Artist Profile: Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine

Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine is an American band that plays Latin-influenced music. The band was formed in 1975 by Gloria Estefan’s husband, Emilio Estefan Jr., and it was originally known as the Miami Latin Boys before they changed their name into Miami Sound Machine in 1977. In this article, we … Read more

Artist Profile: Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross was a singer-songwriter and record producer. He started his career as an in-demand background vocalist for several well-known singers such as Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, David Bowie, Judy Collins, and Ben E. King. He later started his own career which proved to be a successful one because he … Read more

Artist Profile: Peter Gabriel

Born on February 13, 1950, Peter Brian Gabriel or popularly known as Peter Gabriel, is an English singer, record producer, songwriter, and activist who gained popularity as the original lead singer of the band Genesis in 1975. During his solo career, he was able to produce a five-time platinum album, won nine … Read more

Artist Profile: Pixies

Formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986, Pixies are an alternative rock band that was composed of Joey Santiago on lead guitar, Kim Deal on bass and back-up vocals, Black Francis on vocals and rhythm guitar, and David Lovering on drums. Pixies are known for being one of the bands that rose to … Read more

Artist Profile: REO Speedwagon

Formed in Champaign, Illinois in 1967, REO Speedwagon is a rock band that gained popularity in the United States during the ‘70s and throughout the ‘80s. During their career, REO Speedwagon sold over 40 million records and spawned several hit songs such as Keep on Loving You and Can’t Fight This Feeling. … Read more

Artist Profile: Simply Red

Simply Red is a band that was formed in 1983 in Manchester. The band’s frontman, Mick Hucknall was the only original member left in the band since they initially disbanded in 2010. During the peak of the band’s career, they managed to produce ten songs that entered the top ten in the … Read more

Artist Profile: The Go-Go’s

The Go Gos

Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1978, The Go-Go’s is an American new-wave band that became famous in the early 1980s. They were the first all-female band who wrote their own songs played their own instruments and top Billboard charts. Their debut album was considered to be a cornerstone album of US … Read more

Artist Profile: Steve Winwood

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Steve Winwood was born as Stephen Laurence Winwood on May 1948. He is an English singer and musician who played different genres including blue-eyed soul, rhythm and blues, progressive rock, jazz, blues rock, and pop. Steve Winwood became a key member for different groups such as Traffic,The Spencer Davis Group, and Blind … Read more

Top 9 Crime Movies and Thrillers of 80s

The crime movies of the 80s shifted the film industry and inspired the coming generation of films in almost all aspects. Some of these movies are still close to our hearts and keep us on the edge of our seats. They are packed with suspense, non-stop action, intrigue and deception.  The combination … Read more

Top British Bands of the 80s

Back in the early 80s, when the new wave movement eschewed blues and rock ‘n’ roll and brought about new genres like pop and rock music. Punk rock music and new wave were mostly interchangeable. At least they were, until punk rock (which would later go on to be called ‘post-punk’) became … Read more

Artist Profile: Bobby Brown

Robert Barisford Brown or more popularly known as Bobby Brown is a singer-songwriter, dancer, actor, and occasional rapper. He was one of the biggest R&B stars during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s and he popularized new jack swing, synth-funk, hip-hop rhythms with a blend of a classic soul which often featured … Read more

Artist Profile: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Formed in the South Bronx of New York City in 1978, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was a hip-hop group that was composed of Grandmaster Flash or Joseph Saddler, The Kidd Creole, Keith Cowboy, Melle Mel, Raheim, and Mr. Ness. They are popularly known for using break-beat DJing style, turntablism, and … Read more

Artist Profile: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Most of us probably remembered DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince as the musical duo that launched the music and acting career of Will Smith. But during their heyday, this hip-hop duo from West Philadelphia played a big role in making rap music more relatable for pop music fans and young … Read more

Artist Profile: The Cars

Artist Profile: The Cars

Formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1976, The Cars were a new wave rock band comprising of Ric Ocasek (rhythm guitar, vocals, songwriting) Elliot Easton (lead guitar), David Robinson (drums) Greg Hawkes (keyboards), and Benjamin Orr (bass guitar and vocals). The Cars are one of the most successful American new wave band in … Read more

Artist Profile: Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman is a singer-songwriter that was best known for her hit songs “Give Me One Reason”, “Fast Car”, and “Baby Can I Hold You.” She is a Grammy Award-winning performer and she helped bring back the spotlight on singer and songwriters in the ‘80s.  She also had several albums and songs … Read more

Artist Profile: Salt-N-Pepa

Artist Profile: Salt N Pepa

This iconic hip-hop girl group was formed in 1985 and it consists of Salt or Cheryl James, DJ Spinderella or Deidra Roper, and Pepa or Sandra Denton. Salt-N-Pepa was the girl group who was responsible for the hit album “Hot, Cool & Vicious” which made them the first female all-girl rap group … Read more

Artist Profile: Sade

Artist Profile: Sade

Sade is an English band that was formed in 1982 in London whose music features the elements of sophisti-pop, quiet storm, soul, and smooth jazz. The band is composed of Paul Denman, Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale, and Sade Adu. Throughout their career, the band has won four Grammy Awards for Best New … Read more

Artist Profile: Thompson Twins

The Thompson Twins was a British new wave/ mainstream pop group that was formed in 1977. They gained popularity in 1983 when they scored a string of hits in the United States, United Kingdom, and all around the world. Ten years later, the band decided to change their name from Thompson Twins … Read more

Artist Profile: N.W.A

N.W.A or N Wit Attitudes was a hip-hop group that originated from Compton, California. They were one of the first and most significant and controversial artists of the gangsta rap genre. N.W.A was also considered as one of the most influential groups in the hip-hop industry. The group was hailed by the … Read more

Top Female Pop Stars of the 80s

In the 1980s, music lovers witnessed a shift in the music industry with the unveiling of some of the greatest of all time singers, songwriters and musicians. The magic in music was mainly a contribution by women pop stars that very confidently filled music with bold fashion, heart-touching lyrics and fusion of … Read more

The Best Alternative Bands in the 1980s

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During the 1980s, alternative music meant anything that mainstream radio would not play, which was mostly anything back then. If you want to listen to alternative music, you need to have an “alternative” station or a college radio station to hear them.  1. The Smiths     The Smiths were an English rock … Read more

Artist Profile: Billy Idol

Billy Idol

Billy Idol was one of the first pop/rock artists that gained massive success from the 80s music scene. He started his career in the 1970s in the London punk rock scene as a member of the band Generation X.  He eventually started his solo career and along with his bad boy good … Read more

Artist Profile: Kenny Loggins

Kenny Loggins

Kenny Loggins is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who used to be a part of the duo Loggins and Messina. But as a solo artist, Kenny Loggins made several soundtrack successes such as an Academy Award nomination for “Footloose.” and from the ‘80s to the ‘90s, Kenny Loggins was dubbed as the Soundtrack … Read more

Artist Profile: Erik B & Rakim

Erik B & Rakim

Although they never had a mainstream hit, Eric B. and Rakim were almost universally recognized as the premier DJ/MC team in all of the hip-hop during rap’s golden age in the late 1980s. The duo’s chemistry is superb and they also represented each of their art in their respective skills. Rakim managed … Read more

Artist Profile: De La Soul

De La Soul

De La Soul is a hip-hop trio that was formed in Amytiville, Long Island, New York in 1987. They are famous for their electric sampling, songs with quirky lyrics, and their contributions to jazz rap and alternative hip-hop. Throughout their career, they have made four critically acclaimed albums that changed the world … Read more

Artist Profile: Billy Ocean

Billy Ocean

Born as Leslie Sebastian Charles, Billy Ocean is a  singer who had several R&B international hit songs during the ‘70s and ‘80s. and during that time, Billy Ocean was the most popular Trinidad-British R&B artist. Some of his hit songs include “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Gets Going” in 1985 … Read more

Artist Profile: LL Cool J

Artist Profile: LL Cool J

Hip-hip is the music genre that is known for short-lived careers, but one rapper proved that he was an exception to the rule and he was LL Cool J. He was the rapper responsible for several hit albums such as “Walking with a Panther”, “ Bigger and Deffer”, “Mr. Smith”, “14 Shots … Read more

Artist Profile: Robert Palmer

Artist Profile: Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer was an English musician that was born in January 1949. He was also a record producer known for combining rock, pop, blues, reggae, soul, and jazz, By the mid-80s, Palmer became a big star but critics say that he earned his popularity because of this infamous music videos rather than … Read more

History of MTV

History of MTV

Before music videos took up residence on Youtube, there was a time when they ruled the TV landscape and that’s all thanks to MTV. It was a music television station that played music videos that were presented by VJ’s or video jockeys. MTV changed the way we listened and looked at music … Read more

Top Metal Bands of the 80s

The ‘80s was the decade that gave birth to the sub-genres of hair metal and thrash metal among the many popular 80s music genres.  In fact, the ‘80s had more metal rock as a whole compared to any other decade in music history. But for several bands that made waves during the … Read more