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Creating the Perfect 80s Music Playlist


80s Music Playlist

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction

  2. Research popular 80s songs and artists

  3. Consider the party theme and atmosphere

  4. Mix up the genres and styles

  5. Take requests and preferences into account

  6. Create a balanced playlist

  7. Conclusion


So, you're throwing an epic 80s bash, huh? Well, let me tell you, having DJ'd many 80s parties, choosing the perfect music for your groovy get-together is the key to taking your party from good to totally rad! Get ready to dust off your leg warmers and tease that hair, because we're about to dive into the wild world of 80s tunes!


Below are a whole bunch of Tips and Tricks to consider. However, at the end of the day and as an experienced DJ, these are some of the considerations I think about when creating my DJ sets and working with my clients.


Research popular 80s songs and artists


It's time to do some serious time-traveling through the Billboard charts and iconic artists of the 80s. The 80s were a treasure trove of musical genius, so grab a pen and paper (or your trusty smartphone) and start making a list of all those unforgettable hits. Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince, Duran Duran, and Bon Jovi are just a few of the legendary names you can't forget. Explore their discographies, relive the magic, and make sure no stone is left unturned in your quest for the ultimate 80s playlist. Remember, the more nostalgia-inducing tunes, the better!


Consider the party theme and atmosphere


Now, don't forget to set the mood! What's your party theme? Are we going for a totally tubular 80s prom night with flashy neon lights and cheesy prom poses? Or maybe a rockin' 80s dance party where everyone channels their inner rock star? Whatever theme you choose, make sure your music selection aligns with it. For the older couples, think power ballads and slow dances that will transport your guests back to their high school days. And for the dance party, get those synth-pop and new wave hits pumping through the speakers. It's all about creating an atmosphere that screams.


Mix up the genres and styles


Hey, don't be afraid to mix things up! The 80s had it all—pop, rock, new wave, and even a splash of funky disco. While the hits from the big names will undoubtedly make an appearance on your playlist, don't forget to explore the depths of the 80s music scene. Delve into the underground and discover some hidden gems that will surprise your guests. How about some synth-driven tracks from Depeche Mode or A-ha? Or maybe a touch of early hip-hop with Grandmaster Flash? Throw in some Cyndi Lauper, Bon Jovi, Wham!, and maybe even a little Rick Astley (yes, we're going there!). Variety is the spice of life, and it'll keep your dance floor packed with people busting out their best moves.


Take requests and preferences into account


To make your 80s extravaganza even more interactive, ask your guests for their favourite 80s jams. Set up a poll or create a collaborative playlist where everyone can contribute their picks. Let them be the DJ for a moment and include their requests in the playlist. It's like creating a musical time capsule filled with memories and guilty pleasures. Just be prepared for that one friend who requests "Never Gonna Give You Up" on repeat! Taking your guests' preferences into account ensures that everyone feels involved and connected to the music, creating an atmosphere of shared nostalgia and joy.



Create a balanced 80s music playlist


Almost there! To keep the party rocking all night long, you need to be the master of playlist flow. It's all about crafting a journey through the 80s that keeps the energy high and the dance floor packed. Start with some classic hits that everybody knows and loves. We're talking about those songs that make even the most reluctant dancers bust a move. Then, throw in some hidden gems that'll make people go, "Wait, I totally forgot about this song!" Surprise and delight your guests with underrated tracks that showcase the diversity of the 80s music scene. Build up the excitement, keep the energy pumping, and save the ultimate crowd-pleasers for the peak of the party. It's all about those hair-raising moments when the dance floor is on fire, and even the shyest wallflowers can't resist the irresistible beats. Be sure to use my Ultimate 80s Playlist above or on Spotify to get your thinking and head over to my Music page for more inspiration.


To wrap up...


You now have the keys to creating the most epic 80s party ever. With your killer playlist in hand, you'll transport your guests back to the era of big hair, leg warmers, and unforgettable music. So, start digging through those 80s hits, crank up the volume, and let's make this party a blast from the past! Remember, it's all about the music, the memories, and dancing like nobody's watching. Let's rock the 80s, my friends! And if someone suggests a breakdance battle, just remember to stretch beforehand. Safety first!


Rhythm and Beats is a Melbourne based DJ Hire Service specialising in Weddings, Corporate Events and Celebrations. With competitive pricing and a wide range of packages to choose from, be sure to Contact Me today to discuss your event requirements. Kev

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