The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s Bands/Musicians
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The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

List Criteria: Best musicians who were active in the 1980s, judged on the quality of their '80s projects.

The greatest and most prolific artist of music's most colorful decade are remembered on this list. As I did with the greatest albums and artists of the '90s, I decided to do the same for the artist that broke ground and expanded and influenced generations to come. Keep in mind, 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...okay, maybe not better Sting, in previous or future decades, we will acknowledge each artists for the impact they made in 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, and classic albums, equally classic singles should also play a hand in how people vote on the countdown of legends.
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    the people's #1 & most listed Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    often listed Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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    ranked low on reranks Doo-wop, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Adult album alternative, Synthpop, New Wave

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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