The 80s – Music’s Greatest Decade? – 8 November 2021 – BBC Two

Alternative Voices – Series 1 Episode 4 of 4 – The 1980s was a time when artists in both the UK and US were delivering powerful social commentary in their songs. Dylan Jones selects some of the finest alternative voices from this era.

From The Cure on Top of the Pops at the beginning of the decade to The Stone Roses’ debut TV performance in 1989, this episode takes a comprehensive look at the alternative music of an entire era. It also features powerful live performances from Billy Bragg, Tracy Chapman, Bronski Beat and The Selecter. In addition, there are archival gems from the Pixies, The Smiths, Suzanne Vega, The Fall, REM and many more.



About The 80s – Music’s Greatest Decade?

Award-winning author Dylan Jones makes the case that the 1980s was the most radical, innovative and creative decade in the history of pop.

This show is broadcast on BBC Two, also known as the British Broadcasting Corporation.

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