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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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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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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    Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

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

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  15. 15
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    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

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

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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    ranked low on reranks Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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

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

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    ranked low on reranks Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

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    Doo-wop, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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

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

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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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