I love the '80s because pop music culture was uniformly co-opted by capitalism throughout this decade. In the '70s, you may have ended with wonderfully vapid concepts like disco, but you started with those pesky hippies trying to "change the world" with their "ideals". In the 80s, we start with disco and end with dance music that has a slightly different groove, slightly different synth presets and slightly different haircuts. The '80s is the decade that really proved American culture has nothing new to offer after the tremendous cultural explosions of the mid-century. Now we're ready for our utopian future where music and culture need not change outside of acceptable parameters. Enjoy the slow transition of dance music into grooves accentuating 16th notes and hairstyles accentuating a culture which had fully become out-of-touch with political realities.
Follow a song list along with the clips here.