INXS_kickINXS – “Need  You Tonight” – (1987)

This is INXS’s best song. I am befuddled as to why this didn’t appear on our Top 100 Songs of the 80s countdown, because it should’ve been in the top 25. Strange. It’s that guitar riff that sets this song apart and gets it stuck in your head for hours. That’s part of the reason it became INXS’s signature tune. It was also a Billboard Hot 100 #1.

#39 – INXS – “Elegantly Wasted” – (1997)

INXS had some massive hits in the 80s. Some of them are great songs but whenever I hear this one I can’t help but think “this is the best of them” – even though I have similar thoughts upon hearing the ones from the previous decade. Michael Hutchence was a rock star and Elegantly Wasted was the final album released before his death in 1997. This song was a hell of a way to go out. The lyrics are delivered… well, awesomely. To take the phrase “I am elegantly wasted” and draw it out as done in the chorus of this song takes true talent. I couldn’t come up with that. Fun fact: Hutchence had an argument with Liam Gallagher (of Oasis, who apparently just liked to argue) prior to finishing this song. So he went back into the studio and recorded some more vocals for the chorus that said “I am better than Oasis” – which you can kind of hear it you listen to it. This song is really good – I hope for your sake that you give it a chance if you haven’t already.

Professor Green feat. Ed Drewett – “I Need You Tonight” – (2010)

Generally speaking, I really don’t like rappers taking pop songs from the past and just rapping over them. It’s not original. Write your own music. That said, I love this song. That has a lot to do with INXS being able to write incredibly catchy hooks and some to do with the really cool accented rapping from Professor Green. I found this song on the U.K. singles chart before I left for Europe and I found myself listening to it on the train to London. It’s quite British – I don’t think the song has ever been played on American radio but it was a top 5 in the U.K.