Quarantine playlist: ‘70s and ‘80s rock

If you’re feeling isolated or bored while waiting for the pandemic to subside, don’t forget about music as one of your entertainment options. We’ve all been binge watching the newest shows, movies and countless hours of YouTube, but you might need a break from all the screen time. Music can be a simple and fun form of entertainment. All you have to do is kick back, relax and listen.

Quarantine might be boring, but these ‘70s and ‘80s rock songs are upbeat and fun. Photo courtesy of Live for Live Music.

Here are some songs perfect for quarantine:

“Don’t Stand So Close To Me” by The Police

This hit song was released by a British rock band in the 1980s. The song is about a schoolgirl who has a crush on her teacher. It became the best selling single of 1980 in the UK and won a 1981 Grammy for the Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, according to genius.com.

“Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol

“Dancing With Myself” was first released by Idol’s punk rock band, Gen X, in 1979. When he started his solo career in 1981, he remixed the song which became his first hit single, according to genius.com. This song has an ‘80s punk rock and new wave sound.

“Big Shot” by Billy Joel

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“Big Shot” was Billy Joel’s second hit single and was released in 1979. Joel wrote the song from the perspective of Mick Jagger as if he were speaking to his wife Bianca, according to songfacts.com. This song has a hard rock sound and is another great late ‘70s song.

“I Love Rock ‘N Roll” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

The song was written by Alan Merril and Jake Hooker but was covered by Jett and the Blackhearts. Jett’s cover reached the Billboard Hot 100 and became the number three song of 1982.

“Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper“Time After Time” was Lauper’s first number-one hit and was released in 1984. The song appeared on her debut album and remained on the Billboard Chart for 96 weeks, according to a Wall Street Journal article. This song is a slower soft rock ballad.