Ok, compiling ultimate 80's playlist - what songs MUST be on it?

(103 Posts)
MyArseIsbiggerThanYours Mon 17-Feb-14 20:39:58

So far some Belinda Carlisle, Madonna, Tiffany (oh yes) cyndi lauper, feargal sharkey, nik kershaw, starship, def leppard (eclectic tastes!)

What songs have I forgotten?

Btw no culture club or UB40 allowed.

LeBearPolar Mon 17-Feb-14 20:41:48

Um - Tainted Love by Soft Cell! shock

and Come on Eileen.

jennifleurs Mon 17-Feb-14 20:41:57

Depeche Mode - everything! But especially 'Enjoy the Silence' and 'Walking in my Shoes'

LaundryLegoLunch Mon 17-Feb-14 20:42:58

Anything by A-ha.

invicta Mon 17-Feb-14 20:43:23

Spandeau ballet
Duran Duran
Nik kershaw
Michael Jackson
Paul young
Phil Collins
Haircut 100
Human league
Depeche mode
Billy Bragg
Bruce Springsteen
Big country
Status quo

King-Love and Pride
Dead or alive- you spin me round

I shall have both of those in my head for ages now grin

PrincessOfChina Mon 17-Feb-14 20:44:19

Livin on a Prayer

KoalaFace Mon 17-Feb-14 20:44:40

The Go Go's, The Bangles, The Ramones, Bowie.

Was born in '85, I'll never get over the disappointment...

vestandknickers Mon 17-Feb-14 20:44:46

Shoot that poison arrow to my haaaaa-aaaaart!

alemci Mon 17-Feb-14 20:45:09

mel and kim, pet shop boys, adam ant, yaz, eurasure

JeanSeberg Mon 17-Feb-14 20:46:19

The smiths
The cure
Siouxsie and the banshees
The damned
The cult

whattoWHO Mon 17-Feb-14 20:46:52

Fresh prince of bel-air
Mc hammer

Pantygirdl Mon 17-Feb-14 20:46:53

Walk like an Egyption (sp) The Bangles

KenDoddsDadsDog Mon 17-Feb-14 20:46:59

Fools Gold
Any Smiths

MooseBeTimeForSnow Mon 17-Feb-14 20:47:27

Rush - Spirit of Radio

Awks Mon 17-Feb-14 20:47:44

frankie goes to hollywood
dr and the medics
heaven 17
the jam
the specials

<god I love the 80's>

MrsBartowski Mon 17-Feb-14 20:47:47

Put on absolute 80's (think it's online too) and just write down everything that makes you go "OMG I loved this song" Extra bonus points if they make you dance around the kitchen.

This exact strategy worked for me last year and everyone loved the playlist smile

Broken Wings by Mister Mister
Kayleigh by Marillion
Rosanna by Toto

All of above plus
Rick Astley
Belinda Carlisle

stillenacht Mon 17-Feb-14 20:48:45

Breakout by Swing Out Sister
Curiosity Killed the Cat
Soul 2 Soul
Rick Astley
Thompson Twins
Duran Duran
Haircut 100
Nik Kershaw
Depeche Mode
Lionel Ritchie
Spandau Ballet
Alison Moyet
Pet Shop Boys

Oooo so many!!

CQ Mon 17-Feb-14 20:49:21

Heaven 17 -Temptation

The Smiths
The Cure
The Jesus and Marychain
The Damned
Joy Division
Duran Duran
Stephen Tin Tin Duffy
New Order
Obsession by Anemotion
Whip It by Devo
Electric Dreams - Phil Oakey
Human League

Brilliant Mind - was that by Furniture? Great song.
Yes to Nik Kershaw
Howard Jones
Killing Joke
Simple Minds

MairzyDoats Mon 17-Feb-14 20:51:37

Anything from The Wedding Singer! Particularly Hold Me Now by the Thomson Twins.

JeanSeberg Mon 17-Feb-14 20:51:37

Good call on those Remus I'd love to find an alternative 80s disco somewhere.


RafflesWay Mon 17-Feb-14 20:51:47

Anything by Howard Jones!

LittleBonnie Mon 17-Feb-14 20:52:26

careless whisper

stillenacht Mon 17-Feb-14 20:52:46

Gloria Estefan
Axel F
Guns n Roses
Bon Jovi
Hue and Cry
Paul Hardcastle
Whitney Houston

Ok will stop now

strawberrie Mon 17-Feb-14 20:53:11

St Elmo's fire by John Parr
Heart - Alone

80s music is awesome!

YES to The Thompson Twins. smile

stillenacht Mon 17-Feb-14 20:53:59

Oops just seen you said songs and not artists

Owen Paul - My favourite waste of time

rugbychick Mon 17-Feb-14 20:54:37

Anything by Spandau Ballet, particularly the 12" versions of "lifeline" and "Instinction"
Go West
John Farnham "you're the voice"
Deacon Blue
Simple Minds
Ultravox "Vienna", "Loves Great Adventure"
Then Jericho " Big Area"
Seal "crazy"
The Communards
The Police
Tears For Fears
Aztec Camera
Hue And Cry
Adam And The Ants
Human League
Midge Ure " If I was"
Level 42
The Housemartins
Billy Idol

Ok, who cheated, and checked what was on their iPod? Wasn't me!

MorrisZapp Mon 17-Feb-14 20:56:08

Pale Shelter by Tears for Fears

Fade to Grey by Visage

Fantasy Island by Tight Fit

Kiss Me by Stephen Tin Tin Duffy

Wishing by A Flock of Seagulls

Don't Go by Yazoo

joanofarchitrave Mon 17-Feb-14 20:58:34

Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough
Eurhythmics - Here Comes The Rain
Fun Boy Three - Our Lips are Sealed
Afrika Bambaataa - Planet Rock
Bronski Beat - Beat Boy
OMD - Enola Gay
Smiths - What Difference Does It Make
Human League - Don't You Want Me
Prince - 1999 and Raspberry Beret
Blondie - Rapture
Public Enemy - Fight the Power
MARRS - Pump Up the Volume

CocktailQueen Mon 17-Feb-14 21:00:40

Yy to morrisZapp! I love David lodge books too!

Also, erasure - sometimes
Talking heads - road to nowhere
Communards - don't leave me this way
You are my world
Feargal sharkey - ghost train/a good heart
Owen Paul - you're my favourite waste of time
Soft cell - tainted love
Dexy's - come on Eileen
Flying pickets - only you

So, so many!!

joanofarchitrave Mon 17-Feb-14 21:01:36

Oh, and:

ACDC - Back in Black
The Cult - She sells Sanctuary
Ace of Spades - Motorhead


joanofarchitrave Mon 17-Feb-14 21:02:01


The B52s- Roam

MrsLevineinmydreams Mon 17-Feb-14 21:02:34

Word up- Cameo, Love it smile

joanofarchitrave Mon 17-Feb-14 21:05:13

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five - White Lines
New Order - True Faith


Husker Du - Makes No Sense At All
Cocteau Twins - Pearly Dewdrops Drops
Pixies - Where Is My Mind, Debaser or Monkey Gone To Heaven
Dinosaur Jr - Freak Scene or Just Like Heaven
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Spellbound, Fireworks or Cities In Dust
Icicle Works - Love Is A Wonderful Colour
Psychadelic Furs - Pretty In Pink
Violent Femmes - Blister In The Sun
Public Image Limited - Flowers Of Romance
Animotion - Obsession

oh, forgot the classic
New Order - Blue Monday

CocktailQueen Mon 17-Feb-14 21:07:42

Whitney Houston - how will I know
Diana Ross - chain reaction
Sade - smooth operator/your love is king
Eurythmics - sweet dreams
The damned - Eloise
Shakin Stevens - green door/this ole house
Icicle works - who do you want for your love? And understanding jane
Rod Stewart - baby jane
Fiction factory - feels like heaven
Big country - in a big country and fields of fire
Simple minds - don't you forget about me
Adam ant - stand and deliver

Could go on all night! Will stop now...

Patchouli Mon 17-Feb-14 21:09:32

Pointer Sisters: Automatic

Mefisto Mon 17-Feb-14 21:14:17

Theme from Fame

Living on the ceiling- Blancmange

Ashes to ashes - David Bowie

Drowning in Berlin - the mobiles

Japanese boy - Anneka

Happy Birthday - Altered Images

Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band

Elvis Costello - Good year for the roses

Strawberry switchblade - since yesterday

Voice of the beehive - don't call me baby

Apols if I've duplicated anyone's suggestions!

permaquandry Mon 17-Feb-14 21:19:14

I want all the songs listed on here! With the exception of Belinda Carlisle and some of the other soft pop stuff (sorry, just not my scene, tho evocative of a lovely era).

Ooh did anyone mention:

Breathe - hands to heaven
Duran - Reflex
Smiths - this charming man
Blancmange (can't remember the song)
The Cure - pictures of you/why can't I be you
The Cult - she sells sanctuary
Blow Monkeys - digging your scene/it doesn't have to be that way
Fiction Factory - feels like heaven
Prefab Sprout - when love breaks down
Altered Images - happy birthday.

So many more.......

MissMusicale Mon 17-Feb-14 21:24:56

Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere
Talking Heads - road to nowhere
Kim Carnes - Bette Davis eyes
Kim Wilde - Cambodia
Boy George/Culture Club - everything I own

Mefisto Mon 17-Feb-14 21:26:19

Love this thread...

Propaganda - Duel

Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin - it's my party and I'll cry if I want to

Eye of the tiger - Survivor

Laura Branigan - Gloria

My Bloody Valentine - you made me realise

The primitives - crash

De la soul - three feet high and rising

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Mon 17-Feb-14 21:28:59

forever in electric dreams...
the simple minds one from the breakfast club..

TSSDNCOP Mon 17-Feb-14 21:29:54

Human League

ggirl Mon 17-Feb-14 21:32:08

The The -this is the day


Yes to Blancmange - Living on the Ceiling
The Wedding Present - Give My Love to Kevin
yes to Altered Images
The Primitives - Crash
Yes, yes, yes to Pretty In Pink.

OMD - If You Leave
Simple Minds - Don't You Forget About Me
The Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet - is that 80s?
Ultravox - Vienna
Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven
The Stone Roses

Rip it up and Start Again
REM - Orange Crush (is that late 80s or early 90s?) or The End of the World as we know it
Happy Mondays
Carter USM

TSSDNCOP Mon 17-Feb-14 21:33:20


Billy Ocean
Billy Idol
Billy Joel

Strawberry Switchblade - Since Yesterday

SanityClause Mon 17-Feb-14 21:37:23

Peter Gabriel -Sledgehammer.

Who could forget that music video?!

SanityClause Mon 17-Feb-14 21:38:29

Catch , by The Cure

Love, 'Catch' - but it makes me cry.

MyArseIsbiggerThanYours Mon 17-Feb-14 21:40:07

OMG! fantastic! So many things I had forgotten - rick astley, the bangles, go west, Gloria Estefan, LOL!

Broken wings by mister mister - GENIUS!

Hammer time - how did I forget this?! <hangs head in shame>

Have some Duran Duran, bon jovi and erasure already.

Going to have fun putting this together, thanks everyone grin

morethanpotatoprints Mon 17-Feb-14 21:43:21

Money for nothing
The only way is up
Tainted love
Twisting by the pool
Rock Lobster grin grin
White Lines

so many more..... I'm thinkin

NigellasDealer Mon 17-Feb-14 21:43:29

Freedom and Wake me up before you Gogo - George Michael
Take on me - Aha
Don't you want me - Human League

CockBollocks Mon 17-Feb-14 21:44:16

china girl - david bowie
Video killed the radio star - cant remember!!
Any Huey Lewis & the news.

CockBollocks Mon 17-Feb-14 21:45:15

Oh yes, Go West - just downloaded the king of wishful thinking.

Mefisto Mon 17-Feb-14 21:46:51

Oh how I adored the 1980s

Kraftwerk - the model

Roxy music - More than this

Squeeze - cool for cats

Mike Oldfield - moonlight shadow

<slips on pixie boots and pinafore dress with petticoat showing>

TheFutureSupremeRulersMum Mon 17-Feb-14 21:50:48

The Power of Love - Huey Lewis and the News

CockBollocks Mon 17-Feb-14 21:51:05

In a Big Country - Big Country

morethanpotatoprints Mon 17-Feb-14 21:56:10

Time after Time
Boxer beat
The land of Make Believe
Caravan of love
Dr Beat

sorry for shouting.

Pipachi Tue 18-Feb-14 05:29:37

Great! All of above smile and:

Who's gonna drive you home
She drives me crazy
Wonderful life
Footsteps on the dance floor

EugenesAxe Tue 18-Feb-14 08:15:11

There are loads; I can think of these for starters:

What Difference Does It Make? - Smiths
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before - Smiths
Keep Me Hanging On - Kim Wilde
Vienna - Ultravox
Are Friends Electric? - brain funk... was it Paul someone?
Lebanon - Human League
Party Fears Two - The Associates
Rapture - Blondie
Stand and Deliver or Antmusic - Adam and the Ants
Take Me I'm Yours - Squeeze
Paradise City - Guns and Roses
Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
Rebel Yell or White Wedding - Billy Idol
Shout - Tears For Fears
Pride (In The Name of Love) - U2
Many or all by Duran Duran, esp Planet Earth for me
Bedsitter - Soft Cell
Wouldn't It Be Good - Nik Kershaw
Fade To Grey - Visage
Echo Beach - Martha and the Muffins
The Edge of the Deep Green Sea - The Cure
Alive and Kicking - Simple Minds
The Look of Love - ABC
Welcome to the Pleasuredome or Relax - Frankie Goes

Quenelle Tue 18-Feb-14 08:26:10

The Alarm - 68 Guns
U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday

JeanSeberg said all mine.

TheseAreTheJokesFolks Tue 18-Feb-14 08:29:29

down under
99 red balloons

Blondieminx Tue 18-Feb-14 08:49:06

Ashes to Ashes was set in the 80's and there is a double CD out it's on eBay look

Iamfrankieheck Tue 18-Feb-14 09:02:24


Mefisto Tue 18-Feb-14 09:43:09

Oh gosh yes, eugenes, Gary Numan - Are Friends Electric and Cars.

Swangirl Tue 18-Feb-14 10:10:08

Take on me,The Sun always Shines on TV a-ha
Relax Frankie goes to Hollywood
Rio Duran Duran
Dignity Deacon blue-
Happy Hour The House martians
Stand and Deliver Adam and the Ants
Karma Chameleon Culture Club
Paradise City - Guns and Roses
Livin on a prayer Bon Jovi
The Love Shack B52's
Careless Whisper George Micheal
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun cyndi lauper

Swangirl Tue 18-Feb-14 10:17:22

Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Michael Jackson - Bad

DuPainDuVinDuFromage Tue 18-Feb-14 10:24:49

Has anyone suggested the Birdie Song? grin

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Tue 18-Feb-14 10:53:03

ooh yes and in the same vain as the birdie song you need to get that
# superman

not a good description will need to go and find out what it is called

ah found it..
called Superman by black lace..

Swangirl Tue 18-Feb-14 14:42:37

The chicken Song Spitting Image grin grin

Ballsballsballs Tue 18-Feb-14 14:58:18

Grandmaster Flash - The Message
Blondie - Rapture
Beastie Boys - Fight for your Right to Party
Run DMC - Walk this Way

Chivetalking Tue 18-Feb-14 15:51:47

Karma Chameleon - Culture Club

99 Red Balloons - Nena

Fantastic Day - Haircut 100

Sexual Healing - Marviin Gaye

Give It Up - KC and the Sunshine Band

Japanese Boy - Aneka

Fade To Grey - Visage

Ashes To Ashes - David Bowie

Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears

Don't You Want Me - Human League

Robert De Niro's Waiting - Bananarama

Like A Virgin - Madonna

I could go on grin

Chivetalking Tue 18-Feb-14 15:55:10

Oh and Superman - Laurie Anderson

nettie Tue 18-Feb-14 16:00:06

Calling all the Heroes, It Bites
Footloose soundtrack
Summer of 69, Bryan Adams
Your my Favourite waste of Time, Owen Paul
Best years of our lives, Modern Romance
Glory of love, Peter Cetera

Sorry, love a good (!) 80s cheesy song.

CPtart Tue 18-Feb-14 16:01:16

"Electric Dreams" by George Moroder and Phil Oakey.

bruffin Tue 18-Feb-14 16:09:44

Hall and Oates
Mike and the Mechanics - The Living Years
Joe Jackson - Stepping Out
Billy Joel - Uptown Girl

bruffin Tue 18-Feb-14 16:14:06

Danny Wilson - Mary's prayer

Ballsballsballs Tue 18-Feb-14 17:43:53

Trapped - Colonel Abrams
Love Can't Turn Around - Farley Jackmaster Funk

Chivetalking Tue 18-Feb-14 19:07:32

You Spin Me Round - Dead Or Alive

Super Trouper - Abba (just sneaks in in 1980 thrillingly enough)

boogiewoogie Wed 19-Feb-14 22:16:01

In addition to those mentioned:

Eye of the Tiger
Running up that hill - Kate Bush
Rock me Amadeus - Falco
Shattered dreams - Johnny hates Jazz
Hands to Heaven - Breathe
Wonderful life - Black
Somewhere in my heart - Aztec Camera

alemci Wed 19-Feb-14 22:24:14

definitely Jazmaster funk with that amazing rift

falco Rock me Ammadeus

Jannie49 Thu 20-Feb-14 18:22:18

Are Friends' Electric - Tubeway Army ( Garys band) actually released in 79, I was 17. It was this that first got me interested in synth/new wave etc. Im playin his latest CD in car at mo. smile

kazzawazzawoo Thu 20-Feb-14 18:32:37

Alphaville, Big in Japan

kazzawazzawoo Thu 20-Feb-14 18:33:24

Boys of summer
Missing you

alemci Thu 20-Feb-14 20:52:41

jungle life

star trecking

save your love

shadupaya face

Nellie the Elephant

when you are all a bit tipsy and don't care what rubbish is on

DownyEmerald Thu 20-Feb-14 21:33:47

Frankie - Sister Sledge

Went to a music quiz recently - was looking forward to it 'cos someone said it was all 80s music. I was bitterly disappointed - absolutely none of your fab choices. Wonder if it was because a bloke set it? Maybe I should do an alternative.....

Perfectlypurple Thu 20-Feb-14 21:37:37

T'pau - china in your hand.

All the others I can think of have been suggested.

alemci Thu 20-Feb-14 21:38:52

hue and cry

LadyWishfort Fri 21-Feb-14 00:00:54

Many that have been mentioned, but how could we leave out

Japan - Quiet Life
Echo and the Bunnymmen - Ocean Rain

IronWoman Sat 22-Feb-14 17:45:20

Loving this thread!

Talk Talk - Today
Terence Trent D'Arby - Sign your Name
S'Express - Theme from S'Express (?)
Men At Work - Down Under
Falco - Rock me Amadeus
Dee C Lee - See the Day

...and last but not least -
Tight Fit - The Lion Sleeps Tonight (A wimoweh, a-wimoweh) xx

alemci Sat 22-Feb-14 18:35:07

yes wimoweh and stars on 45 smile

IDoAllMyOwnStunts Sat 22-Feb-14 18:39:25

Anyone said vanilla ice ice baby?

ohmymimi Wed 26-Feb-14 14:44:17


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