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Love the 80s? We’ve got the most brilliant chilled, easy 80s ballads in our fantastic playlist!

The 1980s was a time of enormous change and experimentation in music, and is often maligned for being so radically different from prior decades. But it was also home to some of the greatest easy pop tunes.

Were you a child of the 80s? Or was it your teenage/twenties? However you see the decade, you’re sure to have many moments associated with these songs. And who hasn’t belted out Toto’s Africa or Bill Withers’ Lovely Day in the car or in the shower? (I confess, many times)

We take a listen through the best Easy 80s tunes in our playlist. It begins with one of the decade’s big ballads, Natalie Cole’s Miss You Like Crazy. Berlin, The Pointer Sisters, Mary Jane Girls and Anita Baker provide a host of the best female 80s tunes.

We also have some of the decade’s soaring male voices, in our songs from John Waite, REO Speedwagon, Toto, Foreigner and Mr Mister.

There’s plenty of hits from the superstars too: Madonna, Kate Bush, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Prince, George Michael, Elton John and Bob Marley provide perfect 80s balladry.

But vocals weren’t always necessary in the big, relaxed 80s tunes. Jan Hammer scored a huge instrumental hit with Crockett’s Theme, as did Vangelis with Chariots of Fire.

Our Easy 80s playlist spans the soft rock ballads, reggae, soul and pure pop. Whatever genres you love most, we know we’ve got some of the biggest songs here that you’ll love.

So when you’re ready to chill, stick on our Easy 80s playlist, and wind down…

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