Thanks to your favorite party blog writer, your menu is planned, you know what you will be wearing, your decorations are on their way and your games are ready to go. The only thing you need to do now is get your 80s music list together. Well, I am here for you.
I go through stages with music. I’ll listen to something incessantly and then, all of a sudden, get sick of hearing the same stuff over and over and won’t play it again for a very long time. Case in point – a couple of years ago I had a hard-on for all things Beatles. Charlie and Emma and I went to see Sir Paul in concert and I couldn’t get enough of the Fab Four (he was AWESOME by the way). My ipod was filled to the brim with every one of their albums and that was all I wanted to hear. Then one day I just couldn’t stand the thought of hearing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band one more time. No rhyme or reason – just couldn’t.
Conversely, I had heard every song from the 80s a million-gazillion times during my youth and never even entertained the idea of playing them again. I was burned out. For, like, 20 years. But people change; I’ve listened to little else recently. It’s funny how music triggers memories. Going to the beach with friends…proms…break ups. I have really enjoyed this journey back in time. It makes me proud to look back at myself and see how far I’ve come in 30 years.
And though I typically don’t like to read a lists of someone’s top 20 songs/movies/tv shows because I find them boring, I am going to provide you with a list of some of the songs I will feature at my 80s party. My hope is that this will help you with your music selection…
Michael Jackson – Beat It because Eddie Van Halen plays the guitar solo, P.Y.T. because girls want a man to write a song like that about them and Thriller because it is awesome and we all want to do those dance moves.
Madonna – Where do I begin? Hmmm, let’s see: Holiday because it is dance-y and makes me feel happy, Material Girl and Into The Groove too. I could put a TON of her other songs on there, but that would be overkill.
Beastie Boys – I am trying to refrain from playing all of Licensed to Ill. You can’t go wrong with She’s Crafty, Brass Monkey or Paul Revere though.
Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Poison, Warrant, Ratt, Cinderella – I was never into the hair band thing, I just didn’t get it. But all my girlfriends were (and still are). I am relying on them to loan their cds to me in order to please the crowd. Otherwise, I got nothin’. I’m open to advice though so feel free to educate me on the best hair band songs by leaving comments below!
Pretenders – Middle of the Road
Pat Benatar – Love is a Battlefield (who doesn’t remember that video?)
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun because well, we do.
Billy Idol – I’ve gained a new appreciation for the spiky blonde wonder lately. His music was pretty good. Rebel Yell is my favorite. I can really fist pump around my living room to that one.
INXS – Anything from Kick. But you should have them on your playlist mostly because of Michael Hutchence. May his hotness rest in peace.
All kinds of smoldery.
Human League – Don’t you want me? That’s the name of the song, not an invitation.
George Michael – I Want Your Sex. Again, not an invitation.
Van Halen – Panama and Hot For Teacher
Duran Duran – Let’s pause for a moment to let the awesomeness of Duran Duran wash over us. The catchy beats, the smooth lyrics… John Taylor. Oh how I loved DD. Rio, Planet Earth, Girls On Film, The Reflex, Hungry Like The Wolf. Any of these songs are quality choices for your set list.
I so had this poster.
Whitney Houston – Since she died if I hear I Will Always Love You one more time I may set myself on fire. However, How Will I Know and I Wanna Dance With Somebody are still great tunes.
U2 – Desire
Rob Base – Quick… When you saw ‘Rob Base’ on my list did you hear “I wanna rock right now” in your head? Yeah, I thought so. That’s why you have to have It Takes Two on yours.
Rick Springfield – Causing women everywhere to get a shit-eating grin on their faces and sing along no matter where they are, “Jessie is a friend…”. Do I really need to explain this one?
The Psychedelic Furs – Love My Way and Pretty In Pink. Both songs have a kinda sad, creepy undertone. So 80s pop-goth.
The Go-Gos – We Got The Beat and Our Lips Are Sealed
Sold to us as clean cut good girls.
They were really just a bunch of drug snorting sluts.
I swear. Watch 'Behind The Music'.
Def Leppard – I don’t consider them a hair band because their music was good. Photograph and Rock of Ages are essential.
Hall & Oats – An 80s powerhouse. You Make My Dreams and Private Eyes were in constant rotation on MTV. Daryl Hall could really rock the white jacket with 3/4 length sleeves and skinny tie. Absolute musts for any 80s theme party.
The Cars – Shake It Up
and of course,
Prince – See my last post Eat Your Heart Out, George Orwell for a detailed explanation. Additionally, Little Red Corvette and Kiss are required. And don’t forget – Purple Rain should be the last song on your playlist.
NOTE: You will find no Bobby Brown or Guns ‘n Roses on this list. My best friend, Heather, would kill me if My Prerogative was mixed into the rotation because (as she put it) “HE RUINED WHITNEY HOUSTON!”. And no GnR because I think Axel Rose can’t sing and is a cunt.
P.S. – While searching for images of our 80s icons to entertain you with in this post I came across some funny pictures. I may not know what my ideal job is, but I can tell you this, I never want to be a wig model.