Time Traveling Through the 1980s: Picture-Perfect Memories

By Jack Ripley | April 23, 2024

Lighting Up the 80s With Neon

Neon colors, ripped jeans, and spandex: these were the hallmarks of the 1980s. Although some may consider the decade to be a lackluster era historically, the photo gallery below says otherwise. The decade spawned new fitness crazes, fresh works of artistic expression, and historic moments unique to the times. Here, we capture the essence of what made this era in history unique and compelling.


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In the 1980s, neon colors burst onto the scene, painting the era in a bright, vibrant light. It was a marked departure from the hippie trend of the early 70s and the disco sequins and velvet of the mid and late 70s.

The decade's biggest pop stars, from Madonna to Michael Jackson, embraced the neon trends with their bold fashion choices. MTV followed their lead and jazzed up their game with electric hues. Well-known 1980s fashion models such as Cheryl Tiegs and Cindy Crawford endorsed the neon craze, too, both on and off the runway.

Hollywood harnessed neon's futuristic allure as well. Popular sci-fi flicks of the 1980s, like "Bladerunner" and "Tron," featured color-rich scenes bathed in neon lights. Even high school rom-coms left disco behind, opting instead for the flash of neon clothing.

MTV Celebrated Spring Break in the 1980s

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MTV Spring Break was an annual tradition on MTV, a cable network channel. Each year, the channel covered spring break festivities in Florida and other beach locations where college students flocked from throughout the country. The music channel staged performances from artists and bands to add to the fun.

MTV began its Spring Break coverage in 1986 at Daytona Beach. It was broadcast live for a week in March. During this time, the channel went live for eight hours per day.

The idea was to be part of the youth culture event and connect with the people who watched MTV. Daytona Beach became the hub for spring breakers, and MTV captured the energy and excitement of the festivities, which included beachside concerts by popular bands and plenty of sunshine.