80’s Party Playlist

Songs from an epic 80’s party I threw. (See the pictures from my party here) The original playlist has 1457 songs in it, and was 4.1 days long. I edited that list down to what you see below. I tried to pick a broad cross-section of music genres and I tried to cover as many iconic tunes as I could, but obviously, I didn’t get everything.

  1. Physical – Olivia Newton-John – 3:45
  2. Venus – Bananarama – 3:52
  3. Secret Rendezvous – Karyn White – 4:12
  4. Love Shack – The B-52’s – 5:21
  5. No More Words – Berlin – 3:55
  6. Obsession – Animotion – 3:58
  7. Jukebox Hero – Foreigner – 4:22
  8. Mr. Roboto – Styx – 5:27
  9. Lovin’ Every Minute of It – Loverboy – 3:33
  10. Rock of Ages – Def Leppard – 4:08
  11. Another One Bites The Dust – Queen – 3:34
  12. Dancing With Myself – Billy Idol – 4:50
  13. Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses – 4:33
  14. You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC – 3:30
  15. We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister – 3:39
  16. I Hate Myself For Loving You – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – 4:08
  17. Parents Just Don’t Understand – DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – 5:15
  18. Pass The Dutchie – Musical Youth – 3:27
  19. Pop Muzik – M – 3:21
  20. Rock Me Amadeus – Falco – 3:20
  21. You Make My Dreams – Daryl Hall & John Oates – 3:05
  22. Head Over Heels – The Go-Go’s – 3:37
  23. Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles – 3:24
  24. Like A Prayer – Madonna – 5:51
  25. Girl You Know It’s True – Milli Vanilli – 4:12
  26. Beat It – Michael Jackson – 4:19
  27. Escapade – Janet Jackson – 4:45
  28. Run Runaway – Slade – 5:00
  29. King Of Wishful Thinking – Go West – 4:03
  30. Knock On Wood – Amii Stewart – 3:43
  31. Push It – Salt-N-Pepa – 4:31
  32. Let’s Groove – Earth Wind & Fire – 5:37
  33. Little Red Corvette – Prince – 4:56
  34. Erotic City – Prince – 3:55
  35. Jack and Diane – John Mellencamp – 4:19
  36. Freeze Frame – J. Geils Band – 3:59
  37. 867-5309 / Jenny – Tommy Tutone – 3:45
  38. Wrapped Around Your Finger – The Police – 5:13
  39. Born In The U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen – 4:41
  40. Russians – Sting – 3:58
  41. Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2 – 4:41
  42. What Do All The People Know – The Monroes – 3:28
  43. What I Like About You – The Romantics – 2:58
  44. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers – 3:40
  45. 19 – Paul Hardcastle – 3:40
  46. Bullet The Blue Sky – U2 – 4:32
  47. Orange Crush – R.E.M. – 3:54
  48. Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel – 4:54
  49. All I Need – Jack Wagner – 3:30
  50. Somebody’s Baby – Jackson Browne – 4:22
  51. In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel – 5:29
  52. If You Leave – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – 4:27
  53. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds – 4:20
  54. St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion) – John Parr – 4:12
  55. Footloose – Kenny Loggins – 3:49
  56. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go – Wham! – 3:48
  57. Karma Chameleon – Culture Club – 3:58
  58. A Little Respect – Erasure – 3:27
  59. Mediate – INXS – 2:32
  60. Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode – 3:36
  61. It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys – 4:59
  62. I Want Your Sex – George Michael – 9:17
  63. You Spin Me Right Round – Dead or Alive – 4:27
  64. Voices Carry – ‘Til Tuesday – 4:24
  65. Video Killed The Radio Star – The Buggles – 3:14
  66. Mexican Radio – Wall Of Voodoo – 4:08
  67. Safety Dance – Men Without Hats – 4:33
  68. One Night in Bangkok – Murray Head – 4:08
  69. Goody Two Shoes – Adam Ant – 3:28
  70. Veronica – Elvis Costello – 3:10
  71. Union of the Snake – Duran Duran – 4:22
  72. Down Under – Men at Work – 3:45
  73. Love Is a Stranger – Eurythmics – 3:39
  74. Life In A Northern Town – The Dream Academy – 4:18
  75. I Ran (So Far Away) – A Flock of Seagulls – 3:46
  76. 88 Lines About 44 Women – The Nails – 4:54
  77. Brass In Pocket – The Pretenders – 3:07
  78. Cars – Gary Numan – 3:49
  79. Magic – The Cars – 3:59
  80. I Melt With You – Modern English – 3:51
  81. I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow – 2:47
  82. In A Big Country – Big Country – 3:56
  83. Kids In America – Kim Wilde – 3:29
  84. My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone) – Chilliwack – 3:59
  85. Oh Yeah – Yello – 3:05
  86. One Thing Leads To Another – The Fixx – 3:16
  87. Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly) – The Icicle Works – 3:46
  88. You Might Think – The Cars – 3:06
  89. And She Was – Talking Heads – 3:39
  90. Rise – Public Image Ltd. – 4:29
  91. Tainted Love – Soft Cell – 2:36
  92. Punk Rock Girl – Dead Milkmen – 2:37
  93. London Calling – The Clash – 3:19
  94. Just Like Heaven – The Cure – 3:32
  95. Panic – The Smiths – 2:13
  96. Don’t Leave Me This Way – Communards – 4:34
  97. Heaven Knows I’m Miserable – The Smiths – 3:33
  98. The Killing Moon – Echo & The Bunnymen – 5:46
  99. Under the Milky Way – The Church – 4:59
  100. Blue Monday – New Order – 7:29
  101. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division – 3:24
  102. Institutionalized – Suicidal Tendencies – 3:28
  103. Cotton Crown – Sonic Youth – 5:08
  104. Relax – Frankie Goes to Hollywood – 3:53
  105. Money For Nothing – Dire Straits – 4:06
  106. She Blinded Me With Science – Thomas Dolby – 3:42
  107. I Wanna Be A Cowboy – Boys Don’t Cry – 3:41
  108. Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys) – Waylon Jennings – 2:10
  109. We Are The World – USA For Africa – 7:01
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5 comments on “80’s Party Playlist
  1. LaRita says:

    i love it keep it comming

  2. Lauren says:

    I can’t help but notice the lack of some hair bands like Bon Jovi, Poison, Def Leopard. Good start though.

  3. whybuymoojuice says:

    The one by Erasure is good; So’s the one by Depeche Mode — very good! Gary Numan? Check. Animotion? Check. Cars? Check. Berlin? Check. Soft Cell, A Flock Of Seagulls, Dead Or Alive = Check. Bangles, Go Gos, Police, U2 = all of them are quintessentially 80’s. Same for Peter Gabriel, Men Without Hats, & Thomas Dolby… You’ve even got a few necessary one-hit wonders in there, like Murry Head, M, Falco, Boys Don’t Cry, Amii Stewart, and Wall Of Voodoo……But, what, no Yaz? No Thompson Twins? No Roxette? No Real Life? No Yes? Hell, how can you leave those out? I’d love to see your four day playlist!

  4. Ian says:

    WHAT?!? Where’s The Fixx?

  5. Dan says:

    Where’s the Huey Lewis?

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