Music from the 80s









Music from the 80s was much different from the 50's, 60's, and 70's. In the 1980's there was a drastic split in rock and roll music and many new styles of music was formed. The 80's pop sound was aided with the arrival of MTV and other television shows which aired music videos. There are many fans who still listen to the 80's music and in order to replenish their collections there are many compilation albums or CDs being recorded and released today. The 80's is sometimes called the MTV Generation. The song, Video Killed the radio Star, just about explains it. Many artists were not known until their videos of their songs were shown on MTV or other television shows which air music videos. The first videos to air were not as unique as those of today but they got the public attention anyway. Some videos were boring or did not have anything to do with the song being played, so all of them were not as successful as others.

There are many websites where a person can find information and history on the 80's music. There was many different styles of music besides the typical country, classical, soul. Jazz. Religious, and rock and roll. Rock and roll music took a slight turn and split up into many sub styles of music. There was R&B, hard rock, heavy metal, hip hop, hardcore punk, Indie rock, disco, thrash metal, rap, college rock, and more. It seemed that there was music to suit everyone. The lyrics and music changed considerably too. The heavy metal and hard rock and rap music often contained vulgar, obscene lyrics. There was also violence and anti-religious lyrics. The parents of many of the children (especially the pre-teens and teens) were concerned about the music being a strong influence on their children and they feared more use of violence, drugs and alcohol would be involved.

Some of the music was a milder style of rock (sometimes known as soft rock) and many people preferred it to the loud obnoxious music like hard rock or heavy metal. Some of the most popular songs of the 80's was, Girls Just Wanna’ Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper), She Works hard For the Money (Donna Summer), Mony Mony (Billy Idol), Electric Slide (Marcia Griffiths), Every Breath You Take (The Police), Eye of the Tiger (Survivor), and many more.

Some of the changes in the 80's music was brought about with the new electric sound of the electric keyboards, synthesizers, and the drum machines. Artists such as Van Halen, Michael Jackson, The Eagles, Guns N’ Roses, U2, Madonna, and others, will live on in the hearts of many for many years to come.

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