Popular 1980s Songs for Weddings
This is the best 1980s songs for Weddings to get people on the dance floor! As in previous years, music defined what is happening in the world. War protest songs were common in the 1940’s with World War II and again in the 1970s with the Vietnam War. This holds true for the Best 1980s Music also. With the beginning of music television in 1981, teens tuned-in on their TVs to watch music videos on MTV. Apropos to the start of MTV, the first video shown was Video Killed The Radio Star by the Buggles. Times of the Eighties were very prosperous in America. Therefore, many charity events/concerts took place like the USA For Africa, Band-Aid, and Live Aid.
Top 5 Best 1980s Songs
1) Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
2) I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) – Whitney Houston
3) Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
4) Love Shack – B-52’s
5) You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
Best Songs Of the 1980s
Last Updated: August 4, 2019
With the 1979 Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park in Chicago, there was a beginning of new music styles in the 1980s. Born from the punk rock style music were New Wave and Synthpop. Bands such as the B52’s and Duran Duran can be categorized in the New Wave style music. Also coming from the 1980s was many forms of rock and roll such as glam rock, heavy metal, and thrash metal.
We commonly refer to many rock bands of the Best 1980s Music as hair bands. Bands such as Van Halen, Bon Jovi, and Def Leppard were formidable 1980s mega-rock stars. Run D.M.C also becomes the first rap group to have an album become certified gold.
The Best 1980s Music was known for many historical events. The Berlin Wall came down and many eastern countries wanted the freedom and “stuff” of western prosperous countries. Advertising companies created buzzwords for the 1980s like yuppies and empty nesters. Western countries were all about consumption. Designer names and particular brand names became status symbols. Everyone was about themselves and greed.
Teens’ technology improved from Atari to Nintendo and the creation of Super Mario Brothers video game. Hip hop blared on ghetto blasters while kids enjoyed watching break dancing by their talented cohorts. Music was also very mobile in teen’s society with ghetto blasters and the invention of the Walkman by Sony. The explosion of NASA’s space shuttle Challenger, the marriage of Prince Charles to Diana and Apple Computer releases the Macintosh all took place in the 1980s.
Best 1980s Music teens were entertained at the movies with blockbuster hits such as ET – The Extra-Terrestrial, Indiana Jones, The Breakfast Club, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Comedy clubs became popular in the 1980s and comedy on TV rose. TV comedy shows such as The Cosby Show, Roseanne and Saturday Night Live. Other popular TV shows included Dallas, Falcon Crest, and Dynasty. Eighties teens were also fascinated by Cabbage Patch kids, Pac Man and the invention of the CD (compact disc). The CD outsells vinyl by 1988.
1980s wedding song list curated by Matthew Campbell