Greatest Artists and Bands of the 80s

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1Michael JacksonMichael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson was a singer, songwriter, producer, choreographer, entertainer and humanitarian. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King ...read more.

He rocked the world for 45 years, he's my #1 artist in the world, MJ FOREVER - SmoothCriminal

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

For me, Michael Jackson is the greatest entertainment Ever! He should be the winner!

One of the greatest artists in music

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2A-ha

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.

Should be number 1.

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3Bon JoviBon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's ...read more.

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

Rocking awesome group! Love their tunes!

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4Guns 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 - ronluna

They're great and have produced iconic songs.

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5QueenQueen are a British rock group formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

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

These are the best

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6Madonna

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

No one makes music for the ages like her.She is the sound of the generations she has performed for and will be.

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.

Loved her song, Take a Bow. That was a great tune!

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7The PoliceThe Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For the majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland.

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!

8MetallicaMetallica is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981. The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist) Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar) Lars Ulrich (Drums) Ron McGovney (Bassist) The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

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 1

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9HeartHeart is an American rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide.

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.

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10Bryan 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

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

He is one of my all time favorites! Sings a great variety of music! 1

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11PrincePrince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7, 1958, and died on April 21st, 2016. he was a music legend from the 80s up until his death, best known for songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry".

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 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.

He sounds like a girl. - RiverClanRocks

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12Motley 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.

Best rock band to survive the 80's. Could have been much bigger but they were their own worst enemies.

13Ozzy OsbourneJohn Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath ...read more.

Appeared in the soundtrack to "It's a Boy Girl Thing" (2006). - playstationfan66

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14Van HalenVan Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

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.

A ha fever all world because they are gods music can't beat them - sureshsari0.ur

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15AC/DCAC/DC are an Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014. Commonly referred to as a hard rock or blues rock band, they are also considered pioneers of heavy metal.

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.

16AerosmithAerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

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

The best every DREAM ON Madonna

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17Bruce 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.

After the 60's (Beatles, Stones etc) Springsteen is the next biggest influence in rock music. In the 80's he should rank number 1

He along with Prince released four masterpieces during the eighties.

No. His voice is terrible. - RiverClanRocks

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18Iron MaidenIron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris.

There are the best band in town band and their music ROCKS

19Def LeppardDef Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

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!

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20K.S. Chithra

Yes, Chithra is great artist from 80's - bradman

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

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