Posted by Alana T.
Freegal has expanded it's offerings and now offers 3 hours of free streaming per day. In addition to your 3 downloads per week, you are allowed three hours of streaming. You can create your own playlists, or choose from one of Freegal's lists. I have to admit I was a bit under-enthused by Freegal's lists (I listened to 80's, 80's Metal, Country, Broadway & One Hit Wonders), but they do give you a few options to try something new. I wish there were more lists dedicated to world music, especially since this is one of Freegal's strengths. One benefit of the streaming is that you can listen to an entire song before deciding whether to download.
In any case, I thought I would look for some selections from the 80s, specifically 1984, 30 years ago! Of course, with Freegal, coverage is spotty, but there are some interesting options, along with a few of the, now classic, hits.
In the heyday of the cola wars, Michael Jackson made headlines when his hair caught on fire during the taping of a Pepsi commercial loaded with pyrotechnics. He was recording the song Thriller. The entire album came out later that year and the rest is history. Relive the experience by downloading the album.
Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual whole album available
1984 was also a year for amazing movies. Since we're focusing on music here, I'll only mention two soundtracks - Ghostbusters and Footloose - available in their entirety for download. Lots of 80's gems here; download the whole thing or just your favs.
Two musical women made waves with their clothing choices in 1984 and influenced thousands of young women (and quite a few men) to wear multiple necklaces, layers of skirts, lace in odd places and messy hair. Madonna and Cyndi Lauper released their debut albums, Like a Virgin and She's So Unusual, respectively and the world was never the same. Sadly, nothing from Madonna is available on Freegal, but you can download all of Cyndi's iconic album and dance the night away.