Generations are defined by their music trends. In many ways, the biggest music acts of the 1980′s are still influencing the recording industry up to this day. The roots of the pop and dance music genres that have evolved into today’s pop rock and electronic dance music can be traced to the ’80′s, as well as the emergence of sub-genres within jazz and adult contemporary. Also, this was the decade that saw the widespread use of digital recording, something that revolutionized the music recording and playback experience for music fans.
Despite the continued development of popular recording music, many music enthusiasts still consider the 1980′s as one of the best and coolest decades in music. Fans of this tune decade will no doubt remember the vast popularity of dance and post-disco music during this time. While disco music lorded the airwaves in the 1970′s, the increasing use of synthesizers and other digital recording techniques paved the way for synthpop, Eurodance, electronica, and other forms of dance and post-disco styles. Electronic genres such as techno, house, and freestyle were born out of the 1980′s, and are the forerunners of today’s popular EDM.
Who were the biggest names in pop music during the 1980′s? The King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson, saw his popularity reach its peak in this decade. He reinvented himself and found mainstream success boosted by his being the first African-American artist to have his music videos aired on MTV. The best-selling album of all time, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, was released in 1982 and sold about 110 million copies all over the world. This page features the King of Pop’s complete discography.
Another ’80′s artist who continues to make a dent in today’s music charts is Madonna. She was the most popular and most successful female artist of this decade, with chart-topping albums such as True Blue, Like A Virgin, and Like A Prayer. Madonna was known for high energy dance moves and controversial concert performances. Madonna also rode the wave of the synthpop and post-disco dance music of the decade. The origin of synthpop and the other artists known for this style are discussed in this article.
R’n’B, urban, and hip-hop music were gaining a foothold in the inner-city areas during the 1980′s, although it wasn’t until the latter part of the decade and the early ’90′s when urban music became the mainstream force that it is today. Urban pop music artists, however, were already finding success in the music charts during this decade. Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, Prince, Tina Turner, Donna Summer, and Deniece Williams were among the notable urban pop artists that became popular in the ’80′s.
Within the rock and alternative music genres, the music of U2, Queen, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, and R.E.M. were ruling the airwaves in the ’80′s, and in fact are still widely popular up to this day. Alternative rock music, in particular, has transitioned into a sound that is now more universally considered as pop or mainstream rock. You can turn on any adult contemporary or Top 40 station today and hear how the alternative rock style that became a hit in the ’80′s has now become the default sound of rock itself.
If you are still reminiscing the music of the ’80′s you will find a lot of radio stations and online streaming sites that dedicate much of their programming to playing the very best music of this decade. You can also use your Hotmail account to request music or even send music files. For any issue with your Hotmail account, call the Hotmail support number shown here for assistance.