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25 Reasons We’re Glad We Grew Up in the ’80s

Best Life Logo By Bob Larkin of Best Life | Slide 2 of 26: MTV in the 1980s was different from today’s primary music video-viewing option (YouTube) in a very fundamental way: You didn’t get to pick which videos you watched. If you wanted to see, say, the Prince video “When Doves Cry” or The Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” you might have to sit through hours and hours of videos you could care less about. We can’t tell you how many times we watched that Rod Stewart “Infatuation” video just in case something cool was coming up next. It was an important lesson in patience. And for more from last century’s most radical decade, here are 30 Facts That Will Overwhelm You with 1980s Nostalgia.

1. MTV viewing sessions were wild, unpredictable fun.

MTV in the 1980s was different from today’s primary music video-viewing option (YouTube) in a very fundamental way: You didn’t get to pick which videos you watched. If you wanted to see, say, the Prince video “When Doves Cry” or The Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” you might have to sit through hours and hours of videos you could care less about. We can’t tell you how many times we watched that Rod StewartInfatuation” video just in case something cool was coming up next. It was an important lesson in patience. And for more from last century’s most radical decade, here are 30 Facts That Will Overwhelm You with 1980s Nostalgia.

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