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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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    A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

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    ranked low on reranks The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston, My Love Is Your ...

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

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

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    Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

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

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

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    Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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

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

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

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    Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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

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    Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

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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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    ranked low on reranks Business as Usual, Cargo, '81 - '85 / Business as Usual

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion, Music for the Masses

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    ranked low on reranks Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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    ranked low on reranks H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette

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

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

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    Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

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

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    ranked low on reranks Kick, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts, Never Tear Us Apart

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    ranked low on reranks Peter Gabriel, Us, Security

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    Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

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    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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    Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Fear of Music

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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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    Sports, Fore!, Picture This

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    London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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

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    The B-52’s, Wild Planet, Planet Claire

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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 Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979

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

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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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