1980s Music and Pop Culture Photography

The 1980s were a period of groundbreaking music and pop culture, with women including Madonna and Whitney Houston leading the female artist charts and Michael Jackson and Prince topping the Billboard Top 100 list over and over again. The band Duran Duran was an enormous hit when they exploded into mainstream popularity between 1982 and 1984. Rock music brought arrivals such as Guns N' Roses, Metallica, and Bon Jovi, with many '70s hard rock artists and bands like Heart and AC/DC continuing in popularity with a whole new generation of fans. MTV helped launch new artists into stardom, especially when, in 1983, David Bowie asked on air about the lack of African-American artists allowed to be played on the show after Rick James was denied a spot for his song "Superfreak." The '80s also brought actors and actresses like Kevin Bacon and Demi Moore into the spotlight, and Whoopi Goldberg was noted as the first African-American woman to win Best Supporting Actress in roughly 50 years, and the second African-American woman to receive an Academy Award for acting after her role in the movie Ghost. View our collection of 1980s music and pop culture photos below.

Other Collections

  • Rolling Stones, 1967

    Best of The Rolling Stones

    Diverging from the pop rock of the early 1960s, the Rolling Stones pioneered the gritty, heavier-driven sound that would come to define hard(er) rock....

  • Tupac Shakur, New York City 1993

    A Seasonal Homage to Millennial Music History

    "Summer, summer, summertime, time to sit back and unwind." What the 1991 hit by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince may lack in profundity is more than made...

  • Debbie Harry, "Shades"

    July Birthdays

    From stars and stripes to Ringo Starr and Jack White of The White Stripes, July is chock-full of birthday celebrations. To commemorate the season in quintessentially...


Morrison Hotel Gallery Concierge Service

  • List three of your favorite music artists, celebrities or bands you’d like to see in fine art prints.
    Be as specific as possible to receive best response from our concierge.

    Please give us any additional specifics to help us find images you would like as fine art prints.


Keep In Touch


    Join Our Mailing List

  • Follow Us