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List Rules Best musicians who were active in the 1980s, judged on the quality of their '80s projects.

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Troop is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Troop Pop music, Contemporary R&B, New jack swing

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Beastie Boys Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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Pretenders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Pretenders New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Men at Work New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Run–D.M.C. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Jody Watley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Jody Watley Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music

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The Pointer Sisters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
The Pointer Sisters Girl group, New Wave, Pop music

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Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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Earth, Wind & Fire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Earth, Wind & Fire Disco, Rock music, Black metal

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Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Donna Summer New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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Kool & the Gang is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Kool & the Gang Disco, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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

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Exposé is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Exposé Adult contemporary music, Pop music, House music

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Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Paula Abdul Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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Taylor Dayne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Taylor Dayne Urban contemporary, Rock music, Dance-pop

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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

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Billy Ocean is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Billy Ocean Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Salt-N-Pepa Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop rap

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Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Patti LaBelle Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

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LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
LL Cool J Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Chaka Khan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Chaka Khan Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Disco

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DeBarge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
DeBarge Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Lionel Richie Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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The Weather Girls is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
The Weather Girls Urban contemporary, Disco, Pop music

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Grandmaster Flash is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Grandmaster Flash Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro

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Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Anita Baker Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm, Smooth jazz

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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Eric B. & Rakim Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

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DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prin... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince Hip hop music, Disco, East Coast hip hop