Greatest Artists and Bands of the 80s

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41EuropeEurope is a Swedish rock band formed in Upplands Väsby, Stockholm in 1979 under the name Force by vocalist Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum, bassist Peter Olsson and drummer Tony Reno.
42Billy Joel

Not just a perfect songwriter, Billy was a fantastic vocalist. He could easily outshine Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Prince in the "vocal" category.

Some of his brilliant 80s music: "Tell Her About It", "You May Be Right", "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me", "Uptown Girl", "An Innocent Man", "We Didn't Start the Fire", "A Matter of Trust", "Pressure", "The Longest Time", "Allentown"...

Billy Joel is one of the most talented song writters ever in my opinion, every one of his songs tells a story.

43George MichaelGeorgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, known professionally by his stage name George Michael, is an English singer, songwriter, and record producer.

Yes, he is one of the greatest artists from the 80s and 90s.

Singles: "Careless Whisper", "Faith", "Father Figure", "One More Try", "Monkey", "A Different Corner", "Kissing a Fool", "I Want Your Sex"

His voice has power and range wham! Was one of the biggest bands in the 80s

Should be way higher...Listen to One More Try, it is so powerful.

The greatest singer of all time!

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44Thin LizzyThin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Their leader Phil Lynott was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy's most successful songs, "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" more.
45PoisonPoison is an American hair/glam metal band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.
46Run DMC

Greatest Canadian band ever and where's David Bowie on the list both should make top 15

seriously, how can rush not be in this list... it should be, at least, in the top ten

No doubt, THE BEST musicians one band has ever had - UFasten8Me

Love Tom Sawyer!

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48Phil CollinsPhilip David Charles "Phil" Collins is an English singer-songwriter and musician, who has also worked as a record producer and actor.

Love his work by himself and with Genesis! I love ALL Genesis, including the older stuff with Peter Gabriel and later on with Phil Collins. Phil Collins is great!

Did each song in Tarzan (1999), Brother Bear (2003) and Disney's The Legend of Tarzan. - playstationfan66

Love Phil Collins! He keeps on going and is as great as ever!

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50Rolling Stones

My stones roll for these guys!

One of the greatest

51The SmithsThe Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.V3 Comments
52SlayerSlayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King.V1 Comment
53ForeignerForeigner is a British-American hard rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musician Mick Jones and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm.

The best band of the 80's! Lou Gramm's voice is amazing! Look at all their hits!

Can't believe no one has mentioned them so far?

54Mariah CareyMariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. She won 5 Grammys, got her documentary movie "Glitter" and also one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry. more.
55Belinda Carlisle

Hit "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" became one of the greatest and most memorable songs of the 80's. Belinda had a very nice voice.
Other geeat songs from that era - "Circle in the Sand", "Leave a Light On", "La Luna", "I Get Weak", "Mad About You", "Summer Rain"

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56Depeche ModeDepeche Mode are an English electronic and synth-pop band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke.

The most unappreciated bands in Britain, one of the best live bands you'll ever see.

In my opinion they are the best electronic pop group ever, and should be in the top 5 at least of this line up.

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57Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Red Hot Chili Peppers is a Californian funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. more.


They are with Warner Bros. Records since 1991. - playstationfan66

The most brilliant group in history

58Kate 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!

Seriously talented artist great voice

She along with Peter Gabriel and few other british artists really introduced 80s characteristic sound and production (smaplers and synthetisers) that we so much love now.

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60Judas PriestJudas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date.
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