The 1980s was the decade of excess. In the previous decade, punk and New Wave had turned upside down the world of music. The new digital revolution arrived together with personal computers, advanced home video game systems, and MTV. It was also the final gasp of modernism, a period where artists were obsessed with formal experimentation, minimalist aesthetics, and social commentary on technology and culture. That meant no pandering to audiences or commercialization of bands; anything that might be deemed accessible or appealing to a mass audience would be viewed as selling out. Unfortunately, this left little room for rock bands in their usual style. So instead they focused on sex, drugs and rock n roll in a different way by experimenting with sub-genres like synth-punk, industrial music and alternative rock.
The '80s were a decade full of amazing music, and many of the stars of the time are still household names to this day. Michael Jackson was one of the biggest pop stars of the era, with hits like "Thriller" and "Bad" that still get plenty of airplay today. Whitney Houston, who was just beginning her career in the '80s, was one of the most popular R&B singers of the decade, with hits including "Greatest Love of All" and "I Will Always Love You." And, of course, there were plenty of rock bands who put out hits in the '80s, from the likes of Van Halen to Guns N' Roses to Journey.
Drug use in the 1980s was at an all-time high, with the decade being dubbed the “Decade of Excess.” There were plenty of drugs of choice in this era, including cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and ecstasy (also called MDMA). Cocaine was so popular during this decade that it was nicknamed “coke” and “blow.” Cocaine was extremely popular among celebrities, and many famous musicians of the '80s were addicted to it. People like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Keith Richards, and even Robin Williams were all users. Cocaine was also a drug of choice for Wall Street traders. It was so common that it was nicknamed “yuppie cocaine.”
80s Fashion and Fads
The 1980s were a decade full of fashion trends, and most of them were ones that no one would want to bring back. Clothing from this decade was extremely colorful and loud, with lots of fluorescent patterns and neon colors. There was also plenty of polyester and other synthetic fabrics in common clothing items from this time. And if you ever see someone wearing a Members Only jacket from the '80s, you’ll know why it’s a bad idea to bring it back. Most of the fashion trends from the '80s are best left forgotten, but there are a few fads that deserve a revival. One of the most notable fashion trends of the '80s was the legwarmers trend, which was popular among active women, athletes, and dancers.
The '80s were an interesting time for women in the music industry. In the '70s, women like Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt, and Carly Simon were famous for their folk-rock music and singing. In the '80s, women were more likely to be found in pop music, where they were often clad in garishly colored clothing and big hair. Women like Madonna, Whitney Houston, Cyndi Lauper, and others became huge stars in the '80s, and they were often dressed to the nines in fancy and flashy fashion. Women in the '80s also had to deal with the unfortunate phenomenon of date rape. This term wasn't used in the '80s, but it was a problem that existed then as much as it does now. Unfortunately, many women felt like they had to be careful about what they drank and how much they drank to stay safe from date rape.
80s Couples and Dating
One of the most interesting things about dating in the '80s was how different it was compared to how it is now. Dating apps and websites like Tinder and Bumble were not around in the '80s, so meeting people and making plans was a lot more complicated. There were a few ways that people met each other in the '80s, though. The most common way for people to meet each other was at a club. On any given night, there were plenty of singles at clubs, and it was easy for people to talk to each other, dance, and potentially go home together. Another common way for people to meet each other was through friends. If two people were friends, they might go out together as a group, and they might end up bringing a few friends along with them.
80s Rock n Roll Heroes
There were plenty of rock heroes in the '80s, as the decade saw plenty of famous musicians come to prominence. Many of them are still famous, either for the music they made in the '80s or for the music they make today. It’s impossible to talk about the '80s without talking about Madonna, as that decade saw her rise to fame and become one of the biggest and most influential pop stars of all time. It was also the decade that saw the rise of other legendary musicians like Prince and the start of the careers of bands like U2 and the Eurhythmics.