Larry Martino

Larry Martino

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Do you look forward to your birthday all year long, or is it just another day on the calendar for you?

Whether you enjoy celebrating your special day, or you just like to have a nice, quiet dinner with your sweetheart,  your birthday is a special occasion. It gives your friends, relatives and loved ones a chance to celebrate YOU!

If you are planning to celebrate your next milestone birthday with a big party, then you are going to need music. The 80s gave us so much fun, feel good music, we decided to put together a mini-playlist of eight great party hits from the “MTV decade.”

Now, I’m sure you can come up with eight more great party songs from the 80s for your playlist. Heck, I know I could probably come up with 80 more party songs from that decade. I know I had to really whittle the playlist down for this website post. But, in my humble opinion, these are eight must-have party anthems from the 1980’s.

Variety is the key for your party playlist. You have to get a little rock, a little pop, and a little dance music into the mix. Everyone has different tastes in music, but when you stick to the biggest hits, you can usually get the party going, even if you’ve invited a few music “snobs” who won’t let on that they actually like these fun songs.

The eight great birthday party hits from the 80s listed below are in no particular order. Just watch the videos and figure out for yourself whether you think these suggestions will make it on to your birthday party playlist. So grab another cold one, slice yourself a piece of cake, crank up the tunes, and have a very Happy Birthday!


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.

  • "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" by Wang Chung

    The English band Wang Chung released some pretty great songs during the 80s. They are probably not as proud of this song as they are of some of their others like “Dance Hall Days,” “To Live and Die in L.A.,” and “Let’s Go!” But hey, this song screams fun and deserves to be played at your 80s birthday party.

  • "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins

    This is certainly one of the great movie hits of the 80s, from a recording artist who gave us quite a few of them, including “I’m Alright” from Caddyshack and “Danger Zone” from Top Gun. Even if you don’t like to dance, you can’t help but tap your foot to this tune. And everyone needs to get a little “Footloose” on your special day.

  • "Celebration" by Kool & The Gang

    This song gets played at all sorts of festive events: birthdays, bar mitzvahs, wedding receptions, quinceañeras, sporting events, and gender reveal parties. Your birthday is a perfect occasion for a celebration, so this song has to go on your playlist.

  • "Nothin' But A Good Time" by Poison

    The “MTV Decade” is well knows for it’s “Glam Rock” bands with the big hair, eye makeup, and spandex clothing. Poison gave us one of the great party anthems of the 80s with this rocker. Have a “good time” crankin’ this one up to 11 on your speakers.

  • "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince & The Revolution

    The party anthem that opens up the film Purple Rain is a perfect song to encourage all of your guests to get a little crazy on your birthday. If this jam doesn’t get people pumped up, then check each one of them for a pulse.

  • "All Night Long (All Night)" by Lionel Richie

    When was the last time you actually partied “All Night Long?” Did you see the sunrise? It’s been a few years for me, but Lionel Richie’s party anthem might encourage me to give it a try on my next birthday. I’ll meet you at Blueberry Hill Diner for breakfast.

  • "Pour Some Sugar On Me" by Def Leppard

    If it’s a celebration, then you better have some champagne on hand for all of the adults. We all have to raise a glass and toast you with some of the bubbly. So pop open those corks and we’ll pour a little of that sugar on ya with this rockin’ song from Def Leppard.

  • "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper

    Every celebration deserves to have this party anthem played nice and loud. This song and music video are sooooo 80s! From the clothes, to the hairstyles, to professional wrestler and manager “Captain” Lou Albano portraying Cyndi Lauper’s Dad in the video. Happy birthday and have some fun this year!

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