Best Of '99: The '80s Invasion

SonicNet Music News fired up the flux capacitor as bands from the Go-Go's to Iron Maiden took us back to the 1980s.

During the holiday season, SonicNet Music News is featuring a "Best of '99" series. We are using the occasion to look back at some of the year's best stories, as chosen by our writers and editors. The "Best of '99" series features one of 16 categories each day, through Jan. 2.

In this installment, we remember the return of '80s music.

Just when you thought you'd seen your last angel in the centerfold, the 1980s popped, punked and rocked their way back onto the music scene in a big way in 1999. Blondie, whose triumphant return included a new album, a tour and a #1 single, led the way for countless other '80s favorites to return to their rockin' ways. While the Eurythmics, Guns N' Roses and Don Henley were in the studio discovering their new '90s selves, the Go-Go's, Joe Strummer and Iron Maiden were onstage taking fans on live trips back to the previous decade.

Click on the stories below to read about those highlights, as well as returns from EPMD, J. Geils Band and the Cult, or read the stories directly from the front page of SonicNet Music News.

Blondie Basks In Rapture Of Return To #1

LIVE: Go-Go's Take Sold-Out Crowd Back In Time

Reunited Eurythmics Record New LP, Plan World Tour

Guns N' Roses Premiere Electronic-Influenced Single

Method Man, Redman Help EPMD Take Crowd Back

Joe Strummer Revives Clash Songs Onstage

Don Henley Readies First New Solo LP In 10 Years

AC/DC Recharging For Bluesy New Album

J. Geils Band To Tour For First Time In 16 Years

Reunited Iron Maiden Play '80s Metal Classics

ScAvengers Avenge Their Past Onstage

Ian Astbury Revives Cult With Plans For Tour, New LPs

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Previously in the "Best of '99" series:

Best of '99: Music That Rocked The World

Best of '99: Albums That Got Away

Best of '99: Breakin' The News

Best of '99: The Digital Music Revolution

Best of '99: The Trials of ODB

Best of '99: The Trends They Are A-Changin'