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The 1980's

Updated on June 26, 2011

The 80's


I was 11 years old in 1980, I grew up in the 80's , "For Sure" I loved MTV it was really "Way Cool" and "Totally Awesome". Jimmy Carter was in office , prime interest rates soared up to 25 percent, brand new refrigerators sold for 100 dollars, (they were silver). Construction went down. People lost their businesses, fortunately My mom and dad both continued to work. The radio was playing mostly, Maddona, and that Eye in the sky song, by the Alan parsons project band. People voted for "Ronny" Regan a Hollywood Star into office, that was a big first in 1981, it was" the cold war" The movie "Red Dawn" came out on 1985 (i still love movie) Ronald Regan talked to Gorbachev the leader of Russia and they showed them both on was neat to see them shake hands and Ronald Regan put his hand on his shoulder. Ronald Regans persistance and butting heads attitude helped cool off the cold war. Ronald Regan got shot and Americans voted him in again so for the 80s he was our President until 1989. Businesses started booming and production was back up again after the "Reganomics" and the trickle down effect started happening. We watched the Berlin wall go down it was a big deal. A Sad event was when the space shuttle exploded in front of our eyes on T.V . I felt sad for the astronauts and their families especially the school teacher that went up and the kids who were her students watching that day.

We had to eat all the food on our plate because there were starving people in Ethiopia, there were REALLY starving people in Ethiopia! Many bands got together and did a "major" fundraiser called the Live Aid Concert. There was a rash of Ethiopian jokes rolling through the grapevine some of them were pretty grotesque. In 1985 and the farm Aid concert helped farmers too. there wave a wave of "BIG HAIR BANDS" Life was "Like, good", way good, "Rad", Totally,"For Sure", but just look out for the "Valley Girls".


80s Bands

My Favorite music in the 80s was





Alan Parsons Project

Pat Benetar

Duran Duran

Billy Idol

The Police

John Cougar Mellencamp

Whitney Houston

Bon Jovi

Huey Lewis and the News

Brian Adams


Billy Joel

The Bangles



Van Halen

Sheila E


The Movies of the 80s

My Favorite movies for the 80s were:

E.T.~ Starwars Return of the Jedi~ Raiders of the lost ark and all the Indiana Jones movies ~Back to the Future~ Beverly Hills cop~Rocky~The Terminator~American werewolf in London~Never Say Never Again ~ James Bond, with Sean Connery~Big~Brewster's Millions~ Caddy Shack~Chariots of Fire~Coocoon~Crocodile Dundee~Die Hard~Down and out in Beverly Hills~Ghostbusters~The Heavenly Kid~Highlander~honey I shrunk the Kids~Jaws 3D~Jumping Jack Flash~Karate Kid~Lethal Weapon~Mad Max Beyond The Thunder Dome~The money Pit~Risky Business~Sixteen Candles with Molly Ringwald~Stand By Me~Super man II~The Thing~Top Gun~Weird Science~War Games~The Never Ending Story~Overboard, one of my very favorite comedies with Patrick Swazye and Goldie Hawn.The Breakfast Club was by far ,one of the all time favorite movies of mine in the 80s! That movie really took the edge off of the clicks in school, it was an interesting portrayal of the social life in some schools. 


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    Joanna Chandler 5 years ago from On planet Earth

    Interesting Hub!!! :) I was born in the year 1988 the eighties was one of the last generations to be born with common sense, lol now is a bunch of robots the techy age.

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    MsQuestion 6 years ago from New Jersey

    I remember trying to get my bangs to "stick up" back in the late eighties, and they just wouldn't, and it was so frustrating! Flat hair was the absolute WORST thing to have in the eighties! (And yea...I LOVE the Breakfast Club, too)..did you mention Fast Times At Ridgemont High?

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    Mindy 6 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

    Thank you Smitten! I have to apologize I am usually online more ,but right now i am only getting online about once a week. till I pay my phone bill down.I want over on my usage.. I'll BE BACK :) and i will rate some some hubs too soon.

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    SmittenWithTravel 6 years ago

    I'm starting to feel...old! Not!! The 80's were the best of times. Carefree, innocent, innovative...and just fun. I would not want to be a teen now. Loving this hub Mindy! Keep em' coming!

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    Mindy 6 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

    Cogerson, OMGoodness I cant believe i Forgot that one ill add it in, it was one of my favorite movies! it really kind of took the edge off of the "Clicks". I put sixteen candles in and must have thought it was in there. Yes, by far one of the most memorable movies of the 80s.

    Earl~ I used to have my hair like that too :) it is pretty cool to see the teenagers today, mimicking the 8os its a big fad, tutus and all! I should put a picture in of kim and I , but we are in Bikinis.. LOl. Thank you both

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    Earl Flournoy 6 years ago

    My wife and I grew up in the 70's, but that doesn't mean we've forgotten about the 80's. You know what's the best thing about that decade? The hairstyles! They were so iconic that they're the most popular among costume parties. In fact, my wife's Tony of Beverly wigs are all dedicated in recreating 80's looks. Amazingly, she's able to pull it off even in formal affairs and business events.

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    Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

    Thanks for taking me back to the 80s..I liked your movie list...but I did not see Breakfast Club....that movie to me is what the 80s were all about....voted up

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    emilybee 6 years ago

    Overboard, haha funny movie. Love Patrick Swayze and Molly Ringwald movies. Great hub- thanks for sharing!

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    Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

    Checked your profile and liked what I saw, will get to some hubs more or less pronto! Going to read 80s now.