The New Romantic movement takes off with Duran Duran, Ultravox and Vienna and Adam and the Ants, Bob Marley dies, MTV begins broadcasting in the US , changing the way music is marketed forever and Don't You Want Me by the Human League becomes the biggest selling single of the year.
Culture Club perform their first UK No. 1 on Top of the Pops. Boy George's look provokes outrage from the establishment, Thriller is released, becoming the most-successful chart album of all time, selling 50 million copies, the CD format is unleashed on the world, revolutionising music and saving the music industry.
New order release their signature hit, Blue Monday, Wham! Release their debut album, Fantastic, the first ever Now That's What I Call Music! Compilation is released, revolutionising compilations, Bowie 's Let's Dance became his most-successful album.
Radio 1 bans Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Relax following a one-man campaign by DJ Mike Read, U2's Unforgettable Fire album debuts at the UK no.1 slot and 36 artists gather to record Do They Know It's Christmas? for Bob Geldof.
The synth-pop Pet Shop Boys hit the top of the singles and album charts with West End Girls and Please, Paul Simon's Graceland introduces African music to the mainstream, Wham play their final concert, Walk This Way merges rap and metal.
Kylie leaves her neighbours to release The Loco-Motion, Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up is the biggest single of the year, both are produced by the hit-making machine of Stock, Aiken and Waterman and Dire Straits' Brothers In Arms becomes the biggest-selling album of all time in Britain.
Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston & Tracy Chapman perform at Nelson Mandela's 70th birthday concert at Wembley, The Smiths split, Cliff richard's 100th single, Mistletoe and Wine becomes the biggest-selling single of the year, Roy Orbison dies.