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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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    Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

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    Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

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

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    A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

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    Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1, Careless Whisper

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

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    Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

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    Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

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

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

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

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

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    The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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    Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

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    Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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    4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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    Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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    Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising

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

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    Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

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

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    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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    Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

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

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    Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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    Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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    Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

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

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    Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Fear of Music

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    Pretenders, Learning to Crawl, Last of the Independents

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    London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

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    Sports, Fore!, Picture This

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

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    Kick, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts, Never Tear Us Apart

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

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    Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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