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Ultimate '80s Colors Playlist

The 1980s exploded with color with everything from clothing to candy expressing bright vivid color. Just stop for a second and think about what Miami Vice would've been like if Crockett and Tubbs wore black suits. What if Trapper Keepers only came in gray and had no designs? What if Jem and the Holograms dyed their hair brown? What if the Voltron Force took the "Defender of the Universe" into a paint shop and spray painted Voltron all silver? What if Nerds had been all white and tasted like those awful chalk-like candy cigarettes?

Color made the '80s what we remember now...and probably kept advertising agencies in a constant battle of one-upping each other. Expression through color even flooded into music. I've found at least 20 songs from the 80s with colors in the title to make the Ultimate '80s Color Playlist! Blue and red seem to dominate the list, but there is still plenty of other colors represented. Check out the list below or listen to the playlist on YouTube...

  • New Order "Blue Monday" (1983)
  • Debbie Gibson "Out of the Blue" (1988)
  • Icehouse "Electric Blue" (1987)
  • Madonna "True Blue" (1986)
  • David Bowie "Blue Jean" (1984)
  • Lou Gramm "Midnight Blue" (1987)
  • U2 "Bullet the Blue Sky" (1987)
  • Prince "Little Red Corvette" (1983)
  • UB40 "Red Red Wine" (1983)
  • Chris DeBurgh "Lady in Red" (1986)
  • The Fixx "Red Skies At Night" (1982)
  • Peter Gabriel "Red Rain" (1986)
  • Prince "Purple Rain" (1984)
  • AC/DC "Back in Black" (1980)
  • R.E.M. "Orange Crush" (1988)
  • Bruce Springsteen "Pink Cadillac" (1984)
  • John Mellancamp "Pink Houses" (1983)
  • Psychedelic Furs "Pretty in Pink" (1986)
  • Billy Idol "White Wedding" (1982)
  • Grateful Dead "Touch of Gray" (1987)
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