Bette Midler – “From a Distance” – (1990)

Well I don’t care if it was released in 1990, this song screams “1980s.” Maybe it’s because Bette Midler’s other two massive hits were both massive in the 80s (yes, “The Rose” actually came out in ’79). This was a #2 hit in the U.S. and received massive amounts of airplay. But it sounds just like every cheesy 80s pop song you can think of. Even if you just listen to the music. Anyway, as much as loathe Bette Midler, her vocals are pretty solid. The song was originally written in 1985 and was first recorded in 1987 by Nanci Griffith. Midler’s version is the most popular in the U.S. (with a Cliff Richard version being popular in the U.K.). The song seems to have fairly religious lyrics, but I think it’s just supposed to be a love song.