Everyone enjoys a good throwback every
now and then Thursday. While it’s always entertaining to scroll through pictures originally taken on devices that are now obsolete and publish them on Instagram with the all-too-familiar hashtag, musical throwbacks are just as much fun. Celebrate this week’s Throwback Thursday by revisiting the following artists who dominated music throughout the past decades and don’t miss your chance to see them live as they continue to bring their talent on the road.
- Diana Ross
Perhaps the Beyonce of the ’60s, Diana Ross exploded onto the Motown music scene as lead singer of The Supremes. Throughout her time in the group and as a solo artist, Ross has collected a heap of no. 1 hits, including “Baby Love,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Her timeless tunes will bring anyone back to the golden age of music.
The Eagles member gave the world classic hits like “Desperado,” “Heartache Tonight,” and “Hotel California” during his tenure with the pioneering rock band. Henley has released solo music since the ’80s, though his contributions with The Eagles has cemented his legacy as one of the greatest artists of the 1970s.
Boston dominated music in the late 70s, marking their territory as one of rock’s biggest bands upon the massive success of their self-titled debut album in 1976. They have released five albums since, though their early recordings prove to be their strongest. While it’s now been over 40 years since they emerged onto the scene, the band continues to hit the road, where crowds are sure to hear their defining anthems like “More Than a Feeling” and “Don’t Look Back.”
The 1980s are easily synonymous with the music of Journey, which has stood the test of time at karaoke bars across the globe. Although the group first formed in the early ’70s, it was not until after five albums and the dawning of a new decade that they began to gain monumental commercial success. Journey is among the latest crop of artists to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and are just as popular as ever. Catch them on tour and be transported back to the era of big hair, neon fashion, and “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
- Hall and Oates
Daryl Hall and John Oates are not only one of music’s best-selling duos, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees, but one of the greatest artists of the 1980s. They scored massive hits with the bouncy pop/rock tunes “I Can’t Go For That,” “Kiss on My List,” and “You Make My Dreams.” They are currently on tour with fellow ’80s act Tears for Fears.
- New Kids on The Block
What would the late ’80s be without New Kids on The Block? The boy band paved the way of massive success for similar acts (see below) with their charm, catchy pop songs and choreography. Still together today, NKOTB is set to release an EP in May and embark on a highly-anticipated co-headlining tour with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men.
In 1997, Brothers Zac, Taylor and Isaac Hanson captured the hearts of fans not only for their infectious charm but for their impressive musical talent at such a young age (youngest sibling Zac was just 11-years-old when the group achieved both a no. 1 single and Grammy nomination). The trio turned a single nonsensical lyric into one of the most beloved pop songs of all time with “MMMBop,” and though they are all grown up, they remain dedicated to their music and will embark on a new tour later this year.
- Backstreet Boys
Backstreet’s back, alright! The world’s most successful boy band has a busy year ahead, between their own residency show in Las Vegas, select dates joining country duo Florida Georgia Line on tour, an upcoming album release and subsequent world tour. There is no better way to relive the height of boy band mania of the late ’90s than belting out BSB’s most recognizable hit “I Want It That Way.”