The 1980s was a pivotal decade for music, so it's no surprise that a lot of modern artists have chosen to pay tribute to that time in their music videos. The love of activewear and big hair lends itself nicely to making music videos that are fun, vibrant and slightly ridiculous, and it's an aesthetic that anyone can enjoy.
We're loving seeing more and more artists embrace the '80s and all its ridiculousness in their music videos so we've put together a few of our favourite music videos that have been inspired by different elements of the '80s. Take a trip back in time, even if it's just for a few minutes!
Jubël - Weekend Vibe
Swedish duo Jubël's video for Weekend Vibe captures what a typical '80s beach weekend would look like. Grab a cocktail, and chuck this video on - you'll feel yourself whisked away to the seaside. The outfits in the video are just what you'd expect to see if you went back in time, and so are the vehicles. You'll feel like you've hopped in a time machine.
The track sees the duo in search of "weekend vibes", and they're going to find them no matter what. They're bringing around the jukebox, and getting the party started. It's a pop song designed to get you moving, so embrace the Weekend Vibes that Jubël's supplying.
Client Liaison - The Beat Supreme
Melbourne band Client Liaison have always loved the '80s, taking a lot of influence from the decade in both their sound and their dress sense, and the video for The Beat Supreme is no different. The video follows the band searching throughout the Australian outback for the next wave of Australiana, taking influence from the likes of INXS, Yothu Yindi, Christine Anu and more.
Speaking about the song, vocalist Monte Morgan says, “The Beat Supreme is the sound of the Australian soil and all its intricate extremes.” The video's kitsch factor is dialled all the way up, but that's what makes it so fun!
Carly Rae Jepsen - Boy Problems
If you're a fan of coming-of-age films from the '80s, then chances are you'll enjoy the film clip for Carly Rae Jepsen's Boy Problems. Inspired by the track's '80s synth sounds, the E•MO•TION track features Carly and her crew trying to keep each other accountable when they even consider texting any boys. Be warned, their bedrooms are boy-free zones.
Speaking about the video, Carly says that director Petra Collins reached out to her - and she couldn't have been more excited. "Out of the blue, Petra reached out to ask if she could make a video for her favorite track of the album - Boy Problems. What she didn’t know is that I had been following her online via Instagram and other outlets for a while and had become a HUGE fan of her photographs and artwork. I think she has a very gifted eye for a refreshing look at youth and beauty and the way she plays with color always stands out to me."
Dua Lipa - Physical
The workout video for Dua Lipa's Physical is truly a feast for the senses. If you're looking to break out into a sweat like they would have done in the '80s, then let Dua be your workout instructor, at least for the next 5 minutes.
Physical references Olivia Newton-John's track of the same name, and the song's lyric "let's get physical' lends itself perfectly to a high-intensity workout. The workout video for Physical features a bevy of '80s-inspired outfits, and after watching it you'll feel inspired to head to the gym and work up a sweat.
Thundamentals - Sally
Australian rappers Thundamentals immortalised the name Sally when they released a track about a women that can't dance. The video for the track, much like the video for the aforementioned Physical, features a lot of '80s-inspired workout outfits, with Thundamentals getting ready to play a serious game of tennis.
They then head into the local community centre to get involved in a class where they get their stretch on, and it's a serious throwback to the last century. If you're not a fan of short shorts, then you might want to give this video a miss - there are a LOT of short shorts featured in this clip.
Danny Brown - Monopoly
While it's almost 10 years old now, Danny Brown's Monopoly might just be the video in this list that's most faithful to the '80s aesthetic - all the way to the VHS vibe of the clip. The video focuses on Danny playing a solo game of monopoly, and mirrors the aesthetic of old home videos that your parents would have shown you when VHS players were still a thing.
Coming off his breakout mixtape XXX, Monopoly captures the slightly off-kilter vibe that has made Danny a household name in the hip-hop community. Who else would film themselves playing Monopoly and run it through filters to make it feel like the '80s again? If any names come to mind, we'd love to hear them.