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The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

List Rules
Only bands and musicians from the 1980s.

We're ranking the greatest and most prolific artists of music's most colorful decade, the 1980s, below, with the order decided by fans internationally. This list is based solely on the singers' and groups' work throughout that decade. Although many of these featured musicians released even better music post-1990, such as George Michael, RHCP, Sade, and Sting, or before 1979 (i.e. Queen and Billy Joel), we will acknowledge each artist's impact made during the '80s. Which rockstars wrote or performed the biggest 1980s hit singles? Who do you think were the greatest musical artists of the '80s? And which singing groups 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, and even to the birth of hip-hop, all genres are recognized below. Are you superfans of the King and Queen of Pop, Michael Jackson and Madonna? Or do you prefer '80s rock bands over the radio's Top 40 from that era? And which popular '80s duos would no '80s party music playlist be complete without?

Vote up all of your favorite famous 80's bands and artists who transformed the music scene from 1980 to 1989, and feel free to check out their popular songs and albums discography pages afterwards.

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