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List Rules Pop stars, artists, and groups popular during the 1980s

The 1980s was a huge decade in terms of breaking pop stars. '80s artists benefited from the rising popularity of cable television. MTV was a cultural phenomenon that became a kingmaker in terms of helping create larger than life '80s pop stars. Singers like Michael Jackson, Prince, and Madonna, largely considered three of the biggest '80s pop stars, were greatly impacted by these new outlets. Their iconic music videos revolutionized the way people consumed music.

In a sense, the '80s turned run of the mill musicians into major pop stars. Artists like Billy Ocean, Huey Lewis & The News, Rick Springfield, and Richard Marx all had brushes with fame during this decade. While the merits of their respective widespread fame and acclaim can be debated, no one can doubt or diminish their achievements as some of the biggest stars of the 1980s and most widely known and remembered '80s groups. Some of the decade's biggest pop artists and pop artists have endured to the present day. Bon Jovi, Journey, and the late Whitney Houston are examples of '80s singers whose music was able to endure and are considered classics from that time period.

Here is your chance to pick the best 1980s pop stars. This Ultimate List will determine who was the greatest pop star of the decade, and it's up to you decide who takes the honor.
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1
2,939 2,953
Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
hbg1968 added Queen A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

2
5,457 4,423
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Michael Jackson Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

3
3,359 4,001
Prince is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Prince Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

4
4,986 3,687
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
jsnungaray added Madonna Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

5
4,799 3,374
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
George Michael Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1

6
3,712 2,879
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Whitney Houston The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston, My Love Is Your Love

7
2,635 1,604
WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
dan808 added WHAM! Make It Big, The Best of Wham!: If You Were There..., The Final

8
2,663 3,159
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Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual, True Colors, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

9
1,651 2,677
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
looksharp added Phil Collins Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

10
1,079 1,312
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
ElizabethKistner added Annie Lennox Diva, Why, Songs of Mass Destruction

11
866 898
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Donald Luttman added AC/DC Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock

12
988 1,318
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Dire Straits Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

13
830 1,000
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Crabbs added Pink Floyd The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here

14
595 546
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Danny Marks added Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever, Main Course, Spirits Having Flown

Stars Who Passed on Iconic Hollywood Roles

15
474 478
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Donald Luttman added Scorpions Blackout, Love at First Sting, Animal Magnetism

16
2,007 2,156
Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Touch, Be Yourself Tonight

17
1,861 2,179
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Tina Turner Private Dancer, What's Love Got to Do With It, Simply the Best

18
1,158 1,549
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Bruce Springsteen Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising

19
1,066 1,214
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Bryan Adams Reckless, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, 11

20
987 1,376
Huey Lewis & the News is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Huey Lewis & the News Sports, Fore!, Picture This

21
2,154 2,396
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
hbg1968 added David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs

The Very Best of the Scumbag Alcohol Meme

22
1,593 2,020
The Police is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
The Police Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

23
1,858 2,468
Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Duran Duran Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

24
1,596 1,629
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Coolza added Blondie Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

25
509 433
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Heracle added Randy Savage Be a Man, Be a Man... Ooh Yeah

26
1,436 1,735
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

27
272 155
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Donald Luttman added Aerosmith Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

28
509 534
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
IanHarvey added Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I

The Best Taylor Swift Songs

29
1,121 1,305
Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Lionel Richie Can't Slow Down, Tuskegee, Coming Home

30
1,159 1,139
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Coolza added Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

31
598 420
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
looksharp added Paul Simon Graceland, Still Crazy After All These Years, So Beautiful or So What

32
1,510 1,710
Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
ElizabethKistner added Tears for Fears Songs From the Big Chair, The Hurting, Everybody Wants to Rule the World

33
1,382 1,394
Journey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Journey Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

34
1,272 1,765
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

35
1,109 1,373
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

36
1,220 1,393
U2 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
U2 The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

37
574 859
Bonnie Tyler is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
ElizabethKistner added Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse of the Heart, Heart Strings, It's a Heartache

38
1,184 1,377
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Billy Joel The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

39
1,752 1,997
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Olivia Newton-John Xanadu, Grease, The Christmas Collection

40
1,481 1,640
Culture Club is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Culture Club Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Culture Club, Colour by Numbers

41
943 1,116
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
KevinBeyon added Depeche Mode Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion, Music for the Masses

42
914 1,199
Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Hall & Oates H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette

Every Song in West Side Story, Ranked by Singability

43
1,359 1,407
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
frantix16 added Donna Summer Bad Girls, Christmas Spirit, The Summer Collection: Greatest Hits

44
392 290
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
ABBA Fernando, Arrival, Thank You for the Music

45
1,295 1,524
A-ha is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
sandy01 added A-ha Hunting High and Low, Minor Earth | Major Sky, Take On Me

46
900 1,037
Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Billy Idol Rebel Yell, Happy Holidays, Idol Songs: 11 of the Best

47
809 993
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
dan808 added Van Halen Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

48
430 429
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Stevie Nicks Bella Donna, Buckingham Nicks, Trouble in Shangri-La

49
854 1,102
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Pat Benatar Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

50
915 1,344
Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Pet Shop Boys Actually, Very, Behaviour