15 Songs From The 80s You Should Have On Your iPod

At this very second the internet is flooded with “best albums” and “best song” lists of 2013, and that’s all fine and dandy, but the real story is about all those awesome-ass jams from the 1980s. Yaaas. You know, songs you’ve probably forgotten about by now or ones that only come on “ironically.” Look, the 80s were the hottest decade for culture, I don’t care what anybody says. It’s not just because I was born then. The fashions, the music — everything — it was just so on point. Such vibrancy. And even now that the 90s are having a moment, the 80s are the decade that warms our hearts. So in the spirit of all things 80s, here are 15 songs from then that you should have on your iPod AT ONCE, that is, if you want to be considered a healthy individual. For the record, I would put Prince’s “Darling Nikki” on here 100 times if I could, but his “people” don’t like to put his music on YouTube. A real shame.

1. “Do You Want To Get Away?,” Shannon


2. “Dancing By Myself,” Billy Idol


3. “Billie Jean,” Michael Jackson


4. “She Bop,” Cyndi Lauper


5. “Ain’t Nobody,” Chaka Khan


6. “Sweet Dreams,” Eurythmics


7. “Oh Sheila,” Ready For The World


8. “Walk Like An Egyptian,” The Bangles


9. “Heaven,” Bryan Adams


10. “How Will I Know,” Whitney Houston


11. “My Perogative,” Bobby Brown


12. “Whip It,” Devo


13. “Push It,” Salt-N-Peppa


14. “Rhythm Nation,” Janet Jackson


15. “Love Shack,” The B-52s



“Pull Up to The Bumper,” Grace Jones


What are some of your favorite 80s jams? Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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