An 80's Pop Culture Love Affair... For the Most Part
History repeats itself, or at least, that's what we are often told. When
it comes to the history of 80's pop culture, there are probably some
things that are best left in the past, and others that could at least
provide some fluffy entertainment. If you go to the highlight reel of
80's pop culture, you'll see a wide variety of flashy fashion, music and
fads. Here, we list some of the best and worst that 80's pop culture has
Madonna represents everything that was right with the 80's. In her
legendary cone bra, she revolutionized pop music, and showed the world
what it took to stay on top of the music industry as a whole. She never
stayed with one image for very long, and as a result, she has become an
80's pop culture icon for the ages.
WORST: Leg Warmers
Here's one thing from the 80's pop culture vault that is, rather
unfortunately, making a resurgence. The fashion statement became popular
after the movies Fame and Flashdance hit the scene, but these woolen
monstrosities were not preventing dancers' legs from cramping. Instead,
they were creating embarrassing photos for their patrons to scowl at
years down the road.
BEST: Oregon Trail
Load up the wagons, and head out west! One of the first accessible
computer games, this 80's pop culture phenomenon involved blazing the
Oregon trail in the face of horrors like rattlesnakes, famine and
dysentery. Careful crossing that river, you might lose an ox!
Another fashion faux pas from days gone by, the mullet is by far one of
the most frightening components of 80's pop culture. It was business in
the front, and a party in the back, but ridiculous looking all around.
Worn by men, women, and Billy Ray Cyrus, this hairstyle should stay
buried in the past.
BEST: Star Wars
Ok, so maybe the first movie came out in 1977, but The Empire Strikes
Back and Return of the Jedi solidified Star Wars as an 80's pop culture
phenomenon. You either wanted Princess Leia, or wanted to be her, and the
force was strong in you. Yoda was the ultimate source of wisdom, and you
could not wait for the next installment to come out. You probably had the
action figures, too, didn't you?
WORST: John Lennon's Assassination
Sure, the Beatles were already over. However, John Lennon was a legendary
artist who was still making contributions to the world of music. His
death shook 80's pop culture to its core, and the void he left behind was
filled with bands like Air Supply and Wham!, which is a travesty in and
of itself. So long, John. You will be missed.