Monday, August 22, 2011

1980s Music Playlist

Some have confused me as "the Eighties DJ."  That's a compliment, as I spent my formative years of  middle school and high school during the 1980s!  The Eighties was a fertile decade for music with the launch of MTV in 1981.  Here's 100 of Ambient DJs' top picks for your Eighties playlist.  Please comment with your own favorites!




1) How Soon is Now - The Smiths
2) If You Leave - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
3) Don’t You Forget About Me - Simple Minds
4) Lips Like Sugar - Echo and the Bunnymen
5) Mesopotamia - The B-52s
6) Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
7) Material Girl - Madonna
8) P.Y.T. - Michael Jackson
9) I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) - Hall & Oates
10) Don’t You Want Me Baby - Human League
11) Need You Tonight - INXS
12) Take on Me - A-ha!
13) Electric Avenue - Eddie Grant
14) Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode
15) Sign Your Name - Terence Trent D’Arby
16) Push It - Salt n' Pepa
17) I Can't Wait - Nu-Shooz
18) Puttin' on the Ritz - Taco
19) Der Kommissar - Falco (or After the Fire)
20) Tainted Love - Soft Cell
21) I Melt With You - Modern English
22) Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
23) Miami Vice Theme Song - Jan Hammer
24) The Pump - Jeff Beck
25) Pass the Dutchie - Musical Youth
26) Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
27) Too Shy - Kajagoogoo
28) Rapture - Blondie
29) Escape (the Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes (1979, rounded up!)
30) Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
31) Rise - Herb Alpert (1979, rounded up!)
32) The Glamorous Life - Sheila E.
33) When Doves Cry - Prince
34) You Belong to the City - Glen Frey
35) Harden My Heart - Quarterflash
36) Maneater - Hall & Oates
37) One Night in Bangkok - Murray Head
38) West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
39) I Love Rock n' Roll - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
40) Cars - Gary Numan
41) Pac-Man Fever - Buckner and Garcia
42) Send Me an Angel - Real Life
43) Love is a Battlefield - Pat Benatar
44) Sara - Starship
45) Ghostbusters - Ray Parker, Jr.
46) Head to Toe - Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
47) Rio - Duran Duran
48) Last Night a DJ Saved My Life - Indeep
49) White Lines - Grandmaster Flash
50) Oh Sheila - Ready for the World
51) Let the Music Play - Shannon
52) Diamond Girl - Nice n' Wild
53) Rhythm of the Night - El DeBarge
54) Get Into the Groove - Madonna
55) Wanna Be Rich - Calloway
56) Tarzan Boy - Baltimora
57) Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson
58) Who Can It Be Now?  Men at Work
59) Stroke It - Billy Squier
60) Freeze Frame - J. Geils Band
61) Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
62) Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles
63) Let's Dance - David Bowie
64) China Girl - David Bowie
65) Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
66) We Got the Beat - The Go-Gos
67) Venus - Bananarama
68) Mickey - Tony Basil
69) 867-5309 (Jenny) - Tommy Tutone
70) Twilight Zone - Golden Earring
71) Hearts - Marty Balin
72) Don't Stop Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson (1979, rounded up!)
73) Thriller - Michael Jackson
74) Genius of Love - The Tom Tom Club
75) Love Shack - the B-52s
76) Some Like it Hot - The Power Station
77) Let's Go All the Way - Sly Fox
78) I Just Died in Your Arms - The Cutting Crew
79) Funkytown - Pseudo-Echo
80) Dance Hall Days - Wang Chung
81) Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
82) Like a Virgin - Madonna
83) Part-time Lover - Stevie Wonder
84) Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell
85) Footloose - Kenny Loggins
86) Maniac - Michael Sembello
87) Word Up - Cameo
88) Walk the Dinosaur - Was (Not Was)
89) Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
90) Only the Lonely - The Motels
91) Missing You - John Waite
92) I Want a New Drug - Huey Lewis & the News
93) Your Love - The Outfield
94) Mercedes Boy - Pebbles
95) My Prerogative - Bobby Brown
96) Looking for a New Love - Jody Watley
97) Cool it Now - New Edition
98) True - Spandau Ballet
99) Take My Breath Away - Berlin
100) She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby


About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is an award-winning mobile DJ service based in Central NJ and servicing all of New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and Manhattan.  Contact us today at http://www.ambientdj.com for a no-obligation consultation and quote.

For 80s aficionados, consider one of our most decadent packages ever, the "Miami Vice Eighties Package" where a two person DJ/VJ team dressed like Crockett and Tubbs from Miami Vice mix 80s videos on big screens and run an Eighties trivia contest!


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