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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... okay, maybe not better Sting, in previous or future decades, we will acknowledge each artists for the impact they made in the '80s. Who 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. Vote up all of your favorite artists that were transformative to the music scene during the 1980s, and add anyone who isn't already on the list. Just make sure they're were some of the top musicians during the '80s.
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    Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

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    the people's #1 & most 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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    ranked low on reranks Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1, Careless Whisper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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    Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

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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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    Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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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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    Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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    Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

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

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

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    often listed Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

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

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    ranked low on reranks Pretenders, Learning to Crawl, Last of the Independents

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    Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica

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    Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

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    ranked low on reranks Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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

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

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

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    Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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

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    H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette

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    Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

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    The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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    Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Fear of Music

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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

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

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    ranked low on reranks Peter Gabriel, Us, Security

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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    Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979

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    London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

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    Sports, Fore!, Picture This

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    ranked low on reranks Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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

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    Manic Monday, Walk Like an Egyptian, Greatest Hits

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