The 80s were great. Flat out, one of the best decades there ever was. There were some great movies, music, TV shows, and toys in the 1980s. It was a simpler time full of MTV, one-of-a-kind toys, bike adventures, velvet scrunchies, and much more.

Those of you who grew up during this decade know what a great time it was. In honor of one of the best 80s bands putting out a new album today, aka the Scorpions, I felt we needed to do a list on nostalgia. The irony of this article is that I wasn’t actually living in the 80s, my brother was. However, I wish I was.

The 80s had a lot of influence on my life. My parents were big 80s fans. My mom rocked that blonde 80s hair into the early 2000s. It was perfect. My father did rock a mullet once, and you better believe our house was decorated with chunky and bright furniture. (A part of me wishes we still had it) One of the big things was the music and the movies. I am a major 80s music fans thanks to them and “The Outsiders” is a movie I can quote perfectly. Due to their love for the 80s, my parents always mentioned things they wished still existed. These are the top 8 things they want to bring back from the 80s.

  • 1. Teddy Ruxpin

    My mom used to talk about this toy all the time. I actually saw one for sale a few months ago at a thrift store, but I wasn’t fast enough. He is a bear, that talked and low-key haunted children’s nightmares.

  • 2. John Hughes Movies

    John Hughes’ films rank among the most cult classics of the 1980s. Hughes began directing and writing teen-themed films in 1984, which spoke to the generation that came of age during that decade. “Sixteen Candles” (1984) became his first hit in the genre, then “The Breakfast Club” (1985), “Weird Science” (1985), “Pretty in Pink” (1986), and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986). This man created the infamous 80s “Brat Pack”. Sadly, he passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack in 2009, but not before leaving us with some of the most beloved movies of the 1980s.

  • 3. Caboodles

    Do you need anything? I’m sure it’s in your caboodle. My mom had the coolest 80s makeup caboodle. It was dark red with a metal trim. The mirror and pockets inside were amazing, but the thing weighed a ton. Funny thing is, these are sort of coming back, just not as good. Last week, I saw a beauty store selling a caboodle of plastic that looked similar to the original, but it was not as good.Vintage,Beaty,Case,Or,Make-up,Case,Isolated,On,White

  • 4. The Workout Gear

    Oh, what I would give to rock some 80s workout attire. Your typical aerobics outfit consisted of a leotard, tights, and a belt. You could also throw in a workout headband and armbands to complete the look.


  • 5. Hair Metal Bands

    As hairy as the 70s were, the 80s were no different. The men looked sexy though, didn’t they? Hair metal bands of the 80s wore tight pants, sprayed hairspray, and made killer music. These bands included Slaughter, Twisted Sister, Mötley Crüe, Poison, Def Leppard, and others. They had intense power chords and ballads that would break your heart. If we could have this type of music back, I just might give my firstborn for it.

  • 6. The Walkman

    A portable cassette player, the original Walkman was released in 1979. The walkman changed everything. It revolutionized the way people consume music. People could take their music anywhere, and it could be customized to their liking. If you’re interested in getting one now, good luck. Prices are ridiculous and the tapes are hard to come by. However, you might be able to find them in the attic of your grandparents.

  • 7. TAB Soda

    This was an iconic soda of the 1980s. TaB, which was introduced in 1963, was a part of the Coca-Cola company. Some loved it, some hated it. TAB hit a peak of popularity in the late ’70s and ’80s. The soda was seen in films like “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982), “The Terminator” (1984), and “Ghostbusters” (1984).

  • 8. Waterbeds

    I don’t know why you would want these back, but my parents loved when they had one. People thought it was a good idea to drag a hose in the house and fill your bed up.