80s Trends

80s trends were cool, most of us still haven’t figured out the mysterious Rubik’s Cube.

It was one of the biggest 80 trends that frustrated and obsessed us.

The portable cubes made up of individual squares each with a colored sticker were seen everywhere.

People of all ages stared down at them with furrowed brows as they twisted one way and the other attempting to get all the colors to line up.

The addictive little cube was just one of many memorable fun 80s trends.

80s Game Trends

Toys and games provided some of the most popular 80s trends for all ages. While the kids gathered around noisy games of Hungry, Hungry Hippos or watched the Slinky make its way down the stairs, adults put on their thinking caps and sat down to challenge themselves and each other at Trivial Pursuit.

Little girls loved their Cabbage Patch Dolls and Care Bears, while little boys raced Hot Wheels, and played with GI Joe and Star Wars action figures (don’t call them dolls!).

So Popular 80s Trend - Portable Music

Another fun 80s trend came in the form of portable music devices that took the people by storm. Everyone had a boom box, or a Sony Walkman, or both.

The boom boxes, or ghetto blasters, were the antithesis of the small Walkman. When it came to the ghetto blaster, the bigger and louder, the better.

The popularity of ghetto blasters led to yet another 80s trend - breakdancing in the streets.

People showed off their moves on slabs of cardboard and impromptu dance battles popped up everywhere.

Dancing Trends

80s dancing itself was a huge fad. With the success of films like Flashdance, Footloose, and Dirty Dancing, people put on their dancing shoes and hit the floor, they practiced their moves to Madonna songs in the family rooms of America.

The dance trends merged into the aerobics fad as women flocked to jazzercise classes to sweat to the beat clad in bodysuits, tights and of course leg warmers.

Guys had their own trendy way to sweat – the blockbuster hit The Karate Kid made martial arts the coolest sport for guys.

The craze carried over even into cartoons, and the pizza-loving Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles became a hit first on TV, and then in live-action movies.

Martial arts studios opened everywhere as people rushed out in search of their black belts.

80s Trends in Movies

The major 80s movie trends on the big screen were horror films and coming of age comedies.

It wasn’t unusual to see up to 8 sequels to films like Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th.

John Hughes began to release his series of films like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, which focused on the angst – and humor.

The hot young stars of these films set fashion trends of their own, and were dubbed the Brat Pack; a play on the Frank Sinatra-led Rat Pack of the 50’s and 60’s.

80s Video Games Trends

Video games were one of the hottest pastimes of the 80s. Noisy, packed arcades were the hip hangout, lots of quarters were fed into games like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong for hours.

Eventually the Nintendo Entertainment System came along, and video games moved into the home, but this 80s trend continued strong throughout the decade.

Whatever the trend was, the common thread in the 80s was fun and entertainment.

It’s no wonder people took to each new fad with enthusiasm and were always ready to hop on board the next wave!