Yes, this is clearly a ripoff of… ummm, I mean an homage to this thread: ‘What’s the “Seventies-est” song?’. I enjoyed but didn’t reply to it, because my choice would have been “Chevy Van” which was already cited about 3 or more times by the time I got there.
Anyway, I was watching ‘Tuff Turf’ on Amazon Prime last night, which is one of the eighties-est movies ever, and it had a very 80’s soundtrack, which got me wondering.
I won’t require a specific genre for this, unlike the “Seventies-est song” OP, who specified “no disco”. I believe there are 3 main genres to choose from:
- Synth-heavy Alternative / New Wave: a-ha, Soft Cell, Flock of Seagulls, Human League, etc.
- Hair band rock: Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Guns 'n Roses, etc.
- R&B: Michael Jackson, Prince, Whitney Houston, etc.
Radio-friendly pop, like Cyndi Lauper or Bonnie Tyler, might be a fourth category.
Personally, I’m not sure, but when I think of the soundtrack of the 80’s I usually imagine something synth-heavy and new-wavish, like Tainted Love, I Ran, or something by Depeche Mode. It’s not the music I liked or listened to in the 80’s, but it’s what I hear in my head when I think of that weird decade.
P.S. “Never Gonna Give You Up” is a perfectly legit choice, so RickRoll away if you so choose.