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

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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—even becoming the top artists of the 80s. 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
3,736 4,213
Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
hbg1968 added A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

2
6,547 5,608
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

3
3,999 5,237
Prince is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

4
6,183 4,521
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
jsnungaray added Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

5
5,842 3,943
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1

6
4,834 3,288
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston, My Love Is Your Love

7
3,693 2,081
WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
dan808 added Make It Big, The Best of Wham!: If You Were There..., The Final

8
3,022 3,638
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
She's So Unusual, True Colors, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

9
1,971 3,114
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
looksharp added Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

10
1,211 1,339
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Donald Luttman added Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock

11
1,107 1,420
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Crabbs added The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here

12
1,315 1,752
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
ElizabethKistner added Diva, Why, Songs of Mass Destruction

13
1,194 1,746
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

14
892 928
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Danny Marks added Saturday Night Fever, Main Course, Spirits Having Flown

15
1,187 1,752
Huey Lewis & the News is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Sports, Fore!, Picture This

16
2,122 2,512
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Private Dancer, What's Love Got to Do With It, Simply the Best

17
1,389 1,911
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising

18
2,232 2,505
Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Touch, Be Yourself Tonight

19
1,294 1,558
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Reckless, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, 11

20
2,476 2,742
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
hbg1968 added The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs

21
632 895
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Donald Luttman added Blackout, Love at First Sting, Animal Magnetism

22
1,846 2,352
The Police is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

23
2,112 2,803
Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

24
868 575
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
looksharp added Graceland, Still Crazy After All These Years, So Beautiful or So What

25
1,731 2,034
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s
Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road