The electronic eighties

A decade of digital revolution

It was during the 1980s that digital recording came to the hilt, filling our ears with the sounds of non-traditional instruments. And as Yamaha’s invention of the relatively inexpensive DX7 digital synthesiser took the music industry by storm, the unmistakable sound of the synth came to define the decade. Not only did the electronic innovation feature heavily across all genres, but it inspired one of its own.

Featuring the best synth-pop tracks of the time, this playlist will take you straight back to the 80s – sans shoulder pads and strong hold hairspray (unless you’d really like to indulge in a little nostalgia).

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