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Why the 80's Were Better than Today!

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The 80s were better than that today, no doubt about it. The reasons behind it were better than today. It was the most exciting time for music, TV shows, fashion, and lifestyle. As a nostalgia Junkie, I can remember the 80s getting a better quality of life.

Today comprises massive shootings, nude TV programs, financial troubles, and a president who contributes to many Twitter conflicts that bring sadness.

Those born between the early 1980s, the mid-1980s, the late 1980s differed from some younger generation today who have no respect for themselves or others, NO values or interest in their future.

The 80s had the best of fantastic music. Songs that made you clap your hands, nod your head, and pat your feet with devotion.

Music from the Gospels & R&B legends like Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Whitney Houston, Daryl Coley, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, the Williams Brothers, Michael Jackson, Bebe, and CeCe Winans, Vickie Winans, Patti LaBelle, Tramaine Hawkins, Tina Turner, and Shirley Caesar ruled the 80s. Songs today cannot hold the scale to 80s music.


A journey down memory lane, the next thing that comes to mind is fashion; the 80s had their own unique and distinct fashion style; it spawned fashion trends.

The 80s had a trend some would consider hideous and humiliating today. Fashion Icon Naomi Campbell was a part of the most recognizable and in-demand models of the 80s. Today people’s style comprises wearing clothes that reveal more than it covers, and that’s not the best choice.

Another glorious thing that made the 80s so eminent is the best thing about TV shows. It gave us some most adored family shows altogether. The family shows like the Cosby Show. Different Strokes, Miami Vice, Family matters, Dynasty, and 227 are just a few of the most favorite TV shows in the 80s. There was not any direct access to nudity, enjoyable shows to enjoy grounding in the sense of innocence.

The 1980s produced some of the most state-of-the-art amusement altogether, which contributed to describing allegiance for Americans to the duration of the Cold War.

The 80s is the year it established the world witness. The 80s make up many outbreaks of great pop icons, trial, and testing of boundaries, the most significant fight for civil rights, and time of revolution and radical change.


The 80s comprise so many impressive moments that it’s not enough time to write them in this article. However, could the 80s be the best thing for decades of life? I want to believe so and want to try my hand at sharing a few moments of joy about why the 80s are a memorable year.

Some will say the 80s are the year of the decade. The 80s include those “firsts.” most iconic moments like the first revealing of Michael Jackson’s iconic single white glove during his Victory Tour on July 7, 1984.

Another notable moment of the 80s is from the “firsts,” creation of the computer. The founding of the 5150 computers was on August 21, 1981. The “first” compact disc is originated on October 1, 1982, to provide listeners with an alternative to hearing their favorite cassette tape.


The Early 80's VS Today


The reasons why the 1980s were better than today

So what defined the beloved ‘80s? According to a poll that survey, almost everybody loved the 80s ‘ — even the generation who was not born in it. Although the 80s might have been considered the decade for people with bad hair and loud clothes, a survey shows that three-quarters of Americans believe everything was much better in the ‘80s than now.

And to exchange a few of the 1980s moments on July 29, 1981, Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer has about 750 million people tune in and watch. On June 1, 1980, CNN aired its first broadcast. In the early 80s, the arcade classic, Pac-Man, was put in place for children, and it was the most flourishing video game in history.

A substantial 80s moment comprises when America saw an immense socioeconomic change. Socioeconomic flow in the United States relates to the significant advances in technology.

Though one sad moment took place in the 80s that put a draft in the 80s, and the discovery of AIDS and the severe AIDS epidemic outbreak. Since AIDS comes into existing about 15.8 million people suffering from it as of June 2015, and AIDS has killed about 39 million people as of 2013.


From a definite loss of about 39 million people losing their lives, one would think people would be grateful and take advantage of any beautiful thing the world offers.

Some might even think people would also repent and express their life to God. Not so the 80s were the year for the first time we exposed America to a mass media immersion taken for granted and even more today.

Some of the most memorable moments of the 80s comprised the creation of the Cabbage Patch Kids in 1983; it was so popular that parent hysteria set and, a big fight occurs as they battle each other to get one for their children.

On April 21, 1989, Nintendo debate in Japan. The original Game Boy, another favorite item. The creation of the beloved Super Mario Bros, dance moves like the Robot and Moonwalk, a few of the most admired people make up Prince Charles & Princess Diana, Ronald Reagan, and Margaret Thatcher. The favorite old-time candy was Reese’s Pieces, Caramella bars, cow tails, and M&M.


According to a survey, three-quarters of Americans believe the nation was better off in the ‘80s than now. Also, survey share, at least 3 out of 4 Americans (74%) thought our society was better off then and even safer than today.

Percentage polled Americans, 42% of them believe that movies were better. 71% think music was more worth listening to, 52% think TV shows were better in the ’80s than it is today.

Approximately two-thirds (65%) of adults, age 18 to 34 and a significant 88 percent of the latest college grads who answered the survey did not live during the ’80s said that they wished they have lived in this fantastic decade.

The Top 5 reasons the 80s was So Great & Better Than Today: in describing the foremost reason the years of the 80s were so absolute in one word - “Amazing.”

#1 During the 80s, employment was down, gasoline prices record low, the stock market was up, and we were living in a simpler time.

#2 The 80s had the best gospels and R&B singers; singers like the late king of pop, Michael Jackson, the deceased great Whitney Houston, Vickie Winans, the late Prince, Daryl Coley, and Bebe and CeCe Winans.


#3 The Movies were better in the 80s. Movies like the color purple, stand by me, Ghostbusters, The Terminator, Die Hard, Dirty Dancing, Can’t buy me love, the Karate Kid, Beverly Hill Cops, Gremlins, Do the right thing, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Indiana Jones, A Christmas Story, Top Gun, The Blues Brothers, Coming to America, Big, and Legal Weapon, there are so many the list goes on and on.

#4- Talent search television programs like American Idol, “The Voice” and So you think you can dance had nothing on one of the best genius show Star Search who knew how to discover the most gifted people.

#5 The 80s had different fashionable hairstyles; hairstyles were not only just better, most were big and beautiful but big puffy hair rules and distinct fashion styles like leg warmers and Parachute Pants.


I was a child growing into a teenager during the 80s, but I can still remember it was a fantastic decade for sure. With no doubt, if it allowed me to note the return to it, I would welcome it and hope many others would agree that the 80s were the years.

If there were a year that could be replicated over and over repeatedly, I would choose the 80s. However, to be fair, some glorious things about today were not available during the 80s, but it still can’t hold the calendar to the 80s.

It will be difficult to top the gratifying childhood we had back then. The world today comprises too much that children grow up with preoccupied hands and troubled minds.

Distractions contribute to distinct challenges and stress that teens are committing suicide, but thank God the 80s children were stress-free grow up without peer pressure and bullying.

The ‘80s were a period of fun. Yes, there may be an argument that can be prepared for another decade to outdo the 80s, but I just don’t see many of them surpassing it. Question: Do you remember the 80s and what did YOU love about the 80s? Please share below, I would like to know.

Top 10 Michael Jackson 80s

"Going Up Yonder" Lady Tramaine Hawkins

Quiz How well do you know the '80s?

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. On November 17, 1981, approximately 30 million Americans turned on their televisions to watch which couple get married?
    • Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
    • Prince Charles and Diana Spencer
    • Princess Anne and Mark Phillips
    • Luke Spencer and Laura Webber
  2. Which of these is not the nickname of one of the ghosts featured in the Pac-Man video game?
    • Tinky
    • Inky
    • Blinky
    • Pinky
  3. Imelda Marcos, who in 1986 was forced into exile with her husband, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, was widely moc
    • Teddy Bears
    • Handbags
    • Pairs of shoes
    • Velvet paintings
  4. Michael Moore's 1989 documentary "Roger & Me" largely focuses on the economic troubles facing which industrial city that
    • Detroit, Michigan
    • Flint, Michigan
    • Gary, Indiana
    • Akron, Ohio
  5. Which of these songs from Michael Jackson's legendary 1982 "Thriller" album was not released as a single?
    • 'P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)'
    • 'Baby Be Mine'
    • 'Human Nature'
    • 'The Girl Is Mine'

Answer Key

  1. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
  2. Tinky
  3. Teddy Bears
  4. Detroit, Michigan
  5. 'P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)'

You Give Good Love - Whitney Houston 1985

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