Back to the 80s (song)

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"Back to the 80s"
Back to the 80's (Aqua aingle - cover art).jpg
Single by Aqua
from the album Greatest Hits
Released25 May 2009
RecordedElektron Studio
Songwriter(s)Søren Rasted, Claus Norreen
Producer(s)Søren Rasted
Aqua singles chronology
"We Belong to the Sea"
"Back to the 80s"
"My Mamma Said"
"We Belong to the Sea"
"Back to the 80s"
"My Mamma Said"

"Back to the 80s" is a song by Norwegian/Danish band Aqua. The song was written by members Søren Rasted, Claus Norreen, and produced by Rasted, for their second greatest hits album (2009). "Back to the 80s" was Aqua's first single in eight years, following the release of the 2001 single "We Belong to the Sea".

"Back to the 80s" was released on 25 May 2009 as the lead single from Greatest Hits.

Background and composition[edit]

The track name checks a number of 1980s icons, such as Ronald Reagan, orbital satellites, skinny leather ties, Don Johnson, Miami Vice, M&M's, Michael Jackson, Commodore 64s, Soap, Rocky, Cherry Coke, Mr. T, Twisted Sister, MTV, Iron Maiden, 7 Up, Bananarama, The Breakfast Club, Huey Lewis, Top Gun, shoulder pads, David Hasselhoff, glam metal, Bill Cosby, the Rubik's Cube, Dynasty, Moon Boots, Devo, Bubble Curls, Poltergeist, Barbie (alluding to Aqua's signature song "Barbie Girl" from 1997), and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Upon international release of the single, the group decided to change the line "When M&M was just a snack and Michael Jackson's skin was black" from the original Danish release to "When M&M was just a snack and Arnie told us I'll be back". They decided on this, out of respect to Jackson, who died only a month after the single was released.[1]

The song was released as a CD single in France on 9 November 2009. France is the only country receiving a CD release of "Back to the 80s", including the original song and two additional remixes.[2]

Music video[edit]

In mid-May it was announced that a video was being made. Due to a lengthy post-production process, the video didn't hit the internet until 10 June 2009. The video features the group in front of a variety of green screen created backgrounds, dressed in 1980s rocker fashions. The video is presented in "Aquascope", returning to the Aquarium-era tradition.

Chart performance[edit]

"Back to the 80s" debuted on 5 June 2009 at number one on both the Danish Singles Chart and Airplay Chart. It claimed the mark for most weekly plays on Danish radio with 585.[3] In Norway it debuted at number 8 on the official Norwegian Singles Chart. The single spent six weeks at No. 1 in Denmark and peaked at No. 3 in Norway and at No. 25 in Sweden.

Track listing[edit]

Danish / UK CD promo[4]
1."Back to the 80s"3:44
French CD single[5]
No.TitleRemixed byLength
1."Back to the 80s" (Radio Edit) 3:44
2."Back to the 80s" ((D.J Tool's) Remix 2009)René Dif, Michael Parsberg5:28
3."Back to the 80s" (Fugitive's Retro Mastermix)Kenny Hayes5:26
UK digital download[6]
No.TitleRemixed byLength
1."Back to the 80s" 3:46
2."Back to the 80s" (Fugitive's Retro Mestermix)Kenny Hayes5:26
Australian digital Download[7]


1. "Back To The 80s" 3:47
2. "Back To The 80s" (Extended Version) 6:37
3. "Back To The 80s" (Remix) 6:32

Charts and certifications[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]


  1. ^ Aqua retter i teksten, 14 August 2009
  2. ^ "Back To The 80s gets a CD release in France". Archived from the original on 2010-10-31. Retrieved 2009-11-09.
  3. ^ Strøyer, Rasmus (10 June 2009). "Alle elsker Aqua" (in Danish). DR. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  4. ^ Aqua - Back To The 80s (CD, Single, Promo) at Discogs
  5. ^ Aqua - Back To The 80s (CD, Single) at Discogs
  6. ^ Aqua - Back To The 80s MP3 Downloads - 7digital Archived 2010-01-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Back To The 80's (2009) | Aqua | High Quality Music Downloads | zdigital Australia, 2017-10-09, retrieved 2018-09-05
  8. ^ " – Aqua – Back to the 80's". Tracklisten.
  9. ^ "Airplay Top-20 – Uge 26 - 2009". Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Bit Track Top-20 – Uge 33 - 2009". Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Back To The 80's - Aqua (Danish Digital Songs chart history)". Billboard Biz. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  12. ^ "Ringtoner Top-10 – Uge 26 - 2009". Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  13. ^ " – Aqua – Back to the 80's" (in French). Les classement single.
  14. ^ " – Aqua – Back to the 80's". VG-lista.
  15. ^ "Back To The 80's - Aqua (Norway Digital Songs chart history)". Billboard Biz. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  16. ^ "DigiListan 2009-08-02" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  17. ^ " – Aqua – Back to the 80's". Singles Top 100.
  18. ^ "Danish single certifications – Aqua – Back to the 80's". IFPI Denmark. Click on næste to go to page 33 if certification is from the official website.
  19. ^ "IFPI Norsk platebransje Trofeer 1993–2011" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway.

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