The 80’s was a mixed decade in relation to music. There were some really great songs and some really rubbish ones. Although I was a genuine Rocker and Metal head I have to admit that Tainted love by soft cell is the ultimate 80s song, but that is my opinion.
It was the decade that introduces us to the new romantics like Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and a Flock of Seagulls.
Political awareness also became more prominent in the 80’s songs like “Free Nelson Mandela” by the Special AKA or the sweet sounding but nevertheless poltical themed “Give me hope Joanna” by Eddie Grant both songs directed to the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Or Sting’s indictment to the cold war “Russians” to name but a few. The pinnacle of course were the live aid concerts in 1985 aimed to raise awareness for the starvation in Sub Saharan Africa, and mainly Ethiopia, the concert which was a comeback of sorts for Queen.
We did see the return of Ska with bands like Selecter,The Specials and Madness.
Unfortunately some white supremacists skin heads did hijack the SKA music for their cause which did make the music a bit controversial for a while, albeit unfounded, just because some fools with the intellectual capacity of amoeba use you art to further their “cause” doesn’t mean you are part of that movement.
Although you were still expected to pledge allegiance to the Rock,New Wave,Pop,Punk and Hip Hop gods, it was accepted that occasionally you could deviate from your music.In the 80’s music forms were nearly like religions, there were no icons or artifacts to define your musical religion it was by the way you styled your hair people could see what music religion you belonged to.
Since I had pledged my allegiance to the Rock God I was technically forbidden to buy singles. That was just not the done thing for Metal Heads. We were to wait for an album to come out or wait patiently by the radio and wait for your favorite rock track to be played so you could tape it.
It was also the decade when Michael Jackson turned from a fine looking African American into a scary white dude
It was a great decade for Albums though.
This is a poll of some of the best albums of the 80’s just choose your favorite one or let me know which one was your favorite album in the comments field.