If you’re studying, watching rain hit the windshield of your red Pontiac, or need relaxing beats to listen to while writing or creating, these retro synthwave tracks are perfect to put on in the background.
What is Synthwave Music?
Synthwave is a genre of electronic music most often associated with film soundtracks from the 1980s; think Bladerunner, Tron, and modern interpretations like Drive. It’s dark, it’s post-apocalyptic, it’s neon lights on rain-spattered urban sidewalks. You’ll probably have heard related terms like “retrowave”, “futuresynth”, and “vaporwave”, but whichever flavor you like it’s all synthesized and it’s all wonderfully nostalgic.
Dive into this retro synthwave compilation while you’re feeling moody or need some urban inspiration! Read on to download each individual track.
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1. This is Synthwave
What a better way to know what is Synthwave than with this track. This uplifting, fast Synthwave music will put you on a bright mood. This is one of the best Synthwave songs you could include in your playlist.
2. Synthwave Cyberpunk Dubstep
If you like the cyberpunk style, you'll like this energetic Synthwave music track. This retro Synthwave track features a fast tempo and it also works as a Synthwave background.
3. Dark Synthwave
The best Synthwave songs aren't always uplifting. Such is the case of this new Synthwave track. This suspenseful and intense Synthwave music fits a dark mood day.
4. Synthwave Background
As the title says, this is the perfect Synthwave background music. Play it and focus on your work. This is one of the best Synthwave songs for any retro playlist.
5. Vaporwave Syntwhave
Vaporwave is a micro genre of electronic music and a visual art style. If you're familiar with it, I'm sure you'll enjoy this retro Synthwave track. Get inspired and include it in your playlist of best Synthwave songs.
6. LoFi Retro Electronic
80s and 90s ambience which kicks off our video perfectly (check out the cassette being loaded into the tape deck at the start).
7. That 80s VHS Soundtrack
Gentle retro synthesizer ambience which builds to a powerful and nostalgic drum beat.
8. VHS Dream
Straight from an 80s movie soundtrack, just picture yourself pushing the VHS tape into the player and crashing down onto a corduroy couch.
9. Tropical VHS
More VHS nostalgia, but with a retro beach theme for good measure. You’re in Miami. In a convertible sportster. And the sun’s come out.
10. 80s Tv Series Theme
Retro synthwave tunes. The hero of our 80s TV series dons his aviators and walks off into the sunset, leaving a burning helicopter behind..
11. Retro Synthwave Colliding Spirals
Synthwave drama; repetitive and loaded with arpeggiator atmosphere.
12. Dark City Drive
Melancholy urban street atmosphere, this has “Jean Claude Van Damme driving pensively through the city” written all over it.
13. Retro Synthwave
Retro and Synth. Powerful and dramatic. Simple.
14. Retro Wave Tune
Positive synthwave vibes which build as the track progresses. And the synth drum rolls are superb.
15. Stranger Synthwave
Cinematic and brimming with that Bladerunner tension so typical of synthwave.
Synthwave, yet chill and well-suited to corporate promo videos.
17. Vaporwave Aesthetic
Street synthesizer with chainlink fence scratchiness. Strong drums and light piano. Unquestionably retro but well suited to modern too.
18. Ambient Retrowave Electronic New Age
Last up is this moody synthesizer background track. Science fiction, Dune-like character. Shoulder pads and other worlds. Or a banking ad from the 80s.
How we Create Our Animated Videos
To create the videos which accompany our audio track listings we work with talented artists like Basem Salah (the illustrator behind our urban night time scene), Bex Glendining, and Henrik Evensen who provide the artwork which Tuts+ instructor Jonathan Lam animates using Adobe After Effects.
Why not learn how to do it yourself? Follow the whole step-by-step process in our short course, available for free on the Tuts+ Youtube channel.
Don’t forget to check out Basem Salah’s portfolio to see more of his stylish and atmospheric illustration:
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Now you know what is Synthwave and some of the best Synthwave songs. More music, more illustration, more animation! And if you enjoyed this retro roundup you’ll also like our collection of Vaporwave background music & motion graphics on YouTube.
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Editorial Note: This post has been updated with contributions from Maria Villanueva. Maria is a staff writer with Envato Tuts+.