This fall, we’re diving into the dreamy world of synth-pop.
Written by: Jillian Eckert
Given the recent trends in fashion and TV, it makes sense that modern music draws influence from and embraces the 80s. In a more literal sense, contemporary artists are also sampling songs from the 80s in their music, a recent example being Nicki Minaj’s “Super Freaky Girl,” which is built off of Rick James’ 1981 hit “Super Freak.” The following playlist is an eclectic blend of popular 80s music and modern songs in which the era’s influence is evident. The sound of the 80s is everywhere, and this playlist explores some of the various ways musicians are paying homage to the decade. Djo’s new album DECIDE was a significant inspiration for this playlist—the album features driving bass, ethereal vocals, and sharp, electronic instrumentals, all of which tie these songs together. Each song has a different flavor, but they all loosely fall under the category of synth-pop. This genre originated in the late 70s and featured a synthesizer as the primary instrument. As we approach fall, give this mix of dreamy and energetic synth-pop a listen—hopefully, you’ll discover some new music for the new season!
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Djo - Runner
Nicki Minaj - Super Freaky Girl
Duran Duran - Come Undone
Ky Vöss - Thank You, Sorry
The Aces - I Can Break Your Heart Too
When In Rome - The Promise
Magdalena Bay - Secrets (Your Fire)
INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
Omar Apollo - So Good
Djo - End of Beginning
KAYE - Next Life Around
Rina Sawayama - Holy (Til You Let Me Go)
The Brummies - Cosmic Space Girl
Fake Dad - How Do I Cry?
Nuclear Daisies - Heaven in Your Head
Magdalena Bay - Unconditional
Royaljag - Put You On
NoSo - Honey Understand
Gothic Tropic - Drunk on a Rhythm
TOPS - Pirouette
Daffodils - A Leo Underwater
Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence
Caroline Kingsbury - Kissing Someone Else
Hot Flash Heat Wave - Sky So Blue
Benét - Killing Eve
Choir Boy - Eat The Frog