Greatest Bands from the '80s


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The Top Ten

Duran Duran
Let's vote because all we need is DD in the first place in this competition. Share on your page and spread the word! #DDNUMBER1
There is a contest running about the best 10 bands of the 80s. Which one I have voted on the first place? :-)
Easy to guess! :-) Duran Duran!
What is needed to be said? They were the best in the 80's and still are up to this day! Fantastic music!
[Newest]They're pretty fab to be honest
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Great to see a list without Heart on it! Great band!


With classic and timeless songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are the Champions, We Will Rock You, and Another One Bites the Dust, Astounding live performances, (Their Performance at Live Aid was seen by approximately 2 billion people) coupled with their influence on later bands and singers, (Lady Gaga took her name from the Queen song Radio Gaga) Queen is simply unbeatable and in my opinion is the greatest band to ever exist.
Queen is a 70's band. Their best work is from the 70's. So being put up this high in a 80's topic is rather generous. Other than Another One Bites The Dust and some live shows. They did nothing in the 80's to be this high.
queen rock no question about it


[Newest]Its all about queen and foreigner and my fave JOURNEY
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3Bon Jovi
Best band ever! I grew up on these guys, and I wasn't even born in the 80s! I know good music when I hear it, and they definitely create good music! I still listen to them, my favorite song of theirs is 'Living on a Prayer'
They are just Awesome so don't forget to listen to them 'cause they ROCK! I listen to them along with Van Halen all the time! Definitely THE BEST EVER! I can't believe they came 7th 7th!?!? Come on!
Their music does not only touch people's ears, but also their hearts. They have everything needed to be the best band from the 80s, and are still together as a band and the original members are there unlike most of the bands. People these days still listen to Bon Jovi, and go to their concerts and sing their hearts out with them. They are the very best.
[Newest]Bon jovi is number 1
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4Guns N Roses
One of the bands who ruled the world


Duran Duran? Really? Guns N' Roses Rocked the world. Up until Axl had his mental breakdown (s). However, they were a ten times greater band in their prime than Duran Duran. Guns N' Roses was SO talented not only did they make THEIR songs great, they made OTHER bands song even GREATER; Sympathy for the devil, Knockin' on heavens door, Altitude, Black leather, the list goes on and on. I mean if a band can make the Stones, Bob Dylan, the Misfits, and the Sex pistols sound better than they originally were, that's extreme talent. Just listen to the album "The spaghetti incident? " and you'll see. So in summary: Guns n' Roses has more talent in any one member (Axl, Slash, Tracy, Steven) than Duran Duran could ever imagine to have.
Guns N' Roses was a joke. How they are this high just shows the lack of intelligent life we have on this planet. A so called bad ass band has a keyboardist? These guys are as real as Dr. Dre. Now if you can understand. That this is about what these bands did in the 80's You will come to grips that the rage post holds no substance. Guns N' Roses produced 1 album that you can hang your hat on in the 80's. The rest of your ramble consist of songs from the 90's. When they had to start doing cover songs from greater bands.
Why is duran duran ont the top Guns N' Roses change my life and duran made take a nap this band is iconic and duran duran is used in lame shows like glle
[Newest]Really Duran Duran?!? Look up top 100 songs of the 80s, didn't see any by them!

Some albums that are produced, you like one song here and there. U2 reminds me of Journey. Every song on the album is great... So there is no skipping, you just let it play on through from start to finish..
U2 is in a class of their own. No timeframe, no competition, their only competition is their ability to reinvent themselves, and their own imagination. The music keep getting better. Their respect for fans is unparalleled and their worldwide efforts unmatched.
It's bono... How could this not be the greatest 80s band? Let alone the greatest band of all time!
[Newest]Best band in the world...

Metallica of the 80's was a great band. If not the greatest band of that era. The 4 albums during that era are elite from start to finish. They had some of the best musicians that have ever graced this earth. Burton and Mustaine prior to they're leave. Drove this band into greatness. Burton had much more influence than Dave, but his impact is not overlooked by me. Sadly when the real artist disappeared so did the great music. Chump fans never were around until Metallica went soft in the 90's with the commercially accepted music that they started spewing.
Metallica Has had multiple great songs and albums such as Fade to Black, Master of Puppets, and One to name some of my favorite. When I typed greatest bands from the 80's I thought that Metallica would be in the top 3. But it's 5? And AC/DC at 7th? What the hell
Metallica is the single most amazing band of all time specially with the album master of puppets that rocked the whole world plus the black album metallica for ever m/

Journey is a classic... They were great back then and I still love their music! Timeless classic if you ask me
My favorite band of the 80's - Classic songs and Steve Perry's voice! !
In my humble opinion, Journey is the best band of all time, and Steve Perry's voice is the best voice I have ever heard. They have written so many classics, beautiful love songs such as Patiently and Sweet And Simple, and rock songs such as Mother Father, Line Of Fire and Edge Of The Blade. The vocals are always incredible impressive, and unlike most rock singers, Perry can sing in a rock style while still making the music beautiful. This is something I enjoy immensely, since the point of music is beauty.
[Newest]I have to admit in retrospect that the music these guys made was exceptional; timeless - unlike some of the competition. I can't think of anyone with a voice to beat Steve Perry.

TAKE ON ME IS NOT tHEIR BEST SONG by any meaning,90% OF THEIR MUSIC IS FULL OF DARK AND/ OR MELANCHOLY, WHILE TAKE ON ME IS AMONG THE COMMERCIAL 10%(THAT STUPID SONG doesn't REALLY SHOW THE GREATNESS OF A-HA'S LEGACY), and those ignorants saying that they have only one song, you can't be more ridiculous and ignorant, so do yourself a favour and go to check their 9 albums! They sure are one of the best bands ever(not only in the 80s)if not the best, because apart of their unique sound, also every song sounds different, and they have a plus that any other band has, morten's voice.. That is really the best voice I've ever heard. They haven't only made "perfect pop songs" but also "perfect rock songs", as they've always changed their style while time pass. And their songs have more complexity than what you can find in many others bands, so stop believing in the "gods of music" that magazines like The rolling stones loves to invent, overrating some artist, and underrated some others like a-ha, wich for that magazine is a one hit wonder, so that shows how much they know about music.. Here are some examples of their fantastic songs(but the list is endless):scoundrel days, mother nature goes to heaven, rolling thunder, cosy prisons, summer moved on, out of blue comes green, hunting high and low, the sun always shines on T.V. , I've been losing you, the bandstand, lifelines, you wanted more, minor earth major sky, how sweet it was, locust, foot of the mountain, manhattan skyline, did anyone approach you, shadowside, etc
Your opinion is not a fact. The world doesn't revolve around you. -_-


This band is number one because of songs like Hunting High And Low, Scoundrel Days, East Of The Sun West Of The Moon, Stay On These Roads, I call your name, Sycamore Leaves, There's never a forever thing... The list is long because every a-ha Song is unique, Morten is one of the best voice on earth, Pal is one of the best Songwriters of all time and all three Band Members are real musicians. They have many so called "Perfect Pop Songs" in every Album. Just hear Hunting High And Low and you know what I mean. There is no one in the music scene who could sing this song in the way Morten can do. A-ha is the most underrated Band of all times because of their good looks and lack of scandals. If someone asks "how a-ha could be number one", then he/she should go and hear some more songs of them, Take On Me was not their only song (and it was one of their weakest songs and nevertheless brilliant).
Take on me was their best song, Some of you just say it isn't because you feel it was their most successful song and that to wasn't good enough, and I agree. a-ha was THE most underrated band of all time, but you can't blame that on the song that brought them to fame. Don't get me wrong I have heard about 95% of all their songs and I like all of them, Their best ones are Sun always shines on T. V, Stay on these roads, Cry Wolf, Scoundrel days, Butterfly Butterfly, Take on me, Foot of the mountain, October, Living Daylights, Train of thought, Hunting High and Low, Manhattan Skyline, I've been Losing You, Lifelines, Touchy, You are the one and so on. Notice that I didn't put Take on me first or last on the list because I don't like it when that happens because it makes it seem like the other songs don't matter. So yes a-ha was sadly underrated but no it's not take on me's fault.
[Newest]Their music is just simply BRILLIANT!
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9Van Halen
How in god's name is Van Halen not in the top 3? There is no way that any of A-Ha's songs, no matter how inspiring, can top the raw force and sound of songs of Van Halen like Panama, Jump, Hot For Teacher, and so, so, so, many other greats! The combination of Eddie Van Halen's guitar, Alex Van Halen's and Michael Anthony's low and thudding drum beats and bass chords topped of with David Lee Roth's loud, energetic, excited, and forceful singing style absolutely kills every single song! Van Halen are a force and sensation of nature that is not to be reckoned with!
Agreed. There were a lot of different and interesting things going on with rock in the 80's (The Police, U2, etc. ) but Van Halen was to 80s metal what Nirvana was to Grunge--except Van Helen was even more influential. The entire decade, MTV--everything would have different if there were no Van Halen. They set a template that was emulated for most of a decade and a half. Even today, there plenty of young guitar players finding inspiration from Eddie Van Halen and he is still considered a highly sought after endorser of music gear.
Eddie van halen is my favorite and one of the top ten greatest guitarist. Van Halen put out albums all throughout the 80s and sold out stadiums (and still do). Guns n roses were good too. Metallica's best albums were from the 80s but they weren't really popular until the 90s. A-ha seems to be more popular now looking back.
Van Halen is a top 3 band without question. Chart topping albums, sold out concerts, best guitarist ever, two great eras with two great front men and not to mention Michael Anthony's backing vocals. I like the 80's one hit wonders but there is absolutely no way they should be ahead of the great Van Halen. One Hit wonder bands shouldn't be on the list because they don't have the long standing history of bands like Van Halen.
[Newest]Van Halen is absolutely fantastic, great fun loving band, but not in the top 5 because without David lee Roth they were not as good, but now that he is back they will rise again. By the way Sammy Hagar is terrible.

10Tears for Fears
Tears for Fears should be on top... They want to rule the world :D
Tears for Fears are perhaps the greatest british import band in the known universe. Curt and Roland work hard to make sure that their fans are kept happy.
Last time they were in Manila (Aug 10 and 11), we were visited by a big typhoon which devastated the land. A lot of lives were lost, and property to damage was high. TFF then donated all the proceeds of their shirts and merchandise from their 2 day concert here to red cross to help the people out.
It just goes to prove that TFF is not only a band that performs for their fans, but cares for them as well ^_^
[Newest]"Cheers for Beers" could possibly make the top 1000 list but it's still a little iffy
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The Contenders

acdc were briliant in the 80s especialy with back in black which went on to become the fourth most bought album in the u. s.


This world has no taste in music, I swear. The 80s weren't really the best years for ac dc other than back in balck it was more of the late 70s early to mid 90s were there year but ether way the #1 is a band I never even heard of, my generation sucks.
How is Duran Duran better than the raw power and energy that is post Bon Scott AC/DC? Case and point: For Those about to Rock or Thunderstruck vs Hungry Like the Wolf. The cannons of AC/DC blow the wolf to bits!
[Newest]You hear AC/DC on the radio before you will hear Duran Duran.. Duran duran only got to the top due to their music videos... the music was crap!

12The Police
Every breath you take gives me chills... I know its actually not a love song and is full of hate... but its just amazing, perhaps even more for portraying such contempt so beautifully. Love the breathy vocals and nice bass line!
The whole band were special as musicians, but Sting was truly gifted as a songwriter and arranger! He had to emerge from the Police as a solo artist because of this incredible talent... All of their albums were great, but Ghosts and Synchronicity were two of finest records EVER released!
Quality of songwriting matched with excellent playing by all... I saw them live at the Cow Palace and despite the terrible acoustics... They were stellar.
[Newest]I like them because most of the songs have a LOT of hidden meaning.

13Motley Crue
Motley Crue is absolutely the best back in the 80's. From the punk early 80's with Too Fast for Love (which they originally produced themselves)thru Shout at the Devil. On to more commercial Theatre of Pain and sinfully Girls, Girls Girls till Dr. Feelgood. They kicked ASS and maintained their debauchery with booze, drugs, women and have the tattoos to prove it!
Motley is the best representation of that "Glam Metal" Era in which many bands like Poison formed part of it, but Motley In my opinion takes the prize, mainly because it has the best drummer (Tommy Lee), a great guitar player that plays with powerful harmonics (Mick Mars), the best bass player (Nikki Six) and an awesome lead voice (Vince Neil).
Can't believe it ain't way up there kinda sad! But it's still my favorite band.. I'm a fourteen year old girl who loves old rock music..
[Newest]Motley Crue is the bomb!

14Iron Maiden
For me iron maiden is number one. People think iron maiden are heavy and hardcore but they wrong from all metal bands that ever existed in this planet iron maiden is the most melodic with a lot guitar harmonys and of course operatic vocals from Bruce Dickinson (he and Geoff Tate from queensryche are very underrated vocalist) except iron maiden I like bands like Bon jovi, van halen, definitely Leppard, dio ozzy black sabbath, Aerosmith, judas priest, motley Crüe, scorpions, survivor, led zeppelin, deep purple, ac/dc, pink Floyd, Foreigner, Phil Collins genesis, kiss, a-ha, Michael Jackson(only 80s), Guns n roses, Jimi Hendrix, queensryche, prince, Journey, Queen, REO speedwagon, Rod Stewart, Saxon, dire straits, Skid row, sting the police, Toto and more...
I see no good reason why Iron Maiden is not in the top ten. I could see how some would view this group as "too heavy" for their liking, but (unlike most metal bands then and now) you can actually understand Bruce Dickinson. He is a very high quality vocalist. The guitarists (Adrian Smith and Dave Murray) are also high quality and properly complement Dickinson's vocals to make a heavy, yet pure and complete sound. Just listen to "Run to the Hills" "The Trooper" or "Number of the Beast" and you will find my words do not do it justice.
Come on guys?! This is one of the best bands of all times. I don't know why they are not in top 10?! They are Awesome!
[Newest]Best band of all time. Simple as.

15The Cure
By FAR the greatest band of the 80's. Robert Smith is an absolute legend.
This band is the best and will remain the best no vote can tell me other wise, the cure is a band of heart and they play their music with their souls, no one can out beat them, they are the best of the best and nor this website or anyone else can tell me other wise
The Cure don't sound like they belong in any decade. Their music is unique and timeless and constantly altetnative from what is happening in the music scene and for this reason its hard to describe them as an 80's band, they just happened to be the best band that existed in the 80's. Robert Smith has more genius in his crows nest bonnet than any of his so-called contemporaries.

Brilliant... It took some time for Michael Stipe to find his confidence as a vocalist and a lyricist (although he was always "good"), but when he did no one could touch this band. Again, they were TRUTH TELLERS both musically and lyrically... Stipe exposed the Matrix as a prison and revealed our own power from within! Just an incredible band, one of the finest ever!
Lists are crap, sure, but REM was certainly one of the most important bands from the eighties. This list seems to have been voted on by fans of hair metal and the most mainstream of the new-wave. Of course saying this band was better than that band or this group was more important than that group is a fool's errand, but it is fun.
I have heard every REM album, from chronic town to Collapse Into now, almost every song, from Wolves, Lower, to Oh My Heart. Every song is different, but they all are great (besides Lightning Hopkins. ) they are one of my favorite bands, easily in my top three. In fact, my top three from best to worst is U2, REM, and The Police. Anyway, great band, great songs.

Looking back now and seeing such similarities that Michael Hutchence had in common with Jim Morrison and how also the keyboard player also wrote most the melody. Musically both really far apart from each other. You have to recognize that they made a impact and for the time when the 80's Alternative wave of music from overseas to the United States. I have to put them at number 3 behind U2 and Duran Duran!
I'm absolutely stunned that INXS didn't even crack the top 5. They were a phenomenon is there own way. Creating a 'new wave' sound that worked to impress people is an incredible feat. Michael being the superstar that he was teaming up with Andrew to create incredible songs. One of the greatest and most underestimated bands the world has ever seen. My top band.
It is absolutely ridiculous that this band is listed at 28 on this list. Was the person who made this list alive and a teenager in the 80s? If not, that explains it. If so, I'm not sure what rock they were living under. It didn't get much bigger than INXS during their "Kick" phase. And Michael Hutchence... Go back and watch his performances. One of the best front men of all time then and always. Any list that doesn't have them AT LEAST in the top ten is a joke...

18Dire Straits
The absolutely gifted Mark Knopfler was not only one of the finest guitar players ever, but one of the best songwriters music has ever witnessed! Their first album, Making Movies, Love Over Gold and Brothers In Arms represent four of the finest albums ever recorded! Absolutely brilliant band... Love Over Gold is the pathway to our own personal FREEDOM! Go back and re-read the lyrics to this song!
Dire Straits is a band who's music is timeless! Every one of there songs can be appropriately played anytime from the 80's (BEST ERA EVER) through the 90's, and on through modern musical times. And it will never get old. In the 2080's it will still be some of the coolest music ever! I just wish I could be around for the 2080's
Definitely the best of a all, why isn't this number one? Vote Dire Straits!
[Newest]My favourite Group ever

19Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
What can you say about BRUCE? While Born to Run and Darkness were two of the finest records ever released, he has continued to come close through EVERY DECADE since... The River was breathtaking, as were The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, Nebraska and Magic! One of the finest songwriters ever, and such a great band to play with!
Wow just wow 4 albums in the 80's including Born in the USA and perhaps one of America's best singer/songwriters ever not on this list? Unreal.
He stinks! Can't sing! Struggles! Screeches! 😵 😖. But as usual, there are always people out there that like no matter what.

20The Smiths
I can completely understand anyone who says they don't like The Smiths; they're a hard band to like. But those who do like them will understand just how good a band they were, and how extensive their catalogue of music is, despite only being around 5 years and only releasing 4 studio albums. Plus there's their cult following that keeps on growing.
All of their songs had an indescribable, brilliant quality, their albums were structured near enough perfectly, and the music itself is fantastic. Morrissey's witty and powerful lyrics put him up there as one of the best lyricists of all time. Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke produced some of the best pop and bass riffs ever (seriously, listen to This Charming Man or How Soon Is Now? For examples), while Mike Joyce essentially laid the foundations for every alt-rock drum beat since the late 80's.
I can't think of any other band the had such a mix of styles or range of music that has ever existed. The Smiths aren't just the best band of the Eighties, they're one of the best bands of all time.
I may not know much about the 80's era, considering that I wasn't even alive at the time, but I do know that the songs of The Smiths are of great quality simply because of their awesome melodies and addicting metaphors in their lyrics. It's a whole different world when you're listening to their songs and when you're reading their lyrics. You just never get tired of them.
The Smiths are an amazing band. I understand that they're not in the top ten because they're only popular in the UK but A-Ha sure as hell do not deserve to be number 1! Morrissey's lyrics are so meaningful. Johnny Marr's guitar playing skills are always underlooked (like most indie guitarists). Peace and love.
[Newest]Nice to see them in the top 20. Criminally underrated.

21Depeche Mode
No one had even dared to have a concert at the Rose Bowl. The promoters warned the band that they wouldn't fill the stadium and it would be a negative mark against them. They went forward with the decision to have a concert there. The concert sold out in hours and they were the first group since the Beatles to sell out the stadium! This group deserves to be in the top 5 of the 80's along with U2 and The Pet Shop Boys. They weren't just a group with a successful album; they had album after album that were huge! They were the kings of "alternative" or "new wave" music during the 80's and into the 90's.
Depeche Mode is the greatest 80s/90s band of all time with their 48 singles and brilliant minds. Most of their songs are gold, and people just don't get that. I don't think that they are underrated but they are better than a lot of other bands on the website, up there with Duran Duran, Journey, Queen, AC/DC, Metallica, Bon Jovi, and others. Definitiely better than the Beatles, who were only popular because of their unusual way of doing things.
An amazing, underrated band with brilliant songs
[Newest]Bon Jovi, A-ha, Poison, REM, The Scorpions, Dire Straits, Motley Crue are 2 to 3 hit wonders. Where are they now, anyways? Depeche Mode a superior group to all of them. They should be up there with The Police and Queen.

22The Scorpions
I love love love this band so much. To me, they are my #1 favarorite band. I have been listening to the Scorpions for many years. They have several good/excellent songs. Each individual band member is very talented. Klaus, the singer, has the most beautiful voice in the world. Some of my favorites: The Zoo, The rhythm of Love, No One Like You, Lady Starlight, Always Somewhere, Wind of Change, Still Loving You, I Can't Explain, Rock You Like A Hurricane. From your #1 fan
the scorpions are amazing! they should undoubtedly be in the top 10! and A-ha is crap! who in their right mind would vote for A-ha?!
The greatest band who had lots of unbeatable hits! Fabulous outrageous thrill! The most energetic in stage performance!
[Newest]I've never heard of this band until now, but their actually pretty good! "

I'm extremely confused, I thought A ha were 1 hit wonders :/, well Aerosmith deserves to be *1 not A ha, because steven's voice can reach levels like no one else's
Aerosmith is best, should be number 1. Love in an Elevator is one of the best songs I have ever heard, A ha should not even be on this list
Aerosmith should be at LEAST the top 10! Steven has one of the greatest voices in rock ever, some believe he's the greatest frontman ever. And Joe Perry is ranked 84th on the worlds greatest guitarists ever! And Joey Kramer not only uses sticks to play the drums, but also has been known to use his arms and legs, and sometimes head! Aerosmith is the greatest thing to ever come out of Boston.
[Newest]Best American Band Ever!

24Hall & Oates
Brilliant songwriters and along with Todd Rundgren, the best representation of the Philly sound! Their songs were perfect R&B tracks, even if they were "white"...
So many great songs by Hall & Oates! Why aren't they in the top 10 at least? Sara Smile, Rich Girl, You Make MY Dreams Come True, and Maneater! All great songs!

25Red Hot Chili Peppers
Brilliant live an amazing sound and quality
RHCP have rocked the world since their inception in 1984. Give It Away.
Favorite band ever, never greeted bring to listen to.

I consider Heart to be mostly a 70's group, but since it was on the list, I voted for it. There music is still played all the time on classic rock stations: Magic Man, Barracuda, Crazy On You, Heartless and more.
Heart has to be the official 80's anthem band! Although I do agree that they are mainly a 70's band, they have had much success that has carried over into the 80's. Heart represents that hard rock 80's sound. When looking for that perfect 80's song to listen to while driving down the road on a Saturday afternoon, I always think of Heart. They always take me back!
Very underrated great band, with very talented musicians

Nirvana is one of my favorite bands. But they didn't take place in the 80s...
Nirvana's First Album was released in 1989 Titled Bleach
Better than 29th place
[Newest]Not an 80's band people

28Prince & The Revolution
IF this is considered a "Band" then yes, by far the best (although it feels more "solo")


Prince and the revolution put on a great concert and Prince himself is the greatest entertainer in music.
He (they) released an album almost EVERY YEAR in the 80's... that alone is astounding


One of the most talented artist of all time

29Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys have sold 50 million records worldwide, and are listed as the most successful duo in UK music history by The Guinness Book of Records. Three-time Brit Award winners and six-time Grammy nominees, since 1985 they have achieved 42 Top 30 singles and 22 Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart, including four number ones: "West End Girls", "It's a Sin", "Always on My Mind" and "Heart".
Fantastic music! Full of melancholy and passion
These guys are the best

In my opinion Foreigner is one of the best of the 80s and should be in the top ten
Should be in the top ten. They still sound great.
Great band needs to move up the list. Lots of heart in all the songs thy did
[Newest]He has a very good voice

31Talking Heads
One of the bravest, most original bands ever! From their first album, this band only released great records! David Byrne is one of the finest songwriters ever, and the band fed off of one another very well! Buildings, Fear of Music, Remain in Light, Speaking in Tongues and Little Creatures represent some of the finest albums ever released! Now we just need David to "lighten up" start LOVING exclusively, and agree to reunite so that this incredible band can tour once more!
They clearly are number 1
Although Rush is a good group there is no comparison between Talking Heads and Rush.

Lol these guys should be at the top of the list! Cause more than half of the bands up here have been in some shape or form inspired from KISS.

They're the ones who started the whole make-up and drag thing and really took it to the nest level, go check it out for your self many bands have admitted that they were HUGE fans of KISS and that KISS was the reason they created their band. KISS are like the forefathers of GLAM/metal rock.

No one deserves the top spot more than them! 70s 80s 90s 2000s it doesn't matter these guys KILLED it in EVERY ERA!
It's so awesome 40 years of entertaining the people did you know over 200,000,000 like/liked kiss (including the dead ones and present kiss fans)


Oya man, they rocked the 70's, 80's, 90's, and still rocking the world


[Newest]They have survived the test of time, and now, almost 50 years later, they still sell out huge venues around the world.

A band that has endured the test of time. Sound as vibrant and fresh today as they did back then.
I grew up with Rush... Never afraid to march to their own rhythm. Rush was never pop rock and should be praised for that, in the least.
What can you say about Rush that hasn't already been said? Brilliant, along with The Police and Cream, the best rock trio ever! Brilliant albums after another and they're still great friends! That's the trick!

34The Cars
This band epitomized everything about the 80's. Like everything else about airtime on the radio, disc jockeys got a few of there songs out there, but many of there best songs were never given any airtime. A classic band with much talent. One of my all time favorite bands. Should be much higher, at least top 10!
Awesome in general. great voice from ric, and ben orr. elliot easton is such an underrated guitarist. while David is the mind he created the name, the covers. he created the cars. while greg is the sound of the cars. new wave was synthesizers greg did the synthesizer.
Top 10 80s band for sure! Heart above the cars... Come on!
[Newest]Would you I think I'm crazy if I said Heartbeat City is one of the '80s' best albums?

35Def Leppard
Def Leppard is the greatest band ever, releasing so many songs that
A-ha just looks stupid. Only stupid losers would try to disagree.
Definitely Leppard is simply the best! What other band could stay together for thirty five years, through drummer Rick Allen loosing his arm, and playing with the band to this day with a custom designed electronic drum kit? Or the death of guitarist Steve Clark? (RIP Steve) definitely Leppard has a sound all to their own, a mix of a whole bunch of genres creating a unique style? They have some of the best guitar riffs out there, and their lyrics are full of so much meaning. I don't get how definitely Leppard isn't higher, because this band is simply the best.
Definitely Leppard should easily make the top 10. With Pyromania in 1983 they created something different that others tried to imitate throughout the 80s. Leppard's album Hysteria was second only to Michael Jackson's Thriller in 1987 and it had 7 hit singles. They started before the 80s, became incredibly successful in the 80s, and are still writing music and touring today! And they made it through all of that despite the drummer losing his arm and a lead guitarist passing away. Long live definitely Lepaprd!
[Newest]They still sound great I saw them with kiss

How can one of the big 4 not even be in the top 100?
Tornado Of Souls must be at the rank. 1
Mustaine has change the world of metal music.

One of the finest bands ever during the Seventies, but when Peter Cetera took over, this was no longer the band that created their first album!
They had it all. the passion, lyrics are great
Seating is about right here top 40 but HLN should be higher!

38Travelling Wilburys
Volume one is a classic album. It has stood the test of time after repeated listen. The music, vocals, lyrics and production are all outstanding. Every member is a legend in their own right but this album took each of them to a new level in my eyes.
The most amazing supergroup of all-time: Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, George Harrison.
Yes, they were a super group -- an amalgamation of super stars that got together. That said, I wouldn't really call them a true band such much as a get together of friends doing drugs together and making music on the side.

39Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
SRV blow your head up with the solos!

40Fleetwood Mac
I grew up on them! I mean Landslide, Edge of Seventeen, Go Your Own Way, come on! This should be way higher on the list!
Listen to Rumors all the way through, best album on earth plus other great hits, this band should be at the top.
Powerful lyrics, best performing, poetic!
[Newest]Brings back some great memories.

Loved annie's powerful voice along with dave's musical rhythm. I love sweet dreams (are made of this).
I love this band! My parents played it when I was a kid and I loved it ever since. My favorite song that the produced is Sweet Dreams.
There videos were real art. Annie lennox always looked stupendously good

Debbie harry was talented and beautiful
Why are they not any higher?

43Huey Lewis and the News
Back to the future one of the biggest movies of the 80's title track sung by? Huey Lewis and the news..
Huey Lewis is most definitely an 80'star.
Huey Lewis and the News not the top? "Is everybody crazy or is it me? "

To those of you who got that reference thank you, you are awesome.

Poison has many great songs. They were number one band played on mtv right along with Motley Crue and and Bon Jovi. Every rose has its thorn was one of their best songs and it really macks me feel good to here that song. They may not be as much up there as like Motley Crue but I think with all of there great songs and how quite a bit made it on the charts they should have a higher rating then this and I am not saying it because they are my favorite band I mean it.
Poison has made amazing songs, has millions of fans all over the world. A great inspiring guitar player for those who play. Good drummer. Cool bass player. Great lead singer. They are all an inspiration for those who want to be in a band or create a band. They treat each other almost as if they are family which can help inspire other bands that are falling apart. I AM ONE OF THEIR # 1 FANS AND THEY INSPIRE ME!
Poison has GREAT songs! At least they made the top 20!

45New Order
To arise from the ashes of Joy Division with this catalogue of work is phenomenal :-)
I think Joy Division were better but the New Order son "leave me alone" is beautiful. Oh and BLUE MONDAY!
True Pioneers of the 80's no CONFUSION at all! Plus the best selling 12" of all time Blue Monday, come on!

Ritchie Blackmore could fart on his guitar and it would sound better than 80% of this list.

47Twisted Sister
Amazing band, many great songs. They are a great inspiration to other heavy metal bands. They truly should be one of the top 10 because of the quality and effort that you can easily tell they put into their songs. You can tell that they really believe in what they sing, and what their lead singer Dee Snider writes.
One of best rock bands ever!
They Are Sing About The Truth Too And They Keep It Raw
[Newest]I love twisted sister! How are they #45!

Their songs can make you cry. 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now' helped a football team win cup because of its moving lyrics.
They have a song called Sara and that is my name and I have liked them since I was really little.

49Talk Talk
Pop as art. From their commercial early releases to their more introspective records, a band that did influence generations to come.
A most underrated 80's band
Define all that is great about 80s music.
[Newest]48 never, top 10 surely!

Love David Coverdale and Is this love
At least a top 20 band from the 80's
It in top ten idiots
[Newest]How did they get here?

The best Band ever.
Just because I can't dance tonight tonight tonight mama, that's all
One of the best bands ever. Just look at where they played and the venues they sold out many for multiple shows
One of my favorite bands. I love them so much!

52The Rolling Stones
They are still aroud today which is remarkable considering their ages. Mick Jagger is still going strong and a great performer their music is timeless just like them it never fails to get me up dancing that's what its all about.
They have to be number one because the music start with them and the Beatles.
[Newest]It's a good band which still goes on.

53Judas Priest
Undoubtedly the best rock/metal ever most of the others only a shadow of the greatest band ever
The best rock band of all time... hammer
The founding fathers of Heavy Metal...

54The Go-Gos
Love them. Plus they were all hot babes. Did I mention they were hot!
Best 80s girl band without a doubt

55The Bangles
The bangles oppitomised 80's pop culture and seeing them play their instruments was a new era in girl groups, not saying they were first but they brought it to the masses

56The Who
Greatest Rock Band of all time!
Classic British rock. Loads of bands after them were influenced by them.
I love the who. Best band of all time

57Great White
How are these guys not even Mentioned? Once Bitten Twice Shy, Save Your Love, Old Rose Motel? SERIOUSLY?

58Simple Minds
Most underrated band... It deserves a lot more
Can't believe how low in the rankings they are.
One of the most creative and innovative bands of their generation.
The band who's song was the theme tune to The Breakfast Club 'don't you forget about me' another Great Scottish band along with Big Country

59Spandau Ballet
This band needs to be number 1!
You know this band is TRUE
To Cut A Long Story Short: this band is still influent today!
[Newest]Spandau ballet are the band that made the 80s should 100 percent be number 1

They should be up there where the Pet Shop Boys are. Such an underrated band in my opinion.
Erasure makes me happy and in another world of art
My first concert without my parents. I was shocked by the scenqence skirt & thought, "I didn't think there were any girls in this band."

61REO Speedwagon
This band had a continuous presents through out the 80, s if this band isn't on the top side of this list you people could not of lived at that time
Kevin Cronin has to be one of the best songwriters in rock history, in my humble opinion.
This band is underrated, way underrated!
[Newest]All original members still together and rocking!

62Adam and the Ants
Adam was my first love. What an amazing and truly original sound the Ants had, those drums were just astonishing. I learned so much from the songs about art, sex, tribes, pirates and the list goes on. Adam was all about style and somehow fused punk and the new romantics effortlessly. A true one off.
The Man Is A Legend... His Fans Are 2nd To None!...
& He Has Worked His Socks Off With Tour After Tour For The Last Few Years...
It's A Heck Of A Lot To Deal With When You Have An Illness Like Adam's...
Here's To A Legend Who Has Brought So Much Happiness To His Fans... Young & Old-ish...
Adam is One of the most unique & individual artist I have ever seen, then & still is now. I have never seen an artist like him. Exciting to listen to & even more exciting to watch. A one of a kind.
[Newest]First album I ever bought and still love stand and deliver

63Siouxsie & the Banshees
I have had the opportunity to hear their versions of studio and live, clearly has a unique style.
The Banshees are the reason the Cure sound the way they do today. their music gave the 80s it's dark whimsical undertone without even trying to do so. glad to see them on this list. they deserve to be.
Great band, out of time

64Level 42
Numerous hits on both sides of the Atlantic and still awesome!
One of the most underrated bands of all time.
Overlooked in this list of Great and Good Bands of the 80's

65Skid Row
For starters, Sebastian Bach has one of the best rock voices of all time. Skid Row had everything that made an 80's - 90's rock band awesome - the hair and black leather pants, the tastefully screaming vocals, the driving guitar riffs which got more hard core in their Slave to the Grind album, and plenty of ballads with a rock edge like "I Remember You".
Are you kidding me?! Why aren't these guys in the top 10?! Skid Row is amazing in my world!
Really too long on this list

Amazing melodies, deep meaningful lyrics, breathtaking vocals of Marian Gold... This band is just awesome. Unfortunately, most people only know about "Forever Young", but trust me, it's only the tip of the iceberg.
Love it! Awesome band. Full of great classics. Great memories!

67Cheap Trick
Cheap Trick, to me, was the most underrated rock bands of the 80's
No doubt they were and are still underrated!

The best glam metal band platinum and gold albums and just plain rock/metal awesomeness

Warrant has so many good songs! So disappointed that its not in the top 10
Great band... listening to Dog Eat Dog now... Still holds up after 20+ years!
I love jani lane... !

70ZZ Top
Did not make the top 100? Who made this list? Were you born yesterday?

Listening to this group so takes me back to high school and cruising around in my '76 Camaro with the volume cranked up as high as it would go. I loved them then and still do. Brad Delp had such an awesome voice.
You know a band is good when you can listen to their songs over and over and never get tired of hearing it. Tom scholz is the greatest songwriter of all time. They had the most unique sound of any band ever. Also, you will never see a more perfect afro than sib hashian's.R.I. P brad.
Although they first hit big at the end of the 70s they average out as an awesome early to mid 80s guitar rock phenomenon.

72The Clash
The clash is my all time favorite band of all time. I know a lot of people don't feel the same way, but they should at least be in the top 20 people! They are one of the first punk rock bands of the 70s and 80s and really set the scene. they. even encouraged me to start composing music. come on people, let put the clash at number one! It's the way joe would want it.
They weren't the same without the brilliant drum grooves of Topper, but still one of the greatest bands ever! London Calling, Sandinista and Combat Rock are three of the best albums ever released! Every album they created was great! Sad to see Joe go into nonphysical so soon! How many albums are better than London Calling?
Excellent band and tunes
[Newest]Remember rock the casbah🎤🎤🎤

73Electric Light Orchestra
Oh really, classically trained musicians creating innovative rock 'n roll wind up at #217!? I suggest you review their body of work and then Roll Over Beethoven.
Jeff Lynne is a musical genius. If this was a 70s list, ELO would be much higher.
The most underrated band... Thank you Jeff Lynne
[Newest]Amazing classical pop style.

74Dead or Alive
They are just amazing!
Love the retro music..
Just fun fun fun. LOVE!
Every their song is full of emotions and different than another, their music is so delight and special... THEY'RE BEST
Great Band & songs

75Night Ranger
The fact that Night Ranger is so far down on the list is very disappointing to me.
The MOST underrated band ever. Still around kickin ass today!
Night Ranger is a lot better than these bands ahead of them
[Newest]This is a disgrace, Night Ranger should be in the top 10.

What can you say about his band that isn't being said currently. in the 80s, no one knew of them until Doolittle, but they'd already scored a following in the UK. these days, they're looked upon as legends...
The current music scene wouldn't be the same without this quartet; unequivocally the best band of the 80s
Pixies should be number one and after that should be sonic youth, I don't know why they are so low

77The B-52's
How did the B52's not get on the list they were awesome!
The best beach-rock party group ever!
The beginning of modern music.
[Newest]Finally I find the best new wave band!

What about Toto? Why on earth is Toto not of the first ten rock bands?! They are one of the most extraordinary rock bands of the 80's that ever existed! They are perfect! I like almost every song of them. I swear that I have heard them even before I was born! They are extraordinary!
Africa, Hold the Line, 99, Rosanna, Stop Loving You, and home of the brave are their best.
Toto only 899 th what should be in the top 40
[Newest]Unbelievable talent! Great music.

Can't believe they were not on this list. Also can't believe some that are. Scarey
One of the most underrated bands

Where's Accept in all of this? Where are Warrior or Manowar? Moorhead... oh the humanity!

These were the dirty edge of British metal in the 80's. Very influential. Still making great songs " line in the sand"
Motorhead should be top 3. along with OZZY and W.A.S.P. This list makes no sense.
Well, they are in the wrong place. Those numbers should be switched and equal with 9 at least

82Stone Temple Pilots
Don't get me wrong these rock but weren't these guys from the nineties
They should be number 1
They were a 90's band... Their first album came out in '92

Best group in the 80s by a bleeding mile
There's some band called Cinderella at number 30! Never heard of them! MADNESS are THE band of the 80's, National Treasures entertaining the British public since 1979... and still making new albums with all seven original members! LEGENDS
How on earth are Madness this low down the list? Biggest selling singles band of the 80's (and they were only around for just over half the decade! ) - hit after hit after hit - don't think they should be top but they should be well above a lot of the bland MOR/AOR that appears higher in this list
[Newest]Our house in the middle of our street come ON!?!

84Living In A Box

Awesome band that most people aren't familiar with
The fish years awesome

86Quiet Riot
Awesome band, I wonder how it isn't in the top 10 at least
If this band is #117 the voters were brain dead in the 80s.

87Deep Purple
Pioneers of rocks of all decades. Nothing beats Perfect Stranger album...
How did they get here? David's in whitesnake

88The Pretenders
Chrissy Hynde is one of the finest songwriters EVER... Also vocalists! Her bands were always honest players who helped to her songs the "edge" they deserved! Learning to Crawl is one of the finest albums ever released! She never released anything but great albums!
My God people if the Pretender's are not here I don't know what to say.

89The Birthday Party
BP was really something, so brutal, dark and deep

90Kool & the Gang
What a joy in comparison to all that heavy metal noise.

My generation would agree Styx is among the best in their era. Dennis De Young and Tommy Shaw are great musician. Their songs are meaningful. Styx must be among the top ten
Why is this below skid Row?! Sure Youth gone Wild was good, but Styx released tons of hits!
Styx is a top 10 80s band and if you don't think so you don't know music.

Radiohead is a great band! CREEP is the best song ever... Radiohead should be upper on the list
Video killed the Radio Star...So true!

93Culture Club
Unique BOY GEORGE's voice and energy, beautiful melodies and lyrics that touch the heart! George was the most photographed person in the world along with the Pope and Princess Diana! CULTURE CLUB they were the first in the world with hit DO YOU REALLY WANT YOU HURT ME and CARMA CHAMELEON. They are a legend...
In my on opinion Culture Club should be in the top 10. The group had a short period in the limelight, but in that time they had a string of hit singles and two top twenty albums.
One of the greatest underrated bands of all time.
[Newest]Great Band, fab songs & music videos

94Sonic Youth
This is one of the main influences for bands like Nirvana and My Bloody Valentine
Sonic youth was one of the best!

Don't have a bad song toured the world and still playing. Should at least be in the top 15 top bands of the 80s. I guess more pop fans voting than rock.
Good lyrics, great sound, and an all around super band!
Should at least be in the top 20. One of the top headliner bands in the 80s

We'll one of the best bands of the 80's without question. Vienna made the all time top 10 of records, and again brilliant in 2013 with a great new album and tour.
The most original and over looked band of the 80s

97The Sisters of Mercy
This is the band that brought me into new wave. Should be at least 50!
Should be higher. Temple of Love is the best they have done and can ans will hold the test of time.

98Mr. Mister

At first they sounded speed metal like x-Japan and their drummer tetsu changed their style for the better


Should have been higher... this band deserves it! Per and Marie combo is just mind blowing... the powerful 'listen to your heart' and the catchy 'the look' prove why they should deserve higher ranks!
The best band ever for me, still making live performances for real along all these years and taking so many people to their shows. It's amazing at their age.
Great band. Literally. Original and dynamic songs
[Newest]What is wrong with people seriously great band

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