I recently "acquired" the complete 80s hits for my ipod and it's awesome! Even though I wasn't alive in the 80s, I can see why these songs such as We're Not Gonna Take It and Don't You Forget About Me were such great hits. Synthesizers were in almost every song as well as those fake ass electric drums. But that's how the 80s were distinctive compare to the other decades. They still sound awesome today, at least for me.
Besides music, there were a lot of awesome movies at the time (listing my faves): Gremlins, Better Off Dead, National Lampoon's Vacation, The NeverEnding Story, Back to the Future, Full-Metal Jacket, Terminator, The Breakfast Club... man I could go on forever. I still haven't seen Raging Bull and Blade Runner. I should get around to watch them one of these days.
I remember listening to this one film critic on his podcast talk about his most memorable films of the decades. When he came upon the 2000s... he couldn't think of anything on the top of his head. I can't think of anything either.