The iHeart The 80s Weekends are back!

It's back!  Weekends sound great because of iHeart The 80s!

A lot of those songs take me back to a simple time when in 1981, MTV was born.  The cable system where I grew up in southern NJ didn't have it until October 1981, but when it hit the airwaves, everyone in school was talking about it.  It was almost a ritual to run home after school and turn on MTV to catch the latest and greatest music videos.  That channel alone helped shape the direction of pop music and fashion styles for that incredible decade.

For me, the 1980s was a time of growing up and transitioning into my post-education life as I went to high school and college throughout that decade.  A lot of that music was great, some of it quirky, some were so bad that they've become classics!  Even much of the music videos generated during that time were done on the cheap and so awful that you can't help but watch and sing along to those unforgettable songs.

I am such an 1980s nut that there are two books that are essential to any 1980s fanatic.  Obviously, the "golden era of MTV" was obviously the first 5 years from 1981-1986, which is where the book "VJ - The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave" will evoke memories of those after school days of getting your dose of MTV.  The other book is primarily a documented chronological week by week look at the Billboard Hot 100 charts from 1980-1989 called "Joel Whitburn Presents The Billboard Hot 100 Charts - The Eighties".  Every song that entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart is featured in this book. Just going through it dredges up certain times of my life where in June 1984, a song by Laura Branigan called "Self Control" was rising up the top 10 and immediately I am transported to my high school graduation.  Or something like "Sussudio" by Phil Collins was racing up to #1 in mid 1985 and I'm reminded of not only working as a warehouse boy during that summer, but Live Aid was broadcast throughout the world on MTV and other free TV outlets, emanating from London and Philadelphia, clearly a monumental moment during the 1980s.

Perhaps the 1980s transports you back to a certain time and a certain place?  For me, it's a happy place!

Mel Andrews

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