11 Modern Songs That Sound Like The 1980s

11 Modern Songs That Sound Like The 1980s

2016 is all about 1980.

In the past few years, many music artists have been producing songs that implement sounds you'd hear from a 1980s chart topper. 2014, 2015 and 2016 proved to be the years that artists decided to bring back the 80s. In 30 years, music almost seems to go around full circle.

This gives Millennials a prime opportunity to dig up some 1980s jams. Go on Spotify. Search an 80s artist on YouTube. Change the radio station so it isn't today's Top 40 hits. Ask your parents for recommendations. Ask your friend's parents.

For this list I limited myself to only one song per artist, and the modern day song must have come out in the past three or four years.

1. "Rollercoaster" by The Bleachers (2014) and "I Melt With You" by Modern English (1982)

I kick off the the list with a band a few people might not recognize. The acoustics for both of these songs give off such a heartwarming and feel good vibe. Both songs are an anthem about a girl that seems just out of their grasp. Could you imagine a mashup of the two songs?

2. "All That" by Carly Rae Jepsen (2015) and "No More Rhyme" by Debbie Gibson (1989)

There was just no kidding myself. I had to put at least ONE song from Carly Rae Jepsen's "Emotion" album in this list. So, I went with "All That." Both singers channel this younger sounding feminine voice for songs that are slow yet still contain some sort of a dance beat.

3. "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars (2014) and "Jungle Love" by Morris Day and the Time (1984)

I fell in love with "Uptown Funk" when it was first released. I listened to it on repeat and I argue that it is easily one of the best songs to come out of 2014. So, of course, I showed everyone this song, including my parents who noted it sounded like a song by a band called Morris Day and the Time. That song is "Jungle Love." It's clear that Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars drew a lot of inspiration from this song. From the clapping beats, to the use of trumpets, to the structure of the lyrics (lines "Girls hit your hallelujah" and "I think I wanna know ya" could switch songs and no one would be able to know the difference), these songs are ultimately the same as demonstrated in this mashup.

4. "Love Me" by The 1975 (2016) and "Need You Tonight" by INXS (1987)

Ironic that a band called The 1975 creates such 80s inspired music. "Love Me" literally takes the initial guitar riff from "Need You Tonight." In fact, if you like anything from The 1975's latest album, "I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It" then INXS is the 80s band for you.

5. "Body of My Own" by Charli XCX (2014) and "She Bop" by Cyndi Lauper (1983)

Pop stars with a rebel chick aesthetic, both artists sing about the act of female masturbation. Their brash booming voices compliment that empowering tone of being in control of your body and knowing how to treat yourself. The mix of rock and pop in both songs help make them head banging jams. Girls just wanna have fun, if you know what I mean.

6. "Shut Up and Dance With Me" by Walk The Moon (2014) and "Invisible Touch" by Genesis (1986)

Okay but honestly who wasn't Walk The Moon inspired by? In their album "Talking Is Hard" I can detect some Phil Collins and Toto vibes. The music video for "Shut Up and Dance With Me" even presents viewers with a 1980s feel from the huge hair and bright colors. The lead singers of both bands sound extremely similar as well as their use of the keyboard, guitar riffs and synth. Most importantly, they're both fun and catchy tunes!

7. "Midnight City" by M83 (2011) and "Enjoy the Silence" by Depeche Mode (1990)

I know that "Midnight City" is not a new song. It's a 2011 jam that people still recognize and listen to courtesy of the unforgettable synth that starts the song. Thus, it's a relevant enough song to add to my list. Both "Midnight City" and "Enjoy the Silence" follow a similar formula: a somewhat long instrumental beginning with synth, a fast steady beat and a refrain with more synth. While "Enjoy the Silence" was released in 1990, that 80s sound still remains. YouTube user Maxi Forty Five Records created an awesome mashup of the two songs.

8. "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd (2015) and "Billie Jean" Michael Jackson (1982)

Everyone knows Michael Jackson. Everyone and their pets know Michael Jackson. He left this earth way too soon. I don't know about you guys but I miss his voice, his music. Luckily, that's where The Weeknd fits into this. In an interview for the New York Times he says "These kids, you know, they don’t have a Michael Jackson. They don’t have a Prince. They don’t have a Whitney. Who else is there? Who else can really do it at this point?’’ Both The Weeknd's and Michael Jackson's falsetto voices sing sultry lyrics to a funky beat. Some might argue that calling The Weeknd a Millennial Michael Jackson, but I would argue otherwise.

9. "Astoria" by Marianas Trench (2015) and "Got My Mind Set on You" by George Harrison (1987)

If you couldn't already tell by "The Goonies"-inspired album cover and title, Marianas Trench decided to implement some 80s instrumental into their pop punk sound as heard about halfway through the song "Astoria" when synth comes in. While Marianas Trench's "Astoria" and George Harrison's "Got My Mind Set on You" differ in the singer's voice and some instruments, that catchy beat with fun guitar riffs show the similarities between the two songs.

10. "Uptight Downtown" by La Roux (2014) and "Venus" By Bananarama (1986)

Remember La Roux? The "Bulletproof" singer? Well, she came out with an album in 2014 called "Trouble in Paradise", and while most of the album draws inspiration from 1980s pop music (what else is new in this modern music industry?), her song "Uptight Downtown" noticeably puts out a Bananarama vibe. Both La Roux's and Bananarama's tuned voices to sound like an echo mix really well with the 1980s new wave and synthpop combination. Good on you, La Roux, and thank you Bananarama for being the original masters of this meshing of the genres.

11. "1989" by Taylor Swift (2014) and The 80s As a Whole (self-explanatory)

I tried. I really tried to choose just one song from Taylor Swift's platinum selling album "1989" and one song from the whole decade of the 1980s, but I just couldn't do it. Swift's evident inspiration of 80s sound mixed some indie undertones added with her lyrics make it hard to decide which specific artist from the 1980s she channels. Maybe, just maybe, "1989" parallels Swift's shift and experimentation in a new genre with the shift and experiment and new technology and sound in the 1980s. It's a bit of a stretch, but Generation X and Millennials (so, today's parents and kids) can butt heads on many issues and lifestyles, but if there's one thing that can bring people together, it's music.

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18 Ways The Disney College Program Destroys You

"I can only hope we never lose sight of one thing, that it was all started by a mouse" - Walt Disney

The Disney College Program, three little words that may or may not forever change your perspective of the world. Working for Disney has been my dream since I was a little kid. That’s all I ever wanted to do with my life-- to become a part of the magic. It wasn’t just because it’s Disney World, the most magical place on Earth. It's because I truly admire everything that this company stands for. Disney is all about bringing families and friends together, creating memories that will last a lifetime and sprinkling a little pixie dust over this magical place that I’ve called home for eleven months. I knew all of this when I received that “Congratulations!” email. Excitement rushed through my veins . The world of possibilities had finally opened its door for me. What I didn’t know, was what those possibilities truly meant, until post DCP depression kicked in. It's a real thing my friends.

1. You are always going to be an extremely friendly and approachable person.

No matter where you are or who you are talking to, you can't help to smile. You always carry a welcoming vibe with you, no matter what situation you are placed in. Working for Disney taught you how to have the patience of a Saint when it comes to dealing with people. You learned that the best way to communicate is listening to everyone with an open mind, even if they’re screaming in your face about Test Track being out of FastPasses.

2. You are constantly finding hidden Mickeys in the real world.

Admit it, your mind creates hidden Mickeys out of almost every random three circle formation. You can’t help it. You have Disney on your mind all the time.

3. You are FULL of Disney Park fun facts.

Did you know that there are 11,324 triangles that make up Spaceship Earth?!

You love sharing your vast pool of knowledge of random Disney Park fun facts. Sometimes even when people don't care about it, you just have to talk about all the things you learned as a CP.

4. You also may speak ride spiel.

“We're not gonna make it, we're not gonna make it"- Dinosaur at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

When you work for Disney, you live and breath Disney. You couldn't even count how many times you've been to the park, even just to hub grass and chill or ride the People Mover four times in a row. Those spiels were a part of your everyday life. You know when you are riding Hunted Mansion with a boatload of cast members when everyone in the stretch room whispers, "I am your host, your ghost host". Going to the park almost every day is a part of CP culture. Accidentally referring to ride spells still sometimes slips into your daily conversation. Did you really do the college program if you don't know at least one ride spiel?

5. You constantly feel the need to get down the small child's level and talk to them about their favorite Disney characters.

"Hi Princess! My, you look dashing today, what Kingdom did you travel from?!"

What you would do to get back to the days when you were paid to sit on the ground to talk to a child dressed up as Cinderella. You see a child at your real world job and you feel the need to ask them about the about their favorite Disney movie. You catch yourself accidentally referring to people as princess in the real world, but it instated of the magic it used to produce, they look at you like you’re a crazy person. *sigh*

6. If your friends hear you say, ”So this one time in Disney…" one more time they may punch you in the face.

OMG-- this reminds me of this one time in Disney when...*insert story of an amazing day you and your Disney fam had here.*

You can’t help it, every single day was filled with an adventure during your CP. You want to share your stories with everyone you encounter. It's like word vomit. The second something reminds you of your CP there is no stopping you. Your friends back home may either get really annoyed or end up learning everything you did when you had free access to Disney World.

7. Boy do you miss the days when Mondays were happy.

"We love you Mondays, we do."

For some who were into the social scene, you blankly gaze out your window on a Monday night wondering what county you would have been playing at Son On The Beach. You watch your remaining CP friends' Snapchat stories and think to yourself, "Anzacs VS. Gayllerie!? Ugh, must have been a good game." You miss the days when your only struggle was to make it out of work on time to get to Happy Mondays. Your friends back home wonder how you are so freakishly good at flip cup. It’s a CP thing.

8. 90% of your best friends are long distance.

Skype dates are essential.

You created bonds with people from all over the world during your CP. You celebrated holidays with these people. You spent every single day with them during your time in Florida. Your program would never be as magical if it wasn't for the amazing people you met here. Some of these people turn into your life long best friends-- even if they currently reside 12 hours ahead of you. There isn't a day that goes by that you don’t think about you CP BFFs. When they say you will meet the most amazing people you will ever interact with working for Disney, they were not kidding. These people are even more than friends to you, they are family. If it means staying up till 2AM to Skype with your old roommate, who now lives on the other side of the world, it doesn't even cross your mind how late it is. Catching up with them is always worth it.

9. You probably have roughly 500 "I'm Celebrating" buttons.

"Happy squad-iversary!"

You found every excuse in the book to rock an "I'm Celebrating" button when you and your squad hit the parks. "I'm celebrating ERs" was a great one to sport when you got off work early. The button days were the special days. You could probably fill an entire cork board with all of the buttons you collected over your CP. Thank goodness for that, you'll have a tangible memory of those magical days for a lifetime.

10. The clock strikes 3:00PM and you know the Festival Of Fantasy Parade is strolling out of Frontier Land.

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the time has come to take your places” -The Festival Of Fantasy Parade.

You continuously catch yourself looking at the clock around 3PM and feeling a little empty inside. To all the days before work when you watched that parade with your roommates, you were the greatest. You can always spot a cast member as “dreams that glow” blur down Main Street. They are usually the ones dancing along and singing as their favorite floats pass by. What you would do to relive those days.

11. You know a lot about the world and the people it's made up of.

I’d be real keen to learn about your culture over some Maccas, eh.

You know to never tell an Australian their accent sounds like a Kiwi's or visa-versa. You can spot the difference from miles away. You’ve learned the lads from down under are some of the funniest people you’ll ever interact with, and there are in fact, no kangaroos in New Zealand— just wallabies. You know that the people from Spain and Brazil are usually down for some fun and it's always a good time to kick back with your friends from France or The Netherlands. It's true that the Italians are loud and outspoken, in the best way possible. The people from Japan are simply the some of the sweetest. You meet so many people from all over the world and learn so much about their culture. You get more of a feel for all of the greatness the world is made up of than any textbook could ever explain.

12. You could draw a map of Magic Kingdom blindfolded.

“Nearest FastPass kiosk?!” “Down the pathway to the left!

Not only is Disney World your home, but you know every square inch of it. You could still probably give someone directions to the nearest quick service restaurant of your location, from wherever you are currently sitting in the world.

13. Applying for jobs? Disney always makes you stand out.

“Wow, you worked for Disney World? Tell me more about that!”

Your resume stands out among the thousands. Potential employers want to hear about your Disney College Program experience and you are over the moon to share. You tell them about the days where you immersed guests into the theme of your location and all of the magic you made. Working for the number one entertainment company is something to be proud of.

14. You are constantly checking airline prices to reunite with your roommates and get back to the place that started it all.

There is nothing better than reuniting with your Disney family. Your most visited web pages are airlines sites. You count the days where you can rule the parks again with your favorite people by your side. You can't help but to run to them in the middle of MCO with tears in your eyes and magic in your heart, ready to create even more memories together. You know you found forever friends in them, it's never goodbye— it's see ya real soon.

15. You have a strong emotional attachment to certain rides of shows.

"The best part is, you'll never run out of wishes"- Wishes Nighttime Spectacular.

There are some shows and rides that take you right back to the days where Walt Disney World was your usual hang out spot. Some of those shows have so much more meaning to you and the magic you made. You tend to get a little teary eyed watching them when you visit. Even when your CP is over, the magic lives on in your soul.

16. Disney is not just a vacation spot to you, it’s your home.

You feel at ease here. You may have even found who you are and who you aspire to be here. It’s a special place to you that holds so much magic. Going back feels familiar. You never feel like an outsider here. Walt Disney World really is your home and it welcomes you right back every time you return.

17. People who know you before your College Program say you've changed.

You're more outspoken, you are confident in yourself and you carry on with pride. Not to mention your work ethic and customer service skills are outstanding. You believe in things and the people around you. You believe in magic and that's all thanks to the Disney College Program.

18. It was the best 4 months - 1 year of your life and you would do anything to relive just one more day of being a CP.

"While no one knows for sure what we'll see or do. I do know it will be quite an adventure, an adventure that we'll take and make together. See you in the future"- Spaceship Earth.

If you were given the opportunity to put on those extreme high-waisted polyester grandpa pants and that florescent shirt that was probably eight sizes too big for you— you’d do it in a heartbeat. Despite the long hours and blazing sun, sometimes your life felt like a dream. Your time spent working for the mouse will forever be your most magical days, as the Disney College Program was the best opportunity of your entire life.

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4 Things To Do When You Don't Win The UVA Basketball Lottery

Better luck next time.


Now that it is officially winter, it is time to cheer on Tony Bennett and the 'Hoos in one of UVA's favorite sports: basketball. While die-hard fans have attended nearly every UVA sports game leading up to basketball season to rake in Saber points, other people (like myself) have only gone to some games and have very few of these points. I was able to go to the first, less intense games with my minuscule amount of points, but now that the team has begun to play major ACC opponents, I am out of luck when it comes to scoring tickets. I am sure that I am not the only one who has had this issue as well. So, instead of being upset and watching the game through the Sanpchat stories of the friends who did get tickets, here is a list of activities that you can do while the game is going on.

1. Stream the game

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This is definitely the most basic solution to not getting tickets. Apps like ESPN can sometimes let you stream the game. However, if you do not have a TV provider, you are probably unable to do this. If you can't stream the game but still really want to see it, see if someone you know is watching it and watch the game together. You could also go out with friends to a restaurant or sports bar around C'Ville since they probably have the game on one of their TV's.

2. Spend time with friends

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If you aren't able to watch the game on a device, you can spend some time hanging out with friends who could also not get tickets. When my roommate and I did not get tickets to the last basketball game, we played card games with some friends and watched the latest episode of The Bachelor and made it a night that was even better than if we had gone to the game.

3. Catch up on work

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Personally, I always have something that I need to do for a class or extracurricular. While I typically push the work off until later if it isn't very important, I could be finishing that work during the time that I would have spent at the game. Although this may not be the most fun way to spend your time, it is very productive and helps you in the long run.

4. Relax


When you don't want to work or go anywhere, just stay home and have a relaxing night. Get in some comfy clothes, make some popcorn, and binge watch some TV or movies. School can cause you to build up stress, so having a relaxing night in would help to alleviate some of the stress and make you happier.

Although you may be bummed that you did not win tickets to the game, hopefully doing one of these things will help to take your mind off of it. Then, go to more games to get more Saber Points and try again for the next game. Hopefully, you will eventually get tickets and have an amazing time!

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