Cue the Mixtape: 11 ’80s Songs Featured on ‘The Carrie Diaries’ Premiere (VIDEO)

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Carrie Bradshaw is back — but she’s dancing to the beat of a different drum.

With the premiere of The CW’s The Carrie DiariesAnnaSophia Robb reinvents the celebrated Sex and the City character — made famous over a decade ago by Sarah Jessica Parker — starring as a 16-year-old Bradshaw yearning for the bright lights of the big city.

Living with her father in Connecticut, Carrie tries to navigate high school with her trio of pals, Maggie (Katie Findlay), Mouse (Ellen Wong) and Walt (Brendan Dooling).

But unlike the HBO hit series, The Carrie Diariesis not all brunching in the Meatpacking District, strutting Madison Ave. in Manolo Blahniks and sipping Cosmos in scene-y clubs. As the prequel rewinds several decades to 1984, young Bradshaw find hers way in a world of bright-colored fashions, big hair and, of course, 80s music.

As the show tackles themes of friendship, family, sexuality, and self-discovery, chart-topping beats from the era blaze in the background.

On Monday night’s series premiere — as Bradshaw begins junior year, lands an internship at a Manhattan law firm and meets her magazine editor mentor — the 11-song playlist evolved from Modern English’s New Wave jam, “I Melt With You,” to Madonna’s breakout hit “Material Girl,” to even Cyndi Lauper’s girl-power anthem, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.”

Before Carrie Diaries continues the aspiring writer’s journey to the Big Apple, get down to the golden oldies — in the Spotify playlist below — featured on the show’s first-ever episode.

Weigh in: What do you think of the track list for the show so far? Share your favorite tune in the comments, below.

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