Paula Abdul – Then
In the 80s, Paula went from being a cheerleader to a choreographer. Then, she broke through and became a very popular singer with many hits.
Paula Abdul – Now
Now, Paula has found a way to keep her career relevant. She was a judge on American Idol and after leaving the show, she has gone on to bigger and better things in hosting.
Jon Bon Jovi – Then
Bon Jovi was the ultimate rock star in the 80s. Touring the country with his band, he was the type of rock star they wrote movies and songs about.
Jon Bon Jovi – Now
He’s still doing his music. But, he has branched off into other things like doing some acting as well as starting a restaurant franchise where patrons pay what they want even if that means they have nothing to pay.
Bryan Adams – Then
Canadian rocker showed up on the scene with nothing but a ripped jeans and a guitar. He climbed his way to the top and rocked us all with hits that are still played today.
Bryan Adams – Now
Still in music, he has also taken his skills a different way. He started a career in photography where he has distinguished himself. On top of that, he has entrenched himself in Charity work.
Peter Gabriel – Then
A genius who sung lead for Genesis before Phil Collins took over, Peter Gabriel was a voice of the 80s. His solo career was phenomenal when he finally stepped off to do his own thing.
Peter Gabriel – Now
Who could deny Peter Gabriel a life in music. He’s still as relevant today as he ever was. If there’s one thing about him, he knows how to stay in the hits.
Bonnie Tyler – Then
Bonnie is especially known for “Holding Out For A Hero.” That was a hit millions of people loved, adored, and knew every word.
Bonnie Tyler – Now
She won three Grammies and then her career faded a bit. But, she has somewhat resurrected it with a “Best Of” tour.
Rick Astley – Then
In the 80s, Rick made his name with the worldwide number one hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.” But, that was about it for him.
Rick Astley – Now
“Rickrolling” became an internet phenomenon as a prank for everyone who caught one of the videos. Now, his career has caught new breath as he tours again after coming out of retirement.
Ray Parker Jr. – Then
It’s sad to say that the theme to Ghostbusters was his only hit. Although when it comes on, it’s still a hit everyone enjoys to hear.
Ray Parker Jr. – Now
That song must have been a really great hit for Ray. The only hit he ever had must really keep him in the money.
Elvis Costello – Then
This Elvis has done some great things in music. He even collaborated with Sir Paul McCartney.
Elvis Costello – Now
Elvis has transcended his musical career to indulge himself in humanitarian efforts. Those glasses he made famous keep coming back in style because of how cool they are.
Kenny Loggins – Then
Kenny Loggins had a signature voice that defined the 80s. He had many great hits and most of them were in movies such as Top Gun and Footloose.
Kenny Loggins – Now
Kenny continues to produce movie hits. He also tours when he feels like it and enjoys his life of solid legendary status.
Janet Jackson – Then
Janet was born with into stardom with her famous brothers who paved the way. But, she was a hit herself with the many songs that made the 80s memorable.
Janet Jackson – Now
Janet has maintained her significance throughout the years apart from her brothers and of course, her most famous one. Her little rendition with Justin Timberlake at the Super Bowl halftime show was memorable enough.
Cyndi Lauper – Then
Cyndi’s career was odd to say the least. Not only was she responsible for hit after hit, but she was also on the arms of Lou Albano, the famous wrestling manager.
Cyndi Lauper – Now
Inducted into the Hall of Fame for songwriters, Cyndi has released a recent album. She also is an activist for the LGBT community.
Toni Basil – Then
Everyone knows “Mickey” from the number one hit of 1982. “Oh Mickey you’re so fine. You’re so fine, you blow my mind.”
Toni Basil – Now
That was about it for her. The only hit she was able to enjoy. So, she put herself into modern art adn acting along with a little choreography.
George Michael – Then
He started out in a group called WHAM. But, he felt that a solo career would be better for him and he was right.
George Michael – Now
George still enjoys his notoriety. Although, he mainly just lives a comfortable life because of his success.
A-ha – Then
“Take On Me” was a hit the Norwegian band blew into town with. But, they were never able to gain that much notoriety on another song again.
A-ha – Now
They came together to support each others solo careers. They do perform together when it comes to big events like the Nobel Peace Prize Concert.
Sheena Easton – Then
She had a huge career in the 80s. Her biggest claim to fame being the Academy Award nomination for “James Bond: For Your Eyes Only.”
Sheena Easton – Now
Sheena took a break to raise a family. Then, she resurrected her career with a live tour in 2013 as well as a new release on her albums.
Lionel Richie – Then
Lionel was huge in the 80s. He split from The Commodores to take on a solo career, which made him as huge of a hit as anyone back then.
Lionel Richie – Now
Lionel is still a huge hit. He can sell tickets at his performances throughout the world including when he did the Glastonbury Festival in the UK.