Adam Ant ImageWe grew up on 80`s music and we are still listening to 80`s music today.

Though much of the music was inspired by punk rock, only a fraction of it sounded much like that aggressive, revolutionary format.

MTV, one of the ’80s most singular, well-known phenomena, served as a backdrop and venue for much of the pop music of the ’80s.

By popularizing the music video format for the masses, the cable network allowed audiences a visual intimacy with their pop music idols never possible previously.

New wave’s blend of punk, power pop, mainstream rock and disco constituted the first fresh genre to emerge in the Reagan Era. MTV, one of the ’80s most singular, well-known phenomena, served as a backdrop and venue for much of the pop music of the ’80s.

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As a unique and distinct sub-genre of new wave, synth pop was quite a force in mainstream and underground pop music during the first half of the ’80s. It helped standardize the use of synthesizers across genres as well, among its several influences on pop music moving forward.

One of new wave’s biggest stars, the Cars boasted a sound that encompassed several styles, including pure pop, power pop, classic rock and punk.