80s Retro-Cocktails


Some of the fun we have with cocktail music is in sprinkling in super-fun songs that you would never expect. One thing you can say about the 1980s: It is FULL of super-fun songs! When inserted into a jazzy-cocktail vibe, they become timeless works of art that fit pretty much any cocktail hour. From New-Wave to Hard Rock to Rap to Boogie and Movie Soundtracks, there is just so much incredible material to work with. If you have been following along on our social media pages lately you may have notices our recent focus on song years. Dubbed as "The History Of Happy Music", we have grown incredibly interested in looking at the hits of a specific year in music and the way the sound changes and flows from year to year. There are so many more distinctions and differences in sound than you would ever imagine as popular musicians and producers have always sought to follow the IN sound as it morphs and changes. While this week's focus is exclusively on 1983 (be sure to watch Thursday night's show, there are so many good ones) we honestly could have chosen any year as there is just so very much to choose from. Out of our passion for the 1980's, we have included our TOP 8 songs from every single year to give you a master guide for planning your next retro 80s theme party. Grand your bangles, cut-off t-shirts and high-waisted jeans, we are going through our favourite 80s gems that have stood the test of time (at least in our humble, yet super-biased opinions.)

1980 I Wanna Be Your Lover - Prince Rapture - Blondie Once In A Lifetime - Talking Heads Ladies Night - Kool & The Gang Down Under - Men At Work Could You Be Loved - Bob Marley You Make My Dreams Come True - Hall & Oates I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross 1981

Don't You Want Me - Human League Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode Back In Black - AC/DC Don't Stop Believing - Journey Give It To Me Baby - Rick James Video Killed The Radio Star - The Buggles

Let's Groove - Earth Wind & Fire I'm Alright - Kenny Loggins

1982 Do I Do - Stevie Wonder 1999 - Prince

Wanna Be Startin' Something - Michael Jackson Safety Dance - Men Without Hats Rock The Casbah - The Clash Dancing With Myself - Billy Joel Under Pressure - Queen ft. David Bowie Africa - Toto

1983

Lucky Star - Madonna China Girl - David Bowie Jack & Diane - John Mellancamp She Works Hard For The Money - Donna Summer Walking On Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves Maneater - Hall & Oates All Night Long - Lionel Richie Holiday Road - Lindsey Buckingham

1984

It's Only Love - Bryan Adams & Tina Turner Let's Go Crazy - Prince Into The Groove - Madonna Hot For Teacher - Van Halen White Lines - Grandmaster Flash Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham! Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen 1985

The Power of Love - Huey Lewis & The News Sussudio - Phil Collins Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds Living In America - James Brown Freeway Of Love - Aretha Franklin Take On Me - A-Ha Close To Me - The Cure Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears

1986 Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel How Will I Know - Whitney Houston You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon Kiss - Prince Your Love - The Outfield It's Tricky - Run DMC Push It - Salt N Pepa Your Love - The Outfield

1987

The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston Just Like Heaven - The Cure Need You Tonight - INXS Little Lies - Fleetwood Mac I Think We're Alone Now - Tiffany Time Of Me Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes With Or Without You - U2

1988 Loco-Motion - Kylie Minogue New Sensation - INXS Just Like Paradise - David Lee Roth Don't Be Cruel - Bobby Brown Goin Back To Cali - LL Cool J Joy & Pain - Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard Sweet Child Of Mine - Guns N Roses

1989

Express Yourself - Madonna Hey Ladies - Beastie Boys Me Myself & I - De La Soul Wild Thing - Tone Loc UHF - "Weird Al" Yankovic Love In An Elevator - Aerosmith Stand - REM Drive Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals

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