The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s Bands/Musicians

The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s

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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. MTV 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 was the greatest pop star of the decade, and it's up to you decide who takes the honor.


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    - 1972

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

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    added by jsnungaray
    Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

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

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    + 1961
    - 1398


    Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1

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    - 1370


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

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    Cyndi Lauper


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

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    - 838

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

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    added by looksharp
    Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

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    Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

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    ranked low on reranks & added by hbg1968
    The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, ...

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

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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 Coolza
    Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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

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

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

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    added by sandy01
    Hunting High and Low, Minor Earth | Major Sky, Take On Me

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    added by KevinBeyon
    Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion, Music for the Masses

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    Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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    - 726

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

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    - 1278


    Xanadu, Grease, The Christmas Collection

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    - 911


    Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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    - 404


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

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

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    The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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    - 334

    added by ElizabethKistner
    Diva, Why, Songs of Mass Destruction

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    ranked low on reranks
    Reckless, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, 11

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    - 644


    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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    added by Coolza
    Disintegration, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, Boys Don’t Cry

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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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    + 647
    - 661


    Can't Slow Down, Tuskegee, Coming Home

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    - 462


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

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Actually, Very, Behaviour

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    added by dan808
    Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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    + 435
    - 330

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

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    + 439
    - 367

    added by ElizabethKistner
    Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

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    - 420

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

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    - 584


    H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette

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    - 508


    Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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    - 780


    The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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    + 335
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    added by hbg1968
    Toto IV, Legend: The Best of Toto, Turn Back

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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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    Peter Gabriel, Us, Security

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    Dare, Greatest Hits, Hysteria

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

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    - 212


    Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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

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    added by dan808
    Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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    4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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

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