Need an 80s-inspired musical accompaniment for your next video or podcast? Tune into these top 20 80s inspired royalty-free music tracks.
The 80s was a time when computers and pop culture collided. Just as increasingly sophisticated technology brought about a whole new 80s graphic design aesthetic – featuring bold fonts, futuristic styles and neon colors – machines became more and more instrumental in making music. Cue the synth-heavy soundscapes, digital drum beats and 8-bit loops and samples that continue to reverb with listeners today.
From hair-raising perms to voluminous parachute pants, there’s no denying that the 80s was an eye-catching era. And that’s why – 30 years later – retro graphic design trends inspired by the decade are popping up everywhere, from movie posters and music flyers to TV shows and catwalks.
In addition, the decade’s signature sounds – from scorching guitar riffs to catchy synth lines – are also back in fashion. In fact, we identified retro audio as one of the biggest music trends on social media right now.
And it’s not just music that’s making a comeback. From the neon red title sequence of Stranger Things to Spielberg’s nostalgia-soaked Ready Player One, our small and big screens have been busy satisfying our appetite for all things 80s, too.
In order to remind today’s listeners of their childhoods and teenage years, multimedia-makers are revelling in an old-school audio vibe – from adding retro intros to podcasts and promotional content to giving YouTube videos and films shot with a smartphone an 80s-inspired soundtrack. You can even complete the nostalgia fest and channel an MTV aesthetic with eye-catching music video fonts that celebrate the colorful, questionably cool decade in all its glory.
While it’s been around for a while, with the rise DIY content creators, royalty-free music has started to become part of everyday vernacular.
Royalty-free music refers to the sort of music licensing that lets the purchaser pay for the music license only once, and then use that tune for as long as they want, for a range of different content. For example, if you’re creating a YouTube ad for your app, you’ll pay a single price for a piece of music, and be able to use it in the background of your video for as long as you want, whether you have one visitor or 100,000 visitors on your channel.
If you’re looking for great royalty-free music, Envato Elements is a great place to start. Sign up for a creative subscription to get access to thousands of premium, royalty-free audio tracks to use in your projects. All the tracks are expertly composed, high-quality audio files, across a range of genres.
Ready to go back to the 80s? Let’s dive in!
Kicking off our list of 80s offerings, this unapologetically energetic, electronic track pulses to a dynamic and anticipation-building beat.
If you’re putting together a music-backed montage then you have come to the right place. Thanks to its toe-tapping tempo, this relentlessly upbeat track has 80s inspo covered.
Prepare for some serious sci-fi action with this epic electronic track. Attention-grabbing beats and awesome synth riffs scream space exploration, cyborgs and star-gazing.
Buzzing with upbeat energy, this street-savvy synth arrangement channels a too-cool-for-school feel. Play it over skateboard or basketball footage for a sporting slam dunk.
Inviting listeners to grab something sequinned and sashay their way onto the dance floor, this catchy track is the audio equivalent of a mirror ball.
Intense beats and staccato synths create an edge-of-your-seat atmosphere. Use this spellbindingly sinister offering to give your audience a scare.
Bold beats lend this 115 BPM track from R-Production a cool confidence that really ramps up at 0.17. Expect an inspirational vibe that’s all about getting things done and kicking goals.
This short snippet is just a few seconds long, but has an instant impact as an intro or outro thanks to its shimmering sound that fades to silence.
Let the moment build with this retro video game-inspired track from -MARiAN-, which gradually ramps up the tension before really spinning out at 0.52.
Crunching keyboards and glitch effects combine to give a feeling of man-meets-machine menace. Short snatches of calm give your protagonist a moment to catch their breath, but otherwise this is one menacing, mayhem-inducing piece of music.
When it comes to motivational music, this going-for-gold track is all about superheroes overcoming adversity, screen-filling blockbuster action and epic sporting clashes.
Strutting to the sound of a synthesiser? Yes please. All our retro disco dreams come true with this get-the-party-started pop package, which features the full version, a range of mini versions and a 45-second loop.
Featuring several essential ingredients for an 80s music hit – like punchy toms and warm synths – AudioRocket’s decade-defining sound adds a hint of vintage VHS to today’s online videos and games.
Conjuring up images of Cadillacs cruising along surf coasts, this 80s music track serves up a lifestyle-driven dose of electronic nostalgia.
LumenMedia offers some computerized cool with this energetic, synth-heavy disco track.
For audio and visual projects in search of some synthpop, there’s this pulsing array of five different-length tracks.
Guaranteed to inspire some cheesy air-guitar action, this drum-thumping, guitar-wrangling stomper channels a Bon Jovi-meets-Van Halen sound. As the name suggests, this is a winning 80s-inspired track.
Cheesy? Maybe. But who can resist those rhythmic drums and the uplifting piano melody that kicks in at 1.45 – energizing and inspiring, this is pick-me-up pop at its best.
Immerse yourself in this moody power ballad with its soaring guitar solo and emotive female lead vocals.
Sunny synths give this retro recording from AlexanderVolosnikov a vacation vibe. You’ve got the music, now all you need are some vintage Ray-Ban.
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