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? Remember, some of these artists were responsible for the worst songs of the 80s as well as the greatest 80s one hit wonders

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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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Michael Jackson Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Madonna Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

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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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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Duran Duran Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 12 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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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
George Michael Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1

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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Phil Collins Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Van Halen Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual, True Colors, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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Journey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Journey Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Blondie Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 20 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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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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Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Aerosmith Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Billy Joel The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 25 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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R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
R.E.M. Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

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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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Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Foreigner 4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 31 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) 32 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
INXS Kick, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts

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Culture Club is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

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Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Def Leppard Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Dire Straits Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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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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Huey Lewis & the News is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Huey Lewis & the News Sports, Fore!, Picture This

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 39 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) 40 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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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Pat Benatar Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot

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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Eagles Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

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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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A-ha is listed (or ranked) 45 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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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 46 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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Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Bryan Adams Reckless, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, 11

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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 48 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) 49 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
ZZ Top Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

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Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Men at Work Business as Usual, Cargo, '81 - '85 / Business as Usual