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We remember the 1980’s as a decade full of fun, with catchy pop songs, some very questionable hair styles and computer games that you almost became addicted to. Speaking to everyone round the office here are the top 5 things that stand out for us in the decade that style forgot!

1. Material Girl

It can definitely be said that Madonna reigned as the queen of the 80s. She completely re-vamped everyone’s perception of style and glamour through her bold dress sense and total no-care attitude. Her influential fashion sense made her the most iconic pop diva of the 80s that celebrities nowadays still copy her style. Every girl and woman wanted to be her, from the ‘bad girl’ look in ‘Papa don’t preach’, to the slightly more girly wavy hair with highlights and huge bows. Madonna re-styled herself so many times that everyone had their own favourite look that was definitely carried far into the 90s.

Here is a collection of photos documenting some of her most iconic looks and how her style evolved.

2. Glued to the one PC in the house

80s computer game Pacman  

If you’re wondering how the    80s went so quickly, it’s probably because you spent most of your free time playing Pac-man. Yes, that frustratingly addictive video game that stole hours of your evening that you can never get back. But how fun were those hours?! Competitively trying to beat your friend to the next level or attempting to beat your best score. With Pac-man’s popularity continuing throughout the 80s, this meant weeks on end eating as many monsters as possible!


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3. Nobody puts Baby in a corner!

Iconic lift shot from film Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing will forever make women and girls all over the world swoon. Patrick Swayze setting the bar unrealistically high for boys since 1987. Every guy wanted to be as cool as Jonny Castle (Patrick Swayze) and every girl wanted to be fancied by him as well as being lifted up in the air while ‘the time of my life’ is playing. Watching Dirty Dancing must have caused an increase in families going to summer resorts, purely from girls hoping they could meet their own Patrick and guys hoping to meet their Baby- and a few dance moves too.

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4 . One Moment

Nothing sent shivers down our spines more than Whitney Houston belting the song for the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics! Singing ‘One Moment in Time’ at the opening ceremony is certainly one way to hush a large crowd. With clips from previous Olympics games featuring in the background it was a sure heart wrencher and a great way to get the crowd excited for the upcoming games with the video finishing with the torch being lit. Every time Whitney’s song is now played, the 1988 Olympics is unquestionably a moment to remember from the 80s. Here’s one video to recap the momentous Olympic video

5. Food for thought

The food in the 80s certainly reflected the fashion style: colourful, bold, over the top and favourites constantly changing. The 80s was a time before nutritionists realised that blue wasn’t actually a good colour for food and before ‘natural and healthy’ was the new fashionable way to eat. But who didn’t like running to the corner shop after school and getting brain freeze from a bright blue Slush Puppy and or to buy a bag of Flying Saucers, or Blackjacks, to walk home with, after all you had earned your pocket money! Nobody was ever sure whether they purchased Cadburys Flake chocolate bars because of the beautiful woman in the advert, or because they genuinely tasted delicious! Nevertheless, you won’t have been the only person who tried to eat a Flake just as seductively. But wasn’t it a sad moment when we had to say goodbye to the ever loved 54321 Cadburys chocolate bar. Not only was the advert, featuring the infamous Ted Rogers, an 80s classic; but it included 5 amazing chocolate bars!

To reminisce, click on the links below to watch the adverts again:


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Take a look at our Generation Change page to see some detailed research about life through the decades. See how much the average house price has changed and how average income in the UK has increased. We wish houses were still as cheap as in the 50’s!