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The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s

List Criteria: Pop stars, artists, and groups popular during the 1980s

The 1980s was a huge decade in terms of breaking pop stars. 80s artists benefited from the rising popularity of cable television and MTV in its own right was a cultural phenomenon that became a kingmaker in terms of helping create larger than life 80s pop stars. Singers like Michael Jackson, Prince, and Madonna, largely considered three of the biggest 80s pop stars were greatly impacted by these new outlets. Their iconic music videos revolutionized the way people consumed music.

In a sense, the 80s turned run of the mill musicians into major pop stars. Artists like Billy Ocean, Huey Lewis & The News, Rick Springfield, and Richard Marx all had brushes with fame during this decade. While the merits of their respective widespread fame and acclaim can be debated, no one can doubt or diminish their achievements as some of the biggest stars of the 1980s and most widely known and remembered 80s groups. Some of the decade's biggest pop artists and pop artists have endured to the present day. Bon Jovi, Journey, and the late Whitney Houston are examples of 80s singers whose music was able to endure and are considered classics from that time period.

Here is your chance to pick the best 1980s pop stars. This Ultimate List will determine who the greatest pop star of the decade and it's up to you decide who takes the honor.
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    most listed & added by jsnungaray Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

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    the people's #1 Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

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    The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston, My Love Is Your ...

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    Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1, Careless Whisper

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    often listed Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Touch, Be Yourself Tonight

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    ranked low on reranks & added by frantix16 Bad Girls, Christmas Spirit, The Summer Collection: Greatest Hits

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Private Dancer, What's Love Got to Do With It, Simply the Best

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Coolza Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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    added by hbg1968 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, ...

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    Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Culture Club, Colour by Numbers

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    added by ElizabethKistner Songs From the Big Chair, The Hurting, Everybody Wants to Rule the World ...

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    added by PaulAndrew Cliff at Christmas, I Could Easily Fall (In Love With You), The Singles ...

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    added by hbg1968 A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

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    Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain ...

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    H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette

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    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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    ranked low on reranks & added by sandy01 Hunting High and Low, Minor Earth | Major Sky, Take On Me

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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    Rebel Yell, Happy Holidays, Idol Songs: 11 of the Best

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    added by Coolza Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

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    The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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    added by thecollo67 Kick, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts, Never Tear Us Apart

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    Can't Slow Down, Tuskegee, Coming Home

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    Sports, Fore!, Picture This

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising

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    ranked low on reranks & added by ElizabethKistner Closer to the Truth, The Ugly Duckling, Heart of Stone

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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    added by dan808 Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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    added by dan808 Make It Big, The Best of Wham!: If You Were There..., The Final

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    Reckless, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, 11

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Manic Monday, Walk Like an Egyptian, Greatest Hits

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    added by dan808 Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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    often listed & added by ElizabethKistner Beauty and the Beat, We Got The Beat / Our Lips Are Sealed, Vacation

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    Love Deluxe, Diamond Life, Promise

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    Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, janet., Control

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    Candy-O, The Cars, Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology

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    added by ElizabethKistner Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

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    added by monty46 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot

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    added by ElizabethKistner Business as Usual, Cargo, '81 - '85 / Business as Usual

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