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Pop Music of the 80s

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Pop Music of the 80s


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New Wave style emerged in the mid to late 70s together with punk rock. The term at first generally was synonymous with punk rock before being considered a genre in its own right that incorporated aspects of electronic, mod subculture, disco, 60s pop music, and much of the original punk rock sounds, such as an emphasis on short and punchy songs.

From the New Wave originated the Synthpop, a subgenre in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. By 1980, the disco production of the 70s, largely based on orchestras, was replaced by a lighter Synthpop production were synthesizers were dominant.

Also the first major wave of teen pop occurred during the second half of the 80s, with artists such as Menudo, Debbie Gibson, Tiffany and New Kids on the Block, Tommy Page, New Edition, Stacey Q, The Bangles, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, among others.

The fusion of both musical trends resulted in the emergence of modern pop music that later would evolve into the contempory pop styles we have today.

Urban pop acts of the decade include Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Deniece Williams.

The top charts were ruled throughout the 80s by artists like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Whitney Houston, The Pet Shop Boys, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, Prince and Duran Duran, achieving tremendous popular and commercia success worldwide, that reached our days; one of the best examples being that of Michael Jackson's Thriller (1982) which became the best selling album of all time worldwide.

Moreover MTV was an essential tool never seen before that helped many artists achieve superlative levels of success and popularity as well as boost their careers; like Madonna or Michael Jackson, who had a permanent presence on MTV thus gaining a worldwide mass audience.

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