What I Miss About Being a Kid in the 1980s

I've collected a list of my favorite things from 1980s pop culture. Everything from toys to tv and from music to candy. I dedicate this hub to all the other '80s kids out there! Enjoy!

Totally Awesome 80's Toys

1980s Toys

Atari

Barbie and the Rockers

Cabbage Patch Dolls

Candyland

Carebears

Casio Keyboard

Chinese Jumprope

Glo-Worm

Garbage Pail Kids

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Jem

Lite-Brite

Micro Machine

My Buddy

Operation

Pogo Balls

Pound Puppies

Rainbow Brite

Rubik's Cube

Scratch-n-Sniff Stickers

She-Ra and friends

Shrinky-Dinks

Skate Boards

Slime

Slip n' Slide

Speak & Spell

Starwars Toys

Strawberry Shortcake & friends

Super Soakers

Teddy Ruxpin



TV Shows Everyone Watched

21 Jump Street

A-Team

Charles in Charge

Cheers

The Cosby Show

Dallas

Degrassi Jr. High

Different World

Diff'rent Strokes

Double Dare

The Dukes of Hazzard

Dynasty

Facts of Life

Family Ties

Full House

The Get-Along-Gang

Growing Pains

The Golden Girls

Just Say Julie

Knight Rider

MacGyver

Miami Vice

Muppet Babies

The Pebbles and Bam-Bam Show

Punky Brewster

Puttin' on the Hits

Remote Control

Roseanne

Silver Spoons

Small Wonder

The Smurfs

Star Search

The Wonder Years

You Can't Do That On Television

Fads

Fads & Trends

Acid Washed Jeans

Banana Clips

Big Hair

Blue Mascara

Blonde Hair & Black Roots

Break Dancing

3D Glasses

Crimped Hair

Earrings in one ear

Flourescent Clothes

House Music

Jean Jackets with lots of buttons on them

Jelly Braceletes

Jelly Shoes

Layered Socks (Scrunch Socks)

Leg Warmers

Long hair on guys

Mohawks

Moonwalking

Mullets (we didn't call them mullets back then)

New Wave

Oversized Sweatshirts

Perms

Rebok high-tops

Rock band Tshirts

Rolling your jeans up tight (tight roll)

Side Ponytails

Stirrup Stretch Pants

Stretch Jeans

Spiked Hair

Suspenders

Swatch Watches

Torn Jeans

White Eyeshadow

White Leather Jackets




Characters We Loved (and maybe feared!)

Famous Characters

Alf

Chucky (from Child's Play)

Freddy Krueger

Jason (from Friday the 13th)

Max Headroom

Mr. T

PacMan

Pee-Wee Herman

Where's the Beef lady



Teen Idols

Teen Idols

Corey Haim

Corey Feldman

Cyndi Lauper

Debbie Gibson

Holly Robinson

Johnny Depp

Jon Bon Jovi

Kevin Bacon

Kirk Cameron

Menudo

Michael J. Fox

Michael Jackson

New Kids on the Block

Ralph Macchio

River Phoenix

Scott Baio

Tiffany

Books We Loved!

Amelia Bedilia

A Light in the Attic

Are You There God? It's me Margaret

Babysitter's Club

The Berenstain Bears

Charlotte's Web

Choose Your Own Adventure books

Curious George

All Dr. Seuss books

Flowers in the Attic

George and Martha

Go Ask Alice

The Indian in the Cupboard

James and the Giant Peach

Little Golden Books

Ramona the Pest
Sheila the Great

Sweet Valley High books

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Where the Sidewalk Ends


One Hit Wonders

99 Luftballoons

Angel Eyes

Come On Eileen

Don't Close Your Eyes

Don't Worry, Be Happy

I Know What Boys Like

I Want Candy

I've Had the Time of My LIfe

Iko, Iko

Mickey

Pac-Man Fever

Puttin' on the Ritz

Relax

She Blinded Me With Science

Tainted Love

Too Shy

Turning Japanese

Valley Girl

Wild, Wild West

Whip It

80s Candy

Junk Food

Big League Chew

Blow Pops

Candy Cigarettes

Gummi Bears

Gummi Worms

Hubba Bubba Bubblegum

Jawbreakers

Laffy Taffy

Like soda

Nerds

Pop Rocks

Zots


'80s Speak

Bogus

Dweeb / Dweebette

Fresh

Gag me with a spoon

Grody

Lame

Saying 'Like' a lot!!

Ohmigod! (Still popular)

Poser

Psyche!

Spaz / Spazzing

Stoked

Rad / Radical

Tubular

Wannabe



My Favorite '80s Moments


Participating in Hands Across America

Auditioning for the school talent show. Me and my two friends lip-synched The Super Bowl Shuffle and dressed our Cabbage Patch Dolls as Cheerleaders. We didn't make it. :(

Getting my first Cabbage Patch Kid. He was a boy and I hated his name so I renamed him Joey. I also had a premie and a homemade Cabbage Patch Kid.

Dressing up as a punk-rocker for Halloween.

Learning to ride a 10-speed bike

My first perm. I'll never forget how it smelled!

That time of year when they played The Wizard of Oz on tv!



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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Thanks this gave me a smile - reminds me of when my oldest used to watch all those shows and follow those trends! Great hub:)


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Awe amymarie what a super and well done Hub. Cabbage Patch Dolls..the women would get in fights over those come Christmas time. Pee-Wee, the start of cable and MTV. You've really covered that era so well here. Big Hair and Wheres the Beef..the 80s, because of you it can still come alive for us some. Thank you amymarie and I'm glad you wrote a little about yourself in those days too.


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amymarie_5 5 years ago from Chicago IL Author

Thanks for writing Alastar & Realhousewife! Glad I could bring back some happy memories. I'll never forget the first time I saw a group of mothers trying to kill each other over the last Cabbage Patch Kid at the Toys R' Us. It only made me want the doll more!! I can't believe how crazy we all got over those ugly dolls!!


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mcrawford76 5 years ago from Greeley, Colorado

Lot of great (and sad) memories there. Some noteables you over looked were

Garbage Pail kids

The tight roll (when you tuck your jeans into themselves to form a tight cuff at the bottom)

And ZOTS - No one seems to remember zots, but I loved em. They were a string of hard candies with fizzy stuff inside.

Thanks for taking me back.


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amymarie_5 5 years ago from Chicago IL Author

Hey, thanks for reminding me Mcrawford76. I've added those, and yes, I remember zots!


tipper76 5 years ago

Great hub. You really did a good job covering the 80's. What a great era, and awesome memories. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.


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SummerSurf 5 years ago

Here here! 80s were great times.


big lou 5 years ago

From AC/DC to Zelda the 80' s ruled. Thanx. P.S Fast Times At Ridgemont High, that's the time for me.


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amymarie_5 5 years ago from Chicago IL Author

Hi Lou, thanks for reading! I almost forgot about Fast Times at Ridgemont High. I loved that movie!!! Now I have to watch it :)


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annaglomesh 4 years ago from Australia

Sensational ... and best thing is a lot of it is back!


MysticMoonlight 3 years ago

Fantastic! I LOVE this! My, my, how cool were we?! She-Ra was my hero and I wore Jelly Shoes like it was nobody's business! LOL Oh what a trip down memory lane....thank you!

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