Are you ready for big hair and even bigger shoulder pads? Then get your boombox ready! 1980s music and fashion are some of the best remembered and most often imitated of any decade. Big hair, bold makeup, shoulder pads and a punk-meets-glam aesthetic were everywhere, thanks to some of the biggest acts of the day. Michael Jackson, Blondie, Aerosmith, Prince, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode and David Bowie broke boundaries and changed the face of music forever. The '80s was the decade when "Video Killed the Radio Star" and Brat Pack movies made the teen comedy a Hollywood staple. Whether you were new wave or old school, there was something for you. From slick pop to pure goth, no one could get enough.
The '80s is largely remembered for its materialism and conservative slant, as American society grew tired and unsure following worldwide turmoil. The era of peace and love was over. Reagan was president, the yuppie was on the rise, and the Cold War pitted America against the USSR and communism against capitalism.
The 1980s saw the rise of both the sitcom and blockbuster films. People flocked to theaters to catch "Indiana Jones" films and families gathered around their TVs to watch "Roseanne" and "Family Ties." MTV helped launch rap and metal into the stratosphere.
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