’80s MUSIC / 1988 – Retro Paradise

Starting with a great one which for me really sets in the mood of the late ’80s:

Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car (1988)


Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry, Be Happy! (1988)


Pet Shop Boys – Domino Dancing (1988)


The late ’80s really put hard rock and metal back on the map, and let’s not forget the huge return of the power ballads…

Poison – Every Rose Has its Thorn (1988)

Poison – Nothin’ but a Good Time (1988)


Originally recorded in 1983, here’s two remixed version of New Order’s awesome tune, Blue Monday:

New Order – Blue Monday ’88 / The Beach (1988)


Here’s a more modern “twist” on Chubby Checker’s 1960 cover hit:

The Fat Boys feat. Chubby Checker – The Twist (1988 cover)


David Lee Roth – Just Like Paradise (1988)


Def Leppard – Love Bites (1988)


Eric Carmen – Make Me Loose Control (1988)


Another sixties retro dancing trend came back to life thanks to this cover:

Kylie Minogue – The Loco-Motion (1988 cover)


Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal (1987-88)


Paula Abdul – Straight Up (1988)


Hey Rick, you know that (boring) generic sound you’re looking for? Why don’t you make another song out of it? (I’m joking…)

Rick Astley – Together Forever (1988)


Robert Palmer – Simply Irresistible (1988)


I told you, retro was back in style!

The Primitives – Crash (1988)


The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) (1988)


Will To Power – Baby, I Love Your Way / Freebird Medley (1988)


Nah, Britney was not the first…

Bobby Brown – My Prerogative (1988)


New Kids On The Block – Hangin’ Tough (1988)


Was (Not Was) – Walk the Dinosaur (1988)


Finally, remembering how important it is to treat someone like it’s going to be the last time you will ever see this person…

Mike & The Mechanics – The Living Years (1988)


You could really “hear” the wind starting to change in 1988, doesn’t it…

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