Through The Decades: The Eighties : World Cafe Coming out of punk, New Wave and the early days of hip-hop, musicians like Prince, Talking Heads, The Smiths, The Cure, Madonna, Public Enemy, Whitney Houston and more delivered timeless classics.

Through The Decades: The Eighties

Prince performs live at the Fabulous Forum in February 1985 in Inglewood, California. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Prince performs live at the Fabulous Forum in February 1985 in Inglewood, California.

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When it comes to the music of the '80s, there's many genres that flourished throughout the decade. Coming out of punk, New Wave and the early days of hip-hop, musicians like Prince, Talking Heads, The Smiths, The Cure, Madonna, Public Enemy, Whitney Houston and more delivered some timeless classics. Our "Through The Decades: The Eighties" playlist is best enjoyed on shuffle — to experience the full range of musical diversity: