Takeover Tuesday Playlist: Plain White T's Tribute the '80s With Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson & More

Plain White T's
Zander Lane

Plain White T's

Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week, Billboard taps chart-topping artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free rein to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.

Plain White T's released their eighth album, Parallel Universe, on Aug. 24th, and along with it came 14 new sleek, synth-infused '80s-inspired tunes to bop to for days. The album is a welcome departure from the instrumental-heavy alternative rock that the band delivered on 2015's American Nights, and sees a stark contrast in style to their hit single "Hey There Delilah," which shot them to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in 2007. 

Parallel Universe ushers in a new era for the Plain White T's, one that's influenced by some of the greatest songs to come out of the '80s. The group's frontman Tom Higgenson put together a specially curated playlist of favorite songs from the memorable decade helped shape PWT's latest set of tunes.

“On the new album Parallel Universe we wanted to carve out a sound that felt like the past and the future colliding, making something fresh and unique! Posing the question: Was the album made in a future version of the '80s, or an '80s version of the future?" Higgenson says. "Ha, as you ponder what that sentence even means, enjoy this playlist of what we think are some of the greatest songs from the '80s, along with a few of the most 80’s-inspired songs from our new album.”

The playlist features a medley of 15 tracks that feature Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Prince, and other iconic artists, in addition to four songs selected from the band's newest album that were heavily influenced by the decade.

Go back in time with PWTs' playlist below.


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