The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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

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  2. 2
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    Queen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Queen A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

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    Madonna is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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    Madonna Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

  4. 4
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    U2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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    Prince is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Prince Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

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    The Police is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    The Police Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

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    Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Whitney Houston The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston, My Love Is Your ...

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    Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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    Duran Duran Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

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    Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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    Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I

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    AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    AC/DC Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock

  11. 11
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    Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Phil Collins Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

  12. 12
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    George Michael is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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    George Michael Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1

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    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


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

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    Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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

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    Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Tears for Fears Songs From the Big Chair, The Hurting, Everybody Wants to Rule the World ...

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    Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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    Van Halen Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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    Journey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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    Journey Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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    Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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    Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual, True Colors, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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    Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


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

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    The Cure is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


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

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    Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


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

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    Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Aerosmith Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

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    Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Billy Joel The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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    INXS is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    INXS Kick, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts

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    R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    R.E.M. Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

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    Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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    Metallica is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Metallica Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica

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    Blondie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Blondie Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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    Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


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

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    Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Def Leppard Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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    The Cars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


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

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    Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Foreigner 4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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    Bruce Springsteen & The E ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising

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    Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Dire Straits Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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    Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Talking Heads Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Fear of Music

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    Culture Club is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


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

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    Heart is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

  38. 38
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    Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

  39. 39
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    A-ha is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


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

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    ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    ZZ Top Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

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    Huey Lewis & the News is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Sports, Fore!, Picture This

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    Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel, Us, Security

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    Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open

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    Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

    often listed
    Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

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    Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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    Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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    The Clash is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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    The Clash London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

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    Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Hall & Oates H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette

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    Eagles is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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    Eagles Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

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    The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here

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    Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s


    Men at Work Business as Usual, Cargo, '81 - '85 / Business as Usual

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