Steinberg and Kelly: The Songwriters Behind Some Of The 80’s Biggest Hits

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The 80’s, the 1980’s that is. A magical (some would say tragic) decade of the previous century. MTV rose to fame, music videos became an art-form and people had too much moose in their hair. But the songs, were and still are excellent. Through the course of history there were many successful songwriting partnerships: Lennon/McCartney, Jagger/Richards, Leiber/Stoller and the list goes on.


The 80’s had Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly who wrote some of the decades’ biggest hits. Check out these selected songs for you to play with the Chords & Lyrics in perfect sync:


Like A Virgin

Madonna‘s first number 1 single, Produced by Nile Rodgers (Chic, David Bowie, Daft Punk):


Play Like a Virgin with the Chords & Lyrics in sync

Play Like a Virgin with the Chords & Lyrics in sync


I Drove All Night

This song was intended for Roy Orbison, who recorded a demo version in 1987 (2 years before Lauper’s version):


Play I Drove All Night with the Chords & Lyrics in sync

Play I Drove All Night with the Chords & Lyrics in sync


At the time, Orbison did not have a record deal, so Steinberg & Kelly offered the song to Cyndi Lauper. After Orbison’s Death in 1988, his version was rebuilt by Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra, Tom Petty) around the vocals he recorded for the demo back in 1987:


Play I Drove All Night with the Chords & Lyrics in sync

Play I Drove All Night with the Chords & Lyrics in sync


I Touch Myself

Performed by Australian band Divinyls and co-written with Christina Amphlett and Mark McEntee:


Play I Touch Myself with the Chords & Lyrics In Sync

Play I Touch Myself with the Chords & Lyrics In Sync


Eternal Flame

This epic ballad was co-written with Susanna Hoffs, lead singer of The Bangles:


Play Eternal Flame with the Chords & Lyrics In Sync

Play Eternal Flame with the Chords & Lyrics In Sync


True Colors

Another one by Lady Lauper:


Play True Colors with the Chords & Lyrics In Sync

Play True Colors with the Chords & Lyrics In Sync


Like A Surgeon

We’ll finish with a comic relief by Weird Al:


Play Like a Surgeon with the Chords & Lyrics In Sync

Play Like a Surgeon with the Chords & Lyrics In Sync


Other notable songs written by the duo include: I’ll Stand By You by The Pretenders (co-written with Chrissie Hynde), So Emotional by Whitney Houston and Alone By Heart.



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