80s Music The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s  

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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? 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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list ordered by
1
6,670 5,718
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music
2
6,591 6,769
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall
3
6,812 5,575
Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo
4
4,643 5,963
Prince is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999
5
4,324 4,291
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs
6
5,665 3,104
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1
7
3,514 3,993
Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Rio, Come Undone, Greatest
8
3,866 4,815
The Police is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta
9
3,663 5,673
U2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby
10
5,538 3,717
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston, My Love Is Your Love
11
3,883 3,267
Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Touch, Be Yourself Tonight
12
4,365 4,328
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I
13
3,475 2,477
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down
14
4,044 2,598
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock
15
3,157 2,228
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required
16
2,664 2,399
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion, Music for the Masses
17
3,482 2,441
Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Songs From the Big Chair, The Hurting, Everybody Wants to Rule the World
18
3,077 2,135
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation
19
3,925 1,593
Journey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Escape, Frontiers, Evolution
20
2,542 1,670
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street
21
2,745 1,165
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here
22
3,134 1,733
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road
23
2,366 1,882
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Disintegration, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, Boys Don’t Cry
24
2,976 1,590
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night
25
2,324 1,620
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie