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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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    the people's #1 & often listed Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

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

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

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

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    The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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

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    Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Touch, Be Yourself Tonight

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    ranked low on reranks Private Dancer, What's Love Got to Do With It, Simply the Best

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

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

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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 Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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    ranked low on reranks 4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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    ranked low on reranks Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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

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    Pretenders, Learning to Crawl, Last of the Independents

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    Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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

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    Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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    Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

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    Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

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

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    ranked low on reranks Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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    Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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

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    Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

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    Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica

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

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    ranked low on reranks Make It Big, The Best of Wham!: If You Were There..., The Final

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

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    Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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

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

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    Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Fear of Music

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    H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette

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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 Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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    Peter Gabriel, Us, Security

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

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    London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

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

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    Hunting High and Low, Minor Earth | Major Sky, Take On Me

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    Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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