I’m not quite sure how this one came about, but this past weekend I suddenly found myself hankering for some 80s tunes. Enter The Carrie Diaries. I’m not a teenager and, truth be told, this show shouldn’t even be on my radar, but it is. Apparently there is an entire class of people who don’t really enjoy the fact this show gets Carrie Bradshaw’s backstory wrong, but to be fair name one thing that gets continuity right 100% of the time. Getting back on track the music of the Carrie Diaries is pure 80s goodness. Some of the greatest tunes from the the greatest artists of the 1980s appear on their show and that’s what makes the show so appealing to me. Sure, I groan a lot from stupidity, but I can’t stop watching it. It’s definitely reached guilty pleasure status, and I typically try to shy away from that that term. Oh, well the secret’s out.
So, for my own strange love of 80s pop and new wave music, I picked just some of my favorite songs that appeared on the show and put them together in a little playlist. There are just some shows that have someone working in the music department who is on top of their game even when the show isn’t stellar. The Carrie Diaries is just one of those shows. And even if you don’t channel your inner high school student and love series itself, there’s still plenty of wonderful 80s throwback jams here to enjoy.
I guess for those who follow me on Twitter, all my talk of new wave makes sense now, doesn’t it? I’m still not really sorry about the amount of times I listened to a-ha this past weekend. Tracklist and streaming links after the jump.
- Our House – Madness
- Girls on Film – Duran Duran
- Freeze-Frame – The J. Geils Band
- You Spin Me Right Round (Like a Record Baby) – Dead or Alive
- Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads
- Take on Me – a-ha
- In Between Days – the Cure
- Careless Whisper – George Michael
- Dancing With Myself – Billy Idol
- King of Rock – Run D.M.C
- Drive – The Cars
- Pretty In Pink – The Psychedelic Furs
- The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades – Timbuk 3
- My Sharona – The Knack
- Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly) – The Icicle Works
- Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
- Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
- Material Girl – Madonna
- Dreaming – Blondie
- I Melt With You – Modern English
- Head Over Heels – The Go-Gos
- Brass in Pocket – The Pretenders
- Footloose – Kenny Loggins
- Alive and Kicking – Simple Minds
- Hold Me Now – Thompson Twins
Enjoy and have the most gnarly Wednesday, guys!