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The Eighties Music: New Wave became one of the signature sounds of the '80s, starting in the Britain in the '70s but really garnering popularity in the United States around this decade. Artists such as A Flock of Seagulls, Duran Duran, Talking Heads, The Buggles, and Depeche Mode garnered big hits. MTV was born August 1, 1981, playing music videos all day, everyday. Michael Jackson immortalized himself as the King of Pop during this time, scoring hits such as "Billie Jean", "Thriller", and "Beat It". Those bored with pop radio tuned their radios to the left side of the dial and listened to College Radio . The artists who played on these stations were Post Punk guitar bands who performed what would later be called " Alternative Rock ", were often signed to small labels and usually toured the United States in a beat-up van. The "modern rock" radio format sprung up near the end of the decade just as college favorites like R.E.M. and Midnight Oil began receiving mainstream attention and
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