18. The Human League - "Don't You Want Me"
One of the most substantial love tracks in the entirety of the new wave catalogue, its phrasing and story is so Eighties downtown New York that it's amazing Human League were British. "You were workin' as a waitress at a cocktail bar when I met you," opens singer Philip Oakey, in a scene so pastoral it could be the opening to an Updike novel. Susan Ann Sulley, just 17 at the time she cut this classic, responds in kind. "That much is true, but even then I knew I'd find a much better place either with or without you," she sings, turning this push-and-pull into a de facto feminist anthem. Don't be misled by the glossy, Nagel-style make-up in the video: This song is deep.