By Dan Reilly, Dee Lockett, and also Samantha Rollins open minded Guan, Craig Jenkins, Ilana Kaplan, and also Jordan Crucchiola


every week top top, we’re assessing ‘80s pop culture, and also how it resides on today.

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Owing to range of one-hit wonders who overstuffed their tunes with synthesizers and also went a little too hefty on the Aqua Net, it’s often easy to dismiss the music that the 1980s — and for a lengthy time, many world did. Yet then pan who grew up secretly loving those songs stopped being embarrassed. Critics came around to laud the success of ‘80s artist they as soon as dismissed. The cool children appreciated the tracks without sarcasm. And a new crop that musicians, from popular music stars come indie darlings, adopted those sounds, emulating castle in the same means other artists repurposed the blues, classic ‘60s rock, and also ‘70s punk.

There are countless tracks due to the fact that 2010 (the time structure we’re making use of as our meaning of “modern”) the borrow from the ‘80s, and also a an excellent deal the them must be embarrassed through neither your sound nor its provenance. Here are the people we think about to be the 50 best, lovingly presented through respect and also awe for the amazing, strange, and often groundbreaking era.

50. MUNA, “Winterbreak”The females of MUNA try to acquire over good love shed on “Winterbreak.” The track could easily be mistaken for Sade, through gorgeous harmonies and also keyboards the drip choose water the end of a faucet. —Ilana Kaplan

49. Dum Dum Girls, “Lost guys & girls Club”After year of making lo-fi, girl-group-inspired garage rock, Dum Dum Girls took on a darker vibe for their 3rd full-length, 2014’s too True. “Lost Boys and also Girls Club,” the album’s an initial single, opens with a reverb-heavy guitar pattern reminiscent of the Smiths’ “How shortly Is Now” prior to powering right into gloomier Jesus and also Mary Chain–Cure territory. What ‘80s goth wouldn’t love placing on mascara come lyrics favor “Your eyes space black x’s/Of hate and of hexes”? —Dan Reilly

48. Jessie Ware, “Tough Love”It’s no every day you come across a song that oozes Prince and isn’t additionally an humiliation to his memory. “Tough Love,” through its breathy vocals and also classic Bobby Z. Drum kicks (producer Benny Blanco’s touch), hits every the purple notes. Ns pray Prince heard that at the very least once when he was still alive. The music aside, even Ware’s voice is awash in the unmistakably emotive, acrobatic style of the Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser. It’s every so stunning. —Dee Lockett

47. Walk the Moon, “Shut Up and also Dance”The quartet’s 2014 hit opens up with a riff it is almost an accurate copy that U2’s “Where the Streets have actually No Name.” girlfriend can acquire mad about that or, together the location suggests, gain off your ass and also enjoy the moment. Singer Nick Petricca composed the track after a night the end at a club with his girlfriend, later citing pat Benatar, the Cars, and Rick Springfield together influences. “The ‘80s and also some that the ‘90s was a time as soon as weird was celebrated,” he later said. And you recognize what else won’t be weird, soon enough? hear this tune blasted in ~ a wedding through at least one dude playing air-keytar during the solos. —DR

46. Christine and the Queens, “Science Fiction”At very first listen, the rolling base line and buoyant synthesizers on French alt-pop star Christine and the Queens’ “Science Fiction” sound uncannily prefer Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” couple that through the reality that Christine (the moniker that singer Heloise Letissier) has actually a penchant for wearing menswear and doing a fair amount of stiff, hip-thrusting moves, and at surface ar level she could come off together stridently worshiping the king of pop. Yet dig a tiny deeper and also you’ll realize the “Science Fiction,” and Letissier’s Christine and also the emperors project as a whole, is about so much an ext than musical hero worship. Letisser’s one artist whose songs tackle gender fluidity and also feelings of gift an outsider, and also “Science Fiction” offers seductive finger snaps and an optimistic tempo to sneak in lyrics around feeling alienated while out in public with her partner: “In this sea of eyes, every move’s a coup.” Think the it together throwback bilingual pop made for our gender-neutral future. —Samantha Rollins

45. Lucius, “Born Again Teen”“Born Again Teen” is together emotionally crushing together it is holy, thanks to Jess Wolfe and also Holly Laessig’s euphoric vocals. Catchy and captivating, “Born Again Teen” take away cues indigenous ‘60s girl-pop through its enticing melodies, yet the pounding beat and also scathing tricks put it steady in ‘80s territory. V the sharp, witty lyrics around religion and also reliving your youth, try not to imagine it in her favorite old-school teen movie. We challenge you. —IK

44. Divine Fits, “For her Heart”Led by Spoon’s Britt Daniel and Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner, this group’s album was a hit v critics and also fans, thanks to the surprisingly tight chemistry in between the leaders. Yet credit is as result of keyboardist Alex Fischel and also drummer Sam Brown because that anchoring 2012’s A thing Called divine Fits, particularly under Boeckner’s vocals ~ above this alternatingly tense and tender track. —DR

43. Classixx, “All You’re waiting For”Like Chromeo, Classixx it seems ~ to have actually made it their mission to acquire as close to time travel as possible. They breath the ‘80s, and it’s no more evident than on “All You’re waiting For.” This is everything the once-thriving monoculture loved about Nile Rodgers–era Madonna, indigenous the funk-infused groove come singer Nancy Whang serving shades of Madge’s signature spoken-sung vocals (think especially “Holiday”). –DL

42. Neon Indian, “The Glitzy Hive”If the not noticeable from Alan Palomo’s moniker and also song titles, his Neon Indian job is no subtle: ~ above “The Glitzy Hive,” the unabashedly draws native a take bag that ‘80s influences, from pop and brand-new Wave to Italo-disco and R&B. The Palomo’s vocal melody recalls Prince is basically a foregone conclusion at this allude — and also while that can make his music it seems to be ~ derivative, Neon Indian’s woozy concoction of inspirations is just so diverse, flashy, and fun that it could never be taken into consideration anything however original. —SR

41. Lady Gaga, “Perfect Illusion” Gaga’s “Perfect Illusion” is the electro important from her recent album, Joanne. When the document tends come be greatly rooted in country folk and roots rock, the LP’s lead single could conveniently have showed up on 2008’s The Fame, i beg your pardon skewed method more toward electro-pop. Gaga’s layered, vibrato-rich vocals room what provide this track shades of peak Pat Benatar and also Heart. —IK

40. Arcade Fire, “We ExistNowadays, lawsuits get filed left and also right for ripping off standards (and, more and more, artists room losing), so it’s surprising that Arcade Fire would likewise so brazenly elevator the bass line indigenous “Billie Jean.” But, hey, if she gonna danger it all, do it count. “We Exist” no full-on Michael, though. This is an ext like victory Butler channeling Morrissey going through a disco phase. —DL

39. Foals, ”My Number”With manufacturing from overwhelming (New Order, Ministry, Nick Cave, Depeche Mode, U2), that no secret why this funky electro kiss-off to both a relationship and also city living sounds prefer it was written a few decades before its 2013 release. —DR

38. Tame Impala, “The less I understand the Better”For a man with two ‘60s-indebted psych-rock albums in his catalogue and a voice the bears one uncanny resemblance to john Lennon’s, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker is no stranger come leveraging his talents to salary tribute come the past. The Aussie’s 3rd album, 2015’s Currents, saw Tame Impala uncover inspiration in a new decade, through Parker relenten it as his attempt to “convince a few die-hard absent fans that ‘80s synths can fit over a ‘70s north beat.” “The less I know the Better” offers that formula to an excellent effect, causing a track that deftly infuses its retro impacts while regulating to develop something that transcends pastiche. —SR

37. La Roux, “Uptight Downtown”Like other artists ~ above this list, Elly Jackson is barely one ‘80s baby, and yet the te has had actually a lasting influence on she work, particularly on 2014’s trouble in Paradise. Come wit: “Uptight Downtown” is equal components Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” and also the finest of Duran Duran. Prefer so countless songs the the ‘80s, that masks the song’s lyrics around political unrest (she wrote it around the 2011 London riots) v a danceable groove, so that keeps irradiate on that feet choose you would certainly be, too, if friend heard this in the club. —DL

36. Brandon Flowers, “Lonely Town”Let’s not pretend choose the Killers weren’t (aren’t?) one huge ‘80s tribute plot — not to any one tape in particular, yet to the totality era. That’s their schtick, and also they wear that well. But when front male Brandon flowers went solo, he really ran away v it. “Lonely Town” is exactly the sort of tune Iona would’ve played at her record store in nice in Pink. Even the video screams john Hughes: a young woman dancing at house all alone, just her and her Walkman. The damn song also makes recommendation to a Gravitron. The a nostalgia-baiting synth-rock oasis. —DL

35. Miranda Lambert, “Priscilla”Country superstar Miranda Lambert tackles large ballads, porch-front folk jams, and rockers alike with the same Texas charm. “Priscilla,” off her last album Platinum, wraps she vocals in acoustic guitars and drums that dance roughly the classic Bo Diddley beat, sounding for every the people like George Michael’s “Faith” till the chords readjust midway with each verse. —Craig Jenkins

34. Possibility the Rapper, “All Night”When we talk about ‘80s music, too regularly Chicago residence gets overlooked. However not now, not here, and especially not as soon as it’s reemerged in together a significant way and also being championed by the city’s newest generation. Chance comes from Chicago, and even though he’s only 23, he no ignorant that his city’s wealthy musical history. “All Night” is his biggest nod come the genre yet, with an excellent production by young home aficionado Kaytranada. Numerous Chance songs feel and sound prefer unbridled joy, and this one’s a blast from start to finish. Frankie Knuckles would certainly be proud. —DL

33. Justin Timberlake, “Pusher Love Girl”After Prince died in April 2016, Justin Timberlake said, “He’s somewhere within every track I’ve ever written.” nowhere is that an ext apparent than in this Timbaland-assisted cut from 2013’s The 20/20 Experience, where JT gets intoxicated and funky over a specific lady. In the end, he yes, really contradicts himself, prove that, as the purple One once said with a pinch or 2 of shade, “sexy never ever left.” —DR

32. Charli XCX, “London Queen”Charli XCX was making records for years prior to screaming right into America on the hook that Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” and also on her ensuing smash hit Sucker, she was at her pure pop-punk best. “London Queen” particularly shines, and sounds favor it to be pulled indigenous the “Going Underground” era that the Jam. —Jordan Crucchiola

31. The 1975, “Somebody Else”Their name might be the 1975, however this band’s recent album is nothing but ‘80s, baby. “Somebody Else” has actually all the sex-related tension, slow-burning sensuality, and also suspense the a song like Tangerine Dream’s “Love top top a Dream,” but likewise the control of a Tears for Fears heat dream. Come (sort of) borrow from this album’s long-winded title, the song is so beautiful yet only a tiny self-aware that it. –DL

30. Vince Staples, “Blue Suede”On this 2014 track, the long Beach rapper uses an unstable Bernard Herrmann–like riff and also a beefy bass-and-drums beat to underscore a tale of lengthy Beach life. Echoing N.W.A, Staples raps around the duality the life in the hood — one side tasks a masculine identity of a young man who likes parties and the ladies, the various other despairing end how farming up amid poverty and also gangs likely leads to a “young grave.” The finish features a hell the a hook, v Vince repeating that all he wanted out that life was a details pair the Jordans, the tragedy of being born right into a human being where the greatest hope because that a son is to very own some sneakers and also survive a tiny longer 보다 expected. —DL

29. Kyle Dixon and also Michael Stein, “Stranger Things”It no require much to prove that Netflix’s Stranger points was, above all, a love letter to the ‘80s — you felt the in the clothes, the cultural references, the Goonies and E.T. Lineage — but having a theme song drive that allude home felt favor the vital bow come tie it all together. Who far better for the task than Kyle Dixon and also Michael Stein the the ‘80s-indebted S U R V i V E? The tape is modern, but you’d be forgiven because that mistaking your electronica style for the of Depeche mode or pet Shop Boys, sans lyrics. Dixon and also Stein’s Stranger Things layout song may be short (though there’s an extended version!), yet it’s obtained a lengthy heartbeat echoing ago to precisely three years ago. That no wonder every hear feels prefer stepping v the very same portal to the Upside Down, just straight into the ‘80s-laden world the show so accuracy re-creates. Both quantities of the soundtrack are the perfect homage come the sound of that era. —DL

28. Danny Brown, “Fields”In countless ways, Detroit has been a place where the ‘80s never ended. The decade’s manufacturing facility closures devastated the motor City, and the occurring unemployment and also crime struck so harshly the it has actually yet to recover. Together a dispatch from the crumbling world, delivered by an artist intimately attached to it, Danny Brown’s “Fields” harks back to the society commentary pioneered 30 years earlier by Grandmaster Flash and also the Furious 5 in “The Message.” The older song’s stop (“Don’t push me ‘cause i’m close come the leaf / ns trying no to lose my head”) is a motto that might easily apply to the younger artist’s whole catalogue. —Frank Guan

27. Daft Punk, “Instant to like ft. Julian Casablancas”The robotic DJ duo stated they were inspired greatly on Random accessibility Memories by the so late ‘70s and early ‘80s sound of Nile Rodgers and also Giorgio Moroder, both the whom contributed to this 2013 album. The enhancement of Julian Casablancas, who solo LP Phrazes for the Young was its very own kind that ‘80s tribute, brought brand-new and old together for this kicking dance jam. —JC

26. Chromeo, “Night by Night”In numerous ways, electro-funk is a entirely contemporary combination of styles, made feasible largely because of advances in the machinery that births digital music and also our collective social longing because that the music that predated so many of us. (Vocoders have actually come a long way, trust.) the a type of retro-futurism that isn’t so divorce from the format it lend from the you can’t choose up the references. Chromeo could be Cameo, just on designer drugs and with a lot under members. But what the duo of David “Dave 1” Macklovitch and also Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel really excel in ~ is replicating ‘80s freestyle dance music through a funky twist. “Night by Night” really isn’t so various from a song favor Shannon’s “Let the Music Play” — the target is to shrug off love’s frustrations, dance your face off, and never, ever before stop moving. —DL

25. Bleachers, “I Wanna get Better”Vince Clarke that Depeche Mode, Yaz, and also Erasure assisted Jack Antonoff produce Strange Desire, the 2014 debut album that his band Bleachers, therefore it’s no wonder the songs have, in the prior man’s very own words, “an ‘80s john Hughes movie feel,” v “I Wanna acquire Better” being the flagship monitor of Antonoff’s jubilant, neon-soaked manifesto. —JC

24. Kris Stapleton, “Nobody to Blame”Chris Stapleton is a curious presence in nation radio — his music owes as much to back-to-basics ‘80s crooners and left-of-the-dial roots rockers as anything in the contemporary landscape. “Nobody come Blame” screens the nimble balance; the production is complete of tense, mood-setting flourishes the call back to the generation of new traditionalists Stapleton likely thrived up on, however somehow every one of the songs’ overwhelming sense of pain and also regret originates from the vocal. —CJ

23. Grimes, “Oblivion”The man Carpenter–like opened synth riff sets up Claire Boucher’s 2012 single, yet her gorgeously delicate singing in which method alleviates the sense of dread. Yet that all returns once you pay fist to the lyrics, an especially the “see you on a dark night” refrain, and learn that the tune is about her sexual assault. Come the Montreal singer-songwriter-producer’s credit, it’s simultaneously dark, bubbly, and also catchy together all get out. —DR

22. Haim, “Falling”The first time ns heard Haim’s “Falling,” i was annoyed. Not since it’s bad, but because I couldn’t believe that this song, which to be so clearly an old ‘80s hit ns must have heard somewhere before, had actually mistakenly turned up in rotation on this satellite radio terminal that was an alleged to be playing the newest tracks of the week. I’ve because made my tranquility with the reality that Haim regularly sound of one more era, because their song are simply too catchy for me to organize a grudge. Mostly, ns can’t fault center sis danielle for nailing those breathy, staccato vocals. —SR

21. Drake, “Hold On, We’re going Home”While Drake made a surname for self channeling ‘90s R&B à la Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak, the greatest hit off the Toronto rapper’s 3rd album Nothing was the very same harks back to ‘80s R&B through no filter in ~ all. With its relaxing rhythm, smooth melodies, and also utterly moving lyrics, the track leaves the status-anxious space Drake frequently inhabits and settles right into a charmed and also charming human being where the love between two people is all the counts. —FG

20. Kavinsky, “Nightcall”If you listen to the Drive soundtrack’s “Nightcall” v your eyes closed and concentrate actual hard, you have the right to replace Ryan Gosling’s Driver v Kurt Russell’s line Plissken as he trawls through the roads of Manhattan in escape From new York. Kavinsky uncannily revitalized the sound of john Carpenter ~ above the soundtrack — icy, hot pink, and breaking under the load of its own hefty synth. —JC

19. Sleigh Bells, “Infinity Guitars”The parallels between Sleigh Bells and Joan Jett and also the Blackhearts space as striking as their music: The punk-influenced absent outfits both pair crunching riffs with badass vocalists as they blur the difference between raw and refined. “Infinity Guitars” is a percussive behemoth where the titular objects space serrated through distortion, climate framed by an obliterating base drum, hand claps, and what sound prefer actual sleigh bells that develop to an atom climax. The a perfect follower to Joan’s biggest hits. —FG

18. The war on Drugs, “Red Eyes”Front man Adam Granduciel echoes the likes of mark Knopfler and also Born in the U.S.A.–era Springsteen ~ above this washed-out to mark from the philadelph band’s 2014 LP, shed in the Dream. But really, this song’s DNA probably has the most direct link to the thankful Dead’s 1987 song “Touch the Grey,” i beg your pardon the battle on Drugs just so occurred to cover as the lead track the the National’s charity compilation day of the Dead. —DR

17. Kanye West, “Fade”Were us to include songs indigenous pre-2010, we’d provide high praise to Kanye’s best ‘80s moment to date, 808s & Heartbreaks, yet that’s not whereby his callbacks began and ended. “Fade,” lot like Chance’s “All Night,” serves as Kanye’s very own take ~ above Chicago house, getting to deep right into his vault of reference points come sample the legendary Mr. Fingers’ “Mystery the Love” indigenous 1985. More proof that this is Kanye’s ode come the ‘80s: Its video clip stars Teyana Taylor in what is basically a mini Flashdance remake. Require we say more? —DL

16. CHVRCHES, “The mom We Share”The Glasgow trio’s an initial official single is brought by the ethereal lead vocals of Lauren Mayberry, but the instrumental work that Iain Cook and also Martin Doherty offer “The mother We Share” an added emotional uppercut. In short, the Depeche mode that’s way heavier on the short end and also fronted by the lead soprano of a magnificent choir. —DR

15. Beyoncé, “Schoolin’ Life”It’s among the an excellent pop crimes of the decade that Beyoncé’s sleek, clever “Schoolin Life” ended up a B-side top top the luxurious edition of her 4 album and not a appropriate single. It’s among co-writer and also producer The-Dream’s an excellent Prince homages (see also: “Fast Car” and “Yamaha”), complete of howling guitars, gleefully alien synths, and busy drum programming. The lyrical conceit — that there no a single decade whereby life end to be remarkable — is warm and funny, and it’s worth her time turn off the strength of the hilariously enunciated “motherfucker” in verse one alone. —CJ

14. Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars”The meaning of a great party song, one you’d envision in the opening credits of a movie, many thanks to the big-band appeal. Bruno Mars’s an effective vocals fuel the funk-filled popular music jam, and also the track speaks to influences from both the ‘70s and ‘80s, specifically the “Minneapolis Sound” of Prince and also the Time. Like their best tracks, “Uptown” has actually a vibe that’s both vintage and futuristic. —IK

13. Taylor Swift, “New Romantics”Taylor shocked fans and also skeptics alike by release her first full-on pop album, 1989, in 2014. “New Romantics” is among the faster-paced monitor on the record, featuring she sharp-tongued lyrics around romantic outcasts, à la The Breakfast Club. Originally intended together a bonus track, it came to be the LP’s seventh and also final single, and deserves even an ext attention than it got. —IK

12. Killer Mike, “Big Beast”The an initial track top top Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music heralds the start of a beautiful friendship. Produced by El-P, “Big Beast,” with its eerie, brutally direct force, point out the an initial collaboration between Mike and also El the would finish in the formation of run the Jewels. Yet the track looks come the past as well. With a powerful, agile voice and lyrics focused, periodically hilariously, on politics themes, Mike had actually long garnered comparisons to ice cream Cube. Donate by El-P’s retro-futurist production (itself reminiscent of the Bomb squad instrumentals Cube rapped end at his peak), the similarity isn’t just remarkable — it’s undeniable. —FG

11. Future Islands, “Seasons (Waiting ~ above You)”This electro-pop team had the musical indistinguishable of a debutante ball on a taping the Letterman in 2014, mostly thanks to singer Samuel T. Herring. His sweetly exaggerated run moves and vocals the veer between Tom Jones and also Tom Waits just magnified how damn good this track is, and also why the topped the year-end singles polls that Pazz & Jop, Pitchfork, Spin, repercussion of Sound, and also NME. —DR

10. The Weeknd, “In the Night”Abel Tesfaye wasn’t alive in the ‘80s, but why let the minor information stop him from imagining himself there? The Weeknd didn’t start out wanting to look come the past, yet when he change to 2015’s beauty Behind the Madness, he did so through the expressed will of making self a pop star. Though he never ever said which kind of star the strove come be, after ~ one pat of “In the Night,” you understand it’s Michael Jackson. The track, as perhaps a court will sooner or later argue, re-creates the vibe the “The way You do Me Feel” in such a means that he even changes the height of his vocal range to winter Jackson’s. It’s uncanny and highly effective. As far as MJ knockoffs go, there’s no much below to be mad at. —DL

9. Tegan and also Sara, “Closer”The Quin pair were already favorites amongst rock fans many thanks to acclaimed albums choose So Jealous and also The Con, whereby they experimented v a blend of indie pop, punk, and folk. However after turning 30, Tegan and Sara decided to pursue larger success and move in a more mainstream popular music direction. “Closer,” the an initial single from their 2013 album Heartthrob, leans heavily on the throwback sounds of the sisters’ childhood, a Cyndi Lauper–like dance-floor jam around young love. It to be a crossover minute for the duo, to win the Juno for single of the Year, showing up on Glee, topping the Billboard chart for warm Dance society Songs, and leading to a cameo performance v Taylor Swift throughout her Red tour. —DR

8. Robyn, “Call your Girlfriend” It’s hard to believe Robyn is even of the modern-day era; everything around her simply feels so reminiscent the ‘80s Europop. Her whole aesthetic is throwback, also when the feels front of its time. “Call her Girlfriend” is glossy and also unpredictable (that glitchy electro malfunction toward the finish just kills), a enormous pop anthem that’ll make you wonder how different things might’ve rotate out had Cyndi Lauper also hailed indigenous Sweden. —DL

7. Bon Iver, “Beth/Rest”This song, with its melancholic saxophones and glowing key-board tones, is so steeped in the ‘80s that it sounds prefer Lionel Richie expected to put it on dancing on the Ceiling, however the demo tape slipped in between the seats and didn’t revolve up again until Justin Vernon effectively recorded it because that his second Bon Iver album. –JC

6. Skies Ferreira, “Everything Is Embarrassing”“Everything Is Embarrassing” is directly out that a prom scene. The monitor is dance pop at the finest, and Ferreira couples the anthemic, glossy grunge with sensual, desperate lyrics. It’s the standout from her 2012 Ghost EP, bolstered through its Joan Jett–like swagger, just with more keyboards rather of guitars. —IK

5. Kendrick Lamar, “King Kunta”“King Kunta” screams neo-soul and also funk best out that the gate, while paying homage to ‘90s hip-hop stalwarts like Dr. Dre, Tupac, and Ice Cube. It’s a pure gangsta-rap party that provides you desire to sign up with in and also dance, also if the grooves portend a darker mood. The militantly tight instrumentation bring away cues indigenous ‘70s James Brown, but the most evident ‘80s call back comes once Kendrick lifts “Annie, space you okay?” native MJ’s “Smooth Criminal.” —IK

4. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Run Away through Me”From the minute “Run Away through Me” blares that is faux-saxophone notes to signal the opening of Carly Rae’s roundly praised 2015 album, Emotion, it’s clear this is a document that borrows greatly from the decade best known for twinkling synth sounds and also booming drums. For Jepsen, the trip ago in time works. As an artist whose first megahit to be pure bubblegum pop (“Call Me Maybe”), this infusion the ‘80s music tropes is the perfect complement to she propensity for teetering ~ above the line in between the irresistibly catchy and also the outright cheesy. V an ‘80s flair — here provided by a win from sweden super-producer Shellback — CRJ’s unabashedly thank you very much proclamations and also anthemic choruses room injected with throwback cool. —SR

3. Blood Orange, “You’re Not great Enough”Alongside girlfriend Samantha Urbani, Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes walk his best Prince on “You’re Not good Enough.” The Cupid deluxe jam features funky R&B melodies and also lyrics that space straight-up vindictive: “I never was in love / You know that you were never good enough.” yes a absence of sensitivity the runs transparent the track, but it’s Hynes’s capability to channel the violet One that renders the track stand out. —IK

2. Rihanna, “Kiss that Better”Guitar top top a large Pop song? In 2016? oh yeah, “Kiss the Better” just screams ‘80s throwback. Rihanna take it plenty of threats on her new album, Anti, with among the biggest being this attempt at an old-school rock-and-roll strength ballad. It’s she combo that “The Beautiful Ones” and “Don’t protect against Believin’” or a sexy siren Tina Turner to sing alongside Slash, v some not-so-subtle innuendo. In five years, it’ll be karaoke gold. Just watch. —DL

1. M83, “Midnight City”“Midnight City” put French electronic group M83 on the map. Throughout the four-minute rush Up, We’re Dreaming track, Anthony Gonzalez’s vocals soar hazily right into the ether and also the key riff sparks favor a neon laser beam. Then, just when girlfriend think did you do it heard the all, in comes the saxophone solo indigenous James King of Fitz and also the Tantrums the transports you 25 years ago in time. As Gonzalez said The Guardian, “Sometimes a song requirements an aspect to it is in finished.

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You understand that this aspect has been overused in the past and also is thought about cliched or cheesy, however the song demands it.” Thus, the the summary of ‘80s music. —IK