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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.

The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s Bands/Musicians
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

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    Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

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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

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    She's So Unusual, True Colors, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

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

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    often listed & added by looksharp
    Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

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    Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

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

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

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

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

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

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    Xanadu, Grease, The Christmas Collection

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

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    Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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

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    often listed
    Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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    Diva, Why, Songs of Mass Destruction

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    Actually, Very, Behaviour

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    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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

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

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    Can't Slow Down, Tuskegee, Coming Home

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    The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot

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

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

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    Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

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    The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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    Toto IV, Legend: The Best of Toto, Turn Back

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    Dare, Greatest Hits, Hysteria

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    Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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    Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

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    The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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    H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette

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    4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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    Peter Gabriel, Us, Security

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    Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Manic Monday, Walk Like an Egyptian, Greatest Hits

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    Love Deluxe, Diamond Life, Promise

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

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    Reckless, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, 11

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    often listed & added by thecollo67
    Kick, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Kool and the Gang, Get Down On It, Forever

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