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

The Best Alternative Bands in the 1980s

R.E.M.

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: 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

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

The 1980s: John Lennon, Classic Rock Radio stations and MTV

Introduction to Classic Rock The 1960s: Rock Music Comes of Age The 1970s: Rock vs. Disco The 1980s: John Lennon, Classic Rock Radio Stations and MTV Best Selling Classic Rock Artists and Bands Classic Rock – Influence on Culture Artists and Bands Symbols Dress and Fashion Movies Quotes and Commentary on Classic … Read more

Biography of Michael Jackson

Biography of Michael Jackson

Introduction Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958-June 25, 2009) is one of the most famous superstars in the world. The “King of Pop” did not only shape the sound and the style of the 70s and 80s music, but also became an iconic figure for the popular culture of the 20th century. He … Read more

John Mellencamp’s Music Biography

John Mellencamp's Music Biography

John Mellencamp is a musician and singer-songwriter from Indiana who is one of the few but notable artists who brought heartland rock into 80s music. Known for his distinctively straightforward musical style, he incorporated the voice and the passion of small-town people into oldies music. During his successful years, he bagged 22 … Read more

Introduction to Survivor

Introduction to Survivor

Survivor is an American rock band formed in the late 1970s in Chicago by core members Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik. The album-oriented rock group was one of the greatest rock band in the 80s music era, and is best known for 1982 hit “Eye of the Tiger,” which was used as … Read more

The Music of the 1980s

The Music of the 1980s

Because all of the major turmoils from the 1960s and the 1970s — the counterculture movement, the Vietnam war, the Watergate scandal and the domestic economic crisis — many Americans were left frustrated. Their confidence towards their fellow citizens and the government were severely undermined. By the end of Jimmy Carter’s presidency, … Read more

The History of Elton John: Classic Rock’s Piano Man

Elton John

Sir Elton John Sir Elton Hercules John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, London, England. He is famous for singing, songwriting, composing, playing piano, producing records, and on occasion, acting. At age three, he began playing the piano on his own, and shocked his family by … Read more