Jack Taylor

When on the topic of music, many are driven back to the songs from their youth, but most seem to return to the beginning of pop music itself, the 1980s. Despite being born a good twenty years later, I find myself with a sense of nostalgia for these timeless tracks. Even though I grew up with a vastly different library of music. To discover the cause for this nostalgic trip, I created another playlist exploring these ideas of nostalgia, and why we find ourselves drawn to these songs.

Released in 1984, Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen was one of the first songs I thought of, when thinking about this playlist due to its heavy feeling of nostalgia with me. Its eclectic use of synths in combination with the echoed vocals of ‘The Boss’ complement each other perfectly, giving this track a distinctive 80s feel. It appeared recently in the film Blinded by the Light (Chadha, 2019), inspired by a true story and the lyrics of Bruce Springsteen.  


Being one of the longest tracks in this playlist, Blue Monday, by New Order defines its genre with one of the most iconic and nostalgic rhythms of the 1980s. This track has been used countless times in many films such as Spielberg’s Ready Player One in 2018. Recently, German composer Sebastian Bohm has created an orchestral version of the track for the newly released film Wonder Woman 1984 (Jenkins, 2020) which takes this iconic track, and transforming it into something completely new. The use of Blue Monday in recent cinema shows how it was representative of its time and how many views it with a sense of nostalgia.   

Bursting into the mid-1990s, Alright by Supergrass was originally created for the film Clueless (Heckerling, 1995) and helped the band gain a larger audience. Since then, the track has been featured across all forms of media from advertising to television series. It has definitely achieved a sense of nostalgia across a wider audience due to its upbeat rhythm and story driven lyrics. Having a vast audience for tracks like this is one of the key elements of how many find themselves with a sense of nostalgia over these old songs. Whether they heard it on their hi-fi system or digitally for the first time, we associate ourselves with this music because it reminds us of a simpler time filled with vinyl records and fantastic sequels.

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Words: Jack Taylor, Storehouse Content Team, @jtpublishing_

Illustration: Sophie Cox, BA (Hons) Fine Art, @sophie_tattoo_designs

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