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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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    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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    Xanadu, Grease, The Christmas Collection

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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 Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

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

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    added by sandy01 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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    added by ElizabethKistner Songs From the Big Chair, The Hurting, Everybody Wants to Rule the World ...

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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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    Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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

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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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    Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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

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    ranked low on reranks Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

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

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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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    H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette

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

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    added by ElizabethKistner Closer to the Truth, The Ugly Duckling, Heart of Stone

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    Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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    The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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

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    ranked low on reranks & added by dan808 Make It Big, The Best of Wham!: If You Were There..., The Final

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    often listed Can't Slow Down, Tuskegee, Coming Home

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

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

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    ranked low on reranks & added by KevinBeyon Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion, Music for the Masses

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    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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    Sports, Fore!, Picture This

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

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    ranked low on reranks & added by ElizabethKistner Diva, Why, Songs of Mass Destruction

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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    ranked low on reranks & added by monty46 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot

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    Reckless, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, 11

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    added by dan808 Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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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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    added by dan808 Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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

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    Kool and the Gang, Get Down On It, Forever

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