There was this particular sound to certain "pop rock" hits in the '80s that I think of as smoky. Below are the three songs that, to my mind, exemplify it best.
"Father Figure" by George Michael
"Wanted Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi
"In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins
All three have a long intro that creates a really sultry atmosphere. I love this kind of song. The grainy B&W videos support the mood, but without them I still think the songs sound smoky. Is there some other unifying feature, musically, that is giving me this synaesthetic frisson?