Life in the 1980s was a lot different than it is today.

The golden era was full of big hair, bold fashion choices and funky music.

Here are the women who were topping the charts and what they are up to now:

Then: Madonna

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Madonna became a pop icon when she released her self-titled debut album in 1982 – the rest is history.

Now: Madonna

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Of course we know that Madge has still got it. The 57-year-old recently released her 13th studio album “Rebel Heart,” which has been hailed by multiple critics as her best work in a decade.

Then: Olivia Newton John

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As well as being a well known actress, Australian Olivia sang about getting physical in 1981. ‘Physical’ spent 10 weeks at number one, and went on to become the best-selling single of the 1980s.

Now:  Olivia Newton John

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Now aged 67, Newton-John is rarely seen in the public eye. In 2014 she held a residency at the Flamingo Las Vegas, and released an EP entitled “Hotel Sessions.” Newton-John most recently served as a guest judge on the 21st season of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Then: Janet Jackson

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Michael Jackson’s little sister made a name for herself in 1986 with the release of “Control,” with six Top 20 singles, including “When I Think of You,” “What Have You Done for Me Lately?” and “Nasty.”

Now: Janet Jackson

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Janet has remained busy since the 80s. The 49-year-old topped the New York Times’ bestsellers list in 2011 with the self-help book “True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself.” She married Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana in 2012. Last June, she accepted the BET Awards’ “Ultimate Icon” trophy .

Then: Paula Abdul

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Paula began as a Los Angeles Lakers cheerleader but managed to dance her way to the top of the pop charts in the 80s.

Now: Paula Abdul

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Paula became a judge for American Idol, but left to join Simon Cowell again for the X Factor. However, the 53-year-old found herself in limbo after she announced that she would not be returning to the show for the 2012 season. Abdul currently serves as a judge on “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Then: Belinda Carlisle

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Carlisle was first known for being a singer in The Go-Go’s but later went solo and had hits such as ‘Heaven is a place on Earth” and ‘Mad About You.”