We all over-romanticize our childhoods, and it’s no different for those of us who came of age in the 1980s. But what makes us different is that we don’t try to pretend that our decade was something it wasn’t. We’re not like those ’50s kids who pretend life was all poodle skirts and milkshakes. We’re well aware of how goofy the ’80s were.
It was an era of shoulder pads and synth solos and utterly ridiculous attempts at breakdancing. And you know what? We unabashedly love it! It was the best time to be a kid, despite all the cringe-worthy moments—and maybe even because of them. Here are 25 ways that growing up in the ’80s was totally tubular and gnarly—and if you don’t believe us, you can eat our shorts!
MTV viewing sessions were wild, unpredictable fun.