OC Weekly's 1980 Through 1989 Mixtape

We decided to make a new super-cool mixtape for all our loyal readers to enjoy this week. We caught the Reagan documentary on HBO over the long weekend, and it inspired us to reach back to the era of skinny ties, geometric hairdos, and personal and musical excess for a set of kick-ass tunes. The '80s ran the gamut from the cheesiest of pop to the most serious and po'-faced of post-punk, indie, Goth and metal, with the best music rivaling that of any era before or after. So, without further ado, here is a 10-song mix covering each year of the Decade of Greed (and Spandex).

1980: Magazine, “A Song From Under the Floorboards” 

1981: Phil Collins, “In the Air Tonight” 

1982: Duran Duran, “Save a Prayer” 

1983: Run-D.M.C, “It's Like That”

1984: The Smiths, “William, It Was Really Nothing”

1985: Madonna, “Into the Groove” 

1986: Peter Gabriel, with Kate Bush, “Don't Give Up”

1987: R.E.M., “Exhuming McCarthy” and “Machine Gun”

1988: Pet Shop Boys, “Always On My Mind”

1989: Soul II Soul, “Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)

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