Music acts as a time machine, transporting us back through time and rekindling memories, both the good and the bad, and 1980s music provided a tune for every event in that tumultuous decade. The 80s began in turmoil and social unrest and the music reflected this need for change.

The decade began hanging on to the coattails of the Punk revolution that took direct action against the bland musical fare of the late seventies, but finished with stadium rock, manufactured mass produced pop and a confidence and swagger that matched the world's mood as we entered the 90's.


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Before Lady Gaga there was Madonna. Before One Republic there was Bon Jovi. Many of today's most popular music acts are products of growing up in the 1980s. While many great bands were started in the 1980s, several of them did not make it out of the decade The music of the 1980s was dominated by hard rock hair bands and electro-pop groups exemplifying a decade of excess.

To be a Top-5 band from the 1980s, it had to be formed in the decade, experience longevity, unquestionable success, and define the music of that decade. My apologies to U2 and its fans, but it was formed in the 70s. Starting with No. 5, here are the Top 5 bands of the 1980s. No. 5 R.E.M. : Members of the top alternative rock band to come out of the 80s, R.E.M. achieved success as a group as well as individually. With 15 studio albums and 64 singles to its credit, R.E.M. boasts over 80 million albums sold worldwide.

Its 2011 release, "Collapse into Now" peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 U.S. Charts, demonstrating its continued influence and popularity. R.E.M. is more than a rock band, it is an active political and social voice. Whether changing the political climate or writing memorable music, R.E.M. occupies a well-deserved slot of top bands to come from the 1980s.

No. 4 Pet Shop Boys: The Pet Shop Boys is "the most successful duo in UK music history," according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Considering it has sold over 100 million albums worldwide that is a hard praise to disagree with.

Perhaps an unlikely selection to some, with 55 singles, 42 of which landed in the UK Top 30, and 22 singles in the Top 10, the Pet Shop Boys is easily the top duo in the list. With hits like, "West End Girls," "Opportunities (Let's Make Lot's of Money)," and "It's a Sin," the Pet Shop Boys techno-pop melodies permeated into the fans' subconscious well beyond the 1980s.

No. 3 Depeche Mode: Q magazine calls Depeche Mode, "The most popular electronic band the world has ever known." Others simply say Depeche Mode is the most successful electronic band in music history. With dozens of singles and music videos, Depeche Mode is both popular and successful, even today. Six of Depeche Mode's 12 studio albums were released in the 1980s.

Totaling over 100 million unit sales worldwide, Depeche Mode continues to be relevant today with its latest studio release, "Sounds of the Universe," receiving a Grammy nomination in 2009 for "Best Alternative Album." Depeche Mode has earned a well-respected place in the Top 5. No. 2 Metallica: Few bands can say that they have influenced as many of today's current rock bands, sold as many records, or stayed as relevant as can Metallica.

As a pioneer in the metal genre, Metallica, to date, has released nine studio albums, three live albums, 24 music videos, and 45 singles. Metallica has earned nine Grammy awards, and has successfully released five consecutive albums to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. While Metallica started in the 1980s its story is much bigger than just one decade.

Millions of fans worldwide continue to support this influential and Top 5 band from the 1980s. No. 1 Bon Jovi: According to the Billboard charts, Bon Jovi boasts two different tours in the Top 20 highest grossing tours of all time as well as four of its 11 studio albums released in the 1980s.

Bon Jovi is Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame material (in spite of its 2010 unfulfilled nomination). Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet" was the top selling album of 1987. Bon Jovi has sold over 130 million records worldwide as reported by the band's official website.

While not the hardest rock band in the world, Bon Jovi is one of the hardest working. Continuing to tour and sell out arena's, Bon Jovi is an irrefutable rock icon from the 1980s and well into the 2010s. Defining what is means to be a hard rock hair band while still staying main stream, Bon Jovi's hit songs "Livin' on a Prayer," and "You Give Love a Bad Name," are still being performed at karaoke clubs by fans from all around the world.


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For all of us who grew up in the 1980s, the music of that decade will remain the soundtrack to the key moments of our lives. Music acts as a time machine, transporting us back through time and rekindling memories, both the good and the bad, and 1980s music provided a tune for every event in that tumultuous decade.

The 80s began in turmoil and social unrest and the music reflected this need for change. The decade began hanging on to the coattails of the Punk revolution that took direct action against the bland musical fare of the late seventies, but finished with stadium rock, manufactured mass produced pop and a confidence and swagger that matched the world's mood as we entered the 90's in a spirit of optimism and hope with falling of the Iron Curtain in 1989.

The dawn of the MTV era meant that the visual appeal of a band was as important as their musical ability and this principle was seized upon by the New Romantic Movement, who dressed flamboyantly and daubed themselves with makeup -annoying their elders as much as it delighted their peers.

Having begun in such a state of flux, 1980s music continued to evolve as new technologies emerged and artists, musicians and film makers began to experiment. However, as the decade unfurled, so the mainstream music, once again, returned to a formulaic approach with the production companies, like the phenomenally successful 'Stock, Aitkin and Waterman' manufacture hit after hit after hit of disposable pop.

This saw the rise of the producer - the front men and women of the bands selected as much for their eye candy appeal as any talent or ability to write songs and play instruments. Music had truly become as much a visual medium as an aural one. Nevertheless, a strong 'alternative' scene survived through these times, as diverse as Indie rock and pop, Goth, Hip Hop and House. 1980s music laid the foundations for so much of the music we listen to today.


As the decade unfurled, so the mainstream music, once again, returned to a formulaic approach with the production companies, like the phenomenally successful 'Stock, Aitkin and Waterman' manufacture hit after hit after hit of disposable pop. This saw the rise of the producer - the front men and women of the bands selected as much for their eye candy appeal as any talent or ability to write songs and play instruments. Music had truly become as much a visual medium as an aural one.

Nevertheless, a strong 'alternative' scene survived through these times, as diverse as Indie rock and pop, Goth, Hip Hop and House. 1980s music laid the foundations for so much of the music we listen to today. The 1980's were a great decade for music, and probably the first that really put the female singer front and center for a time.

There were so many great female singers during this decade and while there's no doubt that the three I'll mention here were extremely successful, this list is subject to debate, as it all comes down to a matter of personal preference. I've done my best to narrow it down, but it was naturally a challenge to do so. Anyway, here's my list. 3. Whitney Houston.

A true diva in every sense of the word, Whitney Houston was a legendary R&B singer whose many #1 hits have gone down as 1980s classics. From more upbeat songs like "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" to slower songs like "The Greatest Love of All", Whitney belted out the high notes like no one else in the 1980s. 2. Tina Turner. This legendary singer was already a couple of decades into her career by the 1980s, but that didn't stop her from achieving enormous commercial success.

Some of Tina's biggest years took place in the 1980s, and her many hits were classic 1980s music. 1. Madonna. Were you expecting anyone else? Madonna produced more chart toppers than any female singer in the 1980s, and more than any female singer in history. She truly revolutionized the concept of the female pop star, and she amazingly still produces great music over 25 years later.


Stock, Aitkin and Waterman


Irrespective what end of the spectrum of techno music, whether you love it or hate it, chances are you don't know a thing about its history and even less about what has made it one of the most popular forms of electronic music today. Whilst techno is without doubt most popular in Europe today, techno music in fact originated from a Detroit Michigan during the 1980's.

Although Detroit is far more famous for exporting cars rather than music, the vast array of techno music genres we listen to today are variants on the original style of "Detroit Techno." (Ironically Eminem, one of the 2000's biggest names in rap music who openly hates techno music also comes from the same city) The pioneers of techno music are without question the Belleville 3, given that label by adoring fans because they all attended Belleville High School, who's first 3 albums popularised the fledgling genre of music.

However the main reason for the growth in techno music during this period was the fact that synthesizers and sequencers required to produce techno music became increasingly affordable. As a result, experimentation with techno music became increasingly popular within Detroit, in particular by those not wishing to follow the mainstream music of the time.

It wasn't long before the techno music genre started to make inroads into Europe, with Germany and England becoming early adopters of this new style. When the Berlin wall fell in 1989, techno music exploded in German bars, nightclubs and underground venues, the most famous of which was UFO, hosted by DJ Westbaume and DJ Maute.

This underground venue would be the first steps to founding the most epic festival of techno music being The Love Parade. I was a big fan of 1980's music (still am if the truth be known). So much so that on my paperboy's wages I managed to put together a collection of over 100 7" singles and a good number of 12" ones, along with a sprinkling of albums.

The aim of this article is to give you an insight into the sort of things that I was buying, and I hope that it jogs some pleasant memories for you too. Starting at the letter A, on 16th March 1985 I bought Absolute Reality by The Alarm. If you can just put to one side the criticism of the band as a 'poor man's U2' you will see a band with an extensive portfolio of singles and albums, with no little fan base.

They have had over 5 millions album sales worldwide and a total of 16 UK Top 50 chart entries. When I was into them I was a little musically confused, it has to be said, but in the spirit of trying anything once, The Alarm was a band which I tried a few more times than once. And I do actually have some far worse skeletons than them in my musical closet...


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Music is the rhythm of life and possesses the power to revive stale heart, mind and soul. Music has that great power of expression of an artist's mind, his zeal, emotions and vivacity. Music can make the blood flow in opposite direction and that is why music plays a vital role in nurturing revolution by providing great motivation.

Alternative rock is also that precious stone picked up from the sea of innovation. Alternative rock is essentially an umbrella term for underground music that has emerged in the wake of the punk rock movement since the mid 1980s.

Throughout its history, alternative rock has been largely defined by its rejection of the commercialism of mainstream culture. The music now known as alternative rock was known by a variety of terms before "alternative" came into common use. "College rock" was used in the United States to describe this awesome music during the 1980s due to its links to the college radio circuit and the tastes of college students. In the United Kingdom the term "Indie" was preferred; by 1985 the term "Indie" had come to mean a particular genre, or group of subgenres, rather than a simple demarcation of status.

As a musical genre, alternative rock consists of various subgenres that have grown from the indie music scene since the 1980s, such as grunge, Britpop, Gothic rock, and Indie pop. These genres are unified by their collective debt to the style and/or ethos of punk, which laid the groundwork for alternative music in the 1970s.

Alternative bands in previous times used to play in small clubs, at that time there was no advertising medium so it was advertised through world of mouth as a result alternative rock became popular among youth. Alternative rock does not have any particular musical style but many performers have made up their own style by including distorted guitars. Sounds range from the dirty guitars of grunge and the gloomy sound scales of gothic rock is the specialty of alternative rock.


Eurythmics


Eurythmics was another band who I tried out more than once. The appeal of Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart is comparable to anything around in the 1980's.

Of their 30 UK singles, which included 3 re-releases - Love Is A Stranger (2) and the remix of Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), Eurythmics had 22 hits in the 1980's, of which 8 were top ten hits, including on number one, There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart). Of these, I bought six. In no particular order I splashed my cash on The Miracle Of Love, There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart), Thorn In My Side, It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back), Sexcrime (nineteen eighty-four) and Would I Lie To You?

Although these represent the link between my qualitative decisions on what to spend my money on, I'd say that looking back now, it's probably the earlier singles, Sweet Dreams... and Love Is a Stranger which represent the musical pinnacle of the group's offering. Sweet Dreams... especially is just an awesome sound - the baseline allows so much more to happen than you would imagine.


1980 College rock


Lyrics in alternative rock songs typically address issues concerned with society such as drugs, depression and environment. Alternative rock has that approach that can awake youth and can make them realize their potential. Alternative rock performers differentiate themselves from their traditional rock predecessors as they want to sing it for a greater diversity and experimentation in music. Alternative rock performers produce catchy as well as motivational music.

Though their music--with its emphasis on distorted guitars and ambiguous lyrics doesn't suit to commercialize society. Expressions explained by alternative rock songs are 3-4 minutes long, with catchy riffs and steady beats. Alternative rock aims to reach out to a new generation of youth with high energy, melodic music which spoke to contemporary social issues.

Defining music as "alternative" is often difficult because of the application of the word alternative. On one hand alternative describes challenging music that protest commercialization and mainstream values. On the other hand alternative word is used by music industry to mention available options. Whatever the meaning that word carries out, but the fact is that the alternative rock is exactly what present youth need to get motivated.



Unlike many of the popular bands at the time who were originally from England, U2 was a band of young teenagers who were originally from Dublin, Ireland. The band was created in 1976 by Larry Mullen Jr. when he was fourteen, and U2 is still currently performing and putting out music today.

Like the Rolling Stones they have been around for quite a while, but that is where similarities end. U2 is a different band all together, especially in the genre of music that they put out. U2 focuses more on alternative rock, rock and post-punk instead of the rock and roll that the Rolling Stones are best known for.

The main four members of the band have remained the same since the band was first created and includes Adam Clayton, Paul Hewson (also known as Bono), Larry Mullen Jr. and Dave Evans (also known as The Edge). Unlike the members, the name of the band changed a few times before it was known as U2.

First, it was the Larry Mullen band for a day before the name became Feedback. Later, the band renamed themselves The Hype before finally settling on U2. As mentioned before, the members of the band were teenagers when they first started the band and their music wasn't overly popular at first, but this would soon change in the 1980s when they became more recognized.


1980 U2


Though U2 started out in the late 1970s, their popularity didn't begin to grow until the mid 1980s where their live shows were well received by their audience. In fact, their live shows were apparently more a success than any of the recordings they made. It took some work in the start because when the band was first created the members still had some work to do on their music.

With some experimentation and work, they were able to grow in popularity through the different music they offered. Even after they became relatively popular in the 1980s, they continued to experiment and change their music so that they would have their own unique sound that would continue to entertain the audience.

This continued growth is especially seen in an album U2 released in the early 1990s. Even after this album they continued to grow and ensure their music was dynamic. When they first started out, U2 were lacking in some of their ability and experience and the first few years they were playing together involved a lot of practice and growth before they started getting the recognition they deserved.

Even during the 1908s, it took a lot of hard work to build their fan base. It was possibly their enjoyment in trying new things and in trying to build a larger fan base that kept them so dynamic throughout the years.

Their continued dynamic growth in their music has been rewarded with their induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, winning more Grammy Awards than any other band before them and having influenced numerous bands that were created after U2, such as Coldplay and Snow Patrol.

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Freestyle music was very popular if not the most popular style of music in the late 1980's. Music stations such as Hot 103 in New York City gained a tremendous following due to freestyle music. Such artists as K7, Lisette Melendez, Judy Torres and George Lamond were pretty much household names. The most well known and respect music producer of freestyle music was Carlos "After Dark" Berrios. However, as the years went on music stations started changing their formats, moving away from freestyle music and playing more rock, alternative music and hip hop.

The big record labels began to dictate what the stations were to play and the genre slowly began to disappear from the air waves. For fans of freestyle music, Carlos Berrios decided to revive the genre by producing a brand new double CD entitled "Don't Look Back" broken into Session One and Session Two. Old school artists such as George Lamond, Lisette Melendez and K7 perform on the albums. New school artists such as Joei May, Katya and Jessica Fabus perform on the albums as well.

Will radio stations in markets such as New York, Los Angeles and Detroit start playing this new material? I doubt it as commercial radio pretty much plays the same 30-35 tracks every few hours. Fortunately for true fans of the 1980's genre of freestyle music, we can still get our hands on some new material thanks to Carlos Berrios. Music Videos have played an important role in the success of many artists and the music industry.



Discordant heavy metal music struck a chord with many teenagers during the late '70s and '80s. The loud, fast, guitar-driven music has since languished commercially as successive generations have chosen newer soundtracks to fuel their rebellion against the establishment. Many of the original fans, however, never moved on, even as they aged, started careers, got married and had children of their own. "If you're seeing a 40-year-old at a concert, you're quite sure at 18 you know what kind of music he was into.

For so many people the music of the most emotional point of their lives is a touchstone that they return to for the rest of their lives, there keeping their own youth alive. Heavy metal fans wear their passion on more than just the sleeves of skull T-shirts and black leather jackets. For many of them, the music--louder and faster than anything heard before--became a way of life.

The mostly white, mostly male and mostly middle-class listeners found a feeling of power over their parents, over their teachers, over the jocks at school that treated them as outcasts. Metalheads, or headbangers, as they called themselves, built up a community linked through underground tape swapping networks and conversations about Metallica lyrics while camping out on line for concert tickets.


Led Zeppelin


A second wave of British and American rock bands became popular during the late 1960s to the 1970s, with groups that were more steeped in American blues music than their more pop-oriented predecessors. Bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, Status Quo, Aerosmith, Queen, Black Sabbath, and Uriah Heep played highly amplified, guitar-driven hard rock that would come to be known as heavy metal. Heavy metal languished into obscurity in the late 1970s.

A few bands including Kiss, Queen, Black Sabbath,AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith maintained large followings and there were occasional mainstream hits such as Blue Öyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) the Reaper". Music critics overwhelmingly disliked the genre. This began to change in 1978 following the release of Van Halen's eponymous, self-titled debut album. The album helped to usher in an era of high-energy rock and roll, based out of Los Angeles, California.

One genre that was widely popular in the 1980s (c.1983) was glam metal. Taking influence from various artists such as Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi, Queen, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Twisted Sister, (all but Queen would eventually play glam metal at some point in the 80s), Sweet and the New York Dolls. The earliest glam metal bands to gain notability included: Mötley Crüe, W.A.S.P. and Ratt. They became known for their debauched lifestyles, teased hair and use of make-up and clothing.

Their songs were bombastic and often defiantly macho, with lyrics focused on sex, drinking, drugs, and the occult. By the mid 1980s, a formula developed in which a glam metal band had two hits -- one a "power ballad" (slow-dance tempo, with soft verses and bombastic anthemic choruses), and the other a hard-rocking anthem. In 1987 a second wave of glam metal acts, sometimes referred to as sleaze rock, emerged including L.A. Guns and Faster Pussycat.


A Flock of Seagulls


In the fall of 1982, "I Ran" by A Flock of Seagulls entered the Billboard Top Ten, arguably the first successful song that owed almost everything to video. They would be followed by bands like Duran Duran whose glossy video's would come to symbolize the power of MTV. Dire Straits' "Money for nothing" gently poked fun at MTV which had helped make them international rock stars. In 1983 30% of the record sales were from British acts. 18 of the top 40 and 6 of the top 10 singles on July 18 were by British artists.

Overall record sales would rise by 10% from 1982. Newsweek magazine featured Annie Lennox and Boy George on the cover of one of its issues while Rolling Stone Magazine would release an England Swings issue. In April 1984 40 of the top 100 singles were from British acts while 8 of the top 10 singles in a May 1985 survey were of British origin. Veteran music journalist Simon Reynolds theorized that similar to the first British Invasion the use of black American influences by the British acts helped to spur success.

Commentators in the mainstream media credited MTV and the British acts with bringing colour and energy to back to pop music while rock journalists were generally hostile to the phenomenon because they felt it represented image over content. MTV continued its heavy rotation of videos by New Wave-oriented acts until 1987, when it changed to a Heavy Metal and rock dominated format.

New Romanticism emerged as part of the New Wave music movement in London nightclubs including Billy's and The Blitz Club towards the end of the 1970s. Influenced by David Bowie and Roxy Music, it developed glam rock fashions, gaining its name from the frilly fop shirts of early Romanticism.

New Romantic music often made extensive use of synthesisers. Pioneers included Visage and Ultravox and among the commercially most successful acts associated with the movement were Adam and the Ants, Culture club, Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran. By about 1983 the original movement had dissolved, with surviving acts dropping most of the fashion elements to pursue mainstream careers.


Here are the number one songs from 1981: 01/31/81 "The Tide Is High" - Blondie (1 week) Even though it only spent one week at the top of the chart, this was Blondie's longest lasting single, staying on the charts for 26 weeks. 02/07/81 "Celebration" - Kool And The Gang (2 weeks) From 1973 to 1987 the band had a string of hits. This was their only number one, although 1983's "Joanna" and 1985's "Cherish" both made it to number two. 02/21/81 "9 To 5" - Dolly Parton (2 weeks) Her first number one song, from the movie of the same name, in which she also starred. 02/28/81 "I Love A Rainy Night" - Eddie Rabbitt (2 weeks) Back to back country artists had number one hits in February of 1981. This was Rabbitt's only number one along with three other songs that made the top 10. 03/21/81 "Keep On Loving You" - REO Speedwagon (1 week)

Their first song to hit the Top 40 chart, and the first of two number ones for the quintet from Champaign, Illinois that was named after a type of fire truck. 03/28/81 "Rapture" - Blondie (2 weeks) The 4th and final number one song Blondie had in the '80s, and their second of 1981. 04/11/81 "Kiss On My List" - Hall and Oates (3 weeks) The first number one of the '80s for the duo from Philadelphia. They previously hit the top of the charts with 1977's "Sara Smile," and would have several hits throughout the '80s. 05/02/81 "Morning Train (Nine To Five)" - Sheena Easton (2 weeks) The sexy Scot's first single went all the way to number one and would be her only chart topper.

She did have 6 other top 10 hits in the '80s. 05/16/81 "Bette Davis Eyes" - Kim Carnes (9 weeks) The number two song of 1981 was written by the legendary Jackie DeShannon. Carnes was a former member of the New Christy Minstrels in the late '60s. Her only other top 10 song was 1980's duet with Kenny Rogers, "Don’t Fall In Love With A Dreamer." 06/20/81 "Medley" - Stars On 45 (1 week) This novelty song had Dutch session singers redo classic songs from the '60s.

They released three other Medley singles, but none even cracked the Top 40. 07/25/81 "The One That You Love" - Air Supply (1 week) The only number one song for the Australian balladeers. They had seven consecutive top 5 singles from 1980 to 1982. 08/01/81 "Jessie's Girl" - Rick Springfield (2 weeks) 1981 was a great year for Australians, with 3 different artists reaching number one.

Springfield played Dr. Noah Drake on the hit soap opera General Hospital in the early '80s. This would be his only number one song, but he also had 4 other singles hit the top 10. 08/15/81 "Endless Love" - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie (9 weeks) The title song for the movie starring Brooke Shields became a wedding staple and was Ross' final number one. It was Richie's first. 10/17/81 "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" - Christopher Cross (3 weeks)

The second movie theme in a row to top the charts in '81, it was Cross' second and final number one. 11/07/81 "Private Eyes" - Hall and Oates (2 weeks) Another one of their 6 number one singles. 11/21/81 "Physical" - Olivia Newton-John (10 weeks) The number one song of the year, and the song spending the most weeks at number one in the decade of the '80s. In addition to 10 weeks at number one, it spent a total of 21 weeks in the Top 40.


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The 1980s were a great decade of music, highlighted by a wide variety of sounds. Whether you were a fan of rock music, rap, R&B, or some other genre, there was just about everything you could possibly like. With so many great artists and bands out there, it's hard to narrow this list down to just five. For the sake of making it a bit easier, we're just going to focus on bands. Therefore, solo artists won't be mentioned in this list. Let's see who made it. 5. Guns 'N Roses.

This metal band emerged in the late 1980s, and quickly became one of the most successful rock bands of all-time. Their hits like Paradise City and Welcome to the Jungle rocked the music world. 4. REM. Originally billed as an alternative rock band, they may have led the trend that dominated the 1990s, as this band was far ahead of its time with many hits throughout the 1980s. 3. The Police. Having emerged in the early 1980s, Sting and crew were absolutely phenomenal through the first half of the decade. Their many hits characterized the decade. 2. The Cure.

Having had numerous albums that were well received by both the public and critics alike, the Cure were a classic 80s band with that classic 1980s sound. Their music is still widely listened to today. 1. U2. Still nearly as relevant today, this band's classic songs live on. The Joshua Tree was one of the most successful albums of all-time. Falco was an Austrian singer who caught the publics attention with his 1986 offering Rock Me Amadeus. This German language single became the first of its kind to top the UK Singles Chart (although Nena's 99 Balloons was earlier, she sang that in English).

Released in March 1986, I went out and paid for it on 19th April. To say that the single had global appeal is an understatement if there ever was one. It was number one in 12 countries and number two in 4 others. I equally loved the follow up, Vienna Calling and although it made number ten in the UK Singles Chart it didn't quite have the same impact as its predecessor. Sadly Falco was killed as the result of a motorcycle crash in February 1998.

Many musical artists made their careers a success by using music videos. As an important part of the music industry, music videos not only showcase an artist's singing talent, but also how they perform. The history of music videos shows how the use of the videos transformed the music industry. Premiering in 1974, the Australian TV show 'Countdown' played an important role in the development of the music video industry. Music video clips were used as a method of promoting acts that were to appear on the show.

As the popularity of the video clips grew, the music industry began to realize the marketing potential of these music clips. One of the most notable video clips features was the AC/DC hit, "It's A Long Way to the Top." During the 1980s, 'Countdown' aired in 22 countries.


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Predating MTV by almost three years, 'Video Concert Hall,' was the first nationwide video music program on American television. Premiering in June 1981, one of the first US programs to play music videos was the USA Cable Network program 'Night Flight.' Night Flight predated MTV's launch by just a few months. In 1981, the U.S. video channel MTV was launched and it began the age of 24-hour music television. They launched the channel with the video, "Video Killed the Radio Star." Throughout the 1980s, MTV expanded to become an important tool used in music marketing.

Singers like Madonna not only used music videos to promote their albums, but to create their images. In 1983, the almost 14-minute-long video for Michael Jackson's song "Thriller," was released. It became the world's most successful and influential video in music video history. In 1985, MTV launched the channel VH1 which featured softer music for an older audience than the typical young MTV audience. In 1987, MTV Europe was launched and in 1991, MTV Asia was introduced. In 1988, the MTV show, Yo! MTV Raps was launched. The show helped to bring hip hop music to a nation wide audience.

Two of the videos that are most famous for being two of the three most expensive music videos of all time are Michael and Janet Jackson's "Scream," which cost $7 million to produce, and Madonna's "Bedtime Story," which cost $5 million. "Scream" is still the most expensively video ever made.

During the 1990s, MTV launched channels around the world that included: MTV Latin America in 1993, MTV India in 1996, and MTV Mandarin in 1997. In 1996, MTV2, originally called "M2" was launched as an alternative and older music video channel. By the mid-2000s, MTV and many of its other channels had stopped showing a large number of music videos and began showing reality television shows.


Donna Summer


Techno is a form of electronic dance music that had its early beginnings in Western Europe in the late 1970s and later developed and established as a genre in Detroit, Michigan during the 1980s. Techno has since been retroactively defined to encompass, among others, works dating back to "Shari Vari" (1981) by A Number Of Names, the earliest compositions by Cybotron (1981), Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder's "I Feel Love"(1977), "From Here to Eternity" (1977), and the more dance floor-orientated selections from Kraftwerk's repertoire between 1977 and 1983.

Techno became more of a phenomenon in Europe than in the United States; American artists such as Moby and The Crystal Method who started their careers making techno were initially successful in Europe, but did not gain a presence in the US until branching out into other styles such as break beat and electronica. Techno is, finally, a thoroughly mediated music, from its continually recombinant musical genres and its constant (re)generation of new categories, labels, and self- definitions, to its circular processes of both resistance and acceptance.


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In the US indie music is considered to be a spin off from alternative rock. The movement is believed to have been started during the 1970s or 1980s. The indie rock music of the 1980s had sounds, which were described as being heavy and distorted.By the 1990s, indie music groups such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam became a main stream, and the genre became more widespread. Once the genre became popular, major record companies begin investing large amounts of money in it.

Once this happened, the term “alternative rock” became more of a misnomer. Traditionally, many musicians who have signed with major record companies were considered to be “sell outs” by their hardcore fans. My Original Music is an indie music site located at my original music.com.

Here you can find music by independent artists from all over the world. Today, indie rock is a term which has come to describe a wide variety of music. The term indie rock has been applied to psychedelic folk, synth pop, and post punk. Sometimes the term indie rock becomes blurred, and some believe that the word will soon disappear much like alternative rock did.

Mainstream artists such as Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys have been known to reach high levels on the indie music charts, especially in the United Kingdom. Some mainstream artists have even been signed to independent record labels.Many popular indie music artists become a main stream, and once this happens, they are no longer independent.


Roland TB-303


Music journalists and fans of the genre are generally selective in their use of the term, careful not to conflate it with related but distinct genres, such as house, trance and hardcore. Acid techno, influenced by the heavy use of the Roland TB-303 for bass and lead sounds in the style of acid house, enjoyed a surge of popularity in the mid-1980s and went on to influence acid trance. A strong, bass-heavy trance beat is infused with a driving, dark hip-hop guitar line and a light, high synthesizer melody in this mid-tempo trance piece with an urban feel.

Techno music can make excellent background music for cutting edge businesses and as production music for progressive films or television programs highlighting fast-paced popular culture. Techno music still requires plenty of human intervention to create and perform the machines are simply the equipment that enables it. Techno music is, in fact, a collection of genres which are, depending on how you view them, complimentary, contradictory or none of the above.

Techno music is influenced by electro, new wave, funk and futuristic themes that were prominent in modern culture after the end of the cold war in America at this time. Techno music then expanded and was introduced to related genres of music, making it globally recognized by the 1990s.


AC/DC


AC/DC - The thunder from down under and possibly the biggest, loudest thing that has ever come out of Australia. Unless you have lived under a rock all your life, you know who this band is. Original lead singer Bon Scott passed way too early, but I believe Brian Johnson has filled the shoes extremely well.

Angus and Malcom Young complete the original lineup and hard, fast rock are what these guys are all about. From the early days of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, to the excellent movie soundtrack of Maximum Overdrive, they have a style all their own.


DJ Frankie Knuckles


The origins of house music can be traced back to the early 1980's in Chicago, Illinois. House rhythms were originally rooted in disco, but the music was influenced by a wide range of styles including blues, jazz, soul, R&B, and funk. The coining of the phrase "house music" is a hotly debated topic among musicians and DJ's. Some say it originated from a club called "The Warehouse" where longtime resident Producer/DJ Frankie Knuckles played his unique brand of dance music until 1982 when the venue closed.

Knuckles himself said he first heard the term while passing by a bar on the south side of Chicago that displayed a sign in its window reading "We play house music". DJ Leonard "Remix" Rroy claims the sign was a reference to the type of soulful music one would play at home. Another opinion is that the term referenced the creation of music in the homes of pioneering DJ's and dance producers. These early creations would be recorded using synthesizers, drum machines and sequencers.

Others claim that "house" references the correlation of certain tracks with their respective DJ's, as in the house DJ's played their own house records. The Chicago club scene of the early 80's was fueled by DJ's spinning various forms of music including disco, hip hop, funk, pop, and R&B. The advent of relatively inexpensive electronic instruments led to many DJ's producing their own blend of existing songs by mixing in drum machines and effects.

Considered by many to be the first original house music record, "On & On" by Jesse Saunders was released in 1984. The album's success stimulated a wave of recordings from the early DJ's trying their hand at producing house music. The music soon branched off into subgenres of house such as deep house and acid house. With the support of club DJ's such as Lil Louis, Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy, and radio stations like WBMX, house music quickly gained popularity in Chicago.

At the same time, house began to spread to neighboring DJ's and producers of Detroit, Michigan. Artists like Marshall Jefferson helped push house outside of Chicago with his widely popular track "Move Your Body". From the mid to late 80's artists like Larry Heard, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Farley Keith, and Steve Hurley, continued to popularize the genre.


The Rolling Stones' quintessential jam album, Black and Blue


Today, house music is stronger than ever and can be heard in some form throughout clubs across the globe. The genre has continued to branch off into subgenres including progressive house, electro house, techno house, breakbeat, and the list goes on. House is not just a form of music, but is a religion supported by devoted practitioners the world over.

The Rolling Stones' quintessential jam album, Black and Blue is a departure from It's Only Rock n' Roll and Goats Head Soup in the sense that its does not revel in the decadence but merely showcases the band just, well, playing. One could call Black and Blue the hangover from those two albums.

Part of the reason for this was the departure of guitarist Mick Taylor after It's Only Rock n' Roll as the band was auditioning guitarists and because of this, there were numerous guitarists on this album.

The band did eventually settle on former Jeff Back Group and faces guitarist Ron Wood, but he would be more extensively featured on the next album, Some Girls. The album incorporates disco ("Hot Stuff"), reggae ("Cherry Oh Baby"), ballads ("Fool To Cry" and the beautiful "Memory Motel," one of their finest), hard rock ("Hand Of Fate" and "Crazy Mama"), latin music ("Hey Negrita") and tin-pan alley ("Melody"). Like Exile On Main Street, Black and Blue does not feature any massive hits ("Fool To Cry" barely cracked the Top 10) but as a whole it's a rewarding listen.

The musical landscape was changing with the emergence of disco and punk, however, and the band would need to revitalize itself (not to mention that Keith Richards would need to sober up) to remain relevant. Never count out the Stones.


Popular music of the United Kingdom in the 1980s built on the post punk and new wave movements, incorporating different sources of inspiration from sub-genres and what is now classed as World music in the shape of Jamaican and Indian music. It also explored the consequences of new technology and social change in the electronic music of synth pop.

In the early years of the decade, while sub-genres like heavy metal music continued to develop separately, there was a considerable crossover between rock and more commercial popular music, with a large number of more "serious" bands, like The Police and UB40, enjoying considerable single chart success. The advent of MTV and cable video helped spur what has been seen as a Second British Invasion in the early years of the decade, with British bands enjoying more success in America than they had since the height of the Beatles' popularity in the 1960s.

However, by the end of the decade a fragmentation has been observed, with many new forms of music and sub-cultures, including Hip Hop and House music, while the single charts were once again dominated by pop artists, now often associated with the Hi-NRG hit factory of Stock Aitken Waterman.

The rise of the Indie rock scene was partly a response to this, and marked a shift away from the major music labels and towards the importance of local scenes like Madchester and sub-genres, like gothic rock. The arrival of MTV in 1981 would usher in New Wave's most successful era. British artists, unlike many of their American counterparts, had learned how to use the music video early on.

Several British acts signed to independent labels were able to outmarket and outsell American artists that were signed with major labels. Journalists labeled this phenomenon a "Second British Invasion". Hip hop music is a musical genre that developed as part of hip hop culture, and is defined by four key stylistic elements rapping, DJing/scratching, sampling (or synthesis), and beatboxing. Hip hop began in the South Bronx of New York City in the 1970s.

The term rap is often used synonymously with hip hop, but hip hop also denotes the practices of an entire subculture. Rapping, also referred to as MCing or emceeing, is a vocal style in which the artist speaks lyrically, in rhyme and verse, generally to an instrumental or synthesized beat. Beats, almost always in 4/4 time signature, can be created by sampling and/or sequencing portions of other songs by a producer.

They also incorporate synthesizers, drum machines, and live bands. Rappers may write, memorize, or improvise their lyrics and perform their works a cappella or to a beat. Creation of the term hip hop is often credited to Keith Cowboy, rapper with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

However, Lovebug Starski, Keith Cowboy, and DJ Hollywood used the term when the music was still known as disco rap. It is believed that Cowboy created the term while teasing a friend who had just joined the U.S. Army, by scat singing the words "hip/hop/hip/hop" in a way that mimicked the rhythmic cadence of marching soldiers. Cowboy later worked the "hip hop" cadence into a part of his stage performance, which was quickly used by other artists such as The Sugarhill Gang in "Rapper's Delight".

The roots of hip hop are found in African-American music and ultimately African music. The griots of West Africa are a group of traveling singers and poets who are part of an oral tradition dating back hundreds of years. Their vocal style is similar to that of rappers.

The African-American traditions of signifyin', the dozens, and jazz poetry are all descended from the griots. In addition, musical 'comedy' acts such as Rudy Ray Moore and Blowfly are considered by some to be the forefathers of rap.


Stock Aitken Waterman


Since each of the bands associated with the movement took a different approach to their music, it is difficult to define what constitutes New Romantic music. Contrasting with the punk rock which was popular at the peak of the movement, New Romantic music tends to be elaborate and highly stylized. The musical structures are usually consistent with those of pop music, as are the lyrics, which are often very emotional, which deal with themes such as love, dancing, history, the future and technology.

The lyrics of New Romantic music also tend to be far more apolitical than those of punk rock or other songs written in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Many of the bands featured synthesizers and electronic drums or drum machines in their music, often alongside bass and lead guitar.

While some bands such as Ultravox or Duran Duran consciously synthesized rock and electronic elements, others such as Culture Club or Spandau Ballet drew greater influence from R&B and soul music while still employing electronic instrumentation, albeit to a lesser extent.

Some bands, such as Visage, made music that was almost entirely electronic; often many early British electronic bands such as the Human League and Depeche Mode have been connected to the New Romantic movement, although some sources, sometimes including the individual members of such bands, deny the association. During the last 25 years the New Romantic's music scene has been active and in the charts on a regular basis – Duran Duran is an example as a group who still release new music. Many people out there are nuts about 80's music.

The sad reality of loving the music of the 1980's is that line-ups change, bands disband or the traditional press ignores their new output. That's what we're here to fix. Wondering what the latest news is on your favorite music artists? As a whole, the movement was largely a response to the ethos and style of early punk rock, which had been enjoying widespread popularity around this time.

Although punk initially had great appeal as a vehicle of self-expression and entertainment, by the final days of the 1970s, some had felt that it had lost its original excitement and degenerated into an overly political and bland movement instead. The New Romantic image ultimately sought to contrast with the austerity of punk as a whole by celebrating artifice in music and culture as opposed to rejecting it.

New Romantic music is influenced by many genres such as Disco, Rock, R&B and early electronic pop music. Since the New Romantic movement began in and was largely based in nightclubs, a great amount of the music associated with the movement was meant to be suitable for dancing.

Glam rock acts of the 1970s such as David Bowie (whose 1980 single "Ashes to Ashes" was influenced by and considered a New Romantic anthem, Roxy Music and Brian Eno have been cited as major influences on the music and image, the bands. Kraftwork, a German band pioneering electronic music, also heavily impacted many of the artists. With the growth in techno music in bars and nightclubs, various genres started to make a name for themselves and create their own following.

He various genres of Trance music (hard trance, progressive trance, acid trance, uplifting trance) all have their origins in Detroit techno. Mainstream music also became heavily influence by techno, in particular with "techno remixes" of pop, hip hop, RnB and rap music. Today techno music is without question the most popular genre of electronic music, so much so that it is often mistaken by newbie's as the name for electronic music itself with DJs and groups such as the Aphex Twins, Basshunter, Daft Punk and DJ Rush pushing techno music into the mainstream.

Indie music is a type of alternative rock, which exists in the independent music world. The word is periodically used to refer to all underground music, and is the opposite of indie pop music.Indie rock music places an emphasis on electric instruments such as guitars and drums. Musicians in the genre are also known for using abstract sounds.The term indie rock is used because musicians work under smaller record labels instead of the major record companies.

Though indie rock is not technically a genre, it is considered to represent the underground culture in many aspects.Indie artists are known for demanding a large amount of creative control over their music, and this is something, which often alienates them from larger companies.

Indie artists will strictly rely on word of mouth, tours, and independent radio stations in order to promote their music. Many of the popular artists will end up becoming popular with mainstream audiences, and may be signed by large record labels.


Ultravox


I was a big fan of 1980's music (still am if the truth be known). So much so that on my paperboy's wages I managed to put together a collection of over 100 7" singles and a good number of 12" ones, along with a sprinkling of albums. The aim of this article is to give you an insight into the sort of things that I was buying, and I hope that it jogs some pleasant memories for you too. Starting at the letter A, on 16th March 1985 I bought Absolute Reality by The Alarm.

If you can just put to one side the criticism of the band as a 'poor man's U2' you will see a band with an extensive portfolio of singles and albums, with no little fan base. They have had over 5 millions album sales worldwide and a total of 16 UK Top 50 chart entries. When I was into them I was a little musically confused, it has to be said, but in the spirit of trying anything once, The Alarm was a band which I tried a few more times than once.

And I do actually have some far worse skeletons than them in my musical closet... Eurythmics was another band who I tried out more than once. The appeal of Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart is comparable to anything around in the 1980's. Of their 30 UK singles, which included 3 re-releases - Love Is A Stranger (2) and the remix of Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), Eurythmics had 22 hits in the 1980's, of which 8 were top ten hits, including on number one, There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart). Of these, I bought six. In no particular order I splashed my cash on The Miracle Of Love, There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart), Thorn In My Side, It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back), Sexcrime (nineteen eighty-four) and Would I Lie To You?

Although these represent the link between my qualitative decisions on what to spend my money on, I'd say that looking back now, it's probably the earlier singles, Sweet Dreams... and Love Is a Stranger which represent the musical pinnacle of the group's offering. Sweet Dreams... especially is just an awesome sound - the baseline allows so much more to happen than you would imagine.

Falco was an Austrian singer who caught my attention with his 1986 offering Rock Me Amadeus. This German language single became the first of its kind to top the UK Singles Chart (although Nena's 99 Balloons was earlier, she sang that in English).

Released in March 1986, I went out and paid for it on 19th April. To say that the single had global appeal is an understatement if there ever was one. It was number one in 12 countries and number two in 4 others. I equally loved the follow up, Vienna Calling and although it made number ten in the UK Singles Chart it didn't quite have the same impact as its predecessor. Sadly Falco was killed as the result of a motorcycle crash in February 1998.



Here we go again! Strap on your time machine and come with me once again down 80's music memory lane. This time let's give it a twist, shall we? Let's showcase just the ladies that gave us some of the biggest, best 80's music hits. We will cover some big time names as well as some others that are not so easily recoginized. But it's their overall collaboration of these great music hits that helped shape the decade known as the big 80's. Let's roll... First on the list is Pat Benatar.

How about her big music 80's hits, Love Is a Battlefield, and Hit Me With Your Best Shot. The ever popular Laura Branigan and her smash hits Self Control, and Gloria from the great 80's movie hit Flashdance. Tiffany also threw in some catchy hits like I Think We're Alone Now, and I Saw Him Standing There. Not to be out done is Debbie Gibson. Her big 80's hits included Only In My Dreams, and Shake Your Love. Nena was also a strong presence with her song, 99 Luft Balloons.

The American version was 99 Red Balloons. Did anyone catch Tiffany's mall tour in the big 80's? Quite a unuiqe way to get exposure, but hey, whatever it takes. Just goes to show the diversity of the artists and the fans who adored them. Next up we have Martika and her hauntingly beautiful 80's hit, Toy Soldiers. One of my favorites to this day. We can't go down this hit list without throwing in the perky Toni Basil.

Her great music donation was Mickey. I always did like cheer leaders!! Another all time favorite is the ever popular Go-Go's. We Got the Beat, Vacation, and Our Lips Are Sealed. 80's hits and classics all rolled up in one. The lead singer from the Go-Go's was, as we all know, Belinda Carlisle. Her solo career gave us hits like Heaven Is a Place on Earth, and Circles In the Sand.

The Bangles and their great 80's music video Walk Like an Egyptian is still a staple on the classic video stations. Susanna Hoffs and her crazy eyes is something that I will always remember. Too cool. Speaking of great music video hits, Tina Turner was a powerful female artist as well, picking up a good head of steam in the 80's.

Her hits include What's Love Got To Do With It, and Better Be Good To Me. Timeless treasures still alive today. Terry Nunn fronted a band called Berlin. Who can ever forget their huge 80's hit Take My Breath Away. From possibly the best movie of all time Top Gun. Maybe I'm a little biased here!! Brass In Pocket and Middle Of the Road came from the super group The Pretenders.

Did you know that Brass In Pocket is not the bands favorite song to perform? But certianly it is their most requested. Chrissy Hynde was made to sing this one!! Hard rockin' glam metal Scandal had the big 80's hit The Warrior. I can still see Patti Smythe and Roxi crankin' it up loud to this day. A little band from the Seattle area known as Heart had some giant classic music hits in the 80's as well.

These Dreams, and If Looks Could Kill are just a few from this mega band. The all girl band Vixen headlined with big artists due in part to their 80's hit Livin' On The Edge Of a Broken Heart. Not to be left behind, Lita Ford paired up with Ozzy Osbourne for the duet, Close My Eyes Forever. Her solo hit Kiss Me Deadly was not too far behind. Another rocker we have to include is Joan Jett. I Love Rock N Roll and Do You Want To Touch Me are by far classic hits that survive to this day. To wind up the list, we have to say something about Cher.

If I Could Turn Back Time was a favorite of me and my fellow shipmates when I was in the United States Navy for obvious reasons. Man I wish I was on that battle ship!! Now for a little 80's music hits trivia. Does anyone know the co-lead singer with Meatloaf on his giant hit Paradise By The Dashboard Lights? The woman you see is named Karla Devito. But did you know she was actually lip-syncing? The voice you hear singing actually belongs to Ellen Foley. Apparently, Karla and Meatloaf did a video to this song, and people associated Karla to it, so they decided to keep her on stage for the tour!! So, there you have it. The Ladies of the 80's and a little music trivia to boot. Thanks for sharing another 80's music hits memory with me. Rock On!!! Glenn Black


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