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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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    On This Day April 14, 1986 Judas Priest's 'Turbo' was Released

    On this day April 14, 1986, Judas Priest released their tenth album, "Turbo," which debuted at #17 on the Billboard charts.
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    Jermaine Jackson (1984)

    Title: Jermaine Jackson Artist: Jermaine Jackson Genre: R&B Released: 1984 Tracks: 1 - Dynamite - 6:02 2 - Sweetest Sweetest - 4:06 3 - Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin' (Too Good to Be True) (Duet with Michael Jackson) - 4:28 4 - Escape From the Planet of the Ant Men - 5:07 5 - Come to Me...
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    April 14 Release: Fine Young Cannibals' 'Good Thing' Tops Charts in America and Canada

    On April 14, the single Good Thing by Fine Young Cannibals was released, later becoming the #1 song in America from July 8 to 14. Additionally, it reached the #1 spot in Canada.
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    Jermaine Jackson's Self Titled Album Released and Topped R&B Charts On April 14, 1984

    On this day April 14, 1987, Jermaine Jackson's tenth album was released, entering the Billboard charts at #19 and claiming the top spot on the R&B charts.
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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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    Judas Priest's 'British Steel' Makes Waves on Charts with New Drummer Today April 14, 1980

    On this day April 14, 1980, Judas Priest released their sixth album, "British Steel," which debuted at #34 on the Billboard charts. It also claimed the #4 spot in the UK. This album marked the band's first collaboration with new drummer Dave Holland.
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    April 14, 1983: David Bowie's 'Let’s Dance' Takes the Music World by Storm

    On this day April 14, 1983, David Bowie unveiled his 15th album, "Let’s Dance," which soared to the top of the US Billboard 200 charts. Additionally, it claimed the number one spot in various countries including the UK, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand...
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    Tango in the Night (1987)

    Title: Tango in the Night Artist: Fleetwood Mac Genre: Rock Released: 1987 Tracks: 1 - Big Love - 3:42 2 - Seven Wonders - 3:45 3 - Everywhere - 3:49 4 - Caroline - 3:57 5 - Tango in the Night - 4:05 6 - Mystified - 3:12 7 - Little Lies - 3:43 8 - Family Man - 4:09 9 - Welcome to...
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    The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards Aired Today April 13, 1989: A Night of Celebration and Recognition

    On this day April 13, 1989, the 3rd Soul Train Music Awards took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Hosting duties were shared by Dionne Warwick, Patti LaBelle, and Ahmad Rashād. Bobby Brown received the Male Album of the Year award, while Anita Baker took home the Female...
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    April 13 1987: Fleetwood Mac's 'Tango in the Night' Album Takes the World by Storm

    On this day April 13, 1987, Fleetwood Mac released their 14th album, "Tango in the Night." The album peaked at number 7 on the Billboard charts, while reaching the number 1 spot in the UK and Sweden. With over 15 million copies sold worldwide, it solidified Fleetwood Mac's status as one of the...
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    Hold an Old Friend's Hand (1988)

    Title: Hold an Old Friend's Hand Artist: Tiffany Genre: Pop Released: 1988 Tracks: 1 - All This Time - 4:23 2 - Oh Jackie - 4:16 3 - Hold an Old Friend's Hand - 4:25 4 - Radio Romance - 4:06 5 - We're Both Thinking of Her - 3:44 6 - Walk Away While You Can - 4:04 7 - Drop That Bomb...
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    The Doctor (1986)

    Title: The Doctor Artist: Cheap Trick Genre: Rock Released: 1986 Tracks: 1 - It's Up to You - 3:50 2 - Rearview Mirror Romance - 4:33 3 - The Doctor - 4:03 4 - Are You Lonely Tonight - 3:47 5 - Name of the Game - 4:17 6 - Kiss Me Red - 3:37 7 - Take Me to the Top - 4:01 8 - Good...
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    Released Today April 12, 1982 John Cougar’s ‘American Fool’

    On this day April 12, 1982, John Cougar's fifth album, "American Fool," reached the number one spot on the US Billboard 200 charts. This acclaimed album featured popular tracks such as "Hurts so Good" and "Jack & Diane."
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    Michael Jackson's 'Dirty Diana Released Today April 12, 1988

    On this day April 12, 1987, the hit single "Dirty Diana" by Michael Jackson was released. This track dominated the charts as the number one song in America from July 2nd to 8th. Additionally, it achieved the top spot in Belgium.
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    Soul Train's 500th Episode: A Celebration of Music and Dance April 12, 1986

    On this day April 12, 1986, Soul Train reached a significant milestone with its 500th episode airing. The episode featured a lineup of vibrant dance songs including "Do It To Me Good (Tonight)" by Michael Henderson, "Another Night" by Aretha Franklin, and "I'm Not Gonna Let You (Get The Best Of...
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    …and Justice for All (1988)

    Title: …and Justice for All Artist: Metallica Genre: Thrash Metal Released: 1988 Tracks: 1 - Blackened - 6:43 2 - …and Justice for All - 9:45 3 - Eye of the Beholder - 6:25 4 - One - 7:26 5 - The Shortest Straw - 6:35 6 - Harvester of Sorrow - 5:45 7 - The Frayed Ends of Sanity -...
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    Debbie Gibson's 'Foolish Beat': Released on April 11, 1988, Reigns as #1 Song in America

    On this day April 11, 1988, Debbie Gibson's "Foolish Beat" was released, securing the top spot as the number one song in America from June 25 to July 1.
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    On This Day April 11, 1983 Hall & Oates' 'Kiss on My List' Released

    On this day April 11, 1981 "Kiss on My List" by Hall & Oates claimed the top spot on the US Billboard Charts, reigning as the number one song in America from April 11 to May 1. Hall & Oates holds the title of being the most successful duo of all time.
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    Master of Puppets (1986)

    Title: Master of Puppets Artist: Metallica Genre: Thrash Metal Released: 1986 Tracks: 1 - Battery - 5:11 2 - Master of Puppets - 8:38 3 - The Thing That Should Not Be - 6:39 4 - Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - 6:27 5 - Disposable Heroes - 8:21 6 - Leper Messiah - 5:42 7 - Orion - 8:27...
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    Madonna's 'The Virgin Tour' Started Today April 10, 1985

    On this day April 10, 1985, Madonna kicked off "The Virgin Tour" in Seattle. The tour concluded on June 11, 1985, with a grand finale at Madison Square Garden.
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