80s Themes


No decade in US history was weirder, more self-absorbed, devoid of true art, and easier to parody than the 1980s. Sure, there were exceptions, but just look at some of the hit songs during this period and decide for yourself whether this was a decade of true substance:

• A-Ha – Take On Me

• Madonna – Like A Virgin

• Billy Idol – Rebel Yell

• Nena – 99 Red Balloons

• The Go Go’s – We Got the Beat

• Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Two Tribes

• Salt n Pepa – Let’s Talk About Sex

• Hall and Oats – You Make My Dreams

But when you’re stuck needing a 50th birthday party theme, bad is good. Here are some of the things that the 80s were known for, and all of them should give you ideas for your 50th birthday party:

• Miami Vice

• Hair bands (the “music” kind)


• Michael Jackson

• Early video games: Pac-Man Ms Pac-Man

• Rubik’s cube

• Big Hair styles

• Tom Cruise/”Risky Business”

• George Michael T shirts

• Bangle bracelets

• VHS tapes

• Boomboxes

• Leg warmers

• Milli Vanilli

• Cabbage Patch Kids

• Karaoke