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1980s playlist

2014 April 5
by emma


The 80s!  The era of the power ballad, rock, girl bands, punk and pop music.  The era of sitting around endlessly discussing Morrissey, the Pixies and Joy Division with our mates but then going home and secretly dancing in our bedrooms to Wham! or pretending we were Whitney Houston or Madonna.  And who hasn’t sung along really super loudly to Bon Jovi while driving in the car?  Who’s with me people?!  Er, anyway, carry on.

And it wouldn’t be the 80s without our very own rockers Midnight Oil, ACA/DACA, Chrissy Amphlett and INXS.

Also, be aware that some songs might not be safe for work listening *cough*Violent Femmes, Dead Kennedys*cough*

See also my 1970s playlist!

About a Girl, Nirvana
Add it Up, Violent Femmes
Atmosphere, Joy Division
Baby I don’t Care, Transvision Vamp
Back in Black, ACDC
Beds are Burning, Midnight OIl
Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream), The Icicle Works
Blister in the Sun, Violent Femmes
Blue Monday, New Order
Boys Don’t Cry, The Cure
Boys in Town, Divinyls
Buffalo Stance, Neneh Cherry
Burning down the House, Talking Heads
Bust A Move, Young MC
Come on Eileen, Dexys Midnight Runners
Copperhead Road, Steve Earle

Crazy for You, Madonna
Crimson and Clover, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Cruel Summer, Bananarama
Dancing with Myself, Billy Idol

Debaser, Pixies
Don’t You (Forget aobut Me), Simple Minds
Don’t You Want Me, The Human League
Down Under, Men At Work
Epic, Faith No More
Eternal Flame (The Bangles)
Everywhere, Fleetwood Mac
Faith, George Michael
Fight For Your Right, Beastie Boys
Girlfriend In A Coma, The Smiths
Girls Just Want to have Fun, Cyndi Lauper
Glory Days, Bruce Springsteen
Hallelujah, Happy Mondays
Hazy Shade of Winter, The Bangles
Heaven Is A Place On Earth, Belinda Carlisle
Hey, Pixies
Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Pat Benatar
Holiday in Cambodia, Dead Kennedys
How Soon Is Now, The Smiths
I Melt With You, Modern English
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me), Whitney Houston
I Want Candy, Bow Wow Wow
It’s the End of the World As We Know It, R.E.M.
Jack & Diane, John Mellencamp
Jessie’s Girl, Rick Springfield
Just Can’t Get Enough, Depeche Mode
Karma Chameleon, Culture Club
Khe Sanh, Cold Chisel
Kick, INXS
Let My Love Open the Door, Peter Townshend
Livin’ On A Prayer, Bon Jovi
Love Is A Battlefield, Pat Benatar
Love My Way, The Psychedelic Furs
Love Will Tear Us Apart, Joy Division
Material Girl, Madonna
Modern Love, David Bowie

Never Tear Us Apart, INXS
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, Starship
Pictures of You, The Cure
Pretty in Pink, The Psychedelic Furs
Pump Up the Volume, MARRS
Purple Rain, Prince
Push it, Salt-N-Pepa
Rapture, Blondie
Relax, Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Seven Wonders, Fleetwood Mac
Sharp Dressed Man, ZZ Top
She Bangs the Drums, The Stone Roses
Should I stay or Should I go, The Clash
 Sign of the Times, Madness
Smooth Criminal, Michael Jackson
Strut, Sheena Easton

Summer of ’69, Bryan Adams
Sunday Bloody Sunday, U2
Sweet Child O’Mine, Guns & Roses
Tainted Love, Soft Cell
Talkin’ Bout A Revolution, Tracy Chapman

Teen Age Riot, Sonic Youth
The Killing Moon, Echo and the Bunnymen
There is a light that Never Goes Out, The Smiths
The Way You Make Me Feel, Michael Jackson

Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper
Total Eclipse of the Heart, Bonnie Tyler
Twenty Four Hours, Joy Division
Under Pressure, Queen, David Bowie
Venus, Bananarama
Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Wham!
Walk this Way, RUN-DMC
Walking on Sunshine, Katrina & the Waves
We’re not Going to take It, Twisted Sister
When Doves Cry, Prince
Where is My Mind, Pixies
Whip It, Devo
Why Can’t this Be Love, Van Halen
With or Without You, U2
You Spin Me Round (Like a Record), Dead or Alive

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    1. April 5, 2014

      Great playlist! Whip It. :D

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