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The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s 

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Updated March 18, 2020 593.4k votes 36.7k voters 1.8M views 465 items

List Rules 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 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? Remember, some of these artists were responsible for the worst songs of the 80s as well as the greatest '80s one hit wonders

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? Which popular '80s bands would no '80s party music playlist be complete without?

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 were making some of the top '80s music we know and love.

 

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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Huey Lewis & the New... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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INXS is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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REO Speedwagon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Sting is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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WHAM! is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Electric Light Orchestra... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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ABBA is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Culture Club is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Toto is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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A-ha is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s