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

The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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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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    A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

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    the people's #1
    Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

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  3. 3
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    - 1929

    most listed
    The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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  4. 4
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    - 1949

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    Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

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  5. 5
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    Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I

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  6. 6
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    - 1968


    Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

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

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    often listed
    Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

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  10. 10
    + 1972
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    ranked low on reranks
    Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1

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

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

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

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    Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

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  15. 15
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    The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, ...

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    Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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    Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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    Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

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  19. 19
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    Private Dancer, What's Love Got to Do With It, Simply the Best

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

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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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    Kick, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts

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

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    Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica

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    Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

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  27. 27
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    - 900


    Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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  28. 28
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    Rebel Yell, Happy Holidays, Idol Songs: 11 of the Best

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  29. 29
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    Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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    Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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    4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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

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

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    Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Fear of Music

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    Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

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

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    Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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    + 791
    - 637


    Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

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    + 726
    - 542


    Sports, Fore!, Picture This

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    + 683
    - 658


    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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    + 589
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    often listed
    Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

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    + 789
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    The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open

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    H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette

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    + 624
    - 569


    London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

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    + 682
    - 381

    ranked low on reranks
    Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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  46. 46
    + 735
    - 290

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

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  47. 47
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    - 514


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

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

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    Pretenders, Learning to Crawl, Last of the Independents

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    Peter Gabriel, Us, Security

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