Modern Day John Hughes Soundtrack

Modern Day John Hughes Soundtrack

By Betsy Duck

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I am in love with 80’s pop culture cheese-more specifically, cheesy 80’s music. Although at times I am reluctant to admit it, I can’t resist the sound of glistening synthesizers and funky drum machines (but honestly, who can?). So when a retro revival of sorts hit the radio earlier this decade, I couldn’t be happier. Songs like “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, “Hideaway” by Kiesza, and the majority of Bruno Mars’s most recent singles have a vintage touch to them that is hard to resist. Yet those songs only scratched the surface of the thriving musical throwback of the 2010’s. Some of the most memorable musical moments of the 80’s happened in the teenage coming-of-age films directed by John Hughes. So while this concept might be overdone already, I thought I’d do my take on a modern-day John Hughes soundtrack – all of the songs on this playlist having been released in the past five years. These songs have the ability to simultaneously transport us back to  the classic teen films of the 80’s while still retaining indie pop/rock sounds of today. So leave your legwarmers and hairspray behind but keep the funky ‘80s spirit alive.

“Feel of Love” by Tensnake and Jacques lu Cont


“Month of May”  by Arcade Fire


“Bad Talk” by Kids of 88


“No Right Thing” by Blood Orange


“Take Me Back” by Paperwhite


“I Belong In Your Arms” by Chairlift


“Saved” by Patterns



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