15 New Songs That Sound Like They’re From the 1980s

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Artists are looking everywhere for inspiration, and every few years there seems to be an influx of music all influenced by a certain style or era. Lately there have been a lot of ‘90s babies creating music that sounds so authentically before their time that it’s hard to believe that it’s new. Sometimes the only way to initially tell what decade these songs are from is to listen to the lyrics. Did they just mention Twitter? Maybe this isn’t an unheard of throwback like you originally thought.

A lot of great music came from the '80s, across genres and styles, but one thing that has become inextricably linked with the decade is synthesizers, and the increasing use of electronic instruments in pop, rock, and R&B. With the amount of new artists creating music that sounds nostalgic, it seems like we’re coming full circle. Here are 15 new songs that wear their '80s influences proudly.

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  • http://twitter.com/#!/PancakeMcKennz pancakemckennz

    So much ’80s, my hair just jheri curled itself.

  • http://twitter.com/troybrowntv TroyBrownTV

    That White Maxima is cold. Black El raps like a grittier version of Drake. The vintage sound and minimalist chorus goes perfect with what’s going on right now rap. I’mma have to check for more of him.

  • Jean Paul Miró

    What about JUNGLE?

  • djl

    i knew blood orange would be first

  • mateuszek

    great article!!

  • http://sunken-sounds.com Christian Gunn
  • Daniel

    Try https://soundcloud.com/highwaysuperstar/take-my-time-feat-dana-jean
    for the ultimate 80’s song released in our time!.

  • Guest
  • http://www.snowpixel.co.nz barry davis

    Wow addriene, yer awesome! I’ma steal some of your recommends for my next sounds like 80s spotify playlist update. can’t believe i pretty much like everything on this list. I’m soo picky too when it comes to ma 80s style music. :d

  • Luigi Alcantara

    I am shocked! I am in love with the 80s and 70s can you do one for 2015. Since I predicted 2014 is the year of. modern 80s since 2000s kept the 1990s style

  • The80sBaby@heart

    Energy by Fire Tiger ( the vocalist’s voice sounds like heart’s husky voice)

  • The80sBaby@heart

    And thanks for your recommendations :)))

  • Alisha Lindenberg

    You are missing THE most 80’s inspired, most awesome song ever!! “Energy” by Fire Tiger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4A–GBLkzk

  • Jake

    No Com Truise, Starcadian or Neon Indian?

  • Guest

    I would like to add Austrian band “Bilderbuch”: https://open.spotify.com/album/0Bt6xhfRdVhzjSdZvXt5JR

  • Timo Genzen

    I would like to add Austrian band “Bilderbuch” and their recent album “Schick Schock”: https://open.spotify.com/album/0Bt6xhfRdVhzjSdZvXt5JR

  • DobbyJunior

    Mitch Murder Breakazoid just made me dance the robot. :D

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