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Totally Awesome '80s

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Although it might not look the part, Totally Awesome '80s is a legitimate compilation that consists of original recordings. It contains a rather arbitrary assortment of rock hits from across the decade and is heavier on selections from 1984-1986. Among the inclusions are the Kinks' "Come Dancing," Bangles' "Walk Like an Egyptian," Timbuk 3's "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades," Tears for Fears' "Head Over Heels," and Pretenders' "Back on the Chain Gang." Dozens of other compilations cover similar ground and feature better presentation, but this is a cheap way to obtain a chunk of popular singles from the era.

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