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"1985" is a song best known for its performance in 2004 by the pop punk band Bowling for Soup which reached #23 on the Billboard Hot 100. Featured in their album A Hangover You Don't Deserve, as well as the American popular music compilation Now That's What I Call Music! 17, and Barbie Hit Mix, Vol. 2, "1985" was originally written and recorded by the band SR-71, led by Mitch Allan.


According to SR-71's website, Bowling for Soup's Jaret Reddick (a friend of SR-71) heard the song (from their album Here We Go Again) and asked for and received permission to record a cover version. However, according to Bowling for Soup's website, it was Allan that called Reddick to suggest the possible cover. Either way, it was Bowling for Soup's version, with slightly reworked lyrics from the original, that has become familiar to most United Statesmarker radio listeners and topped the charts.

References to the culture of the 80s

Because the Bowling for Soup version of the song differs in lyrics from the SR-71 original, the two versions also differ with respect to some of their references to the 80s. Certain references were removed from the original and replaced with new ones, while some were added in places where the original song repeated lines.

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Chart (2004) Peak

Australian ARIA Singles Chart 22
UK Singles Chart 35
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 23


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  • Johnny Crass has released another parody, "Being a Jedi," based on Star Wars. This version relates the plot of Revenge of the Sith, and compares the prequel trilogy unfavorably to the classic trilogy.

  • The Bob Ricci band parodied the song as "Beach Boy Soup", using the lyrics of the Beach Boys song, "Kokomo".

  • Christian Rock Parody band ApologetiX released a parody of this song titled "None Too Ladylike" on their 2006 studio album, Wordplay.

  • Dino-Mike wrote a song to this called Another "1985" Parody making light of the fact that so many had parodied the original song.

  • Musical comedian Odd Austin wrote a parody to 1985 called "That '70s Song" about the popular show about the 1970s on Fox.

Cover versions

The Bowling For Soup version has been covered by Richard Thompson on the live album 1000 Years of Popular Music.

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