Uncle Rico wasn't the only person who had a good year in '82, some of pop's most iconic songs hit the airwaves, songs that are still part of the culture today.
1983: The Seventies were drawing their last gasps of relevance while New Wave, and a new generation of musicians, became the music of the culture.
Two years into its existence, MTV dictated the look and sound of the culture with help from some innovative artists who seized the moment.
1985: Synthesizers, charity and Madonna pretty much sum the year up.
1986: A little social conscience began to creep into our collective MTV-fueled soundtrack. Sure, there were tons of songs about love, lust and all of that fun stuff, but pop was also sending messages again.