The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s Anything
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The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s

List Criteria: Top 80s pop stars & singers

The 1980s was a huge decade in terms of breaking pop stars. With the rising popularity of cable television, movie channels were popular and along with the introduction of the CD, MTV in its own right was a cultural phenomenon that became a kingmaker in terms of helping create larger than life pop stars. Singers like Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna, largely considered three of the biggest pop artists of the 1980s were greatly impacted by these new outlets. Their iconic 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 one of the biggest stars of the 1980s. Some of the decade's biggest pop artists have endured to the present day. Bon Jovi, Journey and the late Whitney Houston are examples of artists whose music was able to endure and are considered classics from that time period.

Here is your chance to pick the best pop artist of the 1980s. 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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