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The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

List Criteria: This list is all about amazing musical artists of the '80s, so vote up your favorites!

The greatest and most prolific artists of music's most colorful decade are remembered on this list. 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 Sting (okay, maybe not better Sting), in previous or later decades, we will acknowledge each artists for the impact they made in the '80s. What was your favorite 1980s music? Who do you think were the greatest musical artists of 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, including classic albums, as long as they were the best of the best during this fabulous decade. Do you prefer 80s rock bands over top pop from the era? Vote up all of your favorite 80s bands and artists who transformed the music scene during the decade, and add anyone who isn't already on the list.

Just make sure they're were making some of the top 80s music we know and love.

The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s Bands/Musicians
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    the people's #1
    Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

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  2. 2
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    A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

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  3. 3
    + 2306
    - 1755


    Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

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  4. 4
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    - 1594

    most listed
    The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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  5. 5
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    - 1771


    Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I

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  6. 6
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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

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  7. 7
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    The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston, My Love Is Your ...

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  8. 8
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    Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

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    Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1

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  10. 10
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    Songs From the Big Chair, The Hurting, Everybody Wants to Rule the World ...

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    - 1978

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

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  12. 12
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    Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock

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  13. 13
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    Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Touch, Be Yourself Tonight

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  14. 14
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    The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, ...

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    Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

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    Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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  17. 17
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    Private Dancer, What's Love Got to Do With It, Simply the Best

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    Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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  19. 19
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    Disintegration, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, Boys Don’t Cry

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

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

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    Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

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  23. 23
    + 751
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    Rebel Yell, Happy Holidays, Idol Songs: 11 of the Best

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  24. 24
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    Kick, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts

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  25. 25
    + 859
    - 767


    Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica

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

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  27. 27
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    Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

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    Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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    Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Fear of Music

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    Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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

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

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  33. 33
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    - 833


    Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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  34. 34
    + 848
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    The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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  35. 35
    + 735
    - 489


    4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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  36. 36
    + 687
    - 559


    Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

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  37. 37
    + 688
    - 585


    The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open

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  38. 38
    + 541
    - 492


    London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

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  39. 39
    + 803
    - 705


    Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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    + 654
    - 615


    Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

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  41. 41
    + 583
    - 579


    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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  42. 42
    + 511
    - 578


    Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

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    + 494
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    Pretenders, Learning to Crawl, Last of the Independents

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    + 634
    - 446

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

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  45. 45
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    - 460


    Business as Usual, Cargo, '81 - '85 / Business as Usual

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  46. 46
    + 606
    - 478


    Sports, Fore!, Picture This

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    H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette

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    + 518
    - 417


    Peter Gabriel, Us, Security

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    ranked low on reranks
    The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    The Queen Is Dead, Meat Is Murder, The Smiths

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