Although often mocked for its big hair and synthesizers, the 80s are a surprisingly rich musical landscape for us to explore. Genres like pop, new wave and “alternative rock” rose to prominence, while 70s heavyweights like The Police and Bruce Springsteen continued to put out good work, metal bands from Van Halen to Guns N’ Roses filled arenas, and influences like ska and hip hop gained main-stream audiences.
Since this era is ancient history for most of our bands, we encourage parents to share your own favorite songs to help find those big hits, hidden gems and songs begging for a fresh touch.
Some bands to explore (in addition to those mentioned above), from icons to one-hit-wonders:
Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Echo & The Bunnymen
Photo: Based on work by Alejandro Molina B via Flickr