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The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

Updated March 18, 2020 547.7k votes 37.1k voters 1.9m views465 items

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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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    Journey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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    Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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    Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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    Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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    AC/DC 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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    George Michael is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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    Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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    Eagles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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    Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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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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    Elton John is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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    Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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    Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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    Genesis 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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    Heart 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
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    Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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    Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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    Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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    Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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    The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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    ABBA is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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    Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
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