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

    ) open
  2. 2
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    A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

    ) open
  3. 3
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    Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

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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 ...

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

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    Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1

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    Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

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  9. 9
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    The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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    Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

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

    ) open
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    Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

    ) open
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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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    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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    Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

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    Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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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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    Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

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    Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

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

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

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    Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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

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    Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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    Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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    Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Fear of Music

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    Kick, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts

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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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    The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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    4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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

    ) open
  36. 36
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    - 482

    Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

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    - 501

    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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    Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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    + 448
    - 411

    London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

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    Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

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    - 496

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

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    Pretenders, Learning to Crawl, Last of the Independents

    ) open
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    + 489
    - 418

    Sports, Fore!, Picture This

    ) open
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    + 522
    - 367

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

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 422
    - 393

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

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    - 287

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

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    The Queen Is Dead, Meat Is Murder, The Smiths

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    Peter Gabriel, Us, Security

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    The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here

    ) open
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    H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette

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