10 Tubular Things That We Need To Bring Back From the 80s Immediately

Are you nostalgic for the 80s and wish we could bring things from the decade back? You’re not alone. A recent online discussion highlights many things they would welcome back immediately. Here are THEIR top-voted responses.

1. The Music

From hair bands to The Bangles, Michael Jackson to Madonna, forum members are adamant that 80s music remains the best of the decades, and they are ready for a repeat.

2. The Movies

The 80s gave us tons of classics that are still in rotation for many of us today. Some people shout out by name, including The Princess BrideThe GooniesThe Lost BoysThe Breakfast Club, Back to the FutureIndiana Jones, and Stand By Me.

3. The Fashion

Fantastic 80s fashion is one thing countless individuals confess to wanting back. Different categories of style in the 80s include neon colors, hair band leather, punk rock, workout attire (make room for legwarmers), stretch stirrups, acid-washed jeans, oversized sweaters, hip-hop fashions, and fishnets. Oh, and bracelets, large chunky earrings, oversized blouses, shoulder pads, and lots of hairspray.

4. The Music Videos

Do you remember when MTV played music videos? The 80s was the decade that ushered MTV in. Some of my favorites were Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” Madonna’s “Material Girl,” Damn Yankee’s “High Enough,” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Girl’s Just Wanna Have Fun.”

5. The Saturday Morning Cartoons

Saturday mornings were the one day of the week that I didn’t mind waking up early. Classics including Inspector GadgetJemHe-Man and the Masters of the UniverseShe-Ra and the Princesses of PowerG.I. JoeThe Care BearsTransformersGarfield, and Thundercats made Saturday mornings my favorite part of the week. 

6. The Cheap Gas

Remember when you could pay less than a dollar or just over a dollar for gas? As a kid, I wasn’t filling up the tank, but I’d take even the prices I had when I started driving in the 90s.

7. The Cost of Living

Once upon a time, people could actually buy homes on a single-family income, white picket fence and all. Food and, as outlined already, gas was considerably more affordable even with the adjustment for inflation.

8. The Family Dinners

Do you think family dinners have fallen by the wayside due to different schedules and TV trays? In the 80s, you sat around the table and listened to your parents discuss the day. You did not speak unless spoken to because children were to be seen, not heard. I don’t think I’d bring that type of family dinner back. Maybe yours were different?

9. The Kids Playing Outdoors

The 80s were the generation of lock your kids outside and make them play, but we had some great times. From climbing trees to riding your bikes all over the town, the outdoors was the background of 80s children. However, with technology and trafficking rings, kids rarely play outdoors today.

10. The Middle Class

As the wealth disparity gap grows further apart each day, numerous people admit they want to bring back the middle class in America. People can’t afford homes anymore, and I don’t know about you, but it feels intentional.

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Elizabeth Ervin is the owner of Sober Healing. She is a freelance writer passionate about opioid recovery and has celebrated breaking free since 09-27-2013. She advocates for mental health awareness and encourages others to embrace healing, recovery, and spirituality.