13. Cutting Crew
"(I Just) Died In Your Arms" (1986, Number One) and "I've Been In Love Before" (1987, Number Nine)
The biggest hit by this British band announces itself with pomp and grandiosity. "Ah! I just died in your arms tonight!" declares Cutting Crew founder Nick Van Eede, a choir backing up his claim of sudden expiration (really, a reference to "le petit mort," the French term for reaching one's sexual peak). The song that follows is a mid-tempo lament where prodigious guitar licks complement Van Eede licking his wounds over a woman who walked away after a life-changing night of passion. The less-remembered "Been In Love Before" is a straightforward M.O.R. reflection on relationships gone wrong that still sounds pretty good during angst-filled late-night trips to Sirius-blaring drugstores.