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EDITORS’ NOTES

Rock hits came in a generous assortment of flavors in the '80s: arena rock, heartland, college rock, New Wave, and their sleazy cousin hair metal, and every style embodied the decade's love for all things big and bold. Journey's “Don't Stop Believin'” features stabbing synths and thundering riffs that roar like a jet, while Bruce Springsteen's deceptively patriotic anthem “Born in the U.S.A.” pounds like a wrecking ball demolishing a condemned building. Even the ballads were massive and over-the-top, like Guns N' Roses' “Sweet Child O' Mine,” which erupts into one of the era's nastiest and most epic axe solos.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rock hits came in a generous assortment of flavors in the '80s: arena rock, heartland, college rock, New Wave, and their sleazy cousin hair metal, and every style embodied the decade's love for all things big and bold. Journey's “Don't Stop Believin'” features stabbing synths and thundering riffs that roar like a jet, while Bruce Springsteen's deceptively patriotic anthem “Born in the U.S.A.” pounds like a wrecking ball demolishing a condemned building. Even the ballads were massive and over-the-top, like Guns N' Roses' “Sweet Child O' Mine,” which erupts into one of the era's nastiest and most epic axe solos.

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