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Just a little thought experiment. What if the world of Equestria Girls was set in the 1980s? Who would the members of the Rainbooms have been listening to? This is by no means a complete and exhaustive list. I just surrounded each Rainboom with eight albums that would be representative of the kind of music I felt they would have been influenced by. If you don’t recognize the album covers, I’ve listed them below. I’d love to hear your thoughts on them, and who you think they might have listened to.
 
Applejack (cowpunk)  
Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison  
The Byrds - Sweetheart of the Rodeo  
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Will the Circle Be Unbroken  
Waylon Jennings - Lonesome, On’ry & Mean  
X - Los Angeles  
Rockpile - Seconds of Pleasure  
Stray Cats - Stray Cats  
The Blasters - The Blasters
 
Fluttershy (goth)  
The Velvet Underground and Nico - The Velvet Underground & Nico  
Alice Cooper - Love It to Death  
Nick Drake - Pink Moon  
The Cure - Boys Don’t Cry  
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Join Hands  
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures  
Bauhaus - In the Flat Field  
Toyah - The Blue Meaning
 
Pinkie Pie (party)  
Frank Zappa - Apostrophe (‘)  
Cheap Trick - Cheap Trick  
Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!  
The B-52’s - The B-52’s  
The Go-Go’s - Beauty and the Beat  
The Tubes - The Completion Backwards Principle  
Madness - One Step Beyond…  
The Jam - In the City
 
Rainbow Dash (punk)  
Iggy and the Stooges - Raw Power  
Ramones - Ramones  
Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols  
The Clash - The Clash  
The Runaways - The Runaways  
X-Ray Spex - Germfree Adolescents  
Poison Girls - Hex  
The Slits - Cut
 
Rarity (fashion and style)  
New York Dolls - New York Dolls  
David Bowie - Aladdin Sane  
Blondie - Parallel Lines  
Duran Duran - Duran Duran  
A Flock Of Seagulls - A Flock Of Seagulls  
Culture Club - Kissing to be Clever  
Joe Jackson - Night and Day  
Roxy Music - Avalon
 
Sunset Shimmer (power pop)  
Big Star - #1 Record  
The Modern Lovers - The Modern Lovers  
Television - Marquee Moon  
Elvis Costello and the Attraction - My Aim is True  
Squeeze - Argybargy  
XTC - English Settlement  
R.E.M. - Murmur  
The Replacements - Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash
 
Twilight Sparkle (electronic)  
Wendy Carlos - Switched-On Bach  
Kraftwerk - Autobahn  
Tubeway Army - Tubeway Army  
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Yellow Magic Orchestra  
The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot  
Cabaret Voltaire - Red Mecca  
Be-Bop Deluxe - Drastic Plastic  
Ultravox - Vienna
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Background Pony #575C
that is where is they influenced also Stargazer and Gates of Babuylon seems pretty hard rock to me even aggresive a bit
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Background Pony #575C
how about more Insdustrial on Sunset like Die Krupps for example and also And One some electronic Rammstein Dance Metal or hard rock like Scorpions and also OOMPH and Eisbrecher for Neue Deutche Harte genres even KMFDM
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Why do I not know any of these songs??
 
Because they aren’t songs but albums?
 
Because every one of them was released before 1990? (Seriously, there are many bronies who barely know that there was any kind of music in the 20th century.)
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@PoemeMystique  
Thanks for the thoughtful analysis. I thought, if they’re all going to be in a band together, then there needs to be common musical thread that binds them together, and that would have to be punk. For AJ, it’s obvious she’s a C&W girl, but rockabilly provides that bridge between country and punk. And honestly, X is as much a country band as they are a punk band. (Have you listened to John Doe and the Sadies, by the way? Terrific country music.) I didn’t list The Rolling Stones or The Who or even the Beatles because to be honest, except for Sunset, they all would have grown up with and been influenced by them.
PoemeMystique

Pinkie would probably like Tom Lehrer; maybe even The Bonzo Dogs, if she had heard of them. The Waitresses, perhaps?
 
Rarity is really hard to gauge, but I think her interests would be focussed on being up-to-the-minute. She is fashionable, after all. Bowie never goes out of fashion, though, so that’s alright.
 
I expect you’ve got Twi right!
 
Sunset would like the Bangles. Maybe Fleetwood Mac (Peter Green as well as Stevie Nicks versions). I can see her being more eclectic than the others, totally oblivious to genre and era, because it’s not her culture. Everything is equally new and strange to her, so she’ll just pick what she likes the sound of.
PoemeMystique

Some good stuff here! A fun thought experiment.
 
Presumably if they were from the 80s, they’d be American too. So that’s a factor.
 
Judging from “Friendship Through the Ages”, RD is influenced by “British Invasion” rock - the Who and the Stones - even in the main continuity, and I don’t see why that would change.
 
I feel like AJ’s interests would be a lot less punky, and much more straight country and soul. She wouldn’t find a lot to like in the 80s and would listen to her late parents’ collection of LPs which Granny, of course, never got rid of, even though she personally couldn’t abide the racket! She would like an album or two by Dylan and Neil Young - probably Heart of Gold and Nashville Skyline - but not the rest of them. She might enjoy the first two albums by the Band. I bet she’d LOVE Motown. Maybe even gospel by, e.g., the Staple Singers.