memories of the ’80s – I Melt With You by Modern English

Early 80s fans fell for this unconventional love song  by Modern English: I Melt With You.

Written by the band, the song was for their 1982 album After the Snow and was their first single released in May 1982.

The storyline of the song: a couple making love during a nuclear bomb attack. The lyrics are well-known to fans, such as the chorus:

I’ll stop the world and melt with you
You’ve seen the difference and it’s getting better all the time
There’s nothing you and I won’t do
I’ll stop the world and melt with you

The album was the band’s second effort, and this song was the first time one of their songs hit the Billboard charts. Thanks to the video’s heavy rotation on MTV and airplay on college radio, the song became a popular hit among teens and 20 somethings,

But it was the use of the song in the soundtrack for the film Valley Girl in 1983, and the video with film sequences keeping this song a favourite for radio and MTV and led the album After the Snow to sell 500,000 copies in the US.

Ranked as one of the 100 most important songs of the 1980s by VH1, I Melt With You became a song that although isn’t a traditional love song, is often lumped into the category.


About Waheeda Harris

A pop culture junkie with a penchant for exploring our planet.
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