The Ultimate MixTape – Best 80s Music (Ol’ School Edition)

Anyone under 25 would probably call this the Ultimate Playlist, but I’m about a decade beyond that and therefore the MixTape it is.


I went by the blank CD rule of having to fit everything in a time limit of less than 78 minutes, which resulted in some tough cuts, especially once I was about 10 minutes over and had to kill off the last couple tracks.

I spent literally seconds on the track order here, and kept myself to a hard limit of 1 track per artist for the decade. Perhaps if you aren’t much of a hip hop head some tracks may not be your cup of tea, but if you have “broad tastes” I really think there is something for everyone here.

No cuts here, this wasn’t my really my era as I was 16 when it ended and still coming to terms with what I did and did not really like.

The Final List

Not in order, and I’m chickening out and not picking an outright “winner”. I did fudge a little but there was no way “Kashmir” was going.

1/ Hunters & Collectors – Throw Your Arms Around Me – 4.11

2/ Fishbone – Ma & Pa – 3.21

3/ James Brown – Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine – 5.17

4/ Public Enemy – Bring The Noise – 3.47

5/ Terence Trent D’Arby – Sign Your Name – 4.38

6/ Young MC – Bust A Move – 4.23

7/ Lenny Kravitz – Rosemary – 5.28

8/ De La Soul – Eye Know – 4.13

9/ Prince – Kiss – 3.46

10/ Eric B & Rakim – Follow The Leader – 5.34

11/ Led Zeppelin – Kashmir – 8.33

12/ Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – 5.13

13/ Run DMC – Run’s House – 3.44

14/ Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On – 4.54

15/ Stetsasonic – Talkin’ All That Jazz – 7.03

16/ The Church – Under The Milky Way – 4.58

Total – 16 Songs = 78.57 minutes

Happy Listening as always.

About OGR

While I try to throw a joke or two into proceedings when I can all of the opinions presented in my reviews are genuine. I don't expect that all will agree with my thoughts at all times nor would it be any fun if you did, so don't be shy in telling me where you think I went wrong... and hopefully if you think I got it right for once. Don't be shy, half the fun is in the conversation after the movie.
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