This tag consists of music first released in this time frame.
The decade began with a backlash against disco music in the United States, and a movement away from the orchestral arrangements that had characterized much of the music of the 1970s. Music in the 1980s was characterized by unheard of electronic sounds accomplished through the use of synthesizers and keyboards, along with drum machines. This made a dramatic change in music.
In the United States, MTV was launched and music videos began to have a huge effect on the record industry. U.S. pop artists such as Madonna and Michael Jackson mastered the format and turned it into big business.
'New wave' and 'synth-pop' were developed by many British and United States artists and became popular phenomena throughout the decade, especially in the early and mid eighties.
Hard rock, heavy metal, 'big hair' bands and glam metal, experienced extreme popularity in 1980s, becoming some of the most dominant music genres of the 1980s.
House and techno emerged both in Chicago and Detroit in early 80s and then become mainstream in 1990s.
--Live Aid concert in 1985 containing many artists promotes attention and action to send food aid to Ethiopia whose people were suffering from a major famine.
--The Hip hop scene evolved to become a powerful musical force. 80s 80's 80s pop 80s rock 80s metal 80s hardcore 80s hair metal 80s soul 80s groove 80s alternative 80s hard rock 80s heavy metal 80's rock 80s underground 80's metal 80s punk 80s dance 80s favorites '80s best of 80s 80s disco 80s music 80s new wave best songs of the 80s 80s influenced 80s pop and rock 80s y 90s we love the 80s 80s funk rock 80s