80s/70s Songs Stand Out In 'American Horror Story: 1984'

Remember that single from Frank Stallone???

October 17, 2019

(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for FX)


American Horror Story: 1984 is featuring lots of great hits from the 80s (and a few from the 70s).

In addition to the singles, the horror anthology (which finds itself emulating the 80s slasher flicks this time around) also includes a score that sounds like it could have easily been composed by John Carpenter after he finished composing the score for Halloween. It's eerily reminiscent of the music from films like Halloween, Friday the 13th, and the rest.

But it's the great retro songs we love hearing, and the show puts them front and center.

Episode 7: The Lady In White

1. Buttons and Bows- Dinah Shore (1947)

We're really flashing back in tonight's episode, and what better way to establish the year 1948 and Camp Golden Star than with one of the most popular tunes of the year. 

2. Armageddon It- Def Leppard (1987)

Def Leppard provide the perfect aural anthem for 1980s roller rinks. 

3. Poison- Alice Cooper (1997)

Okay...so it didn't debut until around 10 years after the events taking place in the show, but it's the perfect song for the show (so we can forgive them)! 

4. Too Shy- Kajagoogoo (1983)

Lihmal shows up to perform at Camp Redwood and so does 'Too Shy'!

Episode 6: Episode 100

1. Flesh For Fantasy- Billy Idol (1983)

The episode proves that Billy Idol IS the true musical voice of American Horror Story: 1984

"Idol only plays one way...full throttle," is uttered by Richard Ramirez as the episode begins and he is confronted by an angry motel guest wanting his music lowered. 

2. Paranoid- Black Sabbath (1970)

The song accompanies a murderous rampage by The Night Stalker. 

3. Can't Fight This Feeling- REO Speedwagon (1984)

An appropriate song for Mr. Jingles as he avoids murderous impulses. 

4. Home Sweet Home- Motley Crüe (1985)

In 1989, a photographer discovers Montana sunning on the Camp Redwood dock while listening to the Crüe. 

5. How Soon Is Now- The Smiths (1985)

The song plays out as Mr. Jingles is dealt with an unexpected, and deadly, blow. 

Episode 5: Red Dawn

1. Love Don't Live Here Anymore- Rose Royce (1978)

As the episode begins, this late 70s tune can be heard coming from the speakers of a car radio.

2. Knock On Wood- Amii Stewart (1979)

A gruesome flashback is accompanied by Amii Stewart's disco classic. 

3. Blue Highway- Billy Idol (1983)

Billy Idol is back once again to close out this episode with "Blue Highway". 

Episode 4: True Killers

1. Rebel Yell- Billy Idol (1983)

The episode begins with a flashback to Montana leading an all-male aerobics class and getting a very special visitor who appears to be a big Billy Idol fan. 

2. Leather and Lace- Stevie Nicks & Don Henley (1981)

A meeting of two old acquaintances in the mess hall is accompanied by this tune from AHS favorite Stevie Nicks' Bella Donna album. 

Episode 3: Slashdance

1. If You Leave Me Now- Chicago (1976)

Hopping back another decade for a Chicago classic to play on a car radio as one Nurse Rita becomes another. 

2. Maneater- Daryl Hall and John Oates (1982)

The transformation is complete to the strains of this Hall & Oates classic.

3. Stroke Me- Billy Squier (1981)

"Stroke Me" is heard in a flashback to Ray and his frat's disastrous Hell Week. 

Episode 2: Mr. Jingles

Four songs, with one of them from the last year of the 70s, found their way into this week's episode. 

1. White Wedding- Billy Idol (1982)

In a flashback to "last summer," Billy Idol's "White Wedding" couldn't have been a more appropriate accompaniment to Brooke's wedding horror show! 

2. Jeopardy- Greg Kihn Band (1983)

A darkened all-male shower scene found a murder and the song "Jeopardy," by The Greg Kihn Band. 

3. Jump- The Pointer Sisters (1984)

An extremely gruesome murder(?) kicks off "Jump" by The Pointer Sisters, which then segues onto the everpresent boombox as another potential murder is about to transpire. 

4. Rise- Herb Alpert (1979)

The classic instrumental from trumpeter and band leader Herb Alpert serves as background music at the formation of an unlikely alliance between camp owner Margaret and Richard Ramirez, The Night Stalker. 

Episode 1: Camp Redwood

This week's episode featured 5 songs that undoubtedly had you singing along.

1. Far From Over- Frank Stallone (1983)

From the Saturday Night Fever sequel Staying Alive (1983), it was the only "hit" for Sylvester's younger brother Frank. Incidentally, Sylvester Stallone was the director of the film. 

2. Cruel Summer- Bananarama (1984)

A nice foreshadowing of what the summer of '84 will entail for the Camp Redwood campers and staff. 

3. Somebody's Watching Me- Rockwell (1984)

It's the ultimate anthem of paranoia, and a perfect fit for AHS: 1984

4. Photograph- Def Leppard (1983)

It the perfect song for road trippin' and it's blasted on the speakers of the campers' multi-colored van until the song...and the van...come to a screeching halt when they happen upon something unexpected on the road. 

5. Private Eyes- Daryl Hall and John Oates (1981)

Emanating from the campers' boombox, it serves for the "big" arrival of Matthew Morrison's camp activities director, Trevor.