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Kylie, Sam Smith on Sounds of the 80s album

Contemporary artists cover 80s classics for new collection.

Sounds of the 80s

Sounds of the 80s, released 10th November 2014, is a new collaboration between Radio 2 and Warner Music which celebrates the biggest hits of the decade with new versions recorded by current chart acts.

Artists on the album include Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, London Grammar, Olly Murs and Kylie Minogue. All of the tracks are exclusive to the album and haven’t been released anywhere else.

Talking about taking part in the album Kylie Minogue says, “I have always loved ‘Bette Davis Eyes’, by Kim Carnes. It marks a point in time for me as a young teenager in Australia, crazy about pop music. What a thrill to cover this amazing and seminal song.”

Sounds of the 80s shares the same name as Sara Cox’s BBC Radio 2 which has been playing selections from it over the past few weeks.

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Sara Cox says, “On Saturday nights we bring you a big 80s disco – all the best music from the best decade and with this album we do that but with a big exciting twist – all your favorite artists putting their own spin on 80s classics. I mean, Sam Smith covering Whitney? It was meant to be.”

The full tracklisting for the release is:

CD 1

Sam Smith- How Will I Know (Whitney Houston)
Ed Sheeran -Atlantic City (Bruce Springsteen)
The Script- Drive (The Cars)
Christina Perri- If I Could Turn Back Time (Cher)
Passenger- Romeo & Juliet (Dire Straits)
Birdy-Lucky Star (Madonna)
Rumer -Arthur’s Theme (The Best That I Can Do) (Christopher Cross)
Chrissie Hynde-Every Day Is Like Sunday (Morrissey)
Dido- Smalltown Boy (Bronski Beat)
Katie Melua -Wonderful Life (Black)
Amy MacDonald- Waiting For A Star To Fall (Boy Meets Girl)
Caro Emerald -Walk Like An Egyptian (The Bangles)
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott -Caravan of Love (Isley Jasper Isley/ The Housemartins)
The Shires- Islands In the Stream(Kenny Rodgers & Dolly Parton)
Train -Holding Back the Years (Simply Red)
Level 42-Need You Tonight (INXS)
Kaiser Chiefs-Should I Stay Or Should I Go (The Clash)
Manic Street Preachers -Start Me Up (The Rolling Stones)

CD 2

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Olly Murs-Let’s Groove (Earth Wind & Fire)
Kylie Minogue- Bette Davis Eyes ( Kim Carnes)
Dolly Parton Feat Richie Sambora Lay Your Hands On Me ( Bon Jovi)
James Blunt- I Guess That’s Why they Call It the Blues (Elton John)
London Grammar-Wicked Game (Chris Isaak)
Will Young- Teardrops (Womack & Womack)
Shane Filan-True Colours (Cyndi Lauper)
Texas- Don’t Talk To Me About Love (Altered Images)
Millers Daughter- Head Over Heels (Tears For Fears)
The Pierces- Don’t Give Up (Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush)
Ward Thomas -Man In The Mirror( Michael Jackson)
Boyzone -The Whole of the Moon (The Waterboys)
Kian Egan- Run To You (Bryan Adams)
Jermain Jackman- I Want To Know What Love Is (Foreigner)
Si Cranstoun -Tell Her About It (Billy Joel)
Overtones -Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (Wham!)
Lisa Stansfield -You’re the Best Thing (The Style Council)
Gabrielle Aplin-That’s All (Genesis)
Sophie Ellis-Bextor-True Faith (New Order)

You can test your 80s knowledge by playing the Sounds of the 80s quiz at


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