After a surprisingly fun thread on Twitter this weekend where I asked people what videos they remember loving so much that they would watch MTV for hours waiting for it, I got some amazing responses. Cue the little girl rabbit hole that took me back to better times, dare I say it-the good ole days. So I thought it would be fun to do a playlist of some of the best videos from the 80’s that people still remember now.
This is a list of the best videos, not songs. I was a little mod girl, so if this was the best 80’s songs it would much more focused on things like like Pop Will Eat Itself, Ultravox, Erasure, Depeche Mode, O.M.D., The Cure, New Order, Bananarama, Souixe and the Banshees and on and on.
I didn’t add Prince because you should just watch Purple Rain.
I understand Thriller is considered the best of all time and Billie Jean is great too, but for obvious reasons, I’m not adding them.
Feel free to share your own in the comments if I missed your fave. Get out your side shoulder sweatshirt and Madonna lace headbands and let’s have some fun. Without further ado, grab yourself a watermelon Jolly Rancher and here is “For Like, Ever” the ultimate 80’s video playlist:
For Like, Ever 💗
Duran Duran — Rio
Tears for Fears — Shout
Cyndi Lauper — Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
INXS — Never Tear Us Apart
Madonna — Like a Virgin
Pat Benetar — Love is a Battlefield
Ah-Ha — Take on Me
Adam Ant — Goody Two Shoes
Simple Minds — Alive and Kicking
New Order — True Faith
Culture Club — Karma Chameleon
Peter Gabriel — Sledgehammer
Madness — Our House
Wham! — Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
Flock of Seagulls — I Ran (So Far Away)
Til Tuesday — Voices Carry
U2 — Where the Streets Have Name
Whitney Houston — I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Run D.M.C., featuring Aerosmith — Walk This Way
Simply Red — Holding Back the Years
O.M.D. — If You Leave
The Police — Every Breath You Take
Billy Idol — White Wedding
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers — Don’t Come Around Here No More
Talking Heads — Once in a Lifetime
Van Halen — Jump
Eurythmics — Sweet Dreams
The Cars — You Might Think
David Bowie — Blue Jean
Beastie Boys - Fight For Your Right
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Amee Vanderpool writes the “Shero” Newsletter and is an attorney, contributor to Playboy Magazine and analyst for BBC radio. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @girlsreallyrule.