’80s in the 8th

'80s in the 8th at Yankee StadiumThe Yankees added a new entertainment feature to their home games in the Stadium in 2019, and it’s back for 2021. It’s ’80s in the 8th, in which they play a 1980s song and fans let their freak flag fly, dancin’ to the tunes, in the middle of the eighth inning. These are YouTube links to most of the songs.

04/01/21 You Give Love a Bad Name Bon Jovi
04/03/21 Don’t You Want Me The Human League
04/04/21 The Power of Love Huey Lewis & The News
04/05/21 Heaven Is a Place on Earth Belinda Carlisle
04/06/21 You Got It (The Right Stuff) New Kids on the Block
04/07/21 I Wanna Rock Twisted Sister
04/16/21 Uptown Girl Billy Joel
04/17/21 Never Gonna Give You Up Rick Astley
04/18/21 Your Love The Outfield
04/20/21 Here I Go Again Whitesnake
04/21/21 1999 Prince
04/30/21 The Moment of Truth Survivor

05/01/21 Let’s Go Crazy Prince
05/02/21 Rock Me Amadeus Falco
05/04/21 (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) Beastie Boys
05/05/21 Mony Mony Billy Idol
05/06/21 We’re Not Gonna Take It Twisted Sister
05/07/21 Pump Up the Jam Technotronic
05/09/21 I Wanna Dance With Somebody Whitney Houston

3/28 Opening Day Whip It! Devo
3/30 Cum On Feel The Noize Quiet Riot

4/1 Foolin’ Def Leppard
4/2 Separate Ways Journey
4/3 Hangin’ Tough New Kids on the Block
4/13 Candy Girl New Edition
4/14 Panama Van Halen
4/16 Together Forever Rick Astley
4/17 Heaven Is a Place on Earth Belinda Carlisle
4/18 I Wanna Rock Twisted Sister
4/19 I’m So Excited Pointer Sisters
4/20 Hey Mickey Toni Basil
4/21 Desire U2

5/3 I Think We’re Alone Now Tiffany
5/4 (Note Star Wars Day)
5/6 Opposites Attract Paula Abdul
5/7 Here I Go Again White Snake
5/8 Walk Like an Egyptian The Bangles
5/9 I Wanna Dance With Somebody Whitney Houston
5/15 It Takes Two Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock (makeup of 5/13)
5/15 Your Love The Outfield
5/18 Tainted Love Soft Cell
5/19 Dancing on the Ceiling Lionel Richie
5/27 Living in America James Brown
5/28 Mony Mony Billy Idol
5/29 Footloose Kenny Loggins
5/31 We Built This City Jefferson Starship

6/2 Kickstart My Heart Motley Crüe
6/11 Game 1 Karma Chameleon Culture Club
6/11 Game 2 You Give Love a Bad Name Bon Jovi
6/17 Dreams Fleetwood Mac
6/18 All Night Long Lionel Richie
6/20 Burnin’ for You Blue Oyster Cult
6/21 I Wanna Dance With Somebody Whitney Houston
6/22 Rhythm of the Night DeBarge
6/23 Glory Days Bruce Springsteen
6/24 Love Shack The B-52s
6/26 London Calling The Clash

7/12 Stand Back Stevie Nicks
7/13 Let the Music Play Shannon
7/14 I’m Your Man Wham
7/15 Let’s Go Crazy Prince
7/16 Eye of the Tiger Survivor
7/18 Game 1 You Spin Me Round Dead or Alive
7/18 Game 2 Just a Friend Biz Markie
7/19 Ghostbusters Ray Parker Jr.
7/20 The Heat Is On Glenn Frey
7/30 I Wanna Rock Twisted Sister
7/31 Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) Eurythmics

8/2 Take Me Home Tonight Eddie Money
8/3 Game 1 Into the Groove Madonna
8/3 Game 2 Pour Some Sugar on Me Def Leppard
8/4 When I Think of You Janet Jackson
8/12 Game 1 Girls Just Want to Have Fun Cyndi Lauper
8/12 Game 2 Bust a Move Young MC
8/13 Part-Time Lover Stevie Wonder
8/14 Smalltown Boy Bronski Beat
8/15 Dancin’ in the Dark Bruce Springsteen
8/16 Material Girl Madonna
8/17 You Make My Dreams Hall & Oates
8/18 867-5309/Jenny Tommy Tutone
8/30 We’re Not Gonna Take It Twisted Sister

9/1 Hungry Like the Wolf Duran Duran
9/3 Uptown Girl Billy Joel
9/4 Electric Boogie (The Electric Slide) Marcia Griffiths
9/19 The Power of Love Huey Lewis & The News
9/22 The Final Countdown Europe

10/4 Never Gonna Give You Up Rick Astley
10/5 All Night Long Lionel Richie
10/15 We’re Not Gonna Take It Twisted Sister
10/17 You Give Love a Bad Name Bon Jovi
10/18 Don’t Stop Believing Journey

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