80s The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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List Rules 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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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Madonna Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer Music

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Michael Jackson Thriller, Bad Off the Wall

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Queen A Night at the Opera, Queen Innuendo

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Prince Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times 1999

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U2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
U2 The Joshua Tree, War Achtung Baby

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The Police is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
The Police Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine ZenyattĂ  Mondatta

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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Whitney Houston The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston My Love Is Your Love

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory Diamond Dogs

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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Depeche Mode Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion Music for the Masses

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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
George Michael Faith, Listen Without Prejudice Volume 1

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Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Duran Duran Rio, Come Undone Greatest

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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Phil Collins Face Value, Both Sides No Jacket Required

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Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Touch Be Yourself Tonight

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Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies Use Your Illusion I

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Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual, True Colors Girls Just Want to Have Fun

The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s 16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
The Cure Disintegration, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me Boys Don’t Cry

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Journey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Journey Escape, Frontiers Evolution

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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Van Halen Van Halen, 1984 Diver Down

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Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Tears for Fears Songs From the Big Chair, The Hurting Everybody Wants to Rule the World

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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Blondie Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass Blondie

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Tina Turner Private Dancer, What's Love Got to Do With It Simply the Best

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AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
AC/DC Back in Black, Highway to Hell Let There Be Rock

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Billy Joel The Stranger, Piano Man 52nd Street

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Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Aerosmith Toys in the Attic, Pump Permanent Vacation

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R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
R.E.M. Murmur, Green Automatic for the People

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Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Billy Idol Rebel Yell, Happy Holidays Idol Songs: 11 of the Best

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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
The Cars Candy-O, The Cars Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Pink Floyd The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon Wish You Were Here

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Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet, New Jersey Cross Road

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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Fleetwood Mac Tango in the Night

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Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Foreigner 4, Complete Greatest Hits Agent Provocateur

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Culture Club is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Culture Club Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Culture Club Colour by Numbers

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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Metallica Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning Metallica

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INXS is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
INXS Kick, Full Moon Dirty Hearts

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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Dire Straits Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits Making Movies

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Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Def Leppard Hysteria, Pyromania On Through the Night

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A. The Rising

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions Talking Book

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Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Talking Heads Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light Fear of Music

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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis Foxtrot

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Huey Lewis & the News is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Huey Lewis & the News Sports, Fore! Picture This

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A-ha is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
A-ha Hunting High and Low, Minor Earth | Major Sky Take On Me

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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Pat Benatar Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits Best Shots

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Heart is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Heart Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen Heart

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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
The Clash London Calling, The Clash Black Market Clash

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ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
ZZ Top Tres Hombres, Eliminator Rio Grande Mud

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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Eagles Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits Volume 2

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

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Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Men at Work Business as Usual, Cargo '81 - '85 / Business as Usual

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Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Hall & Oates H2O, Maneater Abandoned Luncheonette