While listening to Style by Taylor Swift I can’t help but think that the initial guitar riff and the beat sound like a song from the 80’s but can’t recall which one.

Or... maybe it's just me being deceived either by a clever algorithm to create "original" music, or an artist making arrangements highly influenced by songs of that period. By the way the album is called 1989.

  • I have been racking my brain- I have had the same question for months now... Everytime style comes on I expect it to be another song- with a male lead singer but I don't know which one. I feel '80's era maybe around Miami Vice? I have listened to Peter Gabriel and that is not quite it. Any other options? – user1802 Jan 30 '16 at 6:42
  • Her wildest dreams song sounds exactly like American money by Borns – user2530 Jun 26 '16 at 18:23
  • Robyn - With Everyhearbeat the Intro same style – user2816 Aug 24 '16 at 2:01
  • No its sounds like Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody – Bre May 25 '17 at 12:09

This is a subjective question, and obviously the song is deliberately intended as a general tribute to the sound of an earlier era (note the core lyric "we never go out of style"). But the song it most brings to mind for me is Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" from the 1989 movie "Say Anything." It's not a perfect match by any means, but there's a similar groove.

Lyrically speaking, there's a potential callback to the 1989 hit "Rock On," but there's not as much of a auditory resemblance there.


When I heard it, I had a similar reaction (though, it goes in a slightly different direction) The Who Eminence Front https://youtu.be/5HTVMh7fur4?t=3m45s


Depeche Mode songs It's no good or Precious have the same kind of arrangement at the beginning of the song.


When I hear Style by Taylor Swift I think of this group and song. The Ataris - Boys Of Summer

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    could you add link to the song? – Angst Mar 18 '18 at 12:56
  • Can you explain how this two songs are similar? – Bebs Mar 19 '18 at 8:26

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