Boys of Summer” was ranked No. 416 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.