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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... okay, maybe not better Sting, in previous or future decades, we will acknowledge each artists for the impact they made in the '80s. Who 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. Vote up all of your favorite artists that were transformative to the music scene during the 1980s, and add anyone who isn't already on the list. Just make sure they're were some of the top musicians during the '80s.
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    Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

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    ranked low on reranks The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, ...

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

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

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

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    ranked low on reranks Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1, Careless Whisper

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    ranked low on reranks She's So Unusual, True Colors, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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    Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Fear of Music

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    ranked low on reranks Songs From the Big Chair, The Hurting, Everybody Wants to Rule the World ...

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    ranked low on reranks Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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

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    Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising

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    ranked low on reranks Pretenders, Learning to Crawl, Last of the Independents

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

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    Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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

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    Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

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    ranked low on reranks Sports, Fore!, Picture This

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

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    Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

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    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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    ranked low on reranks Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

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    ranked low on reranks Kick, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts, Never Tear Us Apart

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    H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette

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    Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979

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    ranked low on reranks Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Business as Usual, Cargo, '81 - '85 / Business as Usual

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    4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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    London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

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

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    Peter Gabriel, Us, Security

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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    The B-52’s, Wild Planet, Planet Claire

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden, Powerslave

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