New oldies: Hits from the ’80s become the new classics on radio stations nationwide

 File under the “I feel really old today” column:

From AP:

The music blaring from the speakers of a small pub on a recent Friday night seemed like typical oldies fare: Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” the 1970s tune “Disco Lady” and the 1950s surf instrumental “Tequila.” Then, “Karma Chameleon” — the 1983 hit by Culture Club — came on.

The music was from WCBS-FM, a New York-based station that used to rely on songs from the ’60s and ’70s, and occasionally, the ’50s. Now, like similar stations around the country, WCBS has deemed music from the ’80s as the new oldies.

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