Let’s make an ’80s Mixtape

Do you remember making mixtapes? Recording music from the radio or albums onto a cassette tape to create a special collection? Sometimes it was your own favorite tunes and sometimes a guy would add meaningful songs and give it a girl.

If you were creating an ’80s mixtape, would song would you add? If you’re having trouble remembering the best songs from that decade, here’s a list of the top tunes.

Don’t forget to check out the ’80s Mixtape series, including my story I Want to Dance with Somebody, for inspiration!

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    1. Hi Juli,
      You’re the second one who has mentioned that song. I was a slow Van Halen fan, but once I started liking them, then I loved them. Thanks for reading the newsletter.

  1. We didn’t start the fire by Billy Joel.

    Classic kitschy song that also is educational & fun to sing along to!

    1. Hi Kristen,
      I don’t remember that one. I love Billy Joel, so I’m sure I’ve heard it, but I just don’t remember it. I’ll have to look it up. Thanks for reading the newsletter.

  2. “JUMP” by Van Halen. I even had a David Lee Roth poster. I loved the big hair bands.

    1. Hi Audrey,
      You know I was slow to come to like Van Halen, but then I Loved them. Yes, the big hair bands were popular. I even bought a David Lee Roth Christmas CD. It was not good. And before I had loved him and the band. Thanks for reading my newsletter.

    1. Hi Melissa,
      Loved that song. When I was younger, I went to a lot of concerts and I got to see them in person. Such a great band. My favorite was One Way Ticket.

    1. Hi Jodi,
      Okay, I’ll be honest. I don’t remember that one. So so sorry, but I’m going to have to go look it up and see if I remember it. Thanks for reading the newsletter.

  3. My favorite tune from that decade..let’s go with “Head Over Heels” by Tears For Fears.

    1. Hi Pansy,
      What a great choice. I think there have only been two mentions of Rick Springfield and I’m kind of surprised. Thanks for reading my newsletter.

    1. Hi Vickie,
      You are the first person to mention a Queen song. Oh my goodness, I loved that band. Did you see the movie? Such a tragic life, but a wonderful performer. Thanks for reading my newsletter.

    1. Hi Sandy,
      Oh my goodness….that was such a great song. Even now when it comes on, I want to dance. He was such a great songwriter/performer. Thanks for reading the newsletter.

    1. Hi Victoria,
      You are so right. Have you watched the documentary on her? It was done by a couple of guys who were her roommates. Very interesting. Thanks for entering and reading my newsletter.

  4. Wow, so many great tunes! I have been a huge U2 fan for decades, so I will add Pride (In the Name of Love)

      1. Hi Ernielee,
        I knew immediately and yes that’s a great song. I saw them twice in concert and I would go back again. I loved their music so much. Thanks for reading my newsletter.