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21 New Songs That Totally Sound Like They’re From the 1980’s


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Let’s face it: The 1980’s were filled with some of the awesomest, raddest, most totally tubular things.

Cartoons like Transformers and The Simpsons and He-Man and She-Ra. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Jetsons, Inspector Gadget, DuckTales, ThunderCats, Garfield, The Smurfs, G.I. Joe, The Real Ghostbusters, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Care Bears, Gummie Bears, J.E.M., The Legend of Zelda, Pound Puppies, and Fraggle Rock.

Shows like M*A*S*H and Roseanne and Married…With Children and Happy Days and Full House and MacGyver and Quantum Leap and Dynasty and Diff’rent Strokes and Night Court and Mork and Mindy and ALF and The A-Team and Magnum, P.I. and The Cosby Show and Mister Roger’s Neighborhood and Charles in Charge and Saved by the Bell and The Wonder Years.

Movies like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, The Karate Kid, Beetlejuice, Uncle Buck, Top Gun, Flashdance, Footloose, Good Morning, Vietnam, Tron, The Princess Bride, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Return of the Jedi, The Blues Brothers, Big, Lethal Weapon, Airplane!, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Back to the Future, E.T., and The Goonies. Continue reading “21 New Songs That Totally Sound Like They’re From the 1980’s”

Childhood · Nostalgia · Stories

Week 46: The Memory-Making Magic of Music | Everyday Nostalgia

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I’m stage right, peeking out from behind a heavy curtain, waiting patiently for the audience members to take their seats. I do a little twirl and watch my glittery, sequined gown glisten, and when I’m finished, I reach up and smooth down my hair, preparing it for the crown that will surely be placed upon it within a matter of minutes.

Suddenly, I hear the first few notes of my entrance music: The pageant is about to begin.

* * *

Well, at least in my imagination, it is.

In reality, I’m 5 years old, it’s the mid-1980s, and I’m standing in the doorway of my wood-paneled living room, wearing OshKosh B’Gosh overalls and purple Velcro tennis shoes. My audience members are my mom and my 9-year-old brother, Kurt. While my father is there to enjoy the show as well, he’s also in charge of the audio/visual components. In front of me is my plastic orange and yellow Fisher Price shopping cart, and inside it, a wide variety of my toys. Continue reading “Week 46: The Memory-Making Magic of Music | Everyday Nostalgia”

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Sounds Old to Me: 19 More New Songs with a Vintage, Throwback Vibe

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Earlier this year, we shared with you a list of songs that sounded vintage, old, and retro—in spite of the fact that they were made only within the last few years. (Missed it? Check out Music Monday: 19 New Songs That Sound Vintage! AND BONUS! You can also check out our list of 21 New Songs That  Totally Sound Like They’re From the 1980’s!) 

Before we even published that blog post, we had to admit it was one of our favorite Music Monday posts yet, because there’s just something about listening to a recently released song that just feels like it was crafted in a different era, don’t you think? Most of those songs, even within the first few notes, transported us back to yesteryear, proving that music truly can transcend time and place. Continue reading “Sounds Old to Me: 19 More New Songs with a Vintage, Throwback Vibe”

culture · Nostalgia · Throwback Thursday

10 Things We’re Loving Online | July

loving-online-july-nostalgia-diariesWe’re officially in the dog days of summer, and even though it’s been hot, hot, hot here, there’s just something like the feel of sunshine on your face, don’t you think? But as much as we love soaking up all the summer sun we can get, we sometimes have to stay inside—either as a respite from the intense heat or to stay dry when those afternoon thunderstorms start rolling in.

In those moments, we like to laze around the house: My daughter Zoey and I will color or put together a puzzle or whip up something delicious. If we’re feeling especially lazy, Zoey will watch a few episodes of her favorite show, Nerdy Nummies, and I’ll browse around online, scouring the interwebs for whatever “new” nostalgic things that might be out there, just waiting for me to discover and share with all of you.

This month was full of fun finds, so without further ado, here are 10 Things We’ve Been Loving Online for the month of July.

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17 Nostalgic Signs of Summer

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There you are at the pool or beach, lounging in your swimsuit, sipping a cold drink (preferably with a little umbrella in it, right?), and then you feel it: a small bead of sweat trickling down your back. You’re hot, but you don’t care, because guess what? The sun feels good, and a cool dip of water—that blissful sweet relief—is just a few feet away. Ah, summer, how we love you…

Summer is a season where all of your senses have a fun time coming out to play. Last week we had fun taking a nostalgic trip down memory lane with our favorite 7 Simple Nostalgic Sounds of Summer, and for this week’s Throwback Thursday post, we’ve rounded up 17 Nostalgic Signs of Summer—the things that emerge in all their glory during this happy season of sun. And for some added fun, we’re sharing an interesting fact about each of them in case you need a good ice-breaker at your next summer BBQ or get-together (Just make sure to use them sparingly—you don’t want to be that guy). Continue reading “17 Nostalgic Signs of Summer”