Greatest Artists and Bands of the 80s
The Top Ten
He rocked the world for 45 years, he's my #1 artist in the world, MJ FOREVER - SmoothCriminal
For me, Michael Jackson is the greatest entertainment Ever! He should be the winner!
Now to be honest he's one of the greatest artists of all time and one of the top vocalist but isn't the top he is the top of the 80s and top 10 of the 90s but isn't the greatest of all time. He would be remembered as one of the greatest entertainers of all time but once agian isn't the best. Don't get me wrong I hated on how the media was spreading fake rumours about him, and when he died drugs "alone". But the very best artist would be The Beatles, and the top vocalist would be the lead singer of Queen Freddie Mercury, even Aretha Franklin has a better voice than MJ proving that even legends like him are overrated
MJ dominated the 1980s in everything lmao there was merchandise all over the streetsV 61 Comments
Well earned number 1. For the guy who sad a-ha only had 2 albums then he is wrong they had 9 full length studio albums. I don't have anything against Michael jackson but for me nothing beats a-ha. There is no song I would say 100% sure is my favorite. But I guess it would be one of these: train of thought, hunting high and low, take on me, scoundrel days, I've been loosing you, Manhattan skyline, the swing of things, stay on these roads, the living daylights, the blood that moved the body, move to Memphis, crying in the rain (even tough it is a cover) summer moved on, lifelines, forever not yours, holy-ground, birthright, foot of the mountain, the bandstand. OK I KNOW I LISTED ALMOST ALL OF THERE HITS BUT THAT SHOWS HOW MUCH I LIKE THEM
A-ha is a classic pop band; plus the singer has an amazing voice with an astonishing range, plus the other two are really good songwriters, and all of them know how to play their instruments.
a-ha is unforgetable and their music will still live on, the best band ever and live amazing, and a true pearl in todays music business, even after their farewall, will never forget the megastars from Norway.
The soundtrack of my life, you gaved me so much.
God bless you.
One of the greatest bands of all time. Unfortunately they are often written off as a boyband but they've written some truly amazing songs like "Manhattan Skyline", "I've been Losing You" and "Minor Earth, Major Sky". If you've only heard "Take on Me" go and check some of their other stuff out! They fully deserve their No.2 spot, should probably be at number 1 but I suppose their is no-one quite like Michael Jackson (who, by the way, loved A-ha and invited them to his Neverland ranch). And yes, they're better than Bon Jovi.V 108 Comments
Most amazing band of the 80's AND of all time! Music that continues to touch audiences through each decade since!
The best band of the eighties. Incredible live performances The powerful voice of Tony Hadley
Fantastic band, great lyrics and Tony Hadley has a superb voice. They're still fab to hear live.
New Romantic pioneers. AwesomeV 148 Comments
okay you have got to be kiddin me?!? Bon Jovi isnot number ONE? uh hello doesn't anyone have any sense? they have to be the most well-known and popular band ofthe 80s but there are many other good ones not on this list... wheres def leppard and journey, AC/DC... hello... AWESOME! - Asianavynuke
bon jovi is the greatest band of the 80's here some facts to back that up.Their 1986 album slippery when wet had two consecutive number #1 hits he first rock band to do that and their 1988 album new jersey had five top ten hits the only rock band ever to do that. and their still good today making numerous 23 years later
OH we're halfway there oh oh we're livin on a prayer! Take my hand and well make it I swear Oh oh we're livin on a prayer
Bon Jovi are the second best of 80'sV 11 Comments
I think guns n roses is the best rock band ever because they a class apart
They re-defined what rock n roll should be, when hair-metal rock started becoming a parody of itself.
guns n' roses have a very unique style and its very memorable - ronluna
Most of these bands either made it big in the 70s and weren't as great in the 80s or are just plain overrated. Guns N' Roses might have had the UYI albums in the 90s which were pretty great also (in fact UYI2 is probably my favorite album by them) but they were an 80s band through and through.V 8 Comments
Queen songs in the 80's were so good especially Under Pressure song as soon as you hear that bass riff you automatically feel very 80's and totally rad and Another one bites the Dust was their best song in the 80's especially how Freddie Mercury sing the song they said he sang the song so strong his throat was bleeding and now that's what you call artists and if you can make the crowd clap their hands during the verse when Freddie Mercury sings Radio Ga Ga and every time he says Radio Ga Ga the crowd claps their hands that's pure genius and very 80's.
Queen deserves this spot. They just never stopped making great songs (they have three greatest hits albums), not to mention they're practically a household name at this point.
But Under Pressure kills me. It's a great song, but for some reason it's the only reason most people know Queen. "Hammer to Fall" is much better.
Heart is WAY over-rated. Queen is by far the best. - ObsessedwFreddie
Love Bohemian Rhapsody, one of my favorites! Great Group!V 11 Comments
Hits "Like a Prayer", "Like a Virgin", "Material Girl", "Into the Groove", "Papa Don't Preach", "Live to Tell", "Holiday", "Express Yourself", "La Isla Bonita", "Crazy for You", "Who's That Girl", "Cherish", "Open Your Heart" and "Lucky Star"
"Oh Father", "Angel", "Spotlight" and "The Look of Love" are so underrated as well
Come on guys, She should be #1 or at least #2
Any list that doesn't have Madonna as the number one artist is suspect. She was dominant from the beginning of the decade to the end. Unlike Michael, she progressed as an artist, surprising us at every turn. For me, it's 1. Madonna. 2. Prince (think of all the songs he wrote for others like Sinead O'Connor, The Bangles and Sheena Easton), 3. Michael Jackson, 4. The Police.
No one makes music for the ages like her.She is the sound of the generations she has performed for and will be.
She sold the most albumsV 7 Comments
Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers fused sounds that took the music industry by storm. Even in the short time they were together they created classics.
They made great music and were on top for a bit. It really sucks that they broke up.
Police are awesome! best 80s band for certain.
Who doesn't love the Police! Great music!
Kill em' all,ride the lightning,master of puppets,...and justice for all.Some of the greatest metal records of all time.All the post 90s stuff is terrible except maybe Death Magnetic which is a great comeback album. - Chris-1
how is metllica not in the top ten?
some of the best metal songs ever came from metallica in the 80's...master of puppets,one,ride the lightning and orion just to name a few. - Rigney89
They're in a class by themselves well metal yeah of course, but we're talking' 80's - not so much 80's but they are loved.
How isn't metallica number 1V 2 Comments
Extremely talented and a personal favourite of mine. Bryan Adams manages to pull off some lively, rocky songs E.G. "She's only happy when she's dancing", "Summer of 69" and "Can't stop this thing we started" and he can pull off some very relaxed, slower songs such as "Star", "Heaven" and "Everything I do, I do it for you" so whatever mood I'm in, I can turn on some Bryan Adams and I won't be disappointed. With such a repartee of fine rock music and slow, romantic music. Bryan Adams has stuck out for me as the greatest musician of the 80s and of all time. Honorable mentions go to definitely Leppard, Whitesnake and Bon Jovi
Supertalented songwriter and musician! Besides superhits "Summer of '69", "Heaven", "Run to You", "It's Only Love" and "Somebody", Bryan Adams had some less popular but NO less powerful 80s singles:
"Christmas Time", "Heat of the Night", "Hearts on Fire", "One Night Love Affair", "Cuts Like a Knife", "Straight from the Heart", "I'm Ready", "Diana", "Victim of Love", "Only the Strong Survive", "Kids Wanna Rock"
Bryan Adams also contributed to the soundtrack to Don Juan DeMarco (1995). - playstationfan66
Best of the best BryanV 1 Comment
How is it that this man Prince, is admired and respected and acclaimed by musicians and songwriters all around the world, writes his own songs, plays every instrument, sings, produces, dances... For one man to have this much talent is obscene!
There are few musicians out there that can play instruments, sing, write music and entertain. Just the song 1999 was an anthem for all in the 80s and 90s every new year started with that song. THE ICON...
Prince should be closers to the top than some the other artists u have on here. How many states turn their building the artist color in honor of them like they did Prince. Still can't get no respect.
The greatest musician in the history of popular music! There will NEVER be another Prince! He should be at the top of the list!V 16 Comments
Heart was very underrated coming into a world dominated by male rockers where women were disco queens or dance artists. They blazed through the 70's 80's and 90's leaving some great songs and guitar riffs.V 2 Comments
These guys partied hard and knew how to rock and roll. Sex drugs and rock and roll is and was a lifestyle only few people can survive.
Motley Crue should be in the top five bands is the 80's. Their music and style was unique inspiring other bands to follow their steps.
Best rock band to survive the 80's. Could have been much bigger but they were their own worst enemies.
Appeared in the soundtrack to "It's a Boy Girl Thing" (2006). - playstationfan66V 2 Comments
Van Halen has to be one of the greatest bands of all time. Eddy rocked on the guitar, Alex was awesome, Diamond Dave was one of the most entertaining lead singers ever, and they didn't start as a boy band, put together by executives to make money. They just rocked it out.
The Mighty Van Halen is 34? No way. Vote up Van Halen! Guns N Roses had 1 album in the 80's. A-Ha had one hit, Van Halen changed rock and roll forever! - vlozon
The talentless pop artists in the top ten will never be better than van halen.
This has to be one of my very favorite bands. If you just listen to their songs, you will be blown away by the talent in this band! - Element119V 6 Comments
Amen to AC/DC being the best, they should be at least #2
Ac/dc is the best ever they should be first
What? Acdc is one of the best bands ever. Not to mention the 80's. These guys should be first with Rush second and Van Halen third.V 1 Comment
I do believe there were better artists in the 80s, but Aerosmith isn't getting enough credit, especially for hanging on when they flopped in the music industry, because they ended up making one of the hugest comebacks of the 20th century, topped only by Elvis. Most artists gave up when their music took a turn for the worse, and I respect Aerosmith because not only did they refuse to give up, they also made some of the most classic rock songs of the 20th century in doing so.
They ruled in the 70's but wait a minute! Aerosmith made a fantastic music in the 80's too. Don't you like hits "Janie's Got a Gun", "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)", "Angel", "Rag Doll", "Love in an Elevator", "Hangman Jury"? Come on, this band must be in the Top 10
Steven Tyler's daughter, Liv Tyler, appeared in Armageddon (1998). If it weren't for Aerosmith, The Polar Express (2004) is just another horrible Children's Christmas movie. - playstationfan66
Just awesomeV 5 Comments
Bruce Springsteen defined rock music of the 80's with albums like The River, Nebraska, Born In The U.S. A and Tunnel Of Love. Should definitely be in the top 10.
He's called "The Boss" for a reason. He released numerous hits in the 80s and was always on the radio because he was as much a part of the 80s as Prince or Madonna.
The first time I saw him in concert in Barcelona I was 14... now at 42 I never get tired of going to a concert of him whenever I can!
Best singer of all time plus he plays the harmonicaV 7 Comments
There are the best band in town band and their music ROCKS
How is definitely leppard not in the top 10? They're undisputedly my favorite band of all time, and they've had tons of hits. And yet, aha is second place, even though the only song they have that could even compare to any definitely leppard song is take on me!
Definitely Leppard is one of the greatest bands to rule the 80s. Everyone has heard of a lot of their songs. Pyromania was one of the greatest albums of that decade!
Just look at how many copies Pyromania and Hysteria sold
Love definitely Leppard especially, Photograph!V 1 Comment
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