Why Are You An Eighties Fan?

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The 80s was the greatest decade ever. I was born in 83 so I guess you can call me a late bloomer. I had six great years from the 80s and I remember a great deal of them. All the Classic music, videos, movies, games, TV shows, cartoons etc. There was nothing like it. I'm 23 now and I find myself watching classic movies from the 80s more than anything else. I won't get into which ones because there are so many and I could go on forever. I wish I could have been a teen in the 80s. I think I would have had more fun back then than I did in th 90s. Tthe thing that P remember the most from the 80s was my childhood and seeing the way people dressed with big poofy hair and the tight jeans. My mother had real big curly hair - it was great. Being 23, I wish I could go back. If I could, I think I would go back to 1985 and go see The Breakfast Club on opening day. What a classic movie. Long live the 80s!
From: B. Prince

I was born in 1984 and I know that makes me only 21 now and I was only 6 when 1990 came around. But I really miss and ADORE everything 80s, mainly the music and style. I remember all the TV shows, toys that came out, bands, songs, I'm such a fiend for anything 80s. Just ask anyone I know. I love the 80s and wish ALL the time that we could go back. Thankfully, I found a local cover band, The Luv Gods. Two of their members were actually in the band The Sharks back in the 80s. They were on MTV and signed to Elektra, I feel very proud knowing I get to see them live all the time and relive those memories, as short as they are.
From: Megan

Sadly, I wasn't born in the eighties but my dad grew up then. I love the eighties so much! The music, movies, and fashion. I wish there was some way to go back to the eighties! I hate 00s. They suck.
From: Salma

I was born in the late 1980s. I remember some of the great cartoons that were still being shown in Australia. The one I like the most was one about a girl and a white tiger that went looking for crystals. I can't remember the name of it and it is driving me nuts. Transformers was also great.
From: Nathan

I love the eighties because of the metal!!!!
From: Ozmanfan

There are just so much that we love about the 80s. Some of them are great music (John Mellencamp, Pet Shop Boys etc.), loads of feel good movies and sitcoms (Big, Princess Bride, Never Ending Story, Family Ties, Growing Pains,etc.), no excessive political correctness hampering humor, video games had more simple graphics - love Carmen Sandiego, great game-books like the Lone Wolf series. The only thing we can think of that we don't like about the 80s is the fashion - hair and clothes! The 80s were just wonderful. Things were just more simple and relaxed.
From: Ana & Nizar

I grew up in the eighties and I loved how free it was! You could wear pink or yellow and I loved wearing acid wash jeans. Rollerskating was the "in" thing to do. Man, I wish I could go back in time and relive the eighties again. It was the best time of my life! How many people here used the word "ac"e in the eighties? Thanks for reading my post and I would love to make friends with other eigties like-minded people out there. P.S. Pac M and Donkey Kong rule! LOL!

I was born in 1985, so I caught the tail end of the '80s when I started to be able to remember things. My immigrant family was poor then, and only had a radio (now we have a 2400-sq ft house on one acre -- long live the American Dream!) -- so I listened to the radio a lot, and to this day, I still love all the '80s music -- The Cure, Bon Jovi, Cyndi Lauper, even Laura Branigan and some of the earlier stuff. And the movies -- so optimistic and positive and triumphant and made you feel oh-so-good, like Quicksilver (anybody remember that?) and Working Girl. I would also later learn that the Iron Curtain fell and the Soviet Union collapsed in the '80s, all the more reason to love that decade.
From: JW

The 80s... the BEST music, the BEST time of my life! I was born in 1973. At the age of 9, I already listened to Frankie Goes To Hollywood! I loved the carefree way of growing up in the 80s, swimming till your toes wrinkled up, riding on my bmx, skateboarding with my brothers, playing outside forever! The powercolours, the blue make-up, the bubble skirts, snow-denims, the padded jackets, the big hair, the colorful socks and all the bangles! I remember sneaking out to watch Dallas, who killed JR?! Gummy Bears were big, Knight Rider, The A-team and Airwolf. Dirty Dancing.... oh those where the days! People should never forget the 80s! NEVER!
From: Marlise Brand

I was born in 1970 and lived through the 80s as a teenager. I have a nine year old daughter who is jealous because she says it sounds like soooo much fun to have lived back then. I have told her all about the fashion...LA Gear hi-tops with two pair of colored slouch socks to match your outfit, jelly shoes, jelly bracelets (just because they looked cool),fingerless lace gloves, mini buttons pinned all over your purse and jacket, oh yeah...Swatch watches were the best but you were nobody without the stretch guard that went across the face of the watch (do they still make those?) and who can forget the Coke sweatshirts. The music was awesome...in one decade I saw Huey Lewis and the News, Prince's Purple Rain Concert and the Monsters of Rock Concert with Van Halen, Scorpions, and Metallica. TV and movies were good hearted fun and teenage romance like Sixteen Candles, Facts of Life and Better Off Dead (I loved John Cusack). Does anyone else remember reading Sweet Valley High books? They were such a source of entertainment because back then there were not all the endless home video game options and most homes did'nt have computers and oh yeah..no internet. Teenagers could actually be dropped off at the mall without the fear of child predators. Me and my girlfriends would spend all day at the mall with only a couple of dollars to spend. We had the best time shopping at the novelty store that sold the inflatabe pink flamingos and big, puffy satin hearts. I wish my daughter could experience all of this but times have changed. For now I will just enjoy getting her ready for her school variety show, she is singing Our Lips are Sealed by the GO-GO's. She says it is so retro. She will be sporting a side ways ponytail, fer sure!
From: Kristen

It's just all around fun. All the bright colors really get me happy. I just love rainbows and bright colors, and that's all in Rainbow Brite.
From: Amaranda

I am a product of the 80s. I was born in 1970, so I really remember the 80s well. Best decade ever for music, movies, shows, and clothes. War Games, 9 1/2 Weeks, Adventures In Babysitting, Rocky 3 & 4, and Dirty Dancing, all Stallone and Schwarzenegger movies, the Brat Pack movies, they were original, not like all the remakes today. Knight Rider, Air Wolf, A-Team, G.I. Joe, Macgyver and his mullet, the power suits, and clubs. I wish I could go back and relive them again! But out of everything, I would have to say the music was the best!
From: Sean

Born in 72 - the 80's were my time! As a kid growing up in Miami, FL, we never locked our doors, left the bikes out on the front lawn nightly, ruled the neighborhood! I remember football games in the neighbor's front lawn with all the kids from the block, earning candy to help the little old lady next door take in her groceries, leaving the house in the morning only to return for food & bathroom breaks. I fondly remember the big schwinn bikes my parents had, and my new bike with the banana seat and chopper like handle bars. AND who could ever forget the "Big Green Machine", with the lever on the back tire that would make you spin out. Never got tired of that! Then there's the toys - Star Wars action figures, Lincoln Logs, Legos and Playmobile toys that came in the McDonald's Happy Meals. I remember using my Easy Bake Oven to melt crayons, the stain was on my yellow bedroom carpet until we moved... sorry mom! Clothing was the greatest - the 1/4 sleeve shirt with the rainbow stretching across your chest, tube socks with the different color rings around your calves, home made barettesKara
From: Heather

I love the 80s!!! I was born in the eary 80s, and I remember the music. I remember all the toys I had- the Monchichi, P.J. Sparkles, and a bunch of others. I also remember all the 80s songs I liked when I was younger. I am now still collecting CDs of 80s music. This site brought back lots of memories for me.
From: Angela

I was born in 1964 so I turned 21 in the greatest of all years - 1985. I wouldn't change any of the things I did or the times I did them in. The 80s were and always will be the best of all times. If I could go back, I would do it in a heartbeat.
From: Brian Whitaker

Why did the 80s rule? Simple. Everything was fairly new when introduced to people in general. CD players, home computers,video games, cellphones(huge ones), MTV (was cool in the 80s, sucks bad nowadays), all kinds of music. In the 90s the novelty values of these things wore off and we had all seen it before. And the feel of the 80s was everything is possible, the sky is the limit, it's OK to feel good about oneself (not the self-destructive behavior of kids today). The music videos of the 80s were groundbreaking stuff, it was all new and unchartered country. Today, most videos look like copies from another and they ran out of new ideas long ago. It's a shame most kids don't know their beloved artists of today have made covers of thousands of 80s songs. It's remarkable how much from the 80s is recycled today for the kids of the 2000s. I've met lots of people born in the late 80s who love the decade even though they were born too late to remember it. Lots of teens born in the 90s say they would have rather been born in the 70s or 80s. Life seemed happier than today. Madonna's 80s songs are great and most other bands still active today did better records back then. Fast Times at Ridgemont High or The Breakfast Club are superior to any teen flicks of the 2000s. A couple of days ago, I watched Back To The Future. It's still better than lots of movies produced today. Indiana Jones was everybody's hero. When I think about it the 80s were the decade my parents spent most of their money. Shopping trips were common. Gasoline was cheap. Even the legendary Andy Warhol loved the 80s. Many artists have expressed how they loved the era.
From: Colin

I grew up in the 80s. I used to love watching Dino Riders(only the movie) Transformers, Thundercats, Denver the Last Dinosaur, My Pet Monster, He-Man/She-Ra and a few others but I can't remember the titles. I would very much love to see these again, but I can't find them. If anyone knows where I can buy or download these great 80s cartoons, I would be most thankful!
From: Roger

The 80s bring back a lot of good memories. Being a Star Wars fanatic, my action figures were the only toys I remember playing with (and I still have all of them today!) My sister had all the dolls that made up the Barbie and the Rockers band, so we would have concerts on top of her dresser. I was a really big fan of the country music singer Sylvia, and remember listening to performers like Eddie Rabbit, Crystal Gayle, Earl Thomas Conley. I remember when George Strait, Reba McEntire, and Alabama first started their careers. Some of my favorite TV shows were Growing Pains, Who's the Boss, Three's Company, Laverne & Shirley, Hart to Hart (Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers), Love Boat, Benson, Family Matters w/ Steve Urkel. Some of my favorite singers/ groups were Paula Abdul, Rick Astley, Taylor Dayne, Janet Jackson, Air Supply, Big-hair bands. Favorite movies were Star Wars, Star Trek, Indiana Jones, Princess Bride. I had parachute pants, wore neon shoestrings in my high tops, was the VERY FIRST person to have a pair of stone washed jeans in junior high school (I gave 24.99 for them at The County Seat and my dad almost had a cow). Things like family vacations in the summer, going to football games in the fall, having lots of time off for holidays are probably some of the things I miss most. Remembering the 80s always puts a smile on my face.
From: John M. Fazekas

What do you know about Crystar, Blackstar,Star wars, Madballs!! Yes the good old eighties. I was born in 1976 so I remember it vividly.I could sit and watch Saturday morning cartoons, beg mom to go to the toy store and buy me some toys,and comeback home and play with friends. I would probably wait for the icecream truck to get me a Pac-Man popsicle. Wow, everything was good in the eighties from the music, to the videos, cereal, toys, the way of life. I'm trying to build a timemachine so I can go back!!!!
From: Stepdaddymone

I miss the 80s and even the 70s. Most of all I miss it because of the lifestyle. That time is like another world compared to the nasty, selfish 90's and 00's. I had many friends then and we had so much fun together.
From: Joyce

This is one page of many, check out the intro at Why I Love The 80s where you can add your own memories as well.