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Playlist of the week: Ride the synthwave

Just as the 30-year nostalgia cycle predicted, the 2010s saw the style and sound of the '80s return to the forefront of American pop culture. Toto's cult hit "Africa" resurfaced as a sensation, "Stranger Things" took the entertainment world by storm and Hollywood decided it was time to ruin perfection and re-make "Robocop."

To complement this revival was a musical trend dubbed "synthwave" that became popular after some of the movement's most prominent artists, Kavinsky and Electric Youth in particular, were featured on the soundtrack of the 2011 film "Drive."

To celebrate this small genre of music that pays homage to a simpler time, this playlist of the week features vocal and instrumental songs from modern synthwave artists and the '80s music that inspired them. These songs are guaranteed to invoke some nostalgia for a period of culture many of us could only experience through stories and screens.

"Take My Breath Away" — Berlin

"My First Crush (feat. Trevor Something)" — Timecop1983

"We're Finally Landing" — Home

"Atmosphere" — Joy Division

"Drive" — The Cars

"Hold Me Now" — Thompson Twins

"Love on a Real Train" — Tangerine Dream

"Blade Runner Blues" — Vangelis

"Nightcall" — Kavinsky

"Faces" — Electric Youth

"Oblivion" — Grimes

"The Sun Always Shines on T.V." — a-ha

"Painted Sun in Abstract" — Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

"Only You" — Yazoo

"Eulogy" — Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

"I Ran (So Far Away)" — A Flock of Seagulls

"Meet The Friends" — M83


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