10 ‘80s Hits that Should be Parenting Theme Songs


When I was 16, I had big hair and never left the house without my eyes plastered in blue eye shadow. My closet overflowed with stirrup pants in every conceivable color and I must have owned thirty shoulder pad-wielding blazers. No bare spots existed on my bedroom walls. They were covered ceiling to floor with posters of Jon Bon Jovi, Poison, and other rock gods. Care Bears and Cabbage Patch Kids sat in mounds on my bed, some wearing Walkmans around their ears, others dressed like Michael Jackson’s Thriller. This, my friends, was the ‘80s!

Everything about these glory days (YES they were) makes me want to fist pump the air and sway a lighter back and forth in the dark. If you were an ’80s teen, you know what I’m talking about.

You’ll also relate to these 10 ‘80s hits that should be parenting theme songs (make sure to click the links to get these stuck in your head!):

You Spin Me ‘Round

Think you were busy before kids? HA! You’ll feel like you’ve been thrown into the dryer on warp speed after you’ve had a few. It’s crazy. It’s non-stop. And it goes way beyond being spun like a record, baby.

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

No. Please. Don’t. Just let me sleep! Leave me hanging like a yo-yo! I’m okay with that…

Another One Bites the Dust

When that last child falls asleep, blast this song and get your freak on! Or just sit in silence and relish the moment.

Eye of the Tiger

This.Is.Our.Anthem! We are the Rockys of the playground. The champions of all things Lego. We traded our passions for temper tantrums. Just parents and our will to survive those 18 years.

Who Can it be Now?

Got teens? Then you already know that your front entrance is like a revolving door at Grand Central Station. If the door isn’t spinning, the phone is ringing, the Skype is calling, or the Snap Chat is pinging. Who can it be now, damn it?

We’re Not Gonna Take It

At some point, almost all of us will experience a rebellious child. You know what? We’re not gonna take it! We’re gonna put our feet down, stomp them hard, and say, “Go to your room! Now!”

All Night Long

Just had a baby? This is YOUR theme song! The nights are loooooong when you’re feeding a tiny human.

Let’s Go Crazy

If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve already gone crazy. So let your hair down, grab the kids, and really go crazy! Do the crazy shake! Bounce like Bubble Guppies. Hell, drink chocolate syrup directly from a bottle! Just have some fun.

Wind Beneath My Wings

This list would not be complete without the Wind Beneath My Wings. Parenting is hard. It’s THE hardest job on the planet. But those little ones mean everything. They are truly the wind beneath our wings.

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20 Responses to 10 ‘80s Hits that Should be Parenting Theme Songs

  1. Janine Huldie

    You totally described my 80s room to a tee! And a funny story, but we played Wham’s Wake Me Up Before You Go Go for Emma, who was colicky as an infant and will never quite forget how she seat in her hoppy pillow completely in the zen mode. Nothing quieted this kid, but somehow George Michael did. Go figure!! 🙂
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  2. Camesha

    This was a trip down memory lane. I kinda feel old. LOL! How is it that the 80’d weren’t just yesterday?!

    Now about those stirrup pants… I wanted some in every stinking color!
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  3. Kim

    Perfect descriptions of parenting through songs!! Love this!!
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  4. WriterMom Angela

    Can we add “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” because 1) they totally will anyway and 2) no matter how beat up we feel sometimes we’ve got this! 🙂

    Fantastic post. Love the description of your bedroom. We would’ve totally been BFF’s holding a lighter in the air, standing on our seats and screaming while Jon sang to us. *sigh*
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  5. Seana Turner

    I always enjoy your walk down musical- memory lane. I had forgotten about “Who Can It Be Now”? I still feel that way when the phone starts ringing at dinnertime. Answer: typically someone wanting money:)
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  6. NJ Rongner

    This is a great list and totally sums up my parenting experiences at this moment!
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  7. Wendy Hernandez

    HA! Loved this article. I am also a child of the 80s, and this post describes my life NOW to a “t.”

    I enjoyed it very much. Thank you!

  8. Katy @ Experienced Bad Mom

    Great decade, great hair, great songs that are our parenting soundtrack!
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  9. JenKehl - My Skewed View

    LOL! And you NEVER did one of my twisted mixtapes? You’re a natural!
    And I was exactly the same way in the 80’s. I even just wrote a post about John Cusack, because, duh.
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  10. There's Just One Mommy

    Thank you for a much needed laugh! You nailed this! Have to say, I loved the 80’s songs…
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  11. Michelle

    Haha – these are perfect!!
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  12. Danita @O Taste And See

    Too funny! and true…I miss the 80’s. My kids just don’t get it and I’m a little offended when people refer to “oldies” and they mean 80’s. When did that happen?
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  13. Jamie @Momma Without a Clue

    Great list! Don’t forget “Every Breath You Take” – since kids are always watching you lol

  14. Dawn at Momsanity

    I love this! My friends always say that I’m stuck in the ’80s with my musical tastes, and you know what? I’m damn proud of it! No joke on You Spin Me Right ‘Round, and I almost spit out my tea when I read Another One Bites the Dust!

    And the ’80s must be in the air and we all must be feeling really nostalgic, because my post this week is about the ’80s, too: what ’80s movies inadvertently taught me about parenthood. Ah, the ’80s. Best decade ever! Except when it came to my hair. 😉
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  15. Jennifer-Mommy Life After Ph.D.

    HA! Love these! So very true in SO many ways:)
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  16. Sarah Day

    This was a terrific list – thanks for letting me indulge in a little nostalgia! I’d add one more for listening to a teen’s rants – REM’s It’s the End of the World (as they know it…but I feel fine.)
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  17. Susie (The Esthetic Goddess)

    Lol! This is brilliant! Made me giggle this morning. Thanks!
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  18. Susan Maccarelli

    Haha! I am visiting from the SITS share today and had to read this one. I also read a share about how 80’s movies prepare you for parenting, which was really cute. I must be in an 80’s mood today. FUN!
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  19. Shauna @ Momma Candy

    Awesome. Of course, parenting is fun according to the 80s!

    Visiting from SITS!
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