"Best of" Lists
"Best of" lists
Punk and new wave bled from the '70s into the '80s -- with acts like the Beastie Boys, Joan Jett, Talking Heads, the Pretenders, and U2 -- and gave way to rap. The percolating pop of Madonna and Michael Jackson kept the dance floors full, and the romantic ballads of Whitney Houston and the melodic word beat of a resurgent Paul Simon filled the airwaves. Check out the lively musical mashup in our '80s list.