This is an activity that I created for my American History class that can be done in the classroom or in the computer lab (need access to YouTube).
Students listen to 6 songs (titles listed below) and are to analyze the songs in a graphic organizer and then complete a reflection. They should be able to compare and contrast the lyrics/tones from some of the popular songs of the 1980s. Then I follow up the activity with a discussion about the music/tones/lyrics.
Lyric sheets are provided for each of the 7 (Included an extra song - students still only have room on the chart for 6 songs) songs:
"Born in the U.S.A." - Bruce Springsteen
"Like a Prayer" - Madonna
"Eye of the Tiger" - Survivor
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody" - Whitney Houston
"Livin' on a Prayer" - Bon Jovi
"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" - Cyndi Lauper
"Beat It" - Michael Jackson
Great follow up YouTube clip:
Top 10 Decade Defining Songs: 1980s
Please Check Out My Other Music Analysis Activities:
Activity: Music Analysis - 1920s & 1930s "Roaring Twenties & Great Depression"
Activity: Music Analysis - 1950s "Roots of Rock and Roll"
Activity: Music Analysis - 1960s "Rock and the British Invasion"
Activity: Music Analysis - 1970s "Era of Disco and Evolution"
Activity: Music Analysis - 1990s "Alternative Music Becomes Popular"
Activity: Music Analysis - Vietnam Protest Songs