The music of the 80s spawned much of what's popular today,
especially in terms of electronica, alt. pop, and synth bliss. While
grunge may have inspired alternative rock as we know it today, 80s pop,
new wave, and punk gave birth to a whole new generation of music that's
done nothing but age well over time. But after 20
famous people of the 80s music scene are still with us?.
Madonna. After evolving from a cute-but-naughty
virgin (well, like one
anyway) to the monolith she is today, Madonna embodies all that was good
from the 80s - excess, audacity, and confidence - and is still bringing it
to us, material girl style.
INXS. After the
death of dreamboat Michael Hutchence, who would've ever thought this
iconic 80s band would've made such a comeback - and with such an amazingly
Michael Hutchence-like new lead singer. After all these years, INXS still
manages to be What You Need.
U2 fans from the early days always qualify their fandom with "I love their
older stuff." But while Sunday, Bloody Sunday was perfect for its time, U2
has managed to continue to evolve, in music, in attitude, and in
super-kitsch Bono glasses.
Yes, technically they made their name in the 1970s, but the 80s wouldn't
have been the same without this original-hair-band's input. Aerosmith will
never die, and we'll always be able to count on them for one thing - the
unchanging power ballad.
However, the 80s were also home to some musicians who, sadly, stayed in
the 80s. In 1978, Olivia Newton-John became a heroine to a plethora of
young girls, and let that status skyrocket her into fame with her totally
rad, anatomically inspired songs like
Physical and Heart Attack. And
Cyndi Lauper, even after a small run on the small screen in the decades
following, left her fab fame in the 80s after her fans left behind their
own jelly bracelets and outrageously punk-meets-pop hair.
Speaking of hair, the 80s music scene was alive with trendsetting manes,
no matter what genre. We had the infamously rowdy hair bands, like Bon
Jovi, Poison, and Van Halen, as well as the infamously quirky new wave
stylers like the Thompson Twins and A Flock of Seagulls. And refusing to
be outdone by their outrageous hair, both The Cure's Robert Smith and
Culture Club's Boy George took their androgenous looks and used them to
promote their amazing music to the masses all throughout the 80s.
Above: Not sure what happened to him, but the 80s were definitely his
And, above all else, let us not forget the King of Pop himself, Mr.
Michael Jackson. MJ's superstardom had the whole world screaming over a
simple sequined glove. He also broke records with his 1983
horror flick video for "Thriller," the longest, most expensive, and most
elaborate music video of its time. And while his later life may have been
filled with turmoile, back in the 80s Michael Jackson moonwalked his
way into millions of hearts, and it was bad. You know it.