7 80's Tunes Your Quarantine Playlist Needs

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Quarantined to the MAX? Missing the good, ole days when you could take a leisurely stroll without worrying about breathing in someone's infected air?

Here are our ultimate 7 throwback tunes that will bring you right back to the 80's scene. Check out the full playlist below for all your isolation needs. 

7. "You're The Inspiration" - Chicago

If you're looking to beat the isolation blues, this beautiful 1984 will settle you into a relaxed, romantic mood for the night. The sensual synthesizers and keyboards on this tune, paired with the lyrics "You're the meaning in my life, you're the inspiration, you bring feeling to my life" might bring you back to the shores of your honeymoon...but no guarantees.

6. "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" - Starship

Vocalists Grace Slick, Mickey Thomas, guitarist Craig Chaquico and legendary producer Narada Walden (known for Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know" and Aretha Franklin's "Freeway of Love") came together on this 1987 smash hit.

We included it on this playlist because it's time for all you folks out there who are lucky to enjoy the company of your quarantine buddy/buddies to dance together and sing: "We'll still have each  other!"

5. "Waiting For A Girl Like You" - Foreigner 

Others of us are still out here in quarantine waiting for the right one to Zoom on through. Yes, we're referring to the Zoom that has salvaged the remains of our social lives, happy hours, dates, and even weddings.

Word on the street is concerts won't make their return till potentially the fall of 2021 and so, here at Totally 80's, we - with the support of Foreigner's Mick Jones and Lou Gramm - give you our biggest blessings on your virtual dating life. 

READ MORE: Report: No Live Music Until Fall 2021

4. "It Must Have Been Love (Christmas for the Broken Hearted) - Roxette

Have you heard the reworked version of this Roxette tune in the soundtrack of Pretty Woman? The 1990 movie, featuring Julia Robert ands Richard Gere, sent the pop rock number straight to No. 1. This quarantine life marks the perfect time to watch the classic and singalong to the ballad, spoon-microphone in hand. 

3. "Africa" - Toto

It was February '83 when Toto's David Paich got his hands on a new synthesizer and worked his way up to create a monster hit. Paich dialed his imagination way high to create the lyrical counterpart to the song's magical synth riff - as Toto guitarist Steve Lukather recalled thinking, 'Dave, man, Africa? We’re from North Hollywood. What the f-ck are you writing about? ‘I bless the rains down in Africa?’ Are you Jesus, Dave?' 

READ MORE: February 1983: Toto Hits #1 in America with "Africa"

2. "Fast Car" - Tracy Chapman

In June 1988, Tracy Chapman took to the stage at London's Wembley Stadium once more after Steve Wonder stalled his performance due to technical difficulties. With her second impromptu set, she "[herself], had nothing to prove," but the audience simply couldn't get enough. The single "Fast Car" sped ahead to No. 6 by August. 

Read More: April 1988: Tracy Chapman Releases "Fast Car"

1. "The Way It Is" - Bruce Hornsby & The Range

In the words of Bruce, “I’d love to go back to when we played as kids... but things change...” Ladies and gents, this week's theme of our quarantined moods. That's it. 

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