Acceptable in the 80s

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"Acceptable in the 80s"
Single by Calvin Harris
from the album I Created Disco
  • "This Is The Industry"
  • "Love for You"
Released 11 December 2006
Recorded 2006
  • 5:34 (album version)
  • 3:31 (radio edit)
Writer(s) Calvin Harris
Producer(s) Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris singles chronology
"Acceptable in the 80s"
"The Girls"

"Acceptable in the 80s" is the debut single by Scottish recording artist Calvin Harris. It was released as the lead single from Harris' debut studio album, I Created Disco (2007), on 11 December 2006. The song became Harris' first hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at the number 10 position on the UK Singles Chart.

The professional wrestling video podcast OSW Review uses this song and variations on it for its introduction.


The song is in the key of E minor, with a tempo of 128bpm. It samples the song "Shake It" by David Bowie.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Woof Wan-Bau, features many references of the time; the stereotypical large hairstyles, bright dayglo colours and bizarrely, scientists dissecting a sock puppet that appears to be an otter, products of which are used by a hair stylist, TV chef, and to heal a grazed knee.

Track listing[edit]

10" (FLYEYE 001)
No. Title Length
1. "Acceptable In The 80s"   5:33
2. "This Is The Industry"   3:36

12" (FLYEYE 003)
No. Title Length
1. "Acceptable In The 80s" (Tom Neville Remix) 7:16
2. "Acceptable In The 80s"   5:33
3. "Acceptable In The 80s" (Glimmers Remix) 5:58

Maxi CD (FLYEYE 004)
No. Title Length
1. "Acceptable In The 80s" (Radio Edit) 3:31
2. "Love For You"   3:49
3. "Acceptable In The 80s"   5:33
4. "Acceptable In The 80s" (Tom Neville Remix) 7:16


Chart (2007–08) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1] 97
Denmark (Tracklisten)[2] 14
Germany (Official German Charts)[3] 30
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 30
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[5] 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 10


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