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'The Goldbergs': The '80s soundtrack of their lives

● “The Goldbergs: (Mostly) ’80s Tunes”
● “’80s Britpop” playlist with over 300 songs

The Goldbergs series creator Adam F. Goldberg has grumped about the difficulty of the approvals process required to produce his show. No wonder: The ’80s-set series is heavy on nostalgia, starting with its soundtrack.

Here are some of the songs that have appeared in the series thus far, and a fun Spotify playlist in case you’d like to indulge in some chair dancing — or the real, sometimes awkward, stand-up kind. Do what you like — it’s your ’80s chair-dance party!

● “Kyrie,” Mr. Mister
● “The Safety Dance,” Men Without Hats (Mom Beverly convinces Adam that he can dance if he wants to)
● “The Search Is Over,” Survivor (appears as an example of an uncomfortable school-dance slow jam)
● “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” (the Goldbergs’ eldest, Erica — Hayley Orrantia — performs the song, originally sung by Pat Benatar, in the school talent show)
● “The Touch,” Stan Bush (movie fans may recall that Dirk Diggler recorded this in Boogie Nights)
● “Ghostbusters,” Ray Parker, Jr.
● “It’s Tricky,” Run DMC
● “In Your Eyes,” Peter Gabriel (used in a Lloyd Dobler/Say Anything tribute)

Check out my Spotify playlist, “The Goldbergs: (Mostly) ’80s Tunes,” to hear every song that has been used in the show.

What ’80s tunes do you think the Goldbergs should jam to? Because, in the ’80s, people jammed — like British band the Jam, which put out the songs “That’s Entertainment” and “Town Called Malice.”

I’m partial to ’80s British pop music generally, so I think Erica Goldberg should definitely join a synth-pop band. I’d love to hear the show use songs like those that I have put on my epic, 300-plus-song, ’80s Britpop dance-party playlist. And now that my love of ’80s Britpop has completely hijacked my post on The Goldbergs’ music, here’s that playlist:

I worked really hard to not include some late-’70s and early-’90s gems. Please remember that as you start wondering, Where the hell is [song title]? If it wasn’t released on an album or as a single in the ’80s in Great Britain or the U.S., it didn’t make the list. That said, if you note a glaring omission on the playlist, please feel free to berate me publicly in the comments — I’m more than happy to add tunes to my playlist.

Of course, a number of British artists released songs in the ’80s that are considered classics that aren’t represented here, but I think a list with Genesis, Phil Collins, the Kinks, Dire Straits, Supertramp, Paul McCartney and the like or the one with Def Leppard, Motörhead and Judas Priest are different lists. Feel free to muse on what those lists look like in the comments, or even make your own Spotify playlist of ’80s music — British Arena Rock, Easy Listening, Heavy Metal, etc. — and share it with us!

And if you get a chance, visit YouTube and watch some of the now-hilarious official videos for some of the Britpop artists and bands on the  list. (Looking at you, Spandau Ballet.)

Here are just a few of the bands, artists and songs on my ’80s Britpop playlist:
The Jam —  “Town Called Malice”
Duran Duran — “Girls on Film”
Roxy Music — “Avalon”
Adam and the Ants — “Stand and Deliver”
Billy Idol — “White Wedding”
Bow Wow Wow — “I Want Candy”
Human League — “(Keep Feeling) Fascination”
Pet Shop Boys — “West End Girls”
Frankie Goes to Hollywood — “Relax”
Musical Youth — “Pass the Dutchie”
The Cure — “Boys Don’t Cry” (There are SO many — Robert Smith and the guys better be stupid rich.)
Flock of Seagulls — “I Ran (So Far Away)”
Malcolm McLaren — “Madam Butterfly (Un bel di vedremo)”
Haircut 100 — “Love Plus One”
Culture Club — “Karma Chameleon” (This CC song grates my nerves, but it’s an ’80s classic any way you slice it.)
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark — “If You Leave”
The Psychedelic Furs — “Pretty in Pink”
Simple Minds — “Don’t You Forget About Me”
ABC — “The Look of Love”
Madness — “Our House”
The Clash — “London Calling” (Released in the States in February 1980 — is that cheating? Maybe, but wouldn’t you prefer that it be included in the playlist? Thought so. Carry on … )
Siouxsie and the Banshees — “Peek-a-Boo” (“Kiss Them for Me” was released in ’91, and, no matter how hard I try, there’s no way to cheat it to the ’80s so that I may include it.)
Naked Eyes — “Always Something There to Remind Me”
Neneh Cherry — “Buffalo Stance”
Bananarama — “Cruel Summer”
The Smiths — “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” (if you need more Smiths than appears in my playlist, go to their artist page for an extended fix)
Wang Chung — “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”
The Eurythmics — “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”
Echo & the Bunnymen — “Lips Like Sugar”
Wham! — “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”
George Michael — “Faith” (No, no “Monkey” for you!)
Depeche Mode — “Master and Servant”
Joy Division — “Transmission” (Some version of it was released in 1980 somewhere — I had to include it, if only because I personally didn’t discover Joy Division before the ’80s.)
The Stone Roses — “I Wanna Be Adored”
Peter Murphy — “Cuts You Up”
Modern English — “I Melt With You”
Tears for Fears — “Shout”
New Order — “Blue Monday”
The Police — “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” (Before you even think it: “Roxanne” and “Message in a Bottle” were released in the ’70s.)
Peter Gabriel — “In Your Eyes”
Kate Bush — “This Woman’s Work”
Paul Young — “Come Back and Stay”
The Sundays — “Can’t Be Sure” (This was released as a single in 1989 with “I Kicked a Boy” as its B-side, making my list, though the album Reading, Writing and Arithmetic was released a year later, in the damned ’90s; otherwise, I would’ve put the whole album on this list — love me some Sundays!)
Sade — “The Sweetest Taboo”
Robert Palmer — “Addicted to Love”
Rick Astley (Father Rickroll) — “Never Gonna Give You Up”
The Housemartins — “We’re Not Deep”
Howard Jones — “Like to Get to Know You Well”
Kajagoogoo — “Too Shy”
Dexys Midnight Runners — “Come On Eileen”
Thompson Twins — “Hold Me Now”
Big Audio Dynamite — “The Bottom Line” (“Rush” and “The Globe” were ’91 releases.)
Big Country — “In a Big Country”
Buzzcocks — “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)” (I decree that this counts as ’80s because of the 1981 UK release date of the “Singles Going Steady” collection — hold it against me if you like.)
Proclaimers — “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
Shriekback — “Nemesis”
XTC — “Senses Working Overtime”
Simply Red — “Holding Back the Years”
The Specials — “A Message to You, Rudy” (It’s a fall 1979 release — yeah, I was sorry about that too — but then I found it on a 1983 label compilation, which is completely cheating, but it stays!)
Squeeze — “Tempted”
Swing Out Sister — “Breakout”
UB40 — “Red Red Wine”
Ultravox — “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes”
The Vapors — “Turning Japanese”
Kim Wilde — “Kids in America”
Doctor and the Medics — “Spirit in the Sky”
Happy Mondays — “24 Hour Party People”
The KLF — “3 a.m. Eternal” (It’s a stretch to include this tune, but a version of it was released in ’89, so it’s on the list!)
The Stranglers — “Peaches” (It’s a tune from ’77, and its inclusion in an ’80s compilation shouldn’t make it qualify, but I included it anyway — so sue me.)
David Bowie — “Fashion” (I reserve the right to not include “China Girl” and “Dancing in the Street” in my ’80s Britpop playlist on the grounds that those songs annoy me.)
Queen — “Another One Bites the Dust” (And several others, of course, including “Flash” from the soundtrack for the film Flash Gordon, which I adore.)

In my next playlist, I’ll include synth-heavy ’80s music of bands and artists from beyond Britain, which may cause “Wait — are they British?” conversations among the non-obsessed, non-listmaking sorts:
Real Life — Australian! “Send Me an Angel”
The Church — Australian! “Under the Milky Way”
INXS — Australian! See albums: Shabooh Shoobah, The Swing, Listen Like Thieves, Kick
Crowded House — New Zealanders! “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” “Something So Strong,” “Better Be Home Soon”
A-Ha — Norwegian! “Take on Me”
Cranberries — Irish! “Linger”
U2 — Irish! (Thank goodness, or this list would’ve officially gotten out of control.)
Sinéad O’Connor — Irish!
Oingo Boingo, Violent Femmes, Pixies, Talking Heads (for the most part … ) — American!

What’d I forget? I know you can’t wait to tell me. And if you’re a Goldbergs fan, which ’80s songs would you like to see included in the show? We mustn’t neglect ’80s hair metal. “Round and round. What comes around goes around. I’ll tell you why-y-y-y …

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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