What Were the Most Popular Songs of the 1980s?

Retro Vinyl Records

The 80s era provided us with some prominent personalities that stood the test of time. Hollywood stars giving their fair share of popularity during the 80s; Eddie Murphy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Harrison Ford, to name a few that rose to stardom. But the entertainment industry didn’t simply blow up because of rising … Read more

The Overthrow of Nicolae Ceausescu

Overthrow of Nicolae Ceausescu

After a brief show trial, Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena were summarily executed on December 25, 1989. The execution resulted in the demise of one of the last Stalinist administrations to emerge in Eastern Europe following WWII. The fall of governments in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and the German Democratic … Read more

Best Gadgets of the 80s

A black Sony Walkman

The 80s was a unique decade, with fashion, technology, and music having some ground-breaking turning points. It’s no surprise that many people are all too eager to capture the same spirit that defined that decade, at least the way it’s usually remembered in the United States.  To this end, folks may throw … Read more

The Tiananmen Square Massacre

Tiananmen Square Massacre

According to a publicly released British diplomatic cable, in 1989, at least 10,000 people were massacred during the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing. This shocking event is one of the top political events in the 1980s. The paper was made public 28 years after the military clashed with students at a pro-democracy rally … Read more

Best Books Written In The 80s

A dimly lit library

When you want to revisit a certain era in time, it might be easiest to look up some TV shows or movies from that decade or year. If you’re more of a bookworm, however, picking up some of the best books from that era is a better idea. Some books might not … Read more

The People Power Revolution in 1986

People Power Revolution

Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos converged on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue from February 22 to 25, 1986, to protest President Ferdinand Marcos’ claim that he had won re-election against Corazon Aquino. This historical event is regarded as one of the most significant political occurrences of the 1980s. What is the People Power … Read more

Top Underground Music Artists of the ’80s

Musical cassette tapes

The music made during the 1980s is fondly remembered and still enjoyed by people who grew up during that time. Many younger folks also enjoy the music of this decade, which is no surprise. After all, this is the time when people were listening to a wide variety of music from all … Read more

The Cold War Summit between Gorbachev and Reagan

Gorbachev and Reagan

A summit between the Soviet Union and the United States leaders was held. Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan come face to face in Geneva but reached no ground-breaking agreements. On the other hand, the encounter appeared to promise well for the future, as the two men engaged in lengthy, intimate conversations and … Read more

The Assassination of Indira Gandhi

Portrait of Indira Gandhi

According to Professor Swaran Singh, Indira Gandhi, India’s Prime Minister, was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984. The killing prompted four days of rioting in which over 8,000 Indian Sikhs were killed in retaliation assaults. At the time, Professor Swaran Singh of Warwick Medical School was a trainee surgeon … Read more

The First Female Democratic Vice President: Geraldine Ferraro

portrait of Geraldine Ferraro

Geraldine Anne Ferraro served in the United States House of Representatives as a lawyer. In 1984, she broke with convention by running for vice president with presidential candidate Walter Mondale. She was the first woman to run on a national ballot for a major political party, running for the Democratic Party. Her … Read more

The Assassination of Benigno Aquino

Assassination of Benigno Aquino

Former senator Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino Jr. was killed on the tarmac of the Manila International Airport on August 21, 1983. His death was a watershed moment in Philippine history, motivating millions of people to take to the streets to oppose President Ferdinand Marcos’ regime, who would subsequently call for a tumultuous snap … Read more

The Death of Leonid Brezhnev

Leonid Brezhnev’s wake

The official narrative of Leonid Brezhnev’s death is that he died of abrupt heart arrest. Despite the Secretary General’s poor health, his untimely death has resulted in several misconceptions. And it’s no surprise: some of the circumstances surrounding Brezhnev’s death remain odd. His mysterious death is one of the top political events … Read more

The Assassination of Anwar Al-Sadat

The Assassination of Anwar Al-Sadat

Muslim radicals assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Al-Sadat during a military parade commemorating the 1973 Yom Kippur War against Israel on October 6, 1981. The CBS News Bureau in Cairo tries to make sense of contradictory reports on whether Egyptian President Anwar Sadat had dead in the hours after the shooting while Sadat … Read more

The Maze Hunger Strike

The Maze Hunger Strike

After seven months and ten deaths, an Irish nationalist hunger strike at the Maze Prison in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been called off. Bobby Sands, the imprisoned Irish Republican Army or IRA leader who started the protest on March 1, 1981–the fifth anniversary of Britain’s “criminalization” of Irish political prisoners–was the first … Read more

Sandra Day O’Connor Appointed to Supreme Court

Sandra Day O’Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor was appointed in the Supreme Court by President Reagan on August 19, 1981, thereby fulfilling his 1980 campaign pledge to nominate the first woman to the highest court in the United States. At the time of her nomination, the fifty-one-year-old O’Connor was a judge in the Arizona Court of … Read more

Once and for All: Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks

a portrait of Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson is among the most popular professional boxer in the world who competed from 1985 to 2005. He was nicknamed Iron Mike and Kid Dynamite during his early career and was later known as the Baddest Man on the Planet. He is considered among the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. … Read more

The Last Hurrah: Muhammad Ali vs. Larry Holmes

Muhammad Ali on the boxing ring

The fight between Larry Holmes and Muhammad Ali was billed as “The Last Hurrah.” It was a professional boxing session that was held in Las Vegas on October 2, 1980. The fight was for the WBC Heavyweight Championship. It was a popular event in the ‘80s that was watched by a record … Read more

The Polish Shipyard Strike in 1980

Polish workers strike

Representatives of Poland’s communist government gave in to the demands of striking shipyard workers in Gdansk on August 31, 1980. Lech Walesa, a former electrician, led the striking workers, who later formed Solidarity, the first autonomous labor organization to emerge from a Soviet bloc country. In September 1980, Solidarity was founded and … Read more

Iran-Contra Affair in the 1980s

Iran-Contra Affair

The Iran-Contra Affair was a covert US arms deal that swapped missiles and other weapons to release sure Americans held captive in Lebanon by terrorists and utilized monies from the arms sale to finance military struggle in Nicaragua. The contentious deal—and the accompanying political scandal—threatened to derail Ronald Reagan’s administration. Indeed, this … Read more

Guide to ‘80s Music

80s music mix tape

Music in the 1980s was all about image. When MTV became popular, the images that go together with the artists became more important than ever. When it came to music during the 1980s, nothing was modest, not the sound and not the fashion. The decade reflected the beginning of an era of … Read more

The History of Shoulder Pads

When we think of shoulder pads today, what usually comes into our minds are the overstated wear and funny photos of our relatives and friends in the 1980s. It was in the said time when power dressing with large shoulder pads reached its peak. However, these fashion pieces were more than just … Read more

Top Political Events of the 80s

President Reagan waving, moments before he was shot

The 1980s were a decadent, catastrophic, and groundbreaking decade, not just in the United States, but in many parts of the world as well. The decade hosted a remarkable range of environmental, political, and pop-cultural events. It was the decade of Ronald Reagan in America who had a conservative agenda that shaped … Read more

Guide to the Top Country Music Artists of the 80s

Alabama

Just like rock and roll, country music stumbled upon crossroads during the 1980s. This is because it was the era where the pop-country genre became an even bigger economic force. Which is why it’s easy to see that the ’80s was a transitional decade for country music. This was a time when … Read more

Guide to the Top R&B and Hip Hop Music Artists of the 80s

The Sugarhill Gang

The 80s is often hailed as the ‘golden age of hip-hop,’ and it’s really not hard to see why. Several artists such as Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash. Run DMC and the Furious Five are just some of the groups and artists that changed the face and history of rap and hip-hop forever. … Read more

The Most Iconic 80s Music Videos

After the release of our favorite songs, another thing that most of us look forward to is their music videos. Music television is such a powerful tool that can make or break the careers of artists. And it was the 80s that made MTV the new jukebox for a whole new group … Read more

Iconic 80s Album Covers

album cover of Hot Space by Queen

Aside from the wonderful songs in the 80s, another thing that a lot of people admire is album covers. It’s because album covers are the visual accompaniment to the music that each album contains. The album covers back in the 80s, mostly featured the bright and manic aesthetic of the decade. Most … Read more

Why we love the music of the 80s?

80s Music

The current generation listen to music that has an excellent beat and catchy lyrics, but they don’t know the greatness of music from the 80s. Unlike today, people could understand what is being sung as most of the lyrics today are rhymed so fast that they are very difficult to understand. Singers … Read more

What was gambling like in the 1980’s?

The 1980’s After the legalised of gambling in 1961, the demand for bingo halls, casinos and other gambling venues quickly developed in Britain. Over the pond in the US, the arrival of Howard Hughes to Las Vegas saw legal mega casinos being developing in the Gambling City for the first time. In … Read more

TV Shows of the 80s

title cover photo of the 80s TV show Cheers

If you watch TV shows today and compare them to the shows back in the 80s, you will notice that the ones you watch today don’t usually involve aliens, androids, or adorably inept superheroes which were all part of television shows that were on the air in the 80s. Some of the … Read more

80s Hats and Headwear

fedora hats in different colors and styles

During the 1980s, fashion was at its boldest. It is a decade of excess, and it left a fashion aftershock. Some of the notable fashion styles in the 80s were big, bold curly hair and side ponies. Hair sprays are also popularly used way back. Aside from those, people also wore bright … Read more