If you were lucky enough to grow up in the ‘80s, you were lucky enough to grow up in the best era of ALLLLLLLLL TIME. Yep, you know it’s true. Things were so much simpler back in the ‘80s. We weren’t overrun with technology (what the heck is an iWatch?), we weren’t stressing about the state of the world (no comment), and we weren’t having to endure the pain of watching awful movie remakes (we had the originals). Instead, the only thing we had to worry about was whether our leg warmers matched our scrunchies.
Yuh-huh, the ‘80s was the best. We spent most of our time perfectly placing Friendship Pins onto our sneakers, playing our favorite Atari games, busting out some epic moves at the roller disco, watching Ferris Bueller take a day off, and wondering whether we could persuade our moms to buy us another Cabbage Patch Doll. However, there was one thing we loved to do more than anything in the ‘80s – and that was listening to music.
Over the course of history, each decade has come with its own style of music. Nowadays, the ‘10s is all about traditional indie instrumentalists such as Mumford and Sons, Lorde and Birdy (and it’s pretty edgy). The ‘00s was all about teen pop and autotune, mixed with an R&B edge from the likes of Beyonce, Usher and Rihanna (remember the umbrella-ella-ella?) The ‘90s was all about grunge, dance-pop and hip-hop, and brought us some of the most iconic boy bands and girl bands of all time (we’re still obsessed with The Backstreet Boys) – but the ‘80s was truly special. This era filled our ears with post-disco dance and pop music and brought us some of the most famous pop stars in history. These guys donned their leg warmers, quaffed their hair, and preened themselves in preparation for their MTV music video debut. This is the ‘80s pop stars – then and now…
Madonna – Then
Madonna is often called the Queen of the ’80s… and rightly so. With her eccentric hair, jewelry and clothes, she epitomized what it meant to be an ’80s pop star. Before the ’80s, Madonna starred in a rock band, before going solo in the 1982 and releasing her first single ‘Everybody.’ Go on, Madge…
Madonna – Now
After the ’80s, Madonna rose to higher and higher heights, becoming one of the most talented and most famous singers of all time. The Material Girl has since sold over three hundred million records and has won seven Grammy Awards. She is still singing, but spends most of her time using her fame for political activism and raising her biological and adoptive children. Could she get any cooler?
Janet Jackson, the youngest of the Jackson family, definitely didn’t miss out on the family’s musical talent. Janet split from her brothers in the ’80s in search of a solo career and signed as a solo artist in 1982, and released her third album in 1986. She is most famous for socially provocative songs and lyrics. Ooooh.
Janet Jackson – Now
Janet Jackson is still singing and touring today, and the world can’t get enough of her. With her trademark big hair, Janet is still selling out arenas and has adoring fans. Jackson has also created her own clothing line, as well as turning her talents to acting. She has appeared in many TV shows and films.
Rick Springfield – Then
Australian-born Rick Springfield took the ’80s by storm. Although he was out and about before the ’80s, he gained international acclaim for his song, ‘Jessie’s Girl’ which topped the charts in both Australia and the United States, and even earned him a Grammy Award. Oh, and if this wasn’t enough, he was a definite ’80s stud.
Rick Springfield – Now
Yes, he is still a stud. As well as being a singer, Rick Springfield has also made a name for himself as an actor, appearing on many Australian and US TV shows, as well as on Broadway. After a bit of a career lull, he appeared in the Dave Grohl Documentary in 2013 which gave him a comeback.
Cyndi Lauper – Then
Cyndi Lauper was the ultimate ’80s style goals. Just look at that hair! Lauper was not afraid of breaking the rules, which made her such a popular pop star. She signed as a solo artist in 1982 and quickly rose to fame with her songs, ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’ ‘Time After Time’ and ‘She Bop.’
Cyndi Lauper – Now
Lauper has definitely not lost her fashionista status as she’s grown older. She is still singing today, and has sold over 20 million singles and 50 million records during her career. She also composed the Broadway musical, Kinky Boots, which has won so many awards we can’t even keep count…
Paula Abdul – Then
Abdul started off her career as a cheerleader for the L.A Lakers (erm, that’s seriously cool!) and rose to fame in the ’80s for being a bad-ass choreographer. She was highly sought after and used this fame to break into the music industry. She then went on to become a pop diva, and release hits such as ‘Straight Up’ and ‘Opposites Attract.’
Paula Abdul – Now
After her success in the ’80s, Paula Abdul became a household name and TV personality. She is most known for her appearances in eight seasons of the popular talent show, American Idol, as well as the American X Factor and So You Think You Can Dance. As well as this, she is still touring and performing as a singer.