Music of the 80s

The 1980s music saw a revolution where guitar pedal and electronic instruments distortion changed the rhythm of music in these decades. The eighties had seen a peak of party music, R&B smooth ballads and creation of electronic sounds.

The 1980s showcased the Bollywood industry in a new glamorous avatar. New genres of movies emerged which brought in new sounds. Some disco songs got exceedingly popular in early 80s. The mixed tapes trend got magnanimous in the 1980s. Numerous song compilations of Hindi Films were released by records label. During this time every middle-class house had a tape recorder for Bollywood songs. Numerous music directors established strong foothold in Hindi films. Musical duo of music directors got trendy and huge in the 1980s getting fresh soundscapes to songs. Most music companies were releasing songs of 2 films on each side of tapes. This marketing strategy for music tracks was very successful in 1980s.

Some of the popular 80s music artists were:

Madonna

Without any doubt, she was the queen of pop in 80s. She not only influenced music industry, her perfect physique and energy encouraged many youngsters to adopt her fashion style, from leather jackets and lacy tutus to wild hair with scrunchies and velvet bows.

 

Boy George

He was one of the pioneers of punk music and culture. He regarded 80s fashion as art. Having the philosophy that ‘anything goes’, he and his American followers like the Misfits supported to make wearing makeup and dressing up possible, something which not only girls can do.

 

Michael Jackson

It is not wrong to say if queen of pop was Madonna in the 1980s, M. Jackson was the unchallenged king. His military-style accessories, power jackets and Jheri-curls hairstyle (African-American) remain a fashion trend for many decades.

 

LL Cool J

Hip-hop rappers and music such as LL Cool J and RUN DMC left an lasting print on 1980s fashion world with boomboxes on shoulder and fishnet shirts, top-high sneakers with no laces, large neck chains and finger rings, and the outstanding Kangol bucket hat.

 

Kishore Kumar

He got 8 Filmfare Awards in Best Playback Singer category and has the record for getting the most numbers of Filmfare Awards. Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi and Mukesh were three leading male Bollywood playback singers from the 1950s to the mid-1980s.

 

Noor Jehan

She was subtlety and fearless. The bold make-up and dresses made her look different, yet she still managed to look elegant. She not only limited herself as playback singer, but she proved to be a great actress too. She blew life into the works of poets and a lot of Lollywood films for over thirty-five years. Her magnificent performances get her the prestigious President’s award in 1957, which she deserved very well. Many tried to copy her style but have failed terribly. Her feminine quivering lip, shiny satin saris coupled with contrasting scarves around neck and voluminous hairstyles.

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