46 Reasons We Totally Miss the '80s

The 1980s were a glorious time of big hair, acid wash jeans, and some of the greatest music and movies around. In fact, we may never see another decade like it, but we have plenty of relics from the decade to reminisce about the '80s. In honor of Totally '80s Week, iHeartRadio decided to take a trip down memory lane to revisit some of our favorite stars, films, trends, and milestones from that decade that saw the reign of President Ronald Reagan, new computer advancement and MTV's dominance over pop culture. Scroll on below to see the 46 reasons why we are still obsessed with the ‘80s!

Decades later, The Breakfast Club still reminds us of our own teenage angst.

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Let's face it. Madonna is the original Lady Gaga with her fashion choices.

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The artistic masterpieces that you could create on the Lite Brite is unmatched by any other toy today.

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Jane Fonda Workout videos kept everyone fit and in shape!

Break dancing was BORN in the '80s.

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The Trapper Keeper not only kept you stylish in school, but it kept all your notes organized! A+!

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"The Cosby Show" is still one of the best '80s family sitcoms.

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Cell phones today are basically mini-computers ... but you owe it all to THIS fine specimen of '80s technology, better known as "The Zack Morris" phone.

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Slap Bracelets were one of the funnest and easiest fashion accessories. You literally just slapped it on!

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"Who you gonna call?! GHOSTBUSTERS!" The '80s gave us this amazing movie.

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Remember singing along with The California Raisins commercials?! They don't make stuff like this anymore.

Everyone watched their furry extraterrestrial friend "ALF." Fun fact: ALF stands for Alien Life Form (see what the '80s did there).

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Michael Jackson created some of his best music and dance moves in the '80s. HELLO "THRILLER!!!"

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You can thank the '80s for having nightmares about being shrunk down to being bite size after watching Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.

Polly Pocket was THE BEST. It was literally POCKET-SIZED!! So you could take it everywhere. Genius. Polly Pocket today just isn't the same.

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Back before iPods there were Boom Boxes ... which blasted out music to break dance to.

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Bono had long hair!

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Leg warmers were all the rage. Whether you were working out with Jane Fonda or just hangin' at the mall, leg warmers were THE accessory to rock.

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The ONLY cards worth trading: Garbage Pail Kids.

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We got the nail-biting "Unsolved Mysteries" from the '80s.

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If there was one song that could perfectly describe the '80s A-Ha's "Take On Me" would be a strong contender.

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TWO WORDS: Boy George. He's a DJ now BTW.

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Punk rock was actually born in the '70s, BUT really developed in the '80s - and influenced a lot of the decade's style, i.e. mohawks and ripped jeans.

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"E.T. phone home!"

You just weren't cool unless who owned a pair of Jellies.

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In 1984, Prince's Purple Rain was born.

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Little girls and bronies today can thank 1981 for the ORIGINAL My Little Pony doll.

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The Delorean was THE car of the '80s.

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Everything going on in this photo pretty much sums up the '80s.

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The '80s were a time when Hulk Hogan actually wrestled ... which ultimately gave birth to Hulkmania.

This was the time the Olsen twins got their start on "Full House," and America fell in love with The Tanners. Everyone wished they had an uncle like Uncle Jesse. And now they may get their wish with a "Full House" reboot on Netflix called "Fuller House."

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Cyndi Lauper gave the world the best girls anthem EVER - "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!"

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Plasma globes were really popular novelty items.

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Gremlins were the cute but scary creatures of your '80s dreams.

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"Charles In Charge" ... hello Scott Baio!

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Journey created one of the greatest songs to karaoke to - "Don't Stop Believin'"

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Back in the '80s, you didn't have to fumble around the car for your tiny cell phone - you used the CAR PHONE... WITH a cord!

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Tina Turner is an O.G. diva.

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Scrunchies were the only hair accessory that mattered. Perfect for holding up your side ponytail.

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What '80s lady DIDN'T have a crush on George Michael?!

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The printer paper in the '80s had those annoying strips on the sides.

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The Sit 'N Spin is one of the greatest toys to ever be invented. They don't make toys like this anymore.

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The Clapper. "Clap on, clap off." GENIUS. You didn't have to get up to turn the lights on or off ... you just clapped!

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Skip it was another genius toy because not only was it fun, but it really gave you a work-out!

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Before downloading songs from Limewire or the internet, and before making mix CDs, people made mix tapes on CASSETTE TAPES by recording their favorite songs on the radio.

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The Wii that you play with now originated from THIS state-of-the-art game console.

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Keep the party of the decade going with the iHeart80s playlists below!

 
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