This week: Celebrating the 1980s: Synths, One-Hit Wonders & Power Ballads
Just Can’t Get Enough
Ah, the 1980s. The decade that gave us New Romantics, dandy highwaymen, moonstomping rude boys and rude girls, hair metal, and smooth soul-loving yuppies with mobile phones bigger than bricks. Ridicule was nothing to be scared of, even if you were a fella in eyeliner and a blouse. It’s hard to believe it all happened 40 years ago, especially when so many modern pop songs are so reminiscent of the decade of excess.
Bored kids playing with synthesizers in their bedrooms seems to be an ‘80s theme that has come back around in the 2000s, made even easier by those synth sounds being available on most laptops. If you’ve heard a song playing in a shop and thought, “Is this from 1980 or 2020?” you’re certainly not alone.
We’ve curated a Then vs. Now: Synth Pop playlist to help you keep track of yesterday and today; think of it as learning about those from the pop past who walked so that today’s stars could run. Go on over to Top Playlists / Genres / Pop and dance your way through double history.
Pump Up the Volume
Another area the ‘80s excelled in was mammoth one-hit wonders. Briefly ubiquitous, still instantly recognisable (“Oh yeah, I remember THIS song!”), arriving with a bang only to never bother the charts again, enjoy back-to-back crowd-pleasing nostalgia by cranking 80s One-Hit Wonders. We’ve also put together a very dramatic playlist full of 80s Power Ballads from that time when the higher the singer’s hair, the harder they felt emotions. You can find them both in Genres / Pop.
Also on ROXi this week…
ROXi FEATURE REVIEW:
If you find you’re more adept with text (as many of us are texting more and more often these days anyway), you can choose to find your favourite artists and songs via Text Search under the Search section.
NEW SINGE ON ROXi:
Dua Lipa is still holding strong with her single Levitating; go to Charts / Singles Chart to hear why everyone loves it.
NEW ALBUM ON ROXi:
No longer always getting rained on, Travis are back in the charts at number five with their new album, 10 Songs. Have listen under Charts / New Releases.