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Why Music of the 80s Still Matters

Love them or hate them, the 1980s were a pivotal time for music. In this decade, music changed from blues-based rock guitar music to synth-based pop-rock and RnB, which went on to define the subsequent decades. Every decade matters, but it’s clear that the 1980s matters a bit more.

Changing Styles

Every decade has Music Brands, and the 80s was no exception; in fact, the styles in the 1980s were so iconic they are still revered today in popular culture, fashion styles, and retro tastes. One reason for the changing styles of the 80s was where the decade was positioned.

The 1970s saw the rise of a new ideology in the form of punk which embraced and improved many of the bohemian styles of the 1960s, but as the decades changed, new technologies emerged along with new cultural sensibilities that had a bearing on many styles of music.

Music Technology

The 1980s saw a paradigm shift in music thanks to the development of new sonic techniques. Synthesizers, which had been around for a few decades, were seriously embraced in the 80s to create new sounds and patterns that built on previous popular music, and new artists emerged.

In the 1980s, there was a clear delineation between artist types. For instance, it was easy to tell if someone was a pop artist, a rock artist, a hip hop artist, or something else. These rigidly defined genres no longer exist, but they had a strong influence on today’s mixed styles of music.

Value of Music

Not only can we draw inspiration from the music of the 1980s, but we can learn something about the value of music. For example, the Gen Zs of today no longer have to wait in a line outside a record store when there’s a new release; they can get a notification for a download.

In the 1980s, music was harder to come by and therefore valued more. Perhaps this is why so many music artists of the time became superstars. These days, music is easier to produce and publish, so high-quality artists are more common, but their music can be valued in a similar way.

Modern Genres

IN the 1980s, music underwent a paradigm shift, and a new style of sand sounds came to prominence. Many of the best-loved music artists of the 1980s had rich voices and innovative visions that put down the foundations for pop music to come in the 1990s up to the present day.

Not only did the music of the 1980s develop specific styles and genres, but they also began to blend these genres together and create the first fusion music. These fusions developed in the 90s and became rudimentary electronic music that branched off and grew in many directions.

Final Thoughts

Music of the 1980s is not only a source of inspiration; it is also an important bridge to all of the music we love today. Without the innovations of the 1980s, the blues-based guitar music of 60s psychedelia and 70s punk could never have become electronica, ambient, or techno music.

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