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1980-1989, What A great Decade in Music!

If you grew up in this ten year period you know what a great time it was to be alive. If you’re from a younger generation you might be curious to look back on the music that made the ’80s the greatest decade.

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Here were the top-selling albums by year:

  • • 1980- Pink Floyd “The Wall”

  • • 1981- REO Speedwagon “Hi Infidelity”

  • • 1982- Asia “Asia”

  • • 1983- Michael Jackson “Thriller”

  • • 1984- Thriller again

  • • 1985- Bruce Springsteen “Born In The USA”

  • • 1986- Whitney Houston “Whitney Houston

  • • 1987- Bon Jovi “Slippery When Wet”

  • • 1988- George Michael “Faith”

  • • 1989- Bobby Brown “Don’t Be Cruel”

Also, here were the year-end Billboard # 1 songs of the ‘80s:

  • • 1980: “Call Me” – Blondie

  • • 1981: “Bette Davis Eyes” – Kim Carnes

  • • 1982: “Physical” – Olivia Newton-John

  • • 1983: “Every Breath You Take” – The Police

  • • 1984: “When Doves Cry” – Prince

  • • 1985: “Careless Whisper” – Wham!

  • • 1986: “That’s What Friends Are For” – Dionne & Friends

  • • 1987: “Walk Like An Egyptian” – The Bangles

  • • 1988: “Faith” – George Michael

  • • 1989: “Look Away” – Chicago

There’s a good chance you owned a majority of those albums and 45’s and the new medium… CDs! …

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The 1980s were a time of great pop culture including some of the best movies, music, TV shows, and toys of all time. It is the decade most often associated with nostalgia.

The ‘80s brought us so much new variety when it came to music along with some brand new genres. Up until then, everything had been pretty much rock-based. Heavy metal was becoming more prominent in the ‘70s and pop music has always been in the mix but the ‘80s brought us some new categories and variations we hadn’t heard before.

The ‘80s still featured some classic bands like the Rolling Stones and Queen who found a whole new generation of fans. MTV would launch in 1981 and would forever change the way we consumed music. Bands and artists had to learn this new way to present in this new visual medium.

 

This is a time when album sales meant everything and it’s where the real money was made, unlike today.

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