Staff Picks: 80s Throwback Jams

In celebration of the release of our latest compilation to the Ministry of Sound family, the staff at MoS HQ have selected their top 10 favourite throwback jams of the 80s. Throw the Walkman on and pump up the volume to these certified classics.


10. Salt-N-Pepa - Push It

Originally released as a B-side to Tramp in 1987, it wasn't long before everyone picked up on this absolute jam. Push It charted in the top 10 in over 10 countries and was later nominated for a Grammy award. Salt-N-Pepa became the first female rap act to go gold or platinum.

9. New Order - Blue Monday

The release of Blue Monday was a pivotal moment in electronic music as it became the biggest selling 12" single of all time and has been labelled as the "Link between Seventies disco and the dance/house boom that took off at the end of the 80s (BBC)". Featuring an immediately recognisable baseline, Blue Monday is one of electronic music's finest throwbacks.

8. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full

Featuring some incredibly underrated wordplay from Rakim, it wasn't until the track was remixed by Coldcut that it started to gain some serious attention. Their Paid In Full album has been dubbed as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.

7. M/A/R/R/S - Pump Up The Volume

Pump Up The Volume is the only single from M/A/R/R/S, however it left a legendary impressions with its unique sampling at a time when house music was starting to dominate.

6. Black Box - Ride On Time

One of our favourites at MOS HQ, Ride On Time was one of the first primary example of Italo-House.

5. The Beastie Boys - (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)

If there has ever been a song that has remained relevant to life for almost 30 years, it is this. The Beastie Boys have created something that is ultimately timeless.

4. 808 State – Pacific State

Pacific State wasn't the most commercially successful track, however it proved to be a complete game changer, using sounds and samples like never before. "The genius of Graham Massey and his Manchester raveheads was to take the standard building blocks of techno and house, before twisting and molding them into something else entirely." (NME)

3. Indeep – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life

One hit wonder alert….nonetheless it's one of the funkiest tracks you'll ever hear.

2. Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body (The House Music Anthem)

If you're after a classic house track, look no further. With one of the most infectious piano melodies and an irresistible bassline, it is no wonder why the track is titled 'the house music anthem.'

1. N.W.A – Express Yourself

One of the greatest tracks in the history of hip-hop and our favourite throwback jam of all. Although they always had a lot to say, if you're going to take any advice from N.W.A then always remember to Express Yourself.