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The Beautiful 80s?
super marioWas culture better in 1986? A new survey suggests people would prefer to be living in the mid eighties.  But was the year which brought us 'Top Gun', Dire Straits album 'Brothers in Arms', and the first episodes of Casualty really better than what is on offer now?
Listen again as Laura Lee Davies gives her verdict
Bananarama had a worldwide hit in 1986 with 'Venus'
Take a look through the lists & links below then send us your comments - Did you love the 80's? Which would you vote for and why 1986 or 2006?
Best Selling ALBUMS 1986

1.   Madonna               True Blue
2.   Dire Straits           Brothers In Arms
3.   Various artists      Now, That's What I Call
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4.   Paul Simon           Graceland 
5.   Whitney Houston  Whitney Houston
6.   Various artists      Now, That's What I Call
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7.   A-Ha                    Hunting High And Low
8.   Queen                  A Kind Of Magic
9.   Eurythmics           Revenge
10. Five Star              Silk And Steel
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Top Grossing FILMS 1986

Top Gun
Crocodile Dundee
Platoon
The Karate Kid, Part II 
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Back to School
Aliens
The Golden Child
Ruthless People
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Hoosiers
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TELEVISION 1986

* Neighbours first appears on UK tv.
* Casualty premieres.
* Comic Relief premiers.
* Bread written by Carla Lane.
* Coronation Street sets the Rovers Return ablaze.
* The Trial of a Time Lord marks the return to air of a 'new' Doctor Who.
* Yorkshire ITV is first to broadcast 24 hrs, running music video channel Music Box through the night.
* The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross piloted on Channel 4.
* The Oprah Winfrey Show and L.A. Law premier in the U.S.
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ZEITGEIST 1986

* Samantha Fox left page 3 and became a TV presenter/singer. 'Bimbo' became
   the tabloid buzz word of the year.
* Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew were married at Westminster Abbey.
* The "hand of God" helped Argentina defeat England in the World Cup.
* The world's worst nuclear disaster struck in Chernobyl, Northern Ukraine.
* A-Ha is the first Norwegian band ever to top the UK charts.
* 30.5 million watch Christmas Eastenders with Angie and Den.
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LINKS:

Wikipedia 1986
1980s Flashback
BBC Cult I Love The 80s
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