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Why the 80's Were Better than Today!

Updated on July 8, 2018
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One might wonder what separates the 1980s from a lot going on today. Besides, what springs to mind is the 80s qualify as a distinct year that had so many awesome things to happen and reminisce about that it generates many fun memories. Today consist of massive shotting, nude TV programs, financial troubles and a president who contribute to many Twitter conflict that brings sadness. Moreover, those born between the early 1980s, the mid-1980s to the late 1980s were very different from some of the younger generation today who have NO respect for themselves or others, NO values or interest in their future. Plus, as a nostalgia junkie, I can remember the 80s having a better quality of life.

Plus, the 80s had the best of fantastic music. Songs that made you slap your hands nod your head and pat your feet softly with devotion. Music from the Gospels & R&B legends like Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Whitney Houston, Daryl Coley, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, the Williams Brothers, Michael Jackson, Bebe and CeCe Winans, Vickie Winans, Patti Labelle, Tremaine Hawkins, Tina Turner and Shirley Caesar ruled the 80s. Songs today cannot hold the scale to the 80s music.

As I take a trip farther down memory lane the next thing comes to mind is fashion; the 80s had its own unique and distinct fashion style; it spawned fashion trends. A trend some would consider hideous and humiliating today. Nonetheless, fashion Icon like Naomi Campbell was one of the most recognizable and in-demand models of the 80s. Today people style consist of wearing clothes that reveals more than it covers; not the best of choice.

Another great thing that made the 80s so eminent is the best of TV shows. It provided us with some of the most adored family shows altogether. Family shows like the Cosby show, Different Strokes, Miami Vice, Family matters, Dynasty and 227 were some of the most favorite TV shows of the 80s. There was no direct access to nudity, just good shows to enjoy grounded in the sense of innocence.

The 1980's produced some of the most state-of-the-art amusement altogether, which helped to describe allegiance for Americans for the duration of the Cold War. The 80s is the year the world witness the King of Pop, Michael Jackson change how the music industry performed, and the personal IBM computer was created. The 80s consist of many different outbreaks of great pop icons, trial, and testing of boundaries, the most significant fight for civil rights and time of revolution and radical change.

The 80s consist of so many great moments that it's not enough time to share in this article. However, could the 80s be the best decades of life? I like to think so and want to try my hand at sharing a few moments of joy as to why the 80s is a memorable year. Some will go as far as to say the 80s is the year of the decade. The 80s consist of those "firsts," most iconic moments like the first revealing of Michael Jackson iconic single white glove during his Victory Tour on July 7, 1984.

Another notable moment of the 80s from the "firsts," creation of a computer. The creating of the 5150 computers, created on August 21, 1981. The "firsts," Compact disc created on October 1, 1982, to provide listeners an alternative to hearing their favorite cassette tape.

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The reasons why the 1980s were better than today

So what defined the beloved '80s? According to a poll that survey, almost everybody loved the '80s — even the generation who were not born in it. Although the 80s might have been considered the decade for people with bad hair and loud clothes survey shows that three-quarters of Americans believe everything was much better in the '80s than now. And to share a few of the 1980s moments: on July 29, 1981, Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer as an estimated 750 million people tune in and watched. June 1, 1980, the CNN aired its first broadcast. In the early 80s the arcade classic, Pac-Man was introduced to children, and it was the most flourishing video game in history.

Also, a substantial 80s moment consists when America saw an immense socioeconomic change. The socioeconomic flow in the United States refers to the significant advances in technology. Though, one sad moment took place in the 80s that put a draft on the 80s and that were the discovery of AIDS and the severe AIDS epidemic outbreak. Since AIDS come into existing an estimated 15.8 million people are living with HIV as of June 2015, and AIDS has killed an estimated 39 million people as of 2013.

From a high loss of an estimated 39 million people losing their lives, one would think people of the world would be grateful and take advantage of any beautiful thing the world has to offer. Some might even think people would also repent and give their life to God. Not so, the 80s were the year for the first time America was exposed to a mass media immersion that is taken for granted and even more today.

Some of the most memorable moments of the 80s consist of the creation of the Cabbage Patch Kids in 1983 it was so popular that parent hysteria set and a big fight occur as they battle each other to get one for their children. April 21, 1989, Nintendo launches in Japan the first Game Boy, another favorite item. The creation of the beloved Super Mario Bros, dance moves like the Robot and Moonwalk, a few of the most admired people consist of Prince Charles & Princess Diana, Ronald Reagan, and Margaret Thatcher. The favorite old-time candy was Reese's Pieces, Caramella bars, cow tails and M&M.

According to survey three-quarters of Americans believe the nation was better off in the '80s than now. Also, according to survey at least 3 out of 4 Americans (74%) thought that our society was better off then and even safer than today. American were polled by percentage, 42% of them believe that movies were better. 71% think music was more worth listening to, 52% think TV shows were better in the ’80s than it is today. Approximately two-thirds (65%) of adults, age 18 to 34 and a significant 88 percent of latest college grads who answered the survey did not live during the ’80s said that they wished they have lived in this fantastic decade.

The Top 5 reasons the 80’s was So Great & Better Than Today: to Describes the main reason the years of the 80’s was so absolute in two Words- "Totally Amazing."

#1 During the 80s, employment was down, gasoline prices record low, the stock market was up, and we lived in simpler time.

#2 The 80s had the best gospels and R&B singers; singers like the late king of pop, Michael Jackson, The late great Whitney Houston, Vickie Winans, the late Prince, Daryl Coley and Bebe and CeCe Winans.

#3 The Movies were better in the 80s. Movies like the color purple, stand by me, Ghostbusters, The Terminator, Die Hard, Dirty Dancing, Can’t buy me love, the Karate Kid, Beverly Hill Cops, Gremlins, Do the right thing, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Indiana Jones, A Christmas Story, Dead Poets Society, Top Gun, The Blues Brothers, Coming to America, Big, and Legal Weapon, there are so many the list literally goes on and on.

#4- Talent search television programs like American Idol, "The Voice" and So you think you can dance had nothing on one of the best genius show Star Search who knew how to discover the most gifted people.

#5 The 80s had different fashionable hairstyles; hairstyles were not only just better, most were big and beautiful but big puffy hair rules and distinct fashion style like leg warmers, and Parachute Pants.

I was a child growing into a teenager during the 80s, but I can still remember it was a fantastic decade for sure. Without a shadow of a doubt, if I were given an opportunity to see the return to it, I would welcome it and hope many others would agree that the 80s were the years. If there were a year that could be repeated over and over and over again, I would choose the 80s. However, to be fair, some great things about today was not available during the 80s, but it still can’t hold the calendar to the 80s.

It will be hard to top the gratifying childhood we had back then. The world today consists of too much that children grow up with preoccupied hands and troubled minds. The distractions contribute to different challenges and stress that teens are committing suicide but thank God in the 80s children were stress-free grow up without peer pressure and bullying. The '80s were a time of fun. Yes, there may be an argument that can be prepared for another decade to outdo the 80s, but I just don't see any of them surpassing it. Question: Do you remember the 80s and what did YOU love about the 80s? Please share below I would like to know.

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