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The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s 

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Updated March 18, 2020 576.7k votes 36k voters 1.8M views 502 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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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Genre: Synthpop, New Wave & Dance-pop; Nationality: United Kingdom
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Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Genre: Adult contemporary music, New Wave & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America
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Journey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Tom Petty and the Heartb... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Genre: Pop music, Dance-pop & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America
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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Genre: New Wave, Rock music & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America
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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Piano rock; Nationality: United Kingdom
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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Queen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Genre: New Wave, Rock music & Dance-rock; Nationality: United Kingdom
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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America
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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Pop music & Heartland rock; Nationality: Canada
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Heart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United Kingdom