In the 80s, the arrival of MTV changed the landscape of music forever by giving artists a new playground in which they could stretch their imaginations and expand their creative visions further than ever before. Immediately embraced as the de facto promotional tool for artists such as David Bowie, Madonna and Prince, the music video quickly became an established part of popular culture and introduced a sense of visual spectacle that reverberated throughout much of the decade. The result was a golden age for promo clips, allowing fans to connect with their favourite artists in a completely new way. Here, then, is our list of the best 80s music videos – each as entertaining as they are memorable.
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