The 80s are perhaps best known for eye-catching, colorful fashion, but the music was just as flashy and memorable. Artists like Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Prince dominated the charts and their influence can be seen through decades of music that followed. Here are six modern pop songs that will take you right back to the 1980s!
Dove Cameron – “LazyBaby”
Former Disney darling Dove Cameron comes into her own on the effortlessly confident “LazyBaby,” which sees her recognizing her self-worth in a relationship where she’s not getting enough affection from her partner. Cameron describes it as more of a “breakthrough” song than a breakup anthem, following a “queen on her throne” who refuses to accept anything less than she deserves. Link up with Dove Cameron on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
Johnny Orlando and DVBBS – “I Don’t”
Johnny Orlando admits his lack of deeper romantic feelings towards a girl he’s been seeing on “I Don’t,” a dance-pop collaboration with DVBBS that’s the perfect soundtrack for your weekend. With a prominent bassline, an undeniably catchy chorus, and sleek production, “I Don’t” is bound to become one of your favorite retro-influenced tracks. Keep up with Johnny Orlando on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, YouTube, and his official website!
Maeve Steele – “Shimmer”
“Shimmer” shines just as much as its title suggests, describing the energy and excitement that comes with new opportunities. “That word shimmer really lit something up for me,” Maeve Steele. “I wanted to dive into it and explore how it felt, both on the surface, like when you’re starting some new phase of life or falling in love and everything just sparkles.” She worked on the song with engineer Brian Malouf, known for his work with the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Sabrina Carpenter. You can connect with Maeve Steele on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and her official website!
Nuela Charles – “Space”
“I’ll take the moon and the stars if they’re where you are,” Nuela Charles insists on “Space,” a high-energy breakup song that shows off her versatile vocal range and ability to elevate a simple, universal concept into something more interesting and fun. “Space” centers around a talented woman acknowledging her own needs and desires in a fresh light, refusing to let someone abandon her without a fight. Get to know Nuela Charles on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and her official site!
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Regard – “You” (feat. Troye Sivan and Tate McRae)
A breakup anthem with a healthy dose of nostalgia, “You” sees Sivan and McRae expressing their frustration over a relationship’s closure-free end. Its glittering beat and reflective lyrics will instantly steal your heart, while the tech-inspired music video will remind even Gen Z of simpler times! Catch up with Regard on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter, Troye Sivan on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter, and Tate McRae on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.
TWICE – “The Feels”
TWICE will give you all the feels with their most recent comeback, a playful song about the beginning stages of a crush. It’s the K-Pop group’s first English single and you’re a fan of Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia album, you’ll love the bass and bouncy instrumental on this track! Check out “The Feels” on your favorite streaming services and learn more about TWICE on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube!
Hi! I’m Madison Murray, a pop culture and music writer who also loves writing about lifestyle and fashion. I have credits on sites like TREMG, Young Hollywood, and Audible Addixion, and I’m the founder of Melodic Musings. In addition to writing, I’m a community editor on Genius, lyric curator on Musixmatch, and a playlist curator at VOLUP2. My favorite artists include Taylor Swift, Machine Gun Kelly, BLACKPINK, Elko, phem, and YUNGBLUD. She/her.