Never have walls looked cooler than with all the totally awesome 80s posters.
These posters immortalized the music and movies of the 80s, as well as the people who made them famous, on one giant sheet of paper.
They were a great way to decorate your room, especially if there were enough of them to serve as wallpaper.
80s Movie Posters
The 80s were full of great movies from every genre, and they went on to become classic 80s posters that graced many walls.
There is the classic E.T. poster—Elliot flying his bike in front of a full moon powered by E.T. in the basket—and the relaxed, mischievous grin of Ferris Bueller on the poster for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The Goonies included all of the kids from the movie on the pirate ship with Ma Fratelli glaring up at them.
One of the cutest was the poster from Gremlins, and showed Gizmo against a white background—with the evil Gremlin, Spike, as his menacing shadow. There was also the classic Ghostbusters poster of the iconic Ghostbusters’ logo.
80s Music Posters
The launch of MTV in 1980 gave us music we could see, and many of the biggest artists of the 80s began gracing our walls. Madonna had a classic poster from her Like a Virgin album.
She was wearing everything that was hot in the 80s; lace bustier top, black eyeliner, and a giant hair bow perfectly positioned. There was also another wildly popular poster of Madonna with short blonde hair; her head is back with her eyes closed—it was simple and beautiful.
Michael Jackson’s cover of the Bad album was also a popular poster; it showed Michael in all black with a leather jacket. The Thriller album cover also made a great poster featuring a lounging MJ.
Naturally, all the popular 80s hair bands had posters. Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, Skid Row, Poison, and Whitesnake were plastered on fans’ walls. These posters would also feature only the lead singer, especially if they were good-looking and had a ton of female fans.
Other Popular 80s Posters
Pinups were still a big trend in the 80s, and there were plenty of posters for fans of Speedos and bikinis. Male and female models were wearing next to nothing, but neon colors still managed to make an appearance.
Most of the cartoon favorites were also on posters, Fraggle Rock, The Smurfs, G.I. Joe, Barbie, The Simpsons, Transformers, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They were a quick and easy way to decorate a bedroom on the cheap.
Sports posters were also popular items, and they started getting clever. There was Don Mattingly as the Hitman, Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire as the Bash Brothers, Thurman Thomas as the Thurmanator, and Karl Malone’s Special Delivery poster.
As always, there were also the miscellaneous posters like guitars, boom boxes, unicorns, robots, and any abstract or geometric design—especially if it was neon. 80s posters were a great way to decorate your room with all your favorite icons and items.