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Subject: What would one consider peak 80s?

Written By: popking on 07/30/07 at 3:23 pm

I'd say about 1982-86 would qualify as the peak 1980s in terms of pop culture. Beginning somewhere around 1986/87 certain things like, new jack swing, flat top haircuts and more hip hop beginning to make waves seemed to mark the transitional late 80s period.

Subject: Re: What would you consider peak 80s?

Written By: Marty McFly on 07/30/07 at 3:28 pm

The absolute peak was probably from Michael Jackson's explosion in popularity after "Billie Jean" until some point in 1986. During that year itself, things seemed to change away from the Miami Vice era, with computers and CDs starting to become popular as well as hip hop and alternative music making their very first appearances (even if it had very little mainstream success).

1988 was probably still "classic Eighties" though, at least until Reagan left office. That was also when even later decade things like hair metal started declining.

On the other side of the spectrum, 1982 is weird. The big picture is definitely the '80s, with new wave, mall shopping, Valley Girls and MTV getting pretty popular, but I get the impression it was still one step away from exploding.

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