What Do You Remember About the 80s?


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If you grew up in the 80s, you already know it was awesome. While I remember a lot of what made it so great, I'm also forgetting a lot. That's why I wanted to jot down a few of my favorite things here. I invite you to join in to list what you loved about the 80s so much as well. I'll also be updating this post as I remember things, which will hopefully happen.

- Parachute pants
- Friday Night Videos
- Tape recorders
- Boom boxes
- Breakdancing
- Really fat shoelaces
- The A-Team
- BMX bikes
- Walking to school
- Music on tapes
- Radio was good
- The Betamax
- My Cabbage Patch doll
- Walkie Talkies
- Arcades
- Pac-Man
- Acid washed jeans
- Board games
- Michael Jackson
- Big hair
- Trapper Keepers
- Neon clothes
- Atari
- He-Man
- Matchbox cars
- E.T.
- Walkmans
- Swatch watches
- Nike hi-tops with big tongues
- Jean jackets
- Car stereos
- Hot rods
- Saturday morning cartoons (w/ bowl of Captain Crunch)
- Dialing only 4 numbers to call local
- Real Halloween
- Music stores
- The mall
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The Goonies
Risky Business
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
The Breakfast Club
Stand By Me
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Sixteen Candles
Star Wars
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
Back to the Future
Pretty in Pink
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
National Lampoon's Vacation
The Karate Kid
Time Bandits
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
St. Elmo's Fire
Weird Science
Revenge of the Nerds
Top Gun
Real Genius
Dirty Dancing
Better Off Dead


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Not born in the '80s (was born in the '90s), but damn, I sure do love a lot of '80s movies and music over '90s ones. Most of what I could remember are attributed to those mediums though, movies and music:

- Movies with muscle-bound men like Arnold and Stallone movies
- Lots of quality music from artists like Cyndi Lauper, Bonnie Tyler, and of course, Michael Jackson
- A number of sci-fi movies that would come to define the decade's geek culture zeitgeist like Empire Strikes Back, The Terminator, Back to the Future, Aliens and Ghostbusters.
- Robocop
- Nightmare on Elm Street
- Friday the 13th

Basically, just lots of movies. lol
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Per @Admin's request, I'll list down a list of favorite '80s movies later on... gonna have supper now.
That's awesome. I'm sure you've got some good stuff in mind. I'm going to try to list some of what I can remember as the best music artists from the 80s. There are a lot of great artists, so I'm bound to forget some. A lot of what I liked too was in the 90s, but nothing can compare to the 80s when it comes to music. Also, there are some more esoteric groups and individuals that I like as well, but I'll keep this list to the mainstream stuff.

Michael Jackson - Probably the biggest name ever.
Cyndi Lauper
Bon Jovi
The Human League
Whitney Houston
Van Halen
Men at Work
Duran Duran
Culture Club
Cutting Crew
George Michael
Pat Benatar
Def Leopard
Depeche Mode
Phil Collins
Billy Joel
Bryan Adams
Billy Idol
Mr. Mister
Twisted Sister
Bruce Springsteen
The Police
Guns N' Roses
Iron Maiden
LL Cool J
The Cure
Motley Crue
Peter Gabriel
The Smiths
The Cars
Beastie Boys
David Bowie
Ozzy Osborne
John Mellencamp
Fleetwood Mac
Pet Shop Boys
Tears for Fears
Pink Floyd
Simple Minds
Thompson Twins
Rick Springfield
Annie Lennox
Spandau Ballet
Jefferson Starship
Steve Perry
Eddie Money
A Flock of Seagulls

Why do I feel like I'm forgetting about 90% of my favorites?


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That's awesome. I'm sure you've got some good stuff in mind.
By the way, I already edited that list of favorite movies into my previous post just now. lol In case you missed you, I'll post it in a new post instead:

Favorite '80s Movies
  1. The Fly (1986)
  2. Aliens
  3. The Terminator
  4. Predator
  5. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  6. An American Werewolf in London
  7. Back to the Future
  8. Creepshow
  9. Commando
  10. Grave of the Fireflies
Also, pop culture icons I forgot to mention:
  • Mad Max
  • Goonies
  • Scarface
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Raging Bull
  • The Shining
  • The Thing
  • Evil Dead
  • Big Trouble in Little China
  • Die Hard
  • Blade Runner
  • Footloose
  • Bon Jovi
  • AC/DC
Also, some of my favorite '80s music in no particular order:
  • Beat It - Michael Jackson
  • Thriller - Michael Jackson
  • The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
  • Material Girl - Madonna
  • La Isla Bonita - Madonna
  • Like A Prayer - Madonna
  • Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
  • Under Pressure - Queen and David Bowie
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
  • Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
  • Don't Stop Believing - Journey
  • Conga - Gloria Estefan
  • Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran
  • I Want to Know What Love Is - Foreigner
  • (I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight - Cutting Crew
  • Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship
  • Maniac - Michael Sembello
  • Never - Moving Pictures
  • Let's Hear It for the Boy - Deniece Eilliams
  • Sussudio - Phil Collins
  • Uptown Girl - Billy Joel


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By the way, I already edited that list of favorite movies into my previous post just now. lol In case you missed you, I'll post it in a new post instead:
This is great. I was totally going to do songs too. I now have to really pick through some of my favorites, which is going to bring me into that esoteric list. I guess I don't have to list everything, but a good sampling would be nice.

By the way, my favorite songs from your list are:

Michael Jackson - Thriller
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran
Nothing's Going to Stop Us Now - Starship
Let's Hear It for the Boy - Deniece Eilliams