8-year-old boy belts out ’80s tunes in New York City subway stations

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NEW YORK – He was born in 2009, but he sings your favorite songs from three decades earlier.

Three days a week — in between 3rd grade, sports and homework — 8-year-old Joel Euceda, with his dedicated father in tow, travels from their Freeport, Long Island home to street corners and subway stations all over the city. They have a permit from the city, and Euceda performs for a couple of hours each day.

“I love '80s, and I love looking back at the '80s,” Euceda told WPIX.

Euceda performs classics from the 1980s. His greatest hits: Journey’s 'Don’t Stop Believin',' Billy Idol’s 'White Wedding' and Survivor’s 'Eye of the Tiger.'

Euceda's love for the '80s began several years ago.

Dad Mauricio Martinez said, when his son was being bullied, he put him in martial arts class. The anthem during training was 'Eye of the Tiger.'

“He was being bullied in the school with other children, so we decided to put him in Taekwondo. When they were training, they put the song on,” Martinez said. “He liked the band Survivor, so that’s how we started listening to '80s.”

Euceda has a YouTube channel and is a budding Instagram star. His Instagram name is 'joelloves80s.'

"Whatever he wants to do, I want to give him support," Martinez said. "He told me he wants to be a cop, he wants to be a firefighter or a professional singer."

Euceda performed before crowds and got a warm reception and loud applause Tuesday night.

“My dream is to be famous, and my dream is to sing in a band. It feels good, and I like when people see me and they have fun, they sing with me and they dance,” Euceda said. “People enjoy me singing, and I feel good when I sing.”

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