86. That ole devil called love (Alison Moyet)

Cross-over attempts can be mind-bogglingly awful, but once in a while they produce a real gem. Alison Moyet (image credit) is a case in point. She scored a string of dance hits in the early eighties, first as the most prominent half of the duo Yazoo (such as the smash hit Only you), then as a solo artist (such as All Cried Out). Her next move was not quite expected. She successfully toured England with a jazz band led by John Altman, and topped it off by recording the Billie Holiday classic That ole devil called love for a single release, which gave Alison her biggest UK hit to date, reaching number 2 in April of 1985. No doubt about it, she pulled it off big time. Her version is beautiful, and still has enough pop overtones to qualify for this list of pop/rock songs.

Other songs by this act that would have qualified: not applicable.


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