For a brief moment in the history of our world — the mid-1980s through early 1990s, to be exact — angels walked among us unworthy humans.
Stringing together heartfelt, captivating lyrics over the most entrancing beats of our generation, they created a musical genre that would transcend space and time, one that would forever change the world and the way our bodies moved.
It was called…FREESTYLE.
Fusing elements of electro and dance-pop, freestyle music was largely a product of the Latino communities of New York City and Miami in the early to mid-’80s; it began being played regularly on pop radio stations toward the end of the decade.
Aside from its ability to make your booty shake and lift your spirits like no other, freestyle also lent itself to the most AMAZING music videos on the planet.
Pretty much exclusively filmed in and around New York City apartment buildings, warehouses, and parks, these videos were a true sensory treat.
Let’s revisit this glorious, golden time in history and take a look at some of the things that only happen in freestyle music videos.
1. Driving around town looking sultry in your sweet-ass mullet and convertible with tiger-striped interior…
2. …and then proposing to a woman wearing fingerless gloves on the beach.
Let’s be real: Who wouldn’t say yes to that mesmerizing ‘do.
Stevie B, “Spring Love (Come Back to Me)”
3. Pointing aggressively at a creepy man who likes to disappear into thin air every 30 seconds while dancing through a smoky forest.
4. Having hologram version of said disappearing man terrorize actual version of himself while doing some sort of weird reverse push-ups on the forest floor.
Shannon, “Give Me Tonight”
5. Opening a set of heavy doors telepathically, using only the sheer power of your desire to DANCE.
6. Then getting bored of dancing and jumping off of ladders for some ~edgy~ fun.
Pretty Poison, “Catch Me I’m Falling”
7. Throwing your lit cigarette back into your apartment in an emotional haze and breaking down into some serious fury-fueled rooftop dance moves.
Modified rooftop breakdance > talking to a therapist about your lost love.
Noel, “Silent Morning”
8. Totally forgetting the purpose of a playground and inviting all your teenage friends to a dance party on the jungle gym.
Sorry, kids trying to play. Try again tomorrow!
Lil Suzy, “Take Me in Your Arms”
11. And rocking a unicorn ‘do while you chill on the hood of a car with a hottie.
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, “I Wonder If I Take You Home”
12. Tempting each other with bedroom eyes in a decrepit, asbestos-infested building.
Stevie B, “Dreaming of You”
S/O to the freshest dance moves to ever grace your eyes at 2:40.