We all know William Michael Albert Broad by his stage name Billy Idol. The name inspiration came from his schoolteacher, who described him as idle.
As one of the most famous musicians of all time, his work combines punk rock and glam rock. He is influenced by 1960s rock and roll as well as The Beatles.
The Best 80s Billy Idol Songs
Billy Idol is an active musician, and we can all do with his music in our playlist. We have compiled a list for you to dance to that you will surely love no matter what the occasion.
Here is a list of the best Billy Idol songs of the 1980s:
1. Mony Mony (1981)
Billy Idol covered Mony Mony in 1981. At first, it was a single by Tommy James and the Shondells. Billy’s version of this song has a rock sound with upbeat and energetic music.
It became an international top 40 hit and changed Billy’s career as a musician. It is covered in his 1981 EP called ‘Don’t Stop’, though it gained popularity through the live version of Vital Idol.
We all recall his hits at concerts, as well as during our high school dances, if you were fortunate to grow up in the 1980s.
2. White Wedding (1982)
White Wedding was a second single released in 1982 by Billy Idol. It is not the highest-rated song, yet it is a recognizable one. The song talks about a man witnessing his lover marrying someone else. Though, some believe the song can also be about drugs.
The video featured Billy at a goth wedding with his then-girlfriend Perri Lister. It reached number 10 on the Billboard Under the Hot 100 chart. On the re-release, it got the 6th position in the UK singles chart.
The song has subtle hints of electronica along with some heavy bass lines.
3. Dancing With Myself (1981)
Dancing With Myself was released by the ‘New wave’ band in the UK. This rock song remixed by Billy Idol as a solo artist reached number 27 on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart.
Considered as one of his signature songs, Billy was good at blending rock music with dance music. The song’s title inspiration came while touring in Japan, and it was a huge success. The music video released on the MTV music channel became popular as well.
4. Rebel Yell (1983)
It shouldn’t surprise you that Rebel Yell is one of the best songs by Billy Idol, and who can argue with a track like that? The song came out as a single and we haven’t been the same since. It became a song for which Billy became famous, and arguably his most well known song.
This song established him as an icon in the music industry, skyrocketing his music career. The beginning of the song features electric guitar. Yet, it feels like an electric keyboard. After its reissue in 1985, the song reached the 6th position on the UK Top 40.
Well is there a need to tell you any more about the greatness of this musician? He is one of the best for a reason, and if you have not already, rediscover his wonders from the 1980s.
Update your playlist with the above songs and share the enthusiasm, we promise you that you won’t regret it.