The Best 80s Podcasts To Listen To Right Now!
By Mark Nobes
If you're a fan of the 80s (as you're currently on an 80s website, my guess is that you are!), then you're going to love my pick of the very best podcasts which, like myself, are obsessed with the greatest decade ever. They cover a wide range of subjects, from Adam Ant to Psycho II, so there is definitely something for everyone here.
You can listen to them all for free on Amazon Audible (via the picture links - no subscription required) and on Spotify or Apple Podcasts using the button links. So why not take a listen to a few of them right now? Make sure you follow your favourites to receive the latest episodes.
The 80s Rewind Show
After recently being contacted by Rob 'the face for radio' Burgess, who kindly informed me of his new UK-based podcast, The 80s Rewind Show, which I was eager to take a listen to.
Well, I'm so glad I did, because Robbie's show is just brilliant. There's no doubt that his passion for the great decade really shines through, as you listen to him in engaging conversations with some much-loved 80s pop stars.
This is definitely my top choice, and the podcast has already reached over 1000 downloads and streams. Being a relative newcomer to the scene, Robbie needs all the support he can get, so go take a listen - you won't be disappointed.
Two Dollar Late Fee
If you're a fan of 80s movies and/or pro wrestling, then you definitely need to check out Two Dollar Late Fee, hosted by 80s ninjas, Zak and Dustin. The podcast has recently become a weekly show, with a new episode every Sunday. It features celebrity interviews, soundtracks and nostalgia, and there is also a regular Territory Marks episode, which focuses on the glory days of pro wrestling.
Recent episodes include a fantastic interview with actor Brian Thompson (Cobra/The Terminator) and a feature on the underrated song "Angel of the City" by Robert Tepper, from the Sylvester Stallone movie Cobra.
The podcast also features interviews with major movie soundtrack composers, which, so far, has included Craig Safan (The Last Starfighter), Brad Fieldel (The Terminator) and Vince DiCola (Rocky IV), to name but a few.
Living in the 80s
Produced by Rob Fraught, this well-established podcast from the U.S. recently produced its landmark 100th episode. It features just about everything from the 1980s, with memories galore and many special guests. They actually interviewed Robbie Burgess (see his podcast at the top of the page) back in August 2022, who discussed what it was like growing up in the 80s in the UK.
Subjects they have covered so far include Live Aid, Stranger Things, 80s Summertime Blockbusters, Our Favourite 80s Video Games, Heartthrobs, Love Songs and a whole lot more.
This one is certainly not short of variety, so you definitely need to take a listen.
Acceptable in the 80s
Okay, so with its regular use of the "C" and "F" word, this might not be to everyone's taste, but I found it a hoot! Bursting with nostalgia-fuelled humour from Kunt and the Gang, with his mate of 40 years, Roy, each episode looks back at what happened in a month from the 80s. So, for instance, the Sept 23rd 2022 episode looks back at Sept 1982.
The 80's Montage
Since July 2019, the two crazy Aussies, Jay Jovi and Sammy Hardon (from Melbourne) have been discussing everything 80s, including movies, music, TV shows, ads and toys, and also growing-up in the decade.
There is regular use of the "F" word, but despite the humour, there are also some pretty serious, in-depth discussions, which gives a very nice balance. The latest 2022 episode takes a look back at the John Hughes classic The Breakfast Club, and it's a particularly good one. Visit The 80s Montage Website
Neon Braniacs (80s Horror Podcast)
Ben, Gregg and Lance discuss not only the biggest 80s horror movie blockbusters, but also the more obscure releases in this totally excellent podcast, which started back in September 2017. There are several episodes each month, and occasionally they go back to the 70s and 90s, as in the Oct 5 2022 broadcast featuring the 1974 movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Other movies reviewed include Cheerleader Camp, Pyscho II, Jaws; The Revenge, and The Thing.
There is the occasional use of the "F" word, but with plenty of humour. If you're an 80s horror fan, then this podcast is essential listening! Sadly, this one is not available on Amazon Audible. Neon Braniacs website
Brain Rot - An 80s Horror Podcast
Staying with the horror theme, Stevie Webb and a different guest in each episode delve into the world of the best worst horror films of the 80s and 90s, on their Brain Rot podcast. Recently they have reviewed Waxwork, The Incubus, Ghoulies, Blood Theatre and The Lair of the White Worm.
This podcast is perfect for discovering those old horror flicks you may have completely forgotten about or even never heard of. It takes me back to a time when I would pop down to the local VHS rental store on a weekday evening and browse through the horror section. How I miss those days!
Starting back in May 2019, this well-established, US-based podcast Everything 80s (presented by Jamie Logie and Curioscast), covers a wide range of subjects, including video games and consoles, cartoons, VHS, movies, toys and music. In one of their more recent episodes, they discussed "15 classic albums that just turned 40". Each episode is last for around half an hour, so it's short and sweet, but ideal for those of you with less time on your hands.
In one of their more recent episodes, they discussed "15 classic albums that just turned 40". Each episode is last for around half an hour, so it's short and sweet, but ideal for those of you with less time on your hands.
Rediscover the 80s
Rediscover the 80s is one of the longest-running podcasts, which celebrates 1980s pop culture, and started back in May 2013. In each episode, US-based Jason Gross and his friend Wyatt, randomly choose from a list of topics, which means each episode is totally unscripted, making for a really interesting listen. Subjects include obscure TV shows, films and cartoons, and a regular feature 'Rank 'em', features Top 5 lists.
This musical podcast resurrects the best 80s indie, punk, post-punk, college, new wave and modern rock music, featuring quality bands such as Psychedelic Furs, The Cure, Siouxsie & The Banshees and Simple Minds - definitely no Stock/Aitken/Waterman! Although the main focus is on the music, there is also some engaging chat in-between tracks, and as I write, the podcast has produced 115 episodes.
Around the World in 80s Movies
Vince Leo gives a 30-40 minute in-depth analysis of films from the 1980s, many of which you may have never watched or even heard of, so this 4-year-old podcast will certainly help you to discover those films you may have missed growing up back then. Recent movies include Blow Out (1981), Dressed To Kill (1980) and Bates Motel (1987).
I love everything about this podcast, from its creative title to the straightforward, in-depth analysis of each film. There's no fluff or silliness, so if humour is your thing, I would look elsewhere. Around the World website
Stuck in the 80s
This award-winning Stuck in the 80s podcast by Steve Spears and Brad Williams pays homage to the music, movies, TV and pop songs from the 1980s. They also interview the stars from the decade, and have already had an egaging chat with Midge Ure, Cyndi Lauper, Huey Lewis, Steve Perry, and many more besides.
It actually to me an age to scroll back through every episode, as the first one was streamed way back in July 2005, making it the longest-running podcast on this page!
Despite its spooky title, Laser Graves is not actually dedicated to just horror (although there is quite a lot of it), and actually covers a whole range of rad stuff from the 80s. Maria Rose and E. K. Wimmer produce the podcast on a weekly basis, and have recently covered the 1985 classic Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and the overlooked slasher movie Strange Behaviour (also know as Dead Kids).
As of October 2022, the duo have produced 145 episodes and started back in October 2019, reviewing The Adventures of a 2-Minute Werewolf, which is a movie I definitely need to see!
Being both entertaining and informative, 1980s Now is a weekly U.S. podcast which examines the importance of 80s pop culture and its influences. The hosts sharing their own personal experiences, and also interviewing some icons from the decade.
There is plenty of humour, making for an entertaining listen, and the most recent 180th episode covered the best 80s movie songs. The very first episode was in June 2019, so it's now pretty well-established.