The 1980s saw a drop in the hyped disco of the 70s with a transition into the rise of the synthpop genre. Entering this playlist, you’ll find music ranging from years 1981-1986, with influences from a certain John Hughes movie marathon I had last weekend. I call this kind of music perfect shouting out weather – as in, the easy lyrics and singable ability that all these songs have. Alas, long are the days of mumbling those strung out verses!

These light tunes will keep you free falling into the easy. Although unchallenging to the mind, they are perfect for that put-the-car-top-down kind of weather. Please, be prepared to sing your hearty heart heart out! Start your free fall here.

I don’t know about you, but the most popular Hall & Oates song these days seems to be “You Make My Dreams,” featured in the film (500) Days of Summer. But you don’t think I’m going to go and put up a song that everyone knows, do you? Here’s another one of their other well-known hits that seem to be lesser known with our generation today: Maneater. Hall and Oates’ Motown groove-esque tune and early synthpop sound captivate the duo’s vocals.

You’re a fool not to have heard of the next song: Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love.” What I bet you didn’t know that it was a cover of the much more unpopular Gloria Jones original. With dominating synthesizers and a whole new arrangement, the song became an instant hit and a one-hit wonder for the band.

Following “Tainted Love” are two tunes that combine the efforts of pop and rock, essentially creating a less hard-rock attitude toward 80s music. Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl” (as popularized in 13 Going on 30 and Glee) and Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” are successful in their melding of the two genres and provide for a good segway into the John Hughes of the grand 80s New Wave and post-punk/rock. “If You Leave,” featured in Pretty in Pink and “Don’t You (Forget About Me) in The Breakfast Club are iconic as ‘theme songs’ to the emotive final scenes of each movie. Whether a one-hit wonder or known for generations to come, these songs will always have a place in the 80s as time keeps passing us by. Also, I hope you have that playlist on repeat with the car top down.

This playlist and accompanying piece was created by Alicia Hai, Music Blogger at Rhetoric Magazine. Come back for more every Friday!