There’s no denying the 1980’s had several unique styles of music. From the dawning of synth-pop to hair bands, the 80’s were an eccentric and colorful time, full of memorable bands. While many of these bands lived and died in the 80’s, others found a way to live on and remain relevant. Still, whether they continued passed their defining decade or not, all of these bands are remembered for this decade. Ready to look back and jam to some righteous tunes? Here are 25 Coolest 80’s Bands We Won’t Soon Forget.
When the Beastie Boys released their debut album Licensed to Ill in 1986, they became an instant sensation, and the album earned multi-platinum sales. Of their singles, “Fight for Your Right to Party” will forever be embedded into all our musical memories.
While they got their start in the 70’s, The Clash was at the height of their popularity in the mid-80’s, releasing major hits like “Should I Stay or Should I Go” and “Rock the Casbah.” They’ll forever be remembered as a major influence on punk rock and were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Igniting an 80’s pop revival, Wham! featured George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. For years, they found success as a pop group with hits like, “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.” But, the real reason we can’t forget them, despite perhaps trying very hard, is their seasonal song, “Last Christmas” playing like clockwork on the radio at Christmastime.
How could anyone forget the classic pop group Eurythmics? Their catchy song “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” continues to get airtime today. Its music video played consistently on MTV, making the pop group especially popular at the time.
Getting their start in the 70’s, Journey didn’t hit their stride until their hit single, “Don’t Stop Believin,” a song that became a staple at sporting events and karaoke bars. It didn’t stop there; they continued busting out larger than life ballads with their follow-up album Frontiers.