The best 80s music was an eclectic mixture of different genres from new wave to glam metal and from teen pop to synthesized songs that will live forever in the hearts of those who came of age during the 80’s. One of the greatest gifts that the 80’s pop music could ever give to the global music scene was Michael Jacksonâs “Thriller” album which is the best-selling album of all time.
Some of the best-selling 80s music artists were Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Prince, Madonna and bands like AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Duran Duran and Police. Teen pop boy bands like New Kids on the Block found their glory in the 80’s along with hip hop legends such as Run DMC. This decade allowed a big number of artists who were formerly members in a band to launch their solo careers. Music experts blame it on the materialism of those years, but they cannot deny the successful songs that exploded in the music charts. Some of the best solo artists of the 80’s include Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Lionel Richie, George Michael, Don Henley, Belinda Carlisle, Sting, Stevie Nicks and Kenny Loggins.
The 80s pop music is also associated with electronic or synthpop music and it continued the trends of the pop culture that began in the 70’s. 80s rock music began to infiltrate into mainstream when bands such as U2, The Cure, R.E.M., New Order started getting famous. They were accompanied by the very popular Guns N’ Roses and, in the late 80’s, by Aerosmith who made a powerful comeback. Heavy metal was represented in the era by Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne, while older rock groups like The Beach Boys, The Kinks and Steve Miller Band made a comeback and launched successful hits. The MTV decade introduced the cult of the music video, promoting artists like Michael Jackson and Madonna. Their videos were broadcasted globally and reached millions of viewers. 80s dance music replaced the orchestras of the 70s with synthesizers, turning Duran Duran into one of the famous pop bands of the decade.
A list of the best songs of the 80’s includes these next songs:
1. Bon Jovi – “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1986)
2. Def Leppard – “Pour Some Sugar On Me” (1987)
3. Duran Duran – “Hungry Like the Wolf” (1982)
4. Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean” (1982)
5. Prince – “When Doves Cry” (1984)
6. Hall & Oates – “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” (1981)
7. Guns N’ Roses – “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1987)
8. Madonna – “Like a Virgin” (1984)
9. Run-D.M.C. – “Walk This Way” (1986)
10. AC/DC – “You Shook Me All Night Long” (1980)
Music of the 80’s was characterized by innovation and sexual maturation. Duran Duran had a video which was banned by MTV because of its sexual content. Bands began to get political and sing about war and famine. Protest songs and Cold War songs were a constant presence in the music of the 80s, carrying on Bob Marley legacy whose death marked the beginning of the decade. Bands like AC/DC and artist like Prince sang about ending the war and equality between all the countries of the world helping the best 80s music to survive the mark of time.