Life in the 1980s was a lot various than it is today. The golden age had lots of big hair, vibrant style options and funky music. Here are the women who were topping the charts and exactly what they are up to now:
Madonna became a pop icon when she released her self-titled debut album in 1982 – the rest is history.
Of course we know that Madge has still got it. The 57-year-old recently released her 13th studio album “Rebel Heart,” which has been hailed by multiple critics as her best work in a decade.
Then: Olivia Newton John
As well as being a well known actress, Australian Olivia sang about getting physical in 1981. ‘Physical’ spent 10 weeks at number one, and went on to become the best-selling single of the 1980s.
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Now: Olivia Newton John
Now aged 67, Newton-John is rarely seen in the public eye. In 2014 she held a residency at the Flamingo Las Vegas, and released an EP entitled “Hotel Sessions.” Newton-John most recently served as a guest judge on the 21st season of “Dancing with the Stars.”
Then: Janet Jackson
Michael Jackson’s little sister made a name for herself in 1986 with the release of “Control,” with six Top 20 singles, including “When I Think of You,” “What Have You Done for Me Lately?” and “Nasty.”
Now: Janet Jackson
Janet has remained busy since the 80s. The 49-year-old topped the New York Times’ bestsellers list in 2011 with the self-help book “True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself.” She married Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana in 2012. Last June, she accepted the BET Awards’ “Ultimate Icon” trophy .
Then: Paula Abdul
Paula began as a Los Angeles Lakers cheerleader but managed to dance her way to the top of the pop charts in the 80s.
Now: Paula Abdul
Paula became a judge for American Idol, but left to join Simon Cowell again for the X Factor. However, the 53-year-old found herself in limbo after she announced that she would not be returning to the show for the 2012 season. Abdul currently serves as a judge on “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Then: Belinda Carlisle
Carlisle was first known for being a singer in The Go-Go’s but later went solo and had hits such as ‘Heaven is a place on Earth” and ‘Mad About You.”
Now: Belinda Carlisle
The 57-year-old continues to record and tour, and in 2011 received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame alongside the other Go-Go’s.
Then: Cyndi Lauper
The ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ singer was one of the most iconic artists of her era.
Now: Cyndi Lauper
In addition to nabbing sixth place on the ninth season of “Celebrity Apprentice,” the 62-year-old Lauper has stayed in the public eye with her music. She recently finished her twelfth album titled “Detour,” which will be released this year.
Then: Stevie Nicks
After singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks enjoyed abundant success as the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman, she flew solo in 1981 with her release of the album “Bella Donna.”
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Now: Stevie Nicks
Nothing can slow down this 67-year-old Grammy winner. In 2014, Nicks released her eighth studio album titled “24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault,” began a tour with Fleetwood Mac and appeared in an episode of the FX series “American Horror Story: Coven.”
Then: Pat Benatar
Benatar ruled the early 80s.
Now: Pat Benatar
The 63-year-old Benatar continues to tour with her husband Neil Giraldo and has shared the stage with REO Speedwagon, The Bangles, Journey, Loverboy, Bachman & Turner and Cher.
Then: Debbie Harry
The Blondie front woman is iconic.
Now: Debbie Harry
She may now prefer to be known as Deborah Harry, but little else about the 70-year-old rocker has changed.
Then: Susanna Hoffs
The Bangles frontwoman struck gold in the mid-’80s with a string of hits including “Manic Monday,” “Eternal Flame” and “Walk Like an Egyptian.”
Now: Susanna Hoffs
The 57-year-old mother of two reunited with the Bangles in 2011.
Then: Wilson Phillips
This sibling super-group made history after their debut became the best-selling album of all time by an all-female group.
Now: Wilson Phillips
Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson, and Chynna Phillips reunited in 2008 and began a comeback that has included a holiday album, their own TV Guide Network reality show and a cameo in the hit film “Bridesmaids.”
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Then: Tina Turner
The Queen of Rock & Roll reinvented herself in the ’80s with a string of pop hits that included “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” “Private Dancer,” “We Don’t Need Another Hero” and “The Best.”
Now: Tina Turner
The 76-year-old has still got it. In February of 2014, Turner released a compilation of her 18 greatest love songs entitled “Love Songs.
Then: Annie Lennox
Lennox captivated audiences as the androgynous singer of the Eurythmics.
Now: Annie Lennox
Now at 61-years old Lennox has won both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for “Into the West,” which she performed on the soundtrack to “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”