Remembering the 1980s

The 1980s was a music era that will be remembered for years to come. It saw changes in the music industry in regard to genres, musical instruments and more adventurous lyrics that most parents disliked. It is also a decade in music that many people still consider to be the most popular in music history, as a recent survey conducted in a variety of countries has revealed. No matter how popular the music of 2000s is, the songs and sounds of the ‘80s are still appreciated today.

A survey was done across Europe to find out what the most popular and favorably remembered era of music is. Countries such as Ukraine, Cypress, Russia, Spain, Austria, France, the United Kingdom, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Greece, Denmark and Italy, to name a few, participated. The votes for the 1980s were overwhelming. The 1980s era topped the survey with 31 percent, while the 1990s followed close behind with 25 percent. The older eras were not forgotten, with the 1970s taking third place, the 1960s forth and the 2000s place at number five in the survey.

When looking at the 80s music era more closely, participants voted for the 1980s as they enjoyed being able to sing along with the songs. It was also a time in music history where the biggest concert for relief aid began, namely the Live Aid Concert. Favorite wedding songs, such as Have I Told You Lately That I Love You, You are The Sunshine of My Life and Endless Love, also came from the 1980s, as well as hit bands such as Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys and Madonna, who still influence current day musicians. Some of these bands have also made reunion concerts available to the public, affirming the popularity they still bask in today. Other moments of the 1980s that are fondly remembered include bands such as Fine Young Cannibals, Cindy Lauper, Bon Jovi, MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, Billy Idol and Peter Gabriel. More than eleven thousand people participated in the Music Choice survey, and with so many great memories and legendary artists emerging from this diverse music era, it comes as no surprise that the 1980s still reign supreme.