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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    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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    Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

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    Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1

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    Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s


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

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

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    A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

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

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    Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

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

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    Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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

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

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    Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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

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    Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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

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

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    The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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    Diva, Why, Songs of Mass Destruction

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    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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    Can't Slow Down, Tuskegee, Coming Home

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

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    Reckless, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, 11

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

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    Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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    Actually, Very, Behaviour

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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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    Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

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    Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

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    Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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    H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette

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

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    ranked low on reranks & added by dan808
    Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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    4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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

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    Kick, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts

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    Manic Monday, Walk Like an Egyptian, Greatest Hits

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    Dare, Greatest Hits, Hysteria

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

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    Sports, Fore!, Picture This

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