Greatest Artists and Bands of the 80s

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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.
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 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.
[Newest]I'm 11 and love the 80's totally cool
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2Michael Jackson
He rocked the world for 45 years, he's my #1 artist in the world, MJ FOREVER


For me, Michael Jackson is the greatest entertainment Ever! He should be the winner!
What is MJ in second? I haven't even heard of A-Ha. Michael Jackson is one of the best singers of all time, let alone just the 80's. MJ is amazing and we need to get him up to #1!
[Newest]He's Like The Best! EVER! A Genius of our time.

3Bon Jovi
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!


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
[Newest]I was born in 1996 and Bon Jovi is still my favorite band.

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.


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.


Hahahhaha pop posers higher than Metallica that made me laugh the only respectable band I see higher than Metallica is heart but during the 80s these guys practicaly created the best metal subgenre so pretty much they deserve number 1

5Guns N' Roses
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


[Newest]I LOVE THEM one of they're songs were for my brothers graduation

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.

No one makes music for the ages like her.She is the sound of the generations she has performed for and will be.
Madonna defined the 80s
The 80s without Madonna would have been like a hamburger without the meat!
[Newest]Come on! She's the queen! Should be number 1

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.
Heart is WAY over-rated. Queen is by far the best.


Why is this not at the top?!


[Newest]Queen? Wheres the king

9Ozzy Osbourne
He is rem #sexbomb

10Iron Maiden

The Contenders

The 80's really were up for grabs amongst everyone. I will however give my vote to Aerosmith for the longevity of how much love we can have for their music.
Aerosmith owes nothing to Run DMC. Anyone who thinks that is too young to realize who Aerosmith was. They owe Aerosmith!
O my god please aerosmith he's someone that have an amazing voice I love him GREAT
[Newest]The best every DREAM ON Madonna

12Bryan Adams
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

13The Police

Prince is a legend he brought music together he had his own original sound. He brought in the flavor of the 80's with his own twist. He could rock like ACDC, soul like James Brown, dance like Michael Jackson, yet he could grab your attention with his incredible style.
One of the best

15K.S. Chithra
Yes, Chithra is great artist from 80's


In 80's Chithra is New face. But she capture the music world in a single song


16The Clash

17Whitney Houston
The most beautiful and amazing woman to live on this planet!
She is the business. The best voice ever
Queen of the eighties if not pop!
[Newest]Queen of pop and 80s

18Motley Crue
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.


20Billy Joel

21Bruce Springsteen
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 should at least be in the top 1 honestly him being at 57 has got to be a crime
Born in the U.S. A album was great

U2 made the biggest impact in the 80's and still going strong. You know this list is a joke when Bono isn't ranked higher then Heart. He is one of the greatest song writers of all time.
U2 deserve number 1. Forget Michael Jackson, his contribution to music was nothing compared to U2's.


Presence and passion. This is not even close! Time magazines band
Of the decade.

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.

24Van Halen
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!


The talentless pop artists in the top ten will never be better than van halen.

25X Japan
X Japan has the ultimate fusion about rock n roll and all kind of good genres of music. X Japan takes rock n roll and makes it to a higher level. Every song of X Japan is a unique piece of fine art. Every musician in X Japan is a real artist who has his unique style and gives the interpretation one unique emotion. The legacy of X Japan is the greatest of all world. Every single fan of X Japan knows and understand the greatness of the band. Anyone who likes real music, anyone who loves classical music understand the importance of this band. Yoshiki the leader of the band is a classical trained musician and one of the greatests composers of this time. X Japan has influenced the entire world more than anyone could imagine. Let the love of X Japan be knowed.
HIDE was at his peak at the time, of course X Japan would be the best band of the 80s! Also the chemistry between the members is really strong and you as a listener get to share the same vibe with them no matter what.
X Japan's the best Japanese visual kei rock. Yoshiki's smart artist who can play a piano and a drum with together that's new change. Toshi's the best vocalist who can sing best many songs that's great.

26Duran Duran
How are these guys not higher? Best band in the 80's, cracked America and were the One Direction of the day, but much better. Hungry Like the Wolf, The Reflex, Rio, Is There Something I Should Know, Save a Prayer, Wild Boys, View to a Kill, Girls on Film, Ordinary World, Notorious, Planet Earth, etc, etc. All classics! DD forever guys
Great band. Most underrated musicians due to style and looks. I've seen them live 7 times and they're still going strong. How many of these bands can say that?
Duran Duran pretty much created New Wave. The original 5 members had the perfect amount of Punk and Disco to create the perfect sound. Andy is one of the greatest guitarists.
[Newest]Duran Duran IS the BEST band and will be the BEST band ever be.


With hits such as "Don't Stop Believing," "Open Arms", "Lights" etc. how is Journey not on the list? I am guessing that every single person in the civilized world knows at least one song. Their songs have stood the test of time, and "Don't Stop Believing" has become super popular again. They are one the most distinguished bands of the 80s, and are capable of such diverse sounds. They deserve a place on the list, if only for the insane range and beauty of their lead singer's voice. Steve Perry tips the balance, making this good band incredible.
Bryan Adams, Whitney Houston, Belinda Carlisle, Depeche Mode ahead of Journey and Queen. I don't think so, take a look at the body of work.
Best band of the 80's I'm my opinion. They have great music and vocals.

29Belinda Carlisle


31Huey Lewis & the News

32The Smiths
Love alseep and this charming man. Glad they made the list.

33Depeche Mode
In my opinion they are the best electronic pop group ever, and should be in the top 5 at least of this line up.
Only 45? They should be in top 3!
One of the most original and powerful atmospher in all songs

No doubt, THE BEST musicians one band has ever had


seriously, how can rush not be in this list... it should be, at least, in the top ten
Technically immortal. Progressive genious. Talent infinite.


[Newest]The ultimate old rock band



Best party rock if your in your teens and 40s

37The Cure
The cure are so versatile and great songwriters, even today they are still current. One of the top bands ever 👍

38Thin Lizzy


40Def Leppard
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

41Kate Bush
I'm flabbergasted that she hasn't been put into consideration. Her perfect blend of theatre and pop music should at least be in the top 20!





46Judas Priest

47Led Zeppelin

48New Order
New Order are an incredible group; how the hell did they get left out until I added it?! When you think, hm... 80s... 80s... ; do songs like "Blue Monday", "Temptation" or "Crystal" appear in your mind?! They damn well should! So listen to them now!

49Skid Row


Kiss... I honestly believe, one of the BEST Bands of the 80s... Even now, it's quite amazing! Think about it... Michael Jackson, may be good... But Kiss? Kiss... Is.. Out... STANDING! Haha... Take that MJ! Go Kiss!
KISS came out with heaps and heaps of hits I was made for loving you, god gave rock and roll to you, dr love and so much more. They rocked america in the 70s and 80s and they are legendary group of players Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Plus there funny and created a ad for dr pepper and are a amazing band


52Kenny Loggins

53David Bowie
A music god, probably the most influential artist of the 20th century.

54Public Enemy
It takes a nation of millions to hold us back.One of the greatest and most influential hip-hop albums of all time and is the most influential political hip-hop album of all time.Fear of a black planet is a classic as well.Fight the power is on fear of a black planet and fight the power is the greatest hip-hop song of all time.

55Phil Collins

56Gladys Knight


58Scandal featuring Patty Smyth

59Bob Dylan
Pushed his way through the sugary sweet decade with his great lyrics and socially conscious mind.



62Red Hot Chili Peppers

63Fleetwood Mac
Wonderful melody also v good composition, I cannot forget thear melody... Paltu!
Albatross is nr 1


65John Lennon
John Lennon is amazing


67Al Green

68Luna Sea

69The Moody Blues

70The Human League


72Marvin Gaye

73Eric B and Rakim

74Stevie Nicks

75Johnny Cash

76Michael McDonald

77Quiet Riot

78Sonic Youth

79Talking Heads

80Status Quo

81Spandau Ballet
Ivy League wuss boys

82Rolling Stones
One of the greatest

83Willie Nelson

84Waylon Jennings


86John Mellencamp

87Sparky D

88The O'Jays

89Joan Jett and the Blackhearts




93Dora Carofiglio

94Twisted Sister

95Michael Learns to Rock
This band has created songs that brought back sweet memories to many people in the world, especially Asia. Vote for this band!

"The band's best known song is of cours Africa"
"Best song of Toto with bass riff is Hold The Line"
"Best known songs by Toto: Africa, Hold The Line, Rosanna, Pamela, I'll be over you, Can't Stop Loving You etc."

97Stevie Ray Vaughan

98Big Daddy Kane

99Kool Moe Dee

100Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam

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