We take a trip down memory lane with one of the most influential electro pop bands of the 80's, to see what we were eating, wearing, talking about and watching while we were listening to their epic no.1 single on our walkmans! 


Some will argue that the 80's is the greatest year for music, fashion, movies and overall lifestyle - and looking back, you really can'targue. Me, i'm a 90's baby, but when you start digging into all the goodness that the 1980's delivered you can't help but feel envious that you weren't around to expereince it. To all you lucky devils who lived through the 80's, the below will instantly take you back to those golden years.

Now, if we were to talk about the whole decade, then we'd literally be writing for another 10-years, so we're channeling our throwback to 1981, the year that gave us so, so much...and one of the things at the top of our list...The Human League's Don't You Want Me.

The single, which was the fourth release from their third LP Dare, absolutely smashed into the charts taking the No.1 spot not only here in the UK, but in the US, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Norway - so yeah, it was kind of a big deal and still is today. it's a tune!

Listen to "Don't You Want Me" now

The timeless classic had a resurge in the late 90’s due to the use of the track on that classic Fiat Punto ad, which opened up the snythy classic to a wole new audience.

The Human League’s Dare album, which was also released in 1981, also performed well in the charts and hit x2 Platinum status, demonstrating just how good the band actually were – and still are to this very day!

But whilst The Human League dominated the charts, what else was cracking off in 1981? Any of this ring a bell…

A year of iconic music

Not only did we get to experience Don’t You Want Me for the first time, 1981 also delivered Diana Ross’ and Lionel Richie’s Endless Love, Soft Cell’s Tainted Love, Tide is High by Blondie and Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 – all of which are still classic anthems!

Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears were all born in 1981, however sadly, we lost a beautiful sole in Bob Marley. Gone but certainly never forgotten.

Television was beautiful

You might not believe it by The Fall Guy, The Greatest America Hero, Hill Street Blues, Falcon Crest and General Hospital all debuted in 1981.

Movie fans LOVE ’81!

We need to take a deep breath for this one, right, in 1981 we were introduced to Raiders of the Lost Ark, On Golden Pond, Superman II, Arthur, Airplane!, Stripes, The Cannonball Run, For Your Eyes Only, Chariots of Fire, Time Bandits, Clash of the Titans, Absence of Malice, Reds, The Fox and the Hound AND Taps (to name a few) were all released in this wonderful, wonderful year.

PLUS all of this…

  • Bucks Fizz get things bubblin’ in Europe as they dominated Eurovision
  • First London Marathon took place throughout the capital
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber gets us purring with the release of Cats
  • “You cannot be serious” – yes, 1981 was the year of THAT John McEnroe rant
  • Royal Wedding – the world stopped as Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer.
  • MTV takes over the US – the Music TV channel changed the way we consumed music for decades to follow
  • Toys, toys, toys – everything from the Pop Rock Amp, Skedoodle, He-Man’s Master of the Universe set and the Walkman WM-2, you know the one with the belt clip, all made it onto Christmas lists in 1981.

Man, what a year!