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For music from a year in the 1980s, go to 80 | 81 | 82 | 83 | 84 | 85 | 86 | 87 | 88 | 89This article includes an overview of the famous events and trends in popular music in the 1980s.
The 1980s saw the emergence of electronic dance music and new wave, also known as Modern Rock. As disco fell out of fashion in the decade's early years, genres such as post-disco, Italo disco, Euro disco, and dance-pop became more popular. Rock music continued to enjoy a wide audience. Soft rock, glam metal, thrash metal, shred guitar characterized by heavy distortion, pinch harmonics, and whammy bar abuse became very popular. Adult contemporary, quiet storm, and smooth jazz gained popularity. In the late 1980s, glam metal became the largest, most commercially successful brand of music worldwide.The 1980s are commonly remembered for a great increase in the use of digital recording, associated with the usage of synthesizers, with synth-pop music and other electronic genres featuring non-traditional instruments increasing in popularity. Also during this decade, several major electronic genres were developed, including electro, techno, house, freestyle, and Eurodance, rising in prominence during the 1990s and beyond. Throughout the decade, R&B, hip hop, and urban genres were becoming commonplace, particularly in the inner-city areas of large, metropolitan cities; rap was especially successful in the latter part of the decade, with the advent of the golden age of hip hop. These urban genres—particularly rap and hip hop—would continue their rise in popularity through the 1990s and 2000s.
A 2010 survey conducted by the digital broadcaster Music Choice, which polled over 11,000 European participants, revealed that the 1980s was the most favoured tune decade of the last 40 years.Notable artists include Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Madonna, George Michael, Prince and The Police.

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    Girls, Girls, Girls (1987)

    Title: Girls, Girls, Girls Artist: Mötley Crüe Genre: Glam Metal Released: 1987 Tracks: 1 - Wild Side - 4:43 2 - Girls, Girls, Girls - 4:30 3 - Dancing on Glass - 4:20 4 - Bad Boy Boogie - 3:28 5 - Nona - 1:26 6 - Five Years Dead - 3:50 7 - All in the Name of... - 3:40 8 - Sumthin'...
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    Sonic Attack (1981)

    Title: Sonic Attack Artist: Hawkwind Genre: Progressive Rock Released: 1981 Tracks: 1 - Sonic Attack - 4:45 2 - Rocky Paths - 3:38 3 - Psychosonia - 2:44 4 - Virgin of the World - 4:22 5 - Angels of Death - 6:02 6 - Living on a Knife Edge - 4:49 7 - Coded Languages - 4:53 8 -...
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    Van Halen's 'Diver Down' was Released Today April 14, 1982

    On this day April 14, 1982, Van Halen released their fifth album, "Diver Down," which peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts. The album featured hit singles like "Pretty Woman" and "Dancing in the Streets" and achieved sales of over 4 million copies in the US.
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    On This Day April 10, 1984 Scorpions' Blackout Album was Released

    On this day April 10, 1984, the Scorpions released their 8th album, "Blackout," which reached #10 on the Billboard Charts. Additionally, it hit the #1 spot in France.
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    Rocking the Charts March 31, 1981 : 'Animal Magnetism' by The Scorpions

    On this day, March 31, 1981, "Animal Magnetism" by The Scorpions, their seventh album, was making waves and reached #52 on the Billboard Charts.
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    March 27, 1984: Scorpions' Album 'Love at First Sting' Rocking the Charts

    On this day March 27, 1984, the Scorpions released their 9th album, "Love at First Sting." It climbed to #6 on the Billboard Charts and boasted hits like "Rock You Like a Hurricane." The album achieved over 3 million copies sold in the US.
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    On This Day March 24 1986 Van Halen’s ‘5150’ Was Released

    On this day March 24, 1986, Van Halen's 7th album, "5150," topped the US Billboard 200 charts, propelled by hits like "Why Can’t This Be Love." With over 6 million copies sold in the US, it became a monumental success.
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    Europe's Debut Album Hits #8 in Sweden

    On this day, March 14, 1983, Europe's self-titled debut album achieved notable success, climbing to the 8th position on the charts in Sweden. This album was not available in the U.S. until around 1988-89.
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    Def Leppard's Debut Album "On Through the Night" Hits Charts

    On this day March 14, 1980, Def Leppard launched their first album, "On Through the Night," which climbed to the 51st spot on the US Billboard Charts.
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    1984 (1983)

    Title: 1984 Artist: Van Halen Genre: Hard Rock Released: 1983 Tracks: 1 - 1984 - 1:08 2 - Jump - 4:04 3 - Panama - 3:32 4 - Top Jimmy - 3:01 5 - Drop Dead Legs - 4:15 6 - Hot for Teacher - 4:44 7 - I'll Wait - 4:45 8 - Girl Gone Bad - 4:35 9 - House of Pain - 3:19 Overview...
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    Van Halen's 1984 album was released today

    On this day January 9th 1982 Van Halen's 1984 album was released. This album introduced us to one of the most famous songs of the 80s Jump. Thats a song that I will never get bored of. I don't care how commercial or played out the song was it'll never get boring for me. I'm also a fan of the...
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    Women and Children First (1980)

    Title: Women and Children First Artist: Van Halen Genre: Hard Rock Released: 1980 Tracks: 1 - And the Cradle Will Rock... - 3:33 2 - Everybody Wants Some!! - 5:08 3 - Fools - 5:56 4 - Romeo Delight - 4:19 5 - Tora! Tora! - 0:56 6 - Loss of Control - 2:39 7 - Take Your Whiskey Home -...
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    Love at First Sting (1984)

    Title: Love at First Sting Artist: Scorpions Genre: Hard Rock Released: 1984 Tracks: 1 - Bad Boys Running Wild - 3:56 2 - Rock You Like a Hurricane - 4:12 3 - I'm Leaving You - 4:17 4 - Coming Home - 4:59 5 - The Same Thrill - 3:31 6 - Big City Nights - 4:09 7 - As Soon as the Good...
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    For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) (1981)

    Title: For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) Artist: AC/DC Genre: Hard Rock Released: 1981 Tracks: 1 - For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) - 5:44 2 - Put the Finger on You - 3:28 3 - Let's Get It Up - 3:54 4 - Inject the Venom - 3:32 5 - Snowballed - 3:23 6 - Evil Walks - 4:23...
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