Top Ten Things that Spring to Mind Whenever Anyone Mentions the 80s

The Top Ten Things that Spring to Mind Whenever Anyone Mentions the 80s

1 Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under more.
2 Mullets

David Bowie springs to mind more, even American patriotism. - Swellow


3 Bad fashion

No doubt the fashion was bad, but almost all fashion is bad. We only realize how bad by looking backwards over 10 years or more. After 30 years, whatever was popular actually becomes a Halloween costume. Kind of like how what you are wearing right now will become a very funny-looking Halloween costume sometime in the near future.

I'm wearing a short floral summer dress at the moment. Excellent! I'll keep it for future Halloween's and save money! - Britgirl

Pastel suits, anyone? - Swellow

They wor a lot of short floral print summer dresses during the 1950's and 1960's, and they have been mocked non stop since then, think "Pleasant Valley Sunday".

4 Shoulder pads

Yes...The Joan Crawford-linebacker look. The only things that could have made the style more appealing were epaulettes, a bandolier and a swagger stick.

5 MTV MTV is an American basic cable and satellite television channel which is a part of the "Viacom Music and Entertainment Group" which is the flagship Property of the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom, of which it is a subsidiary.

Founded: August 1, 1981 - Metal_Treasure

6 Neon colors

1980s = Neon and flashy colors - TopTenTed

7 The Breakfast Club
8 Nintendo commercials
9 Pac-Man

Oh poo... here comes PAC-MAN! - Maddox121

10 Duran Duran

Hungry like the chihuahua.

The Contenders

11 Yuppies

Business people everywhere. No matter where you go, you could see a woman with her hair down wearing a pastel skirt and dress shirt. - Swellow

12 Slasher films
13 Thrash metal Thrash Metal is a Heavy Metal subgenre developed during the early 1980s and an early precursor of Extreme Metal. Thrash Metal features a faster and more aggressive guitar work than Traditional Metal with shredding and double-bass drums and can range from melodic singing to loud shouts. more.
14 Huge mobile phones

1980s Motorola phones are known by slang as "bricks" today, and you can see why. - Swellow

15 Your childhood

I wish I was an 1980s kid...oh god why was I born at the end of the 1980s.
Oh well some people born in 1996-1999 call themselves 1990s kids so whatever.

I’m a 90s kid

16 Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Two Tribes.
Even the person without knowledge of the 80s could name those songs. - Swellow

17 Tape cassettes
18 John Hughes John Wilden Hughes Jr. was an American filmmaker. Beginning as an author of humorous essays and stories for National Lampoon, he went on to write and direct some of the most successful comedy films.
19 Molly Ringwald Molly Kathleen Ringwald is an American actress, singer, dancer, and author. Her first major role was in The Facts of Life before making her motion picture debut in the independent film Tempest, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
20 Ghostbusters
21 Sixteen Candles
22 Genesis Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.

Genesis are an English rock band.
Phil Collins

You mean Sega Genesis?

What is Sega Genesis?

23 Ferris Bueller's Day Off
24 Hair Metal

Yes it does.I start to think a musician with 15 inches long hair is thrashing guitar and screaming. - zxm

25 Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
26 Birth of electronic music
27 Scarface
28 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm more.
29 Pat Benatar Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, known professionally by her stage name Pat Benatar, is an American singer, songwriter, and four time Grammy Award winner.
30 Power haircuts
31 Gigantic hair
32 Donkey Kong

What started it all.

33 Laura Branigan Laura Ann Branigan was an American singer, songwriter, and actress known for her powerful, husky alto singing voice which spanned four octaves.

One of the female singers of the 80s who you can remember. - Swellow

34 Miami Vice Miami Vice is an American television crime drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by Michael Mann for NBC.

Most well known show of the 80s without a doubt. - Swellow

35 Depeche Mode Depeche Mode are an English electronic and synth-pop band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke.
36 Don Johnson
37 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
38 The Terminator

I think Arnold Schwarzenegger with his bulky muscles coming and hunting Kyle Reese - zxm

39 Madness
40 Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher

God bless 'em. Sure could use them now.

Just not a fan. I know the terrorists are too far, but I think people stereotyped the Irish over it. As an Irish person myself, I'm victim to this bs. - Swellow

"Thatcher was a disgrace to the Irish." Why? Because she wouldn't knuckle under to leftist Irish terrorists?

41 Walking Like an Egyptian
42 Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.
43 Def Leppard Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.
44 Here I Go Again
45 Final Countdown - Europe

Nah, you're the one to be forgotten. - Swellow

There are some things about the decade that are best forgotten.

46 Top Gun

Because having a difference in opinion is having made a "mistake". - Swellow

The avenue to stardom for an obnoxious whack job.

What? He's NOT obnoxious and he's NOT a whack job? My mistake. I musta been thinking about Tom Cruise.

47 Kim Wilde Kim Wilde (born Kim Smith) is an English pop singer, author, DJ and television presenter who burst onto the music scene in 1981 with her debut single "Kids in America", which reached number two in the UK. Her version of the Supremes' song "You Keep Me Hangin' On" also went on to be a major UK and US more.
48 New Wave
49 Cult of Personality
50 Bell bottoms
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