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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    most listed
    The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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  4. 4
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    - 1,994

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    Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

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  5. 5
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    Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

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  6. 6
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    Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I

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

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    often listed
    Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

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    often listed
    Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock

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    Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

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

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

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

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

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    Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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    Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

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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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    Kick, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts

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

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

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    Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

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    Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica

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    Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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    Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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

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    Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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    4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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

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

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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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    Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

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    Sports, Fore!, Picture This

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    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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

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    Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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

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

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

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    H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette

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

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    often listed
    Pretenders, Learning to Crawl, Last of the Independents

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    London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

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    Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

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