Hello Taylor! I too feel that 1984 was a huge influence in the 1980’s. Guitar players all around the world still learn some of their first songs off 1984. Many sub-genres today are based off the ideals derived for this album. Synthcore, which is just a new metal version of what Van Halen accomplished with 1984, has become a huge industry and is currently one of the top sub-genres listen to today. I actually currently play in a band that takes these same elements into account when writing music. Just the fact that 1984 still has such an extreme impact on rock artist today is nothing less than incredible. Great research and great explanation, Taylor.