It was the decade of big earrings and even bigger teased hair. There were shoulder pads, hair metal, moonwalking and a whole lot of new electronic sounds pumping through smoke machines and lazer shows. But if you had to choose one song from the era that gave us Thriller, Madonna, Whitney Houston and Culture Club, what would it be?
Steve Hawtin consulted 205 record charts and compiled a list of the 100 biggest hits of the 80s. You can see the whole list here, but we’d like to know which one of the decade’s top 20 hits you like best of all.
If you loved “the decade that style forgot”, as VH1 used to call it, these 13 minutes will be a real joyride:
It was of course also the era of the Walkman and the love letter disguised as a mix tape. Well, here’s a YouTube mix tape to shake to all night long – just click on “PLAYLIST”, top left, and then press “play”: