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The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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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.

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

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    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    100
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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    93
  3. 3
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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    86
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    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk More
    82
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    79
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    76
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    76
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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music More
    75
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    74
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    74
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    73
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    73
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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues More
    72
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    A-ha

    Adult album alternative, Synthpop, New Wave More
    71
  15. 15
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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music More
    71
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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music More
    70
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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    69
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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music More
    69
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    69
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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    69
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    68
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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock More
    68
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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock More
    68
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave More
    68
  26. 26
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    68
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
    67
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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    67
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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    66
  30. 30
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    66
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave More
    65
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    Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave More
    65
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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    65
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    64
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    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music More
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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    64
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
    64
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
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    New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock More
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop More
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    New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk More
    64
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    Doo-wop, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul More
    63
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    63
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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    63
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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music More
    62
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music More
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    61
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