The 1980s

ALL the hits.

Winter 1980

Spring 1980

Summer 1980

Fall 1980

Winter 1981

Spring 1981

Summer 1981

Fall 1981

Winter 1982

Spring 1982

Summer 1982

Fall 1982

Winter 1983

Spring 1983

Summer 1983

Fall 1983

Winter 1984

Spring 1984

Summer 1984

Fall 1984

Winter 1985

Spring 1985

Summer 1985

Fall 1985

Winter 1986

Spring 1986

Summer 1986

Fall 1986

Winter 1987

Spring 1987

Summer 1987

Fall 1987

Winter 1988

Spring 1988

Summer 1988

Fall 1988

Winter 1989

Spring 1989

Summer 1989

Fall 1989

What’s in these playlists?

Every top 40 hit that peaked in that season of that year, plus other songs that missed the top 40 but that have gone down as classics, or as influential, or as memorable novelties.

Are any songs missing?

Only the ones that aren’t available on Spotify. A list of these songs is shown in the playlist description. Ignoring these few, enjoy hours of listening in any of these precise eras.

I can’t get the songs to play in Spotify.

Try opening the app in the background first. Then click on several different songs and be patient. Sometimes the app is slow to respond at first but eventually catches up.

I found an error!

It was impossible to listen to every song while compiling these lists, and I expect to find that I made some mistakes along the way. If you encounter a song that appears to be the wrong version, please let me know. Send feedback to