27 Best ’80s Fonts for Your Throwback Designs

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Do you love the 80s? The decade that brought us big hair, Madonna, and neon colors? Want to bring some of that nostalgia into your designs but can’t find the perfect font?

Well, fear not! This article is full of old school fonts that will have you reminiscing about those good old days of Miami Vice, Knight Rider, Atari, and the original Nintendo.

From rock n’ roll fonts to hand-drawn lettering, these are amazing retro fonts for your throwback graphic design needs. Enjoy!

The Best 80s Fonts

If you’re looking for 80s fonts ideal for your typography and digital projects, these are our top recommendations. These fonts are great for adding that old-school style (Stephen King, sci-fi, DeLoreans, and more) text effect that everyone loves!

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Endless Sunrise – ’80s Font Duo

Endless Sunrise

Endless Sunrise is a hand-made script font inspired by the style of the 80s. It’s perfect for retro title designs, music albums, posters, book covers, and more.

It includes uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, punctuation, underlines, and alternate versions of the 80s letters.

The alternates and underlined design elements are what make Endless Sunrise really special. Include them in your designs, and you’ll get an authentic hand-drawn look with a vintage style. A web font is also included.

Outrunner

Outrunner - 80s Script Font

Outrunner is a retro script font that’s perfect for your throwback designs. It includes lowercase and uppercase characters, numbers, punctuation, alternates, and diacritic. Be sure to experiment with the alternates for the best results.

Outrunner is a versatile font that can be used anytime you need script fonts, not exclusively for retro designs.

Last Dance – 1980s Script Font

Last Dance

Last Dance looks like a font that would have been used for 80s record or cassette album covers or possibly a movie poster. It’s a script or handwritten font that has an awesome vintage touch.

The package includes lowercase letters, uppercase letters, two alternate versions, symbols, and a web font. Use this for your own music and media designs for a look authentic to the era.

Action Hero – 80s Movie Poster Font

Action Hero

This brush stroke font was inspired by movie posters from the 1980s. It’s ideal for titles, covers, and posters that need a genuine ’80s aesthetic.

The huge selection of stylistic alternates and underlines is perfect for creating text with a customized look. This is sure to become one of your favorites!

Thunderstorm

Thunderstorm 80s Font

If you like 80s design, you’ll love Thunderstorm. This handmade brush font includes uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, punctuation, multilingual support, alternates, and a web font.

You’ll love the alternates that add extra character. There’s also a collection of swooshes perfect for decorating a background.

No Signal – Glitch Typeface

No Signal

What’s more symbolic of the 80s than VHS tapes? While we didn’t love glitches at the time, the glitch effect is now a trendy way to remember the era.

No Signal makes it easy to incorporate glitch effects into your 80s designs. It’s perfect for large text and analog backgrounds, like 80s poster designs.

Bayshore – ’80s Script Font

Bayshore

This 80s-inspired monoline script font is awesome for posters, packaging, music videos, and whatever projects need a retro touch.

Bayshore is more than just a font. The package comes with a large collection of glyphs, end swashes, underline swashes, and a set of 10 neon glow Photoshop actions created to be used with the font. Place it on a dark background and use the actions to create a genuine glow effect.

Revive 80

Revive 80 - Bundle of 1980s Fonts

This collection of eight fonts inspired by the 80s is a perfect choice if you do a lot of retro and vintage design. You’ll love having this collection of fonts in your arsenal.

The package includes retro-style typefaces with various styles, plus web fonts.

1980

1980

1980 is a blocky, pixelated font that has a definitive 80s feel to it. It comes with a few different variations and weights, as well as a web font.

Hot Rush – 1980s Font Duo

Hot Rush

Hot Rush is a high-quality retro font duo designed to be used together. There is a sans serif tyeface along with a script typeface.

The script font is all caps, plus an alternate character of each letter. The sans serif font comes in regular and striped (somewhat similar to Blade Runner), plus italic versions of each. You’ll love having this pair of fonts ready and waiting to be used together.

Neoncity – Neon 80s Font

Neoncity

Obviously, Neoncity was inspired by the flashing lights of the 1980s. The package comes with the regular font and a script version, as shown in the preview image below. It also comes with numbers, punctuation, and multilingual support. It’s perfect if you’re trying to recreate the look of 80s movies.

Futuristic – Decorative Font

Futuristic

Futuristic is a fun vaporwave, synthwave, retrowave styled retro futuristic font that will take you back to the 80s. It’s great for designing posters, t-shirts, and anything else that needs some 1980s flair. Futuristic is all-caps.

Arcade Machine

Arcade Machine

This nostalgic font was obviously influenced and inspired by the video games and arcade games that made the 80s so special. With sharp angles, It’s ideal for flyers, posters, t-shirts, logos, and more. You’ll get uppercase and lowercase letters, plus ligatures.

Retro Video Game Font

Retro Video Game - 80s Font

Video Game provides plenty of nostalgia reminiscent of Atari and other video games from the 80s. Whatever your favorite game is, you’ll love being able to use this font style at any time.

It includes uppercase letters, numbers, and a collection of 17 pixel Martians that are perfect for completing your retro designs. A web font is also included.

Custle Guard

Custle Guard

This pixel font was inspired by 8-bit video games. It’s perfect for your fun retro designs. This is an all-caps font.

Horsemen – 80s Horror Font

Horsemen

Horsemen is an awesome dark-themed retro font inspired by horror artwork. If you need a font for an 80s t-shirt, poster, comic, or game cover, Horsemen is an excellent choice.

There are two variations: Horsemen Regular and Horsemen Slant (plus web font versions).

Heatwave

Heatwave

Heatwave is a fun brushstroke font created for 80s-themed designs. It includes uppercase letters, numbers, punctuation, and a web font. You’ll also get alternates for every letter to add some options.

Lagoon Beach – 1980s Font Duo

Lagoon Beach - 1980s Font Duo

This retro font duo was inspired by the ’80s and is perfect for vaporwave and synthwave designs. It includes sans serif and script fonts that pair well. The Lagoon Beach duo is ideal for designing posters, album covers, book covers, and merchandise.

Copper

Copper

Copper was inspired by the metallic sheens of movie logos from the 1980s. This angular typeface is ideal for your own retro posters, flyers, and other designs (perfect for heavy metal designs). It’s an all-caps font with the lowercase keys used for alternate versions of the uppercase letters. The download includes a web font.

Starlight Drive

Starlight Drive

Starlight Drive is a signature font with a retro feel, but versatile enough to be used in a modern design. It includes a collection of 20 swashes, ligatures, and end characters that all work to give it an authentic script look. Multilingual support is included.

Raskhal

Raskhal

Raskhal is another brush font inspired by neon lights. This all-caps bold font is ideal for use with large text in posters, ads, social media images, and more.

Derryl Script

Derryl Citrus

Derryl Script is a bold script display font that’s ideal for use with large text. Use it for designing t-shirts, signage, branding, posters, and more. It comes with a web font, which adds to its versatility.

Rodagear Script

Rodagear Script

Rodagear Script was inspired by neon lights and is perfect for movie titles, packaging, branding, posters, and more. It includes lowercase and uppercase letters, and it’s best for large text.

Free ’80s Fonts

Now that we’ve looked at a selection of the best options, let’s also take a look at some available for free download. Anytime you’re using a free font, be sure to check the license details. Many free fonts cannot be used for commercial purposes. The premium fonts showcased above are licensed for commercial use.

Good Times

Good Times

Good Times is a techno headliner font with a definite 1980s feel and could be used for science fiction movies. The are 15 varieties of the full vintage font, but Good Times Regular is the only one available for free. It is an all-caps font.

Alien Encounters

Alien Encounters

Alien Encounters is a sci-fi font that includes striped and solid variations. Each comes in regular, italic, bold, and bold italic.

Commando

Commando

Commando is free for personal use, but you’ll need to purchase a license for commercial projects. It’s ideal for game covers, posters, and other 80s-inspired designs.

Road Rage

Road Rage

Road Rage, created by Youssef Habchi, is free only for personal use. It’s a beautiful brushstroke font that is ideal for creating an authentic 80s look with your designs.

Indelible

Indelible

Indelible is from the same designer that created Road Rage. This is another beautiful brush font that’s free only for personal use.

Start Using These ’80s Fonts Today

When we think of 80s design style, we’re influenced by common elements in the art created for movies, music, and book covers from a decade we love. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or a typeface to use in your own design, the resources here are sure to help.

Some are elegant fonts, while others have a fun and playful text style. With the retro design trend increasing in popularity, you’ll find plenty of uses for them.

The best 80s fonts will not only make your designs authentic, but having them in your arsenal and ready to go will save you countless hours when you need an 80s text effect. They could provide the design element you need.

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