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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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1
5,306 4,052
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Madonna Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

2
5,089 5,194
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Michael Jackson Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

3
4,874 4,366
Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Queen A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

4
3,455 4,456
Prince is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Prince Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

5
4,327 2,302
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
George Michael Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1

6
4,287 2,914
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Whitney Houston The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston, My Love Is Your Love

7
2,770 4,377
U2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
U2 The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

8
2,949 2,466
Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Touch, Be Yourself Tonight

9
3,336 3,343
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs

10
3,003 3,962
The Police is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
The Police Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, ZenyattĂ  Mondatta

11
2,747 3,126
Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Duran Duran Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

12
3,298 3,667
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I

13
2,429 1,760
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Phil Collins Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

14
3,026 2,282
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
AC/DC Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock

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15
2,600 1,988
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Van Halen Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

16
2,300 1,752
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Aerosmith Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

17
2,966 1,274
Journey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Journey Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

18
2,034 1,963
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Depeche Mode Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion, Music for the Masses

19
2,818 1,997
Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Tears for Fears Songs From the Big Chair, The Hurting, Everybody Wants to Rule the World

20
2,734 1,498
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual, True Colors, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

21
1,748 1,177
Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Billy Idol Rebel Yell, Happy Holidays, Idol Songs: 11 of the Best

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22
1,933 848
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Pink Floyd The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here

23
2,324 1,359
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

24
1,870 1,312
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Billy Joel The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

25
1,978 1,769
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Tina Turner Private Dancer, What's Love Got to Do With It, Simply the Best

26
1,849 1,327
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Blondie Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

27
1,587 825
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
The Cars Candy-O, The Cars, Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology

28
1,797 1,525
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
The Cure Disintegration, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, Boys Don’t Cry

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29
1,755 944
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Foreigner 4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

30
1,631 1,269
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Dire Straits Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

31
1,342 497
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Eagles Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

32
2,216 1,330
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Def Leppard Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

33
1,748 1,416
R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Dimos Dicoudis added R.E.M. Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

34
1,180 997
Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Men at Work Business as Usual, Cargo, '81 - '85 / Business as Usual

35
1,440 992
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
ZZ Top Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

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36
1,532 1,026
INXS is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
INXS Kick, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts

37
1,527 952
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open

38
1,859 1,340
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Metallica Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica

39
1,594 583
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

40
1,557 1,440
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising

41
1,394 697
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Pat Benatar Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

42
1,970 1,746
Culture Club is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Culture Club Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Culture Club, Colour by Numbers

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43
1,321 1,133
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Talking Heads Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Fear of Music

44
1,419 908
Huey Lewis & the News is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Huey Lewis & the News Sports, Fore!, Picture This

45
1,293 767
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

46
1,291 653
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot

47
1,199 1,173
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

48
1,519 982
Heart is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Heart Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

49
909 734
Simple Minds is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Simple Minds Neon Lights, Don't You (Forget About Me), Glittering Prize 81/92

50
1,304 1,032
A-ha is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
A-ha Hunting High and Low, Minor Earth | Major Sky, Take On Me