I hate road trips with my dad. Hearing hair bands blasted at 100 volumes for six hours drove me insane. And seeing him air drum was like watching my team get blown out. But as I closely watched him I could see the nostalgia from a beloved past emitting from his body. I wanted to know why those songs brought him so much nostalgia so, I asked him. He told me the music was from the 80’s, some of the best times of his life. Hearing all my dad’s stories about the 80’s had me at the edge of my seat. From the music to the politics the 1980’s was full of moments many people will never forget. The 1980s represented a drastic change in American society, one not seen since the 1920s. In the 1980s, a lot of Americans pursued and earned college degrees. They made decent income and consumed goods at an alarming rate. Without hesitation, Americans invested heavily into the stock market. They also purchased automobiles, paintings, trendy apparel, Nintendo, the Walkman and personal computers – thanks to the Apple Corporation. The 1980s saw Americans tune into pop, hip-hop, new wave and various forms of rock-n-roll. Madonna and Michael Jackson became the respective queen and king of pop music during the decade. Yet, artists such as Cyndi Lauper and Prince were all mainstays on the pop music charts. Hip-hop artists, such as Public Enemy, Run D.M.C. and Digital Underground, attempted to shed light on racial issues, violence and urban life. New wave music was unlike anything heard in prior decades. This genre of music synthesized pop and rock music into a melodic blend of sound. Introduced largely by British artists, new wave grew to heightened popularity in the United States by mid-decade. Groups within the new wave category included Duran Duran, Tears for Fears and Dire Straits.