The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s Bands/Musicians
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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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    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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    She's So Unusual, True Colors, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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    Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

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    Xanadu, Grease, The Christmas Collection

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    Bad Girls, Christmas Spirit, The Summer Collection: Greatest Hits

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    Hunting High and Low, Minor Earth | Major Sky, Take On Me

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    Private Dancer, What's Love Got to Do With It, Simply the Best

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    Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

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    Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Touch, Be Yourself Tonight

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    Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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

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

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    Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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    Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain ...

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    A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

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    Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

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    The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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    Can't Slow Down, Tuskegee, Coming Home

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

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    The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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    Kick, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts, Never Tear Us Apart

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    Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising

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

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    Actually, Very, Behaviour

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    ...Nothing Like the Sun, Ten Summoner's Tales, Mercury Falling

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    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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    Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

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

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    Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion, Music for the Masses

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    Closer to the Truth, The Ugly Duckling, Heart of Stone

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    H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette

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    Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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    Manic Monday, Walk Like an Egyptian, Greatest Hits

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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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    Sports, Fore!, Picture This

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    Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

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    Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

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    Diva, Why, Songs of Mass Destruction

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    4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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

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    Dare, Greatest Hits, Hysteria

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    Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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    The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot

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    Kool and the Gang, Get Down On It, Forever

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    Disintegration, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, Boys Don’t Cry

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