The 80’s: The Decade That Made Us” is a six-part miniseries on the 1980’s that will premiere this Sunday on The National Geographic Channel. To go along with it the channel did an online survey of 1,000 adults by Kelton Research to see if the decade was really better. And believe it or not, the majority of Americans think the music and movies of the 80’s were better than they are now.

Back to the Future“The study published by USA Today found that Back to the Future was the ’80s’ defining film and Michael Jackson was named by 60% of Americans as the musician from the ’80s with the greatest influence on today’s musicians. The top 80’s “make-out song” is “Every Breath You Take” by The Police with “Hello” by Lionel Richie coming in at number 2.

Michael Jackson - Thriller (1982)As far as fashion, survey respondents said “they hoped shoulder pads, parachute pants, fanny packs and neon clothing never make a comeback. However, more than half of Americans say they miss leg warmers.”

Rob Lowe (still think he’s hot) is the host of the miniseries that will air over three nights. The first two installments air this Sunday and it continues on Monday and Tuesday. To read more on the study click here.


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