Why is 80's music the best

Favorite decade: Germans want the 80s back

Regardless of whether Schmidt or Kohl: The Federal Chancellors were always called Helmut. And many big pop star names were short and sweet - like Nena, Prince and Falco: The 80s, when, according to Diego Maradona, the “hand of God” was at play at a soccer World Cup and, thanks to Boris Becker and Steffi Graf, many Germans discovered tennis for themselves could be described as a rather curious decade.

But the years 1980 to 1989 were also serious - for example with the fear of nuclear death, the Chernobyl reactor disaster, the dying of forests or the then new epidemic AIDS. And of course they were earth-shattering when the Berlin Wall came down at the end of 1989.

Shortly before the turn of the year 2015/16, a representative YouGov survey commissioned by the German Press Agency showed that adults in Germany would prefer to live in the 80s if they could choose from all the post-war decades.

Around a quarter (23 percent) gave this answer. This is followed by the 1970s (18 percent), the 1990s and the current 2010s (13 percent each). Then come the 60s (nine percent), the 2000s or noughties (five percent) and the 1950s (four percent). In none of these decades do five percent want to live, ten percent answered with “don't know”.

"Dallas" and Schimanski - television in the 80s

In terms of culture and media, the 80s were the last decade without the mass phenomena of cell phones and the Internet, which are so important today. They were shaped by box office successes such as “E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial "or" Dirty Dancing ". US series such as “Dallas” and “Denver Clan” celebrated successes on television, and the rough “Tatort” commissioner Schimanski and the medical series “Die Schwarzwaldklinik” were popular. It was then in the Federal Republic of Germany that private television first appeared.

The catchy tunes were “99 Luftballons” by Nena and many other hits from Neue Deutsche Welle. Nicole won the Grand Prix for the Federal Republic of Germany for the first time in 1982 with “A bit of peace”, and in 1984 Alphaville's end-time song “Forever Young” hit the zeitgeist. Worldwide pop stars were Michael Jackson ("Thriller") and even then, 30 years ago, Madonna ("Material Girl", "Like A Virgin").

The 80s are also ahead in music

According to the new YouGov survey, almost a third (30 percent) of those surveyed chose the 80s as the decade with the best music. A quarter think the best music was in the 70s. This is followed by the 60s (15 percent), the 90s (twelve percent) and by far only the 50s (four percent) and the two most recent decades, the 2010s and 2000s (three percent each). Nine percent are a tie. A look at the age groups shows that the respondents often choose the decade of their own youth.

For a long time, the 80s had the reputation of having been a leaden time in the Federal Republic under permanent chancellor Helmut Kohl (CDU) - in contrast to the post-68s decade of the 70s, which were accordingly characterized by new beginnings and social experiments - but also the RAF terror and the so-called oil crisis.

The 80s as an ideal world for children

In the bestseller “Generation Golf” from 2000, the author Florian Illies describes the 80s nostalgically as a healthy children's world, in which branded clothes were important and “Wetten, dass ..?” - watching in a hooded bathrobe was the ultimate TV experience (“Never again in later years did you have such a secure feeling that you were doing exactly the right thing at a certain point in time”).

In the meantime, however, the 80s are being dealt with in a less romanticized way. In the critically acclaimed RTL series “Deutschland 83” with Jonas Nay as a GDR spy in the West, they are on the brink of World War III for a decade. So no kid stuff at all.