Best of the 80s
When it comes to the best of the 80s, so many things contributed to it with the 80s being a totally awesome decade.
Some of the best of the 80s are once in a lifetime fads, stuck in the 80s forever.
Some others are rediscovered fads that never faded at all, and have lived on to become 80s classics.
The clothes, the games, the movies, and the music all had a big part in making the 80s as iconic as they were.
Best of the 80s Fashion
Wild neon colors, geometric patterns and shoulder pads were some of the best in the 80s.
The 80s also brought us leg warmers so we could pretend to be dancers and Members Only Jackets to prove we were in the club. From fingerless lace gloves and giant hair bows to white suits and aviator sunglasses, worn at night, the 80s were synonymous with awesomeness.
From the hip-hop world of red and black leather jackets to the punk world of safety pins and black t-shirts, there was always a statement to make. Sometimes those statements were boldly screen printed on a political t-shirt and worn under a denim jacket with the collar popped up.
Jelly shoes with floral dresses and layered slouch socks with pegged acid-washed jeans were what all the cool people were wearing. You could even match your rubber bracelets and Swatch Watch to the jellies, and the brighter they were, the cooler they were.
Best 80s Entertainment
The 80s brought us great games both at the arcade and at home with an Atari, Nintendo or Sega. Hundreds of games like Pac Man, Frogger, Q*Bert, Zelda, Tetris and Mario Bros. kept us entertained when we weren’t watching some great 80s TV shows or movies.
Iconic movies like Back to The Future, The Princess Bride, Gremlins, Top Gun, Karate Kid, The Lost Boys, Die Hard, Ghostbusters, Rambo, Dirty Dancing and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will forever be 80s favorites. (Bueller…Bueller…Bueller…)
Shows like Dynasty and Dallas had a part in the popularity of shoulder pads and the Fonz from Happy Days had us all wanting a motorcycle jacket.
We can thank Miami Vice for the white suit and 80s t shirt trend and MacGyver had us tinkering with things we should not have been tinkering with. ALF and Married with Children had us either laughing or groaning. We were also desperate for our MTV.
Best 80s Music
Whether pop, new wave, rap, punk or metal, love it or hate it, 80s music is still being played everywhere. The big names were Madonna, the original Material Girl, Cyndi Lauper, INXS, Boy George, Aerosmith, Poison, A Flock of Seagulls, Bon Jovi, and of course, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
Along with all the big names in music came their videos. MTV launched in 1981 bringing us music we could see. The first video ever played was by The Buggles, Video Killed the Radio Star.
There was an enormous amount of everything totally radical, but the best of the 80s was how everything worked together.
Sometimes referred to as the ‘me’ decade or the decade of excess, the 80s were all about freedom of expression, and it was expressed loud and clear.