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The Ultimate 80’s Road Trip Playlist

Things to remember...

  • From medicine and technology to fashion and music, the 80’s propelled the world’s development into a more advanced era
  • The top 80’s road trip songs are here to help you relieve the good old days (or dive into the decade for the first time)
  • Music is just one staple for your next trip. Make sure you check your car insurance and have all the coverage you need for a safe journey

Whether you grew up in the 80’s or are just a fan of the era, we’ve compiled the top 80’s road trip songs to make your next vacation totally rad.

Don’t forget to cover all bases before you hit the road, though. Checking your current car insurance coverage and expanding your limits is one way to prepare for your adventure.

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1. Pump Up the Jam -Technotronic

2. What Is Love – Haddaway

3. Africa – Toto

Memes have breathed new life into this 1982 soft rock hit.  Check out some of the best Africa by Toto memes here, and listen to the iconic track in all its glory below.

4. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics

5. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

Probably only second or third to the national anthem in Americans’ hearts, “Don’t Stop Believin'” is still empowering hearts and spirits in 2018.

6. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

7. I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) – Whitney Houston

8. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Aslety

Honestly, we’re not even mad about getting Rick Rolled anyway. The song is good and Rick Astley is certainly having the last laugh with over 456 MILLION views on YouTube.

9. Beat It – Michael Jackson

10. Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfeild

11. 99 Luftballoons – Nena

12. Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins

13. What I Like About You – The Romantics

14. Material Girl – Madonna

15. Thriller – Michael Jackson

“Thriller”, originally titled “Starlight”, was inspired by The Nutcracker Suite. Who would have thought Tchaikovsky would be the cornerstone of the epic zombie music video that’s now a staple on every Halloween playlist?

16. You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC

17. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us – Starship

18. You Spin Me Right Round (Like a Record) – Dead or Alive

Flo Rida’s 2009 sample of Dead or Alive’s hit song had a good beat, but nothing can take the original’s place in our hearts. From the late Pete Burns’s bold androgynous style and fearlessly fierce dance moves, this is a song that just doesn’t need a reboot.

19. Kiss – Prince

20. Take On Me – a-ha

21. Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran

22. Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler

23. Let’s Dance – David Bowie

24. Walk Like an Egyptian – The Bangles

25. Push It – Salt n’ Pepa 

26. You Got (The Right Stuff) – New Kids on the Block

27. Physical – Olivia Newton-John

28. Another One Bites the Dust – Queen

29. Just Like Heaven – The Cure

The Cure is a staple of alternative rock. Whether you were around when they first hit the scene or just found yourself drawn to their iconic tracks as you explored the alt rock scene, songs like this exemplify the band’s worldwide success.

30. Lovesong – The Cure

31. A Short Term Effect – The Cure

32. Dream Attack – New Order

33. Blue Monday – New Order

The British music invasion of the 80’s gave us gems like “Blue Monday”, which still sounds way too cool and can liven up any party.

35. Love Shack – The B-52’s

36. Jump – Van Halen

37. We Built this City – Starship

38. Don’t You Want Me – The Human League

39. Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash

Stranger Things reintroduced this song to the masses. If it got Will Byers through the Upside Down, it can get you through the long stretches of your road trip.

40. Need You Tonight – INXS

41. Faith – George Michaels

42. Emotional – Loverboy

43. My Prerogative – Bobby Brown

44. Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

45. Whip It – DEVO

46. Walk This Way (ft. Aerosmith) – Run-D.M.C.

47. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves

48. Uptown Girl – Billy Joel

49. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Another song that never fails to pump you up, “Eye of the Tiger” is the theme song of 1982’s most popular film, Rockey III, and landed the band Grammy and Oscar nominations.

50. All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie

51. Rock the Casbah – The Clash

52. Super Freak – Rick James

53. Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper

54. Take My Breath Away – Berlin

55. Livin’ On a Prayer – Bon Jovi

56. Like a Virgin – Madonna

Madonna’s shameless confrontation of taboo subjects like female sexuality in her 1984 single made her stand out in the music industry and rise to the top of the pop charts for the first time.

57. We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel

58. White Wedding – Billy Idol

59. Heaven is a Place on Earth – Belinda Carlisle 

60. We Got The Beat – The Go-Go’s

61. We Are Not Alone – Karla Devito

This is the song that played during that scene on The Breakfast Club, and it’s now solidified as a nod to the growing pains that maybe never really go away.

62. It Takes Two – Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock

63. It’s Tricky – Run-D.M.C.

64. Bust a Move – Young MC

65. Jump (For My Love) – The Pointer Sisters

66. Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty

67. Like a Prayer – Madonna

68. Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson

Be honest. You’ve tried to pull of The Lean many times in the bathroom mirror. No matter how much you stretch beforehand, it just doesn’t seem possible, does it? That’s because it isn’t.

We know this is sort of like revealing a magician’s secret, but if you didn’t already know, that coveted dance move was made possible with some literal fancy footwork.

69. Nasty – Janet Jackson

70. Mr. Roboto – Styx

71. Wild Thing – Tone-Loc

72. Girls on Film – Duran Duran

73. We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister

75. Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes

76. Pretty in Pink – The Psyched Furs

77. Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye

78. Owner of a Lonely Heart – Yes

79. Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison

80. Sex (I’m A) – Berlin

81. Our Lips Our Sealed – The Go-Go’s 82. Give It to Me Baby – Rick James

83. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!

84. Burning Down the House – Talking Heads

Don’t actually burn down your house no matter how lit a track is, and while you’re at it, make sure you’re car is covered for fire damages with a comprehensive auto insurance policy. Smooth, huh?

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  2. https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/africa-by-toto
  3. http://www.collegehumor.com/post/7056547/africa-by-toto-memes
  4. http://mentalfloss.com/article/71786/21-thrilling-facts-about-michael-jacksons-thriller
  5. https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/pete-burns-fashion_uk_580f06c1e4b0f479c0d796bc
  6. https://www.indiewire.com/2017/08/stranger-things-the-clash-should-i-stay-or-should-go-emmy-nomination-1201867771/
  7. https://www.loudersound.com/features/the-story-behind-the-song-eye-of-the-tiger-by-survivor


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