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

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    ranked low on reranks Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Touch, Be Yourself Tonight

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

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    ranked low on reranks She's So Unusual, True Colors, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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    ranked low on reranks Songs From the Big Chair, The Hurting, Everybody Wants to Rule the World ...

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

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    ranked low on reranks Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Culture Club, Colour by Numbers

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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    ranked low on reranks Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

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    Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock

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    The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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    Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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

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    Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

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

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

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    Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

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

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    Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica

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    ranked low on reranks Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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    Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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    Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

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    Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Fear of Music

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    Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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

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    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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    London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

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    Pretenders, Learning to Crawl, Last of the Independents

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    ranked low on reranks Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

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    4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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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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    Sports, Fore!, Picture This

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

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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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    Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979

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