THE TELEVISION SHOWS:
Alex P. Keaton and Dr. Cliff Huxtable. No other explanation needed. If you don't know who they are, leave immediately. Your kind is not welcome here.
Leaving the best for last. Whether or not you agree with my statement that the 80's was the best decade (there, I said it), and even if you were still wearing diapers in the 90's, you have to agree that what defined the 80's more than anything was, in fact, the music. When I was in boarding school (1987-1990), my roommate and I used to take turns choosing which music to fall asleep to. Samantha was a pop kinda gal (Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, etc), while I leaned more toward the stuff coming from the other side of the pond (The Cure, Depeche Mode, etc.). Sure, there was plenty of crossover - Samantha would (rightfully) call bullshit on me if I claimed never to have lip-synched to The Hooters - and my greatest prep school victory was turning Sam into a bonified lover of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" (which by the way, is the greatest album ever made. Period. End of Discussion). And we both LOVED Erasure (who the hell didn't?). But the point is that while we both had somewhat different tastes in music, there was very little I loved that she hated, and very little that she loved that I hated (with one very strong exception: Rick Astley. God, that guy SUCKED).
The 80's was all about the music. And with the music came The Look. Whether you (girls) wore crucifixes and bustiers, or you (men) grew your short hair long and started wearing eyeliner, chances are you adopted some sort of look based upon on the music you loved. I suppose the argument could be made that adapting your look to go along with the musicians you admire is not a phenomenon belonging solely to the 80's, but I would say that music in the 80's changed people's looks more so than any other decade. Why? Because musicians defined their music with their look. And there were SO many different looks to go along with SO many different kinds of music. And the truly remarkable thing was that you rarely just identified with one look. You couldn't. There was just too much good stuff out there. There is a reason there are more cover bands out there playing 80's music today than any other kind. Because it was simply that good.