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Six Forgotten 80s Bangers

There aren't many feelings like that one when, a few drinks deep, a tune comes on that you've not heard for years. The opening bars ring out, adrenaline courses through your veins and you probably let out a little involuntary shriek. Here are our forgotten bangers from the 80s.


The Pointer Sisters - Automatic

Just an absolute bop. Probably better known for ‘I’m So Excited’ and ‘Jump For Your Love’, The Pointer Sisters trump both with this tune, we reckon, with its uber-distinctive androgynous vocals and a fat, fat groove. When the sisters hit that “No way to control it!” vocal, it usually means lift-off for the dancefloor.

Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King - Love Come Down

Another feelgood 80s jam, noted for its utterly infectious “I just can’t help the way that I feel” refrain. Some great pop trivia behind Evelyn 'Champagne' King, too - she was a cleaner, and one evening, cleaning the record company offices with her mother, King began singing on the job. She was overheard by a nearby record producer, and the rest is history.

The Jones Girls - Nights Over Egypt

Written by the legendary Dexter Wansel, this 1981 masterpiece was way ahead of its time and is just an absolutely first class piece of production and songwriting. The smooth harmonies and even smoother groove can get any dancefloor moving.

Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy

Probably not all that forgotten, in fairness, but pretty unique insofar as it’s hugely danceable and joyous on the surface, but underpinned by a subversive, bleak and important message. An iconic dancefloor tune from the 80s.

David Bowie - Modern Love

An object lesson in how to make swinging blue-eyed soul, and a certified dancefloor killer. Bowie didn’t make too many floor-fillers, but this absolute banger is a great way to get this universally-loved legend onto your wedding soundtrack.

Stevie Nicks - Edge of Seventeen

Ever wondered where Destiny’s Child got that instantly recognisable scratchy guitar part, around which ‘Bootylicious’ was built? Well here you go! When that riff starts, your guests could think it’s Stevie Nicks - they might think it’s Beyonce and co. Either way, they’re staying on the dancefloor.

Check out our extended Spotify playlist where you can find these tunes and loads more forgotten 80s bangers!

The best night of your life deserves the perfect soundtrack.