This week we going to hit you with our eighties rhythm stick.
Not only did 80s pop music define who we were, but the music held the anthems of our daily lives. We woke up to “Manic Mondays” with the Bangles just to find ourselves “hangin tough” with the New Kids On The Block by the time Wednesday or Thursday rolled around. By the end of the week, it was "Friday, I'm in Love." When the weekend came, Kylie had us doing the “Locomotive” and Debbie Gibson taught us that youth was electric. The best way to revisit all the great pop music of the 80s is to re-watch the music videos of your favorite songs. After all, MTV was a product of the early 80s - what better way to enjoy the fashions, dance moves and musical stylings of the decade's music? We have a big collection of our favorite 80s music in our video section: watch 80s music videos here.
One Hit Wonders of 80s Pop
As with any decade of pop music, the 80s had its share of both pop icons and one hit wonders. The king and queen of the 80s pop music prom would certainly be Michael Jackson and Madonna. But, there is a lot to 80s pop music beyond the Material Girl and the Kind of Pop. Some notable one hit pop wonders include Dexys Midnight Runners with "Come on Eileen," Murray Head's "One Night in Bangkok," and Timbuk 3's "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades," and our personal favorite Men Without Hats' "Safety Dance." What was your favorite one hit wonder of the 80s? Tell on us Facebook.
No rundown of 80s pop music would be complete without mentioning the hair metal mega-bands of the late 1980s. From Poison and Def Leppard to Guns n Roses and Bon Jovi, these bands topped the pop charts in the second half of the decade. Bon Jovi was the first to hit the #1 Billboard spot in November of 1986 with "You Give Love a Bad Name." 1987 saw two number ones from hair metal bands, Bon Jovi again with "Livin' on a Prayer" and then Whitesnake with "Here I Go Again" later in the year. 1988 would be the apogee of heavy metal's penetration into the pop charts with number one songs by Cheap Trick, Guns N Roses, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and Poison