41 Gifs That Perfectly Capture Why The ’80s Were Totally Rad

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Back when men were men who also wore makeup.

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Ah, the ’80s. A time when MTV actually showed music videos.

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Videos by artists like Prince.

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And Madonna.

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And Boy George’s Culture Club.

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And The Cure.

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And Morrissey, with or without The Smiths.

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The commercials were delightfully simple, like this one for Burger King.

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Or this one for Pizza Hut.

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Oh, and Honey Smacks.

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Even Coke machines couldn’t help but enjoy the ’80s.

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Hell, even Slimer got in on the action.

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And nothing was better than the promise of a Happy Meal. Well, besides actually getting one, of course.

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Remember these guys? They scared a generation into buckling up.

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People say that we are living in the golden age of television now, but you really know that time was the ’80s. I mean, we had

Pee Wee’s Playhouse

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And

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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And

Jem

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And

Thundercats

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And the greatest cartoon ever,

Muppet Babies

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We also had

Punky Brewster

keeping it real.

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And the

A-Team

keeping it drenched in gold chains.

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Also, if weird was your thing, there was always

Max Headroom

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How about movies? The ’80s had that on lock, with classics such as

The Goonies

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And

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

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Or

The Breakfast Club

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How about

Flashdance

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This was a time when Johnny Depp wore this shirt then was killed by Freddy Krueger in

A Nightmare on Elm Street

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Or when all these dudes starred in the same movie.

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And sports? How about Michael Jordan?

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Or “Iron” Mike Tyson?

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The WWF before it became the WWE?

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Or Aerobics? The ’80s was the best sports era, hands down.

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And the games were even better, whether they be physical…

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…Or digital.

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Or physically digital.

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Yep, the ’80s were a magical time when man, woman, and dog lived in harmony.

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Beautiful, breakdancing harmony.

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A time when life was as full of hope as Brooke Shields’ hair was as full of bounce.

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A time when technology knew no bounds.

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Well, some bounds.

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Still, it left us with the thought that we could accomplish our dreams, much in part to this man.

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Oh, ’80s, you will forever be the greatest decade. Thanks for the memories.

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