10. Culture Club “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me”
(from Kissing To Be Clever
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Boy George was a phenomenon in 1982: his looks, his style, his charisma in the videos. Though previous artists like David Bowie had adopted an androgynous persona, MTV and videos gave Boy George’s visual presentation a much wider audience. In that sense, Culture Club contributed significant changes to the popular culture.
But none of this would have been possible if the song wasn’t good, or catchy. It’s both, and Boy George has one of the great voices in pop history. I’ve previously compared it to Smokey Robinson.