The Best 80s Songs Ever

Created on July 19, 2022

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The 1980s was a decade of great change and diversity in pop music in the United Kingdom. During this time, the UK saw the rise of new pop and rock music styles, including synth-pop, new wave, and post-punk. Some of the most popular British bands and artists of the 1980s included Duran Duran, The Police, The Smiths, The Cure, and Depeche Mode. These bands helped to define the sound of the decade and influenced many other musicians around the world

The 1980s was a popular time for pop music, with a number of iconic artists and songs emerging during this time. Some popular 1980s pop artists include Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, and Cyndi Lauper. The 1980s also saw the rise of music television channels like MTV, which helped to popularize music videos and further contributed to the success of many pop musicians. The 1980s was a time of great diversity in pop music, with various subgenres like synthpop, New Wave, and dance-pop gaining popularity.

Top British Rock Bands of the 1980s

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The 1980s saw the emergence of some of the most iconic British rock bands of all time. Among the most popular were The Smiths, The Cure, Depeche Mode, U2, The Clash, The Jam, and The Police.

The Smiths were a pioneering indie rock band who combined elements of punk and folk music to create a unique sound. Their melodic, melancholic songs, such as “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”, resonated with a generation of disenchanted youth.

The Cure were another immensely popular British rock band of the 1980s. They combined elements of goth, punk, and pop to create a distinctive sound, with lead singer Robert Smith’s brooding vocals often being the centerpiece.

Depeche Mode were one of the most influential bands of the 1980s, combining elements of new wave and synthpop to create a distinctive sound. Their songs, such as “Just Can’t Get Enough”, were hugely popular, and their influence can still be heard in modern electronic music.

U2 were one of the most successful rock bands of the 1980s, blending elements of punk and folk music to create anthemic songs, such as “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Where the Streets Have No Name”.

The Clash were one of the most influential punk rock bands of the 1980s. They combined elements of reggae, ska, and punk to create a unique sound, and their songs, such as “London Calling”, were hugely influential.

The Jam were a hugely popular British mod revival band of the 1980s who combined elements of punk and soul to create energetic, melodic songs.

Finally, The Police were one of the most successful British rock bands of the 1980s. They blended elements of punk, reggae, and pop to create a distinctive sound, and their songs, such as “Every Breath You Take”, became international hits.

Wham!


Wham! was a British pop duo formed in 1981 by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. The group became very popular in the 1980s with their upbeat, catchy songs and stylish music videos. They released a number of successful albums and singles, including “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” “Freedom,” and “Last Christmas.” Wham! split up in 1986, with George Michael pursuing a successful solo career.

The Evolution of 1980s British Pop Music

The 1980s saw a rapid evolution of British pop music, with a new wave of bands and artists emerging who blended punk, new wave, reggae, and synthpop to create a unique sound.

The punk rock and new wave scene of the ’80s was dominated by bands such as The Smiths, The Cure, and The Clash, who blended elements of punk and folk music to create a unique sound. At the same time, bands such as U2 and Depeche Mode were creating anthemic pop songs that blended elements of punk, new wave, and synthpop.

The emergence of reggae and ska music was also an important part of the musical evolution of the 1980s. Bands such as The Specials and Madness combined elements of reggae and ska with punk and pop to create a unique sound.

At the same time, the 1980s also saw the emergence of a new breed of pop stars, such as Culture Club and Duran Duran, who created a more mainstream, radio-friendly sound. This allowed British pop music to reach a wider audience and become a global phenomenon.

Iconic Albums and Singles of the 1980s

 

The 1980s saw the emergence of some of the most iconic albums and singles of all time. Among the most popular were The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead, The Cure’s Disintegration, U2’s The Joshua Tree, Depeche Mode’s Music for the Masses, and The Police’s Synchronicity.

Other iconic albums of the 1980s include The Jam’s All Mod Cons, The Clash’s London Calling, Madness’ The Rise & Fall, Duran Duran’s Rio, and Culture Club’s Colour by Numbers.

The 1980s also saw the emergence of iconic singles such as The Smiths’ “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”, U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name”, The Cure’s “Lovesong”, Depeche Mode’s “Just Can’t Get Enough”, and The Police’s “Every Breath You Take”. 

Key Moments in 1980s Pop Music History

 
The 1980s saw some key moments in British pop music history. In 1981, the Specials released their anthem “Ghost Town”, which reflected the social and political unrest of the time. In 1982, The Jam released their iconic album The Gift, which captured the spirit of mod revival. In 1983, U2 released their classic album War, which combined elements of punk and pop to create anthemic songs.

In 1984, Depeche Mode released their classic album Some Great Reward, which blended elements of new wave and synthpop to create a unique sound. In 1985, The Smiths released their critically acclaimed album Meat Is Murder, which featured iconic singles such as “How Soon Is Now?”. In 1986, The Cure released their classic album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, which featured some of their most iconic songs.

Finally, in 1987, U2 released their classic album The Joshua Tree, which blended elements of folk, rock, and pop to create anthemic songs. This album launched U2 to global stardom and cemented their status as one of the most successful British rock bands of all time.

1980s Pop Music’s Influence on Modern Music
The 1980s saw a rapid evolution of British pop music, and this evolution has had a lasting impact on modern music. Many of the bands and artists of the 1980s, such as The Smiths, The Cure, Depeche Mode, and U2, are still hugely popular today, and their influence can be heard in the music of modern artists.

The punk and new wave scene of the ’80s, in particular, had a lasting impact on modern music. Punk and new wave bands such as The Smiths, The Cure, and The Clash blended elements of punk, folk, and pop to create a unique sound that has been adopted by modern artists.

The emergence of reggae and ska music in the 1980s also had a lasting impact on modern music. Bands such as The Specials and Madness blended elements of reggae and ska with punk and pop to create a unique sound that has been adopted by modern artists.

Finally, the 1980s also saw the emergence of a new breed of pop stars, such as Duran Duran and Culture Club, who created a more mainstream, radio-friendly sound. This sound has been adopted by modern artists, allowing British pop music to reach a wider audience and become a global phenomenon.

1980s Pop Music Videos

The 1980s saw the emergence of the music video as a popular medium for promoting music. Music videos allowed bands and artists to showcase their music in a visual medium, and this allowed them to reach a wider audience.

Some of the most iconic music videos of the 1980s include The Smiths’ “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”, U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name”, The Cure’s “Lovesong”, Depeche Mode’s “Just Can’t Get Enough”, and The Police’s “Every Breath You Take”.

These music videos helped to cement the popularity of these bands and artists, and they are still hugely popular today.

1980s Pop Music Concerts

The 1980s saw the emergence of the pop music concert as a popular entertainment option. This allowed bands and artists to showcase their music to a live audience, and many of the most popular British rock bands of the 1980s, such as U2 and The Cure, famously held concerts in iconic venues such as London’s Wembley Stadium.

These concerts were hugely popular, and they helped to cement the popularity of these bands and artists. Many of these bands and artists are still hugely popular today, and their concerts continue to be hugely popular events.

The biggest concert of the 80s was live aid. Every well know artist or band of the decade was a part of this event

1980s Pop Music Lyrics

The 1980s saw the emergence of some of the most iconic pop music lyrics of all time. Many of the most popular British rock bands of the 1980s, such as The Smiths, The Cure, and U2, wrote lyrics that resonated with a generation of disenchanted youth.

The Smiths’ lyrics, in particular, were famously melancholic and poetic, with songs such as “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” and “How Soon Is Now?” resonating with a generation of disenchanted youth.

The Cure’s lyrics, meanwhile, were often dark and brooding, with songs such as “Lovesong” and “Pictures of You” resonating with a generation of disenchanted youth.

Finally, U2’s lyrics were often anthemic and uplifting, with songs such as “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday” resonating with a generation of disenchanted youth.

Conclusion

The 1980s was a golden era of British pop music, with many iconic bands and artists emerging from the UK. In this article, we’ve explored the evolution of 1980s UK pop music and its influence on modern music. We’ve taken a look at some of the most popular British rock bands of the 1980s, iconic albums and singles, key moments in 1980s pop music history, 1980s pop music videos, 1980s pop music concerts, and 1980s pop music lyrics. So go ahead and relive the magic of 1980s UK pop music!

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    Say,say,say

    Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson

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    1545

    I'm your Man

    Wham!

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    1458

    Don't You Want Me

    The Human League

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    1438

    I want to break free

    Queen

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    1252

    Dancing in the Dark

    Bruce Springsteen

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    1248

    I won't let the sun go down on me

    Nik Kershaw

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    1232

    Mad World

    Tears For Fears

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    1150

    Hungry like the wolf

    Duran Duran

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    1103

    What’s Love Got to Do With It

    Tina Turner

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    1102

    Purple Rain

    Prince

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    1094

    Chine Girl

    David Bowie

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    1083

    Money For Nothing

    Dire Straits

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    Beat It

    Michael Jackson

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    Shy Boy

    Bananarama

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