Spotify’s #ThrowbackThursday Playlist Brings Back 50 Late 80s Hits

Every Thursday, commercial music, streaming, podcast and video service Spotify releases a playlist of throwback hits from different years via #ThrowbackThursday.

The late 80s was a great time for music. The later part of the decade is responsible for still-relevant hits like the now-classic Rick Astley song “Never Gonna Give you Up,” Patrick Swayze’s beautiful and haunting “She’s Like the Wind,” and the feel-good Beach Boys’ song “Kokomo,” among many others.


And though musical legends Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson are no longer with us, they live on through their music, with several of their hits highlighted in this playlist.

This Thursday, Spotify’s throwback back playlist did a fantastic job of bringing the late 80s back.

Here’s the list in its entirety:

  • Sweet Child O’Mine by Guns N’ Roses
  • Faith by George Michael
  • Need You Tonight by INXS
  • Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley
  • Heaven Is A Place On Earth by Belinda Carlisle
  • Is This Love by Whitesnake
  • Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard
  • Hungry Eyes by Eric Carmen
  • Angel by Aerosmith
  • The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson
  • Red Red Wine by UB40
  • Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin
  • Kokomo by The Beach Boys
  • The Locomotion by Kylie Minogue
  • So Emotional by Whitney Houston
  • Could’ve been by Tiffany
  • Hands to Heaven by Breathe
  • Roll With It by Steve Winwood
  • One More Try by George Michael
  • Wishing Well by Terrence Trent D’Arby
  • Anything For You by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
  • The Flame by Cheap Trick
  • Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car by Billy Ocean
  • Seasons Change by Expose
  • Wild Wild West by The Escape Club
  • I’ll Always Love You by Taylor Dayne
  • Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson
  • Shake Your Love by Debbie Gibson
  • Simply Irresistible by Robert Palmer
  • Hold On To The Nights by Richard Marx
  • Shattered Dreams by Johnny Hates Jazz
  • Father Figure by George Michael
  • Naughty Girls (Need Love Too) by Samantha Fox
  • A Groovy Kind Of Love by Phil Collins
  • Endless Summer Nights by Richard Marx
  • Foolish Beat by Debbie Gibson
  • Where Do Broken Hearts Go by Whitney Houston
  • Hazy Shade of Winter by The Bangles
  • Make Me Lose Control by Eric Carmen
  • She’s Like the Wind by Patrick Swayze, Wendy Fraser
  • Bad Medicine by Bon Jovi
  • I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That by Elton John
  • Together Forever by Rick Astley
  • Monkey by George Michael
  • Should’ve Known Better by Richard Marx
  • I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love by Chicago
  • What Have I Done to Deserve This? (With Dusty Springfield) by Pet Shop Boys
  • Make It Real by The Jets
  • What’s On Your Mind-Pure Energy by Information Society
  • Tell It to My Heart by Taylor Dayne


Do you have a favorite? Think it’s missing anything? Weigh-in by voicing your opinion in the comments section.

Author: Nicole

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