Most of the music released in the 80s was sterile, vacuous trash, due mainly to the "advances" in recording technology that saw a switch from analog to digital recording. This was in order to accommodate the needs of the CD market, which sold itself on the idea of pristine sound. Many artistes made records totally devoid of depth and soul, including some of my favourites, such as Neil Young, who made the worst records of his career in the 80s due to digital recording techniques.
There were some great records in the 80s, ones that didn't employ the computerisation and relied instead on proper music played by real people. 'Ghost Town' by the Specials was perhaps the best record of the 80s. Among the synth bands, Depeche Mode had the edge and Soft Cell explored the seedier side of life. Tears for Fears made some very well produced records, tracks that contradict my opening statement, however, the difference lies with the fact that Tears for Fears knew how to make good use of the digital technology.
Thankfully, the 80s passed away quietly and we now find ourselves back to real music played on real instruments by real people. Think of Mumford and Sons, who use guitar, banjo and double bass to produce their music. There has been a plethora of genuine music makers recently, even if their talents are limited, Ed Sheeran for instance.
To sum up, the 80s was a disaster for me music wise and remains my least favourite decade for music. The 60s was the greatest decade for music and I'll stand by that statement always.