I love “Can’t Stop the Feeling” as much as the next human, but there is only so much “dance, dance, dance” one can tolerate before going a little nutty. When you have OD'd Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s auto-tuned techno-thump and you’re waking up still singing Jason Derulo, there’s only one cure for the summertime blues: a solid, nostalgia-inspiring mix of the best hits from your childhood.
Let’s admit that the thing that’s been missing from that backyard barbecue is a little Bananarama; that a little Sheena Easton would vastly improve our road trip sing-alongs. While this playlist would undoubtedly sound a heckuva lot better on cassette, don’t let that stop you. These songs will endure long after the boys of summer have gone.
Who didn't want their first real six-string after hearing this (even if they didn't play guitar)?
It's not "Only the Lonely," but it's still a classic.
Who didn't envision herself with her hair combed back and those Wayfarers on? Even if she was just 10 years old when this song came out?
Synchronized waterskiing while wearing tutus FTW.
"Time was all we had until the day we said goodbye." Still true.
A sleeper hit. Guaranteed to get radio play every time it rained from June through August.
The "heat" in the title was probably metaphorical. But it still felt like a song about rising temperatures.
Try not to dance to this.
Feel the heat, wild and sweet.
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