80s Retro-Cocktails

March 26, 2019

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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