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

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    most listed & added by jsnungaray
    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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    Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

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

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    Xanadu, Grease, The Christmas Collection

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    Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

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

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    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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    Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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    A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

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

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

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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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    Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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    Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

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

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

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    Kick, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts

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    Actually, Very, Behaviour

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    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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

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

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

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    H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette

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    Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

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    Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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

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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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    Manic Monday, Walk Like an Egyptian, Greatest Hits

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    4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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    Diva, Why, Songs of Mass Destruction

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    Love Deluxe, Diamond Life, Promise

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    Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

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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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    Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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    Dare, Greatest Hits, Hysteria

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    Reckless, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, 11

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