Yes, this is exactly what it was like. (rolls eyes)

That's the 80s in cliche form, the reduction of the complex and varied details down to something catchy and bright and recognizable. Of course there was more.

Was it the best decade ever for pop music? You could make the case. Or I could make it. Ever era and every style has something I like. This stuff means more to me because I was there and Full of Youth, and that tends to make an impression. The number of styles was remarkable, though - radio was still diverse, and the sounds varied from stripped-down rock to elaborately inventive electric music.

Let's have a listen. Nothing's in order. I'm adding them as I find them and remember them.