One great example is REM. The Rolling Stones and Grateful Dead were still popular in
the80's. Rock Videos started in the 80's.African music started to influence several groups
like Gabriel, Talking Heads and Paul Simon.
Heavy metal groups like Guns n' Roses brought controversy with their rebellious
lyrics. Rap and heavy metal are the main stream of rock culture in the 90's. Pop music of
people like Janet Jackson has become very popular.
Michael Jackson made a couple music videos. Michael Jackson's music
video the " Thriller" became one of the best selling record album of all time.
The 80's came with a new rock and roll style. The new style was hard rock. New bands that were introduced were Ac/Dc, Van Halen, Scorpions, and Def Lepard. these bands kept there roots planted in to the early 90's.New artists evolved like Eric Clapton, Pink Floid, and ZZ Top.
Music in the 80's was directly influenced by punk music at the end of the 70's. Punk
rock never really caught in the United States like it did in England, but there are many parts
of punk rock that are used in good 80's rock.
After punk rock came the "New Wave" era. This music had many attributes of the punk
style but did not use all of its heaviness. This wave of music went backwards a step, the
music was much simpler. The songs were short and easy to dance and sing to. Simple
songs and having a good sound was only half the battle, the other half was based on trying to
be unique. This wave seemed to be formed of a lot of one hit wonders and a very few bands
that were totally inspired, had tons of good songs and put on great shows. The thing that
gave 80's rock a big boost was MTV with their music videos. MTV started almost as a joke
but now it is a major power in rock music. If a song had a bad video it had less of a chance
to be a hit, where as a good video would give a song a much larger chance. Music in the
80's has directly brought us to where we were today.