Music

Summer Mixtape: 1980s

I recently filled a 4:00 Free-For-All with songs that were summertime hits in the 1980s. I know not everyone got to tune in, so here’s the mix, for your listening pleasure.

Bow Wow Wow "I Want Candy"
Like the Go-Go's "Vacation," this one-hit wonder from the summer of 1982 was buoyed by a video full of summery scenes.
The Human League "Don't You Want Me"
Another huge hit from the summer of 1982.
David Bowie "Let's Dance"
The Thin White Duke went down under in the summer of 1983
Big Country "In A Big Country"
Top of the Pops, summer of '83.
Simple Minds "Don't You Forget About Me"
Boosted by 'The Breakfast Club,' this became Simple Minds' biggest hit, and was a summer of '85 radio and MTV staple.
'Til Tuesday "Voices Carry"
Another song from the summer of '85, from Boston's finest. Fun fact: the closing "Carnegie Hall" scene from the video was actually shot here in Boston at the Strand Theatre.
Tears For Fears "Everybody Wants To Rule The World
From 'Real Genius,' and the summer of 1985.
The Cult "She Sells Sanctuary"
Hell yeah summer of '85.
Big Audio Dynamite "E=MC2"
Certainly not their biggest hit, but it was pretty big in the summer of '86
New Order "True Faith"
Slapping our way through the summer of 1987.
Echo & The Bunnymen "Lips Like Sugar"
Another gem from '87.
Jonathan Richman "That Summer Feeling"
Not a "summer hit," technically, but a great way to wrap up the mix.