World In My Eyes, released by Depeche Mode in 1990 as part of their album Violator, is the song in the trailer for Ready Player One (2018). Given that Ready Player One (the book) is a veritable love letter to the 1980s, this seems an interesting choice for the trailer. So I was wondering if the song (or artist, or album) was mentioned somewhere in the book, or if the decision to use it was entirely unrelated.

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    In terms of cultural trends, a "decade" doesn't instantly stop at 11:59 PM, 12/31/XXX9. I'm not actually familiar with the song in question, and it's been a while since I read the book, but a song from 1990 can absolutely be thematically appropriate for "the 80's" despite the technicality of not being released in the 80's.
    – Tin Wizard
    Jan 17, 2018 at 20:24
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    To amplify what @Walt said, the focus of Halliday's obsession was the things he grew up with in the 80s. There are 70s references and a sprinkling of 90s references in the book, which is consistent with someone who grew up in the 80s. For example, Rush's 2112 dates back to 1976.
    – gowenfawr
    Jan 18, 2018 at 13:17

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The albums / songs / bands mentioned in the book are:

"Every single one of [Monty Python's] albums"

Dead Man's Party - Oingo Boingo

Everywhere at Once: A Million Miles Away - Plimsouls (1983)

Hysteria: Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard (1987)

"Beds are Burning" - Midnight Oil (1987)

"every single Rush album, bootleg, and music video ever" - specifically - 2112: Rush

"Star Wars" original soundtrack - John Williams

"Conan the Barbarian" soundtrack - Basil Pouledouris

"Also Sprach Zarathustra" - Strauss

"Three is a Magic Number" - Bob Dorough (1973)

Get to Know You Well" by Howard Jones

"Blue Monday" by New Order

"Union of the Snake" by Duran Duran

"Rebel Yell" by Billy Idol

"Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper

"James Brown Is Dead" by L.A. Style

"Atomic" by Blondie

"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!

"Change" by John Waite from the Vision Quest soundtrack

"Don't Let's Start" by They Might Be Giants

"Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" - AC/DC

"In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel

"Kids Wanna Rock" by Bryan Adams

The Police


The Clash


Bill Hicks

Van Halen

Bon Jovi

Pink Floyd


Pat Benetar (Planet named Benetar)


Frank Zappa (Joe's Garage is the name of a Zappa album)

Pac Man Fever

Schoolhouse Rock - Various songs


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    Save you some trouble - shmoop.com/ready-player-one/allusions.html
    – JohnP
    Jan 17, 2018 at 16:00
  • Went ahead and made it community since you've commented some items I didn't find - feel free to plug them in @JohnP
    – NKCampbell
    Jan 17, 2018 at 16:07
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    I think that's about it...
    – JohnP
    Jan 17, 2018 at 16:20
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    awesome @JohnP - and if movie adapation form holds - not a single one of those will be in the film LOL
    – NKCampbell
    Jan 17, 2018 at 16:21
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    I'm surprised Depeche Mode didn't get mentioned. Very few of the New Wave musicians got included. Also no David Bowie :(
    – JohnP
    Jan 17, 2018 at 16:23

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