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16 “New”stalgic Artists That Will Take You Back In Time


The weekend has ended, it’s the beginning of a new work week, and you know what we do today!  (For those of you who don’t know, it’s Music Monday, the day we post about . . . well . . . music.  Duh . . .).  We’ve had so much fun compiling playlists each week and have re-discovered so many old songs that invoke all kinds of serious nostalgia. Not only that, we’ve also discovered a whole world of old tunes that deserve some new love! (Like this awesome gem from the depths of 80’s AOR. Does that guy have pretty hair or what? And bonus at the end of the video: a perky Martha Quinn provides the lowdown on this great band.)

Because you’ve been reading our Everyday Nostalgia series (What? You missed Corey’s Everyday Nostalgia posts? Well, you can find them here!), you know we have dedicated January to all things new.  We’ve worked to keep the “new” theme for our Music Monday posts, too, and today’s playlist rises to that challenge. Each of these bands or singers have the word “new” in their name. New Kids on the Block . . . Juice Newton . . .  You get the idea.

Some of the bands/artists we were able to come up with off the top of our heads. But some required a bit of research. Turns out there are a plethora of “new” artists from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.  We’ve compiled a fair-sized playlist for your listening pleasure, so grab a coffee (or tea, or Coke, or your morning beverage of choice) and enjoy!

1) Danke Schoen – Wayne Newton (1963)

Most people are familiar with this song because of this famous movie scene. Get off the float, Ferris!

2) Bread and Butter – The Newbeats (1964)

We dare you not to sing along to this song.

3) Winchester Cathedral – New Vaudeville Band (1966)

The whistles really make this little ditty quite catchy.

4) Things I’d Like to Say – The New Colony Six (1968)

The New Colony Six was the “model” band for the musical instrument section of the Sears Roebuck catalog.

5) An American Trilogy – Mickey Newbury (1971)

A medley of three 19th century songs, An American Trilogy was made popular by Elvis Presley, who included it in his concert routine in the 1970’s.

6) I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing – The New Seekers (1972)

If this doesn’t make you nostalgic for old Coke commercials, we don’t know what would…

7) I’m Doin’ Fine Now – New York City (1973)

The Pasadenas released this same song in 1991, which out-peaked the original by 16 places on the UK Singles Chart.

8) Personality Crisis – New York Dolls (1973)

One of the earliest punk rock bands ever formed, this is also glam rock at it’s finest.

9) Physical – Olivia Newton John (1981)

Sandra Dee shows off her slightly naughty side in this iconic 80’s tune.

10) Queen of Hearts – Juice Newton (1981)

Juice Newton won over all sorts of hearts with her sweet voice. Though she is most famous for her song Angel of the Morning, we like this cover of Hank DeVioto’s song, which features handclaps and fun guitar riffs.

11) I Love LA – Randy Newman (1983)

How do you pick just one Randy Newman song?

12) If This Is It – Huey Lewis and the News (1986)

Also, how do you pick just one Huey Lewis and the News song?

13) Candy Girl – New Edition (1984)

Bobby Brown’s beginnings…

14) Blue Monday – New Order (1988)

Leave it to an 80’s band to make a video this random. Not quite sure what’s going on there…

15) You Got It (The Right Stuff) – New Kids on the Block (1988)

Donnie Wahlberg’s mullet is epic.

16) Callin’ Baton Rouge – New Grass Revival (1989)

Released before the Garth Brooks version, but we dare say this version is better…

Did we miss any of your favorite “new” bands?  Let us know in the comments!



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