20 Songs From the “80s” That I Never Skip

By Molly Klima


As summer swallows us up and I spend more time with my parents at home and at my cabin, I find myself listening to more and more country music, seeing as it is virtually the only genre of music that my parents know. Though I can withstand my fair share of it thanks to the conditioning of my childhood, I have, in previous years, reached a compromise with my parents for long trips up to the cabin and even longer afternoons spent on the lake: music from the 1980s, a.k.a. the music they listened to when they were in high school.

I don’t know what it is about music from the 1980s, but I am convinced that it is magical. If you’ve never listened to ‘80s music, you’ve been seriously missing out. They’re best played from the largest speakers available to you, at the highest volume, and scream-sung along to. There should also always be room to dance. If you need further convincing and if Wikipedia is to be trusted, it is the most favored musical decade of the last 50 years. Even my high school sister knows more ‘80s songs than she probably should, thanks to the enduring tradition of 1980s music in our household (her favorite is “Manic Monday” by The Bangles).

I don’t pretend to be any kind of musical expert, or honestly, know anything about music. My experience began and ended with “learning” to play the recorder in fourth grade. But my #throwback playlist on Spotify is 16 hours long, so I have that going for me. This isn’t a “Must Listen” ‘80s playlist, or even a “Best of the 80s” playlist, that’s a completely different blog post; it’s just a few of my faves. Below, you’ll find, in no particular order, fourteen songs from the 1980s (and six from within five years of the decade) that I never skip when they come on:


  1. One Thing Leads to Another by The Fixx

  2. Bad Medicine by Bon Jovi

  3. What I Like About You by The Romantics

  4. Rock And Roll All Nite by KISS (1975)

  5. Paradise City by Guns N’ Roses

  6. Simply Irresistible by Robert Palmer

  7. I Want You To Want Me by Cheap Trick (1977)

  8. Africa by Toto

  9. Rock You Like a Hurricane by Scorpions

  10. Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen

  11. You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC

  12. Cherry Pie by Warrant

  13. Talk Dirty to Me by Poison

  14. Hooked On A Feeling by Blue Swede

  15. Old Time Rock & Roll by Bob Seger

  16. Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash

  17. Addicted to Love by Robert Palmer

  18. It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me by Billy Joel

  19. Rich Girl by Daryl Hall & John Oates

  20. Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard


Find the playlist on Spotify here.

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