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)
Songwriter(s) Calvin Harris
Producer(s) Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris singles chronology
"Acceptable in the 80s"
"The Girls"
"Acceptable in the 80s"
"The Girls"

"Acceptable in the 80s" is the debut single by Scottish electronic musician 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 #10 position on the UK Singles Chart.


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 to the 1980s, including the stereotypical large hairstyles and bright dayglo colours. It also features scientists dissecting a sock puppet of what appears to be a genet, the products of which are used by a hair stylist and a TV chef, and to heal a grazed knee.

In other media[edit]

This song is extensively used as the theme song for the Patreon-funded video podcast OSW Review.

The song is used in the bowling mini-game of Xbox 360 video game Kinect Sports.

The song is featured in a dancing mini-game in Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party.

Track listing[edit]

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


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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