Building an Eighties Playlist: Its been a little while since I had some mum time, let alone have some time away with some of my closest friends. We all know the benefits of having time to ourselves, switching off the mum duties and remembering what make us, us. However trying to actually allocate time in the diary to it can be impossible. So what better way to make sure it happens than booking a girlie weekend away to the 80s Rewind Festival.

I am going with two close NCT friends that I met when I was first expecting Monkey. We have been through the ups and downs of pregnancy, birth, the newborn days, weaning, walking, talking and starting school days. And then we did it all over again together. While we all juggle our young families, husbands and careers we still make time for our friendship. Although sometimes it can be difficult to fit it all in. So to say we are all a little excited is an understatement.

We have been preparing by downloading favourite 80s songs and building a playlist. I asked a few lovely mum bloggers for their top suggestions and why:

Bille Jean – Michael Jackson 

Jess – because its the most iconic song to come out of the 80s with such a distinctive start. Who can resist singing along and somehow you just know all the words!

I Want To Dance With Somebody – Whitney Huston

Tanya – because I always mime into a fake microphone when that one comes on and I just can’t help but prance around to it

Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns & Rose

Nikki – because I lived in California in the late eighties and remember driving down the highway in an open top car with this playing at full volume

Africa – Toto

Rachel – because its perfect for in car karaoke, epic party tune and reminds me of my brothers wedding!

We Close Our Eyes – Go West

Emma – because just wherever I am it makes me deliriously happy and sends me a bit mental!

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

Kelly – because it reminds me of my daughter

Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi

Maria – because I was lucky enough to have seen them perform twice at MK Bowl once in ‘96 and once in the noughties

Nothings Going To Stop Us Now – Starship

Jo – because it was one of our wedding songs and it reminds me of a time that I had everyone around me that I loved, all happy and dancing

Atomic – Blondie

Debbie – because I always wanted to be Debbie Harry – love the whole feel of this song and I always have to sing along loudly and badly!

I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany

Laura – because it was the sound track to my youth, I can still remember “running just as fast as you can” like my life depended on it!

Karma Chameleon – Culture Club

Alice – because my parents apparently used to watch me through a crack in the door dancing and singing along. I was about 4. I didn’t really know what I was singing so just made up the words. I loved Boy George because of his colourful hair and make up!

Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds

Tim – because its the definitive Brat Pack anthem

Take On Me – A-ha 

Cathryn – because I was about seven when it was released and loved it so much. I can remember dancing around to it. Later, when I was at university in the 1990s, it was always on in our student union bar and it has so many happy memories for me. It’s one of those songs that always makes me smile.

Feel For You – Chaka Khan

Lianne – because it always makes me get up an dance !

We Close Our Eyes – Go West

Victoria – although I could list loads…..

Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles

Mary – because it just reminds me of dancing the night away with my best friends and always makes me smile

Eternal Flame – The Bangles

Amanda – because it gave me a warm fuzzy feeling to this day, probably because they remind me of being really little

Its Rewinds 10th Anniversary year which means each line up is packed with fantastic acts including Nik Kershaw, Kim Wilde, Billy Ocean and many more.

If that list has you going … Oh yeah, I love that song or humming along to lyrics in your head and you fancy reliving the 80s with the your nearest and dearest then head over to their website. There are still weekend camping, weekend and day tickets available.

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  1. Lol love this! Thanks so much for featuring my all time fave 80s classic! Got to love a bit of Whitney….x

  2. I feel like the list for 80’s classics is endless but aren’t these such tunes!! I’m a late 90’s baby but you can bet I’m up dancing and/or singing to every single one of these!
    Stelle xx

  3. You’ve just listed all my fave songs from the 8os! I can never get enough of Eternal Flame by The Bangles.


  4. Some absolute classics here. We spent last weekend listening to an 80’s playlist on Spotify and going OMG I love this every time a new song came on. #BloggerClubUK

  5. Some of my favourites here and some I had forgotten about. I love Culture Club and the Simple Minds track is an all-time classic I think! #BloggerClubUK

  6. Great playlist here. I love that girls just wanna have fun sone, going to search for it now and have a listen 🙂

  7. Michelle Murray Reply

    Aww I absolutely love Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now. Glad that made it on to your list

  8. I love the Bangles! I listened to their album on repeat. I’d have to sneak lots of Roxette on to an 80s playlist, even though they didn’t peak until the 90s.

  9. A S,Edinburgh Reply

    You can’t miss any of these for an eighties list! Great comments, too; it’s always lovely reading about other people’s associations with songs :).

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