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Through The Decades: The Eighties

Prince performs live at the Fabulous Forum in February 1985 in Inglewood, California.
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Prince performs live at the Fabulous Forum in February 1985 in Inglewood, California.

When it comes to the music of the '80s, there's many genres that flourished throughout the decade. Coming out of punk, New Wave and the early days of hip-hop, musicians like Prince, Talking Heads, The Smiths, The Cure, Madonna, Public Enemy, Whitney Houston and more delivered some timeless classics. Our "Through The Decades: The Eighties" playlist is best enjoyed on shuffle — to experience the full range of musical diversity:

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Bruce Warren is assistant general manager for programming of WXPN in Philadelphia. Besides serving as executive producer of World Café, Warren also contributes to Paste magazine and writes for two blogs: Some Velvet Blog and WXPN's All About The Music Blog.