Return of the Reverb

Ever since hearing Haim’s freshman album, I’ve been noticing a trend in indie/pop music. It is sounding a lot more 80’s–and it’s great! It became more evident when modern pop princess Taylor Swift released her first solo-pop album, 1989, where some of the songs are appropriately 80’s sounding.

Anyway, since then I’ve been on a hunt for new 80’s sounding songs because I have been listening to 80s music nonstop for years now and I’ve overused my 80’s pop playlists.  I just wasn’t sure how to look for modern 80’s sounding music and what to type in Google… until this Vox video came along.

The more you know…


And suddenly, everything makes sense! All of these songs I totally jam to and make me happy all have the reverb (and goddamn, we have Phil Collins to thank for it). That snappy snare drum is one of the most defining 80’s sound and I am all over it and so glad it’s back.

If you aren’t familiar with the new(-ish) Vox series, get on it because it’s great. I believe it started from deep-dives into rap trends and it is so interesting! At the end of this episode, they provided a great Spotify playlist of both old and new songs with gated reverb. But because I’m excited about this, I’m here to add some more of my personal favorites.

  1. Only When You Leave by Spandau Ballet
  2. Gold by Spandau Ballet
  3. Don’t You Want Me by Human League
  4. Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears
  5. Love Somebody by St. Lucia
  6. Falling, The Wire, If I Could Change Your Mind, and Don’t Save Me by Haim