The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s Bands/Musicians
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The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

List Criteria: Best musicians who were active in the 1980s, judged on the quality of their '80s projects.

The greatest and most prolific artist of music's most colorful decade are remembered on this list. As I did with the greatest albums and artists of the '90s, I decided to do the same for the artist that broke ground and expanded and influenced generations to come. Keep in mind, this list is based solely on the artists' work in the 1980s. Though, there may be better George [Michael], better RHCP, better Sade, or better...okay, maybe not better Sting, in previous or future decades, we will acknowledge each artists for the impact they made in the 80s. From synth pop, to hair metal, to the rise of punk rock, to the fall of disco, to the birth of hip-hop. All genres are recognized, and classic albums, equally classic singles should also play a hand in how people vote on the countdown of legends.
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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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  2. 2
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    the people's #1 & most listed Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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  3. 3
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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    ranked low on reranks Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

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  9. 9
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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    ranked low on reranks Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

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    ranked low on reranks Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  14. 14
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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    ranked low on reranks Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    ranked low on reranks New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    ranked low on reranks Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    ranked low on reranks Doo-wop, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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  39. 39
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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    ranked low on reranks Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Adult album alternative, Synthpop, New Wave

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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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  44. 44
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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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