1980s Music

Written by on June 12, 2018

Here at Duggystone Radio we are constantly adapting aiming to keep our listeners entertained and engaged. We have added two new music shows, the 80’s at 8am and the 90’s at 9am (UK Time). We’ve chosen these two decades due to their popularity. So lets have a quick look at the 1980’s.

So what you do you know about 80’s music?

The 1980’s saw the birth of new wave and Dance Music (Punk Rock was still around).

The pure disco scene (as characterized by films such as Saturday Night Fever) fell out of fashion in the decade’s early years, who however, genres such as Italo disco, Post disco, dance-pop and Euro-disco became the trend.

Also, Rock music continued to enjoy a decently sized audience. We say Rock Music, but within that genre there are many sub categories, such as Soft rock, thrash metal, and of course ‘shred guitar’ you know the heavy distortion, those unforgettable pinch harmonics and vibrato/whammy bar total abuse became very popular.
Not forgetting the rise of Adult Contemporary and smooth jazz. Towards the end of the 1980s, ‘Glam Metal’ became the largest, most commercially successful brand of music worldwide.


The Rise of the Synthesizer


Analogue Synthesizer


Where would the 1980’s be without the increase in the usage of synthesizers. Also during this decade, several major electronic genres were developed, including techno, electro, house, freestyle and eurodance. Throughout the 80’s, particularly in the inner city areas, genres such as Rhythm and Blues, hip hop and urban genres were hard to miss.
Rap was especially popular in the latter part of the decade, with the Golden Age of hip hop, however, urban music has never really disappeared and is starting to make itself heard once again. Check out the Urban Rhythm show on Saturday night.


So, if you thought the 80’s was all about Duran Duran, time to think again. Have a listen 8 am (UK Time).

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