No one can argue that the 80's music era was and is a force to be reckoned with. I love relatable music and it was just that. It was relatable and fun. You can dance to it and understand the words (okay, sounding like my moma now...LOL). But, it's true. The style was extremely different. Big hair and wild colors was it. Being yourself was what was popular.
The 60s and 70s sorta blended together as far as music and style, but the 80's made a whole new turn. Colors eventually started to get brighter from the 60's to the 70's, but all just went wild with both style and music when the 80's hit.
Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Culture Club, Kool & the Gang, The Pointer Sisters, Foreigner, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper Hall & Oates, Prince, Kenny Rogers, John Mellencamp, The Romantics...the lists goes on and on. The music had soul, meaning and power. U2, Dire Straits, Phil Collins, The Police, Queen, The Rolling Stones and Eurythmics created original amazing music and the music still lives and will never die. Queen's "We Are The Champions" is still being played at games. Everyone still loves Culture Club's Karma Chameleon. Oh and the Police?!? They will have their own blog page in a minute! Can we say #1 on my Spotify.
Another reason why the 80's and every other era before that are just great music eras is that it was much harder to get discovered then. There was no social media, no blogs, no YouTube. You basically has to foot it. There was only television and radio. In my opinion, that's the reason why most of these musicians/artists are automatic icons. They had to work super hard to get to where they were. Often times, leaving their families to pursue their dreams. Their fans didn't have the option to download music, they actually had to go in a music store and purchase it. I think that if artists still had to do that, the amount of available music out today would be far less.
Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the modern era, but somewhere in the mix, (some) music just stopped being music. It began to be more and more about money which is beginning to produce more and more "One hit wonders." It's now way too easy to "drop an album." Just upload your video on Youtube and get some hits and there you go.
I love 2018 and the music that we have. Beyonce, Maroon 5, Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole. They have obvious strong work ethics that show in their music. Music is more than just coming up with a fresh beat and a cool dance. Your heart needs to show through and through in the music and also in the presentation of the work.