AHH… the ’80s… I love you so much. It’s always when we reflect back to our childhood that terms like “simpler times” arise. I have a list of 15 rock songs turning 40 and I love them all. First, let’s just take a moment to reflect on 1983.
Mario Bros. was first released as an arcade game. Cabbage Patch dolls were all the rage… I think I still have one in a box in the basement. They’ll be worth money someday. lol It’s always what we trash that ends up selling on E-bay for a fortune, but those in-the-moment trends? Not so much (sorry Squishmellow fans but it’s true). In 1983, I was very busy being an awkward pre-teen. It was tough work, but I made being awkward look easy. 1983 was part of my definitive musical period. The music of the ’80s is like DNA attached to my memories of growing up and starting to find my place in the world.
MTV was HUGE by 1983. Every song on my list of 15 rock songs turning 40 in 2023 is a song I love and a video I remember (three exceptions). MTV helped make so many careers. Not that the music wasn’t great without MTV (it was), but MTV gave ACCESS to that music on a level I hadn’t known before. I always loved radio, but I never knew what I’d hear (and see) next on MTV… at least that was the case in 1983.