Curious to get some thoughts on which decade was better between the 80s and 90s. By better I mean, if you could live through or re-live through one of the two decades, which one would you choose? I was born in 1989, so I never really experienced the 80s. I experienced the 90s as a kid, but only really remember the back half of it.
Personally, choosing between the two decades is tough for me because both have a lot to offer in the realm of sports and music, two of my favorite passions.
The 80s: In sports, it offered the classic Bird/Magic rivalry between the Celtics and Lakers. Joe Montana and the 49ers were on top, John Elway was an absolute beast for the Denver Broncos, Air Jordan was just taking off with the Bulls, the Bad Boy Pistons, Stockton-to-Malone with the Utah Jazz, the 85 Bears, and much more. A lot of my favorite NBA players from the 90s started off in the 80s and it would have been fun for me to watch them play in the early years of their careers. To close off the decade, there was the 1989 World Series between the Giants and A’s. Battle of the Bay. Game 3 was interrupted by the Loma Prieta Earthquake. There was also the iconic Kirk Gibson home run in the 1988 World Series.
In music, two of my favorite artists Michael Jackson and Prince were on top, battling it out with Madonna for best pop artist of the decade. I mean, this is the decade that produced Thriller and Purple Rain! How dope is that?! David Bowie was releasing some quality music, hip hop was just getting started, etc. There’s much more that I’m leaving out!
The 90s: In sports, Michael Jordan (Air Jordan) reigned supreme, winning six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls. John Stockton and Karl Malone took the Utah Jazz to two NBA Finals, Charles Barkley got the Suns to the NBA Finals, and Steve Young finally led the 49ers to a Super Bowl title. The Buffalo Bills reached four straight Super Bowls, one of the most amazing feats in all of sports while the Dallas Cowboys were arguably the team of the decade. In baseball, the New York Yankees began their resurgence after having a very quiet decade in the 80s. As a matter of fact, the 80s was the first decade that the Yankees did not win a World Series since the 1910s! Side note, the Yankees didn’t win a world series this past decade, either.
In music, hip hop began to take much more of a dominant presence in pop culture. Alternative rock became more popular and in general, while pop music still existed, I feel there became a greater diversity in the types of music that was popular, which is cool. Admittedly, not as many of my favorite artists are from the 90s, but 90s hip hop is my jam. I love it! Michael Jackson and Prince still put out some good music in this decade, though they weren’t in their prime. If you love boy bands like N’Sync and the Backstreet Boys, this decade is for you.
As for TV shows, the 90s score huge points with me for the birth of Seinfeld and Everybody Loves Raymond. I love both of those shows! Nickelodeon had some fun shows as well.
My scorecard: If I’m going with music, I gotta go with the 80s because of Prince and Michael Jackson. I would have loved hearing their stuff come out for the first time. In sports, I gotta give the nod to the 90s because Michael Jordan was king, Steve Young won a Super Bowl as a starting quarterback, and my Utah Jazz had their best two years in franchise history.
As for entertainment, I don’t really have any favorite shows from the 80s, but I love Seinfeld and Everybody loves Raymond from the 90s. So, the 90s wins the entertainment category for me. Plus, Home Alone came out that decade as well. Though there were some great movies from the 80s that I like as well like the Goonies and Return of the Jedi/Empire Strikes Back.
Anyways, with it being a new decade at all, I thought it would be fun to look back on two decades that seem to get compared to each other a lot. Which decade does it for you? I know I left a TON out. Especially in the department of technology! Wanted to get some thoughts!