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

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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

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    A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

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    Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

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

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

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

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

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    The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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    Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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    Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1

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

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    Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

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

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

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

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    Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica

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    Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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    Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

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

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    Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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    Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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    Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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

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

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    Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

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    4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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    The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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

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

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    Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

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    Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Fear of Music

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    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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    Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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    Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

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    Kick, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts

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    London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

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    Pretenders, Learning to Crawl, Last of the Independents

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

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    Sports, Fore!, Picture This

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

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

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    H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette

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    Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979

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    The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden, Powerslave

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