Greatest Bands from the '80s

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21PoisonPoison is an American hair/glam metal band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.

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!

Brett Michaels is an inspiration to all

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22The 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.

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 ...more

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.

Nothing will ever musically reach the match made in heaven that is Morrissey's lyrical prowess and Johnny Marr's legendary guitar playing. For the four short years they were active, The Smiths were able to capture the essence of humanity in their phenomenal back catalogue. The fact that truly makes The Smiths the greatest band of the 80s is that they have not grown outdated today, the same of which can unfortunately not be said for other bands ranked higher on this list... - mjgass

Can NEVER, EVER go wrong with this band! I grew up in the 80's and love them, as much as most 80's generational people do; but if you take the time to listen to them, any generation would appreciate their music.

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23Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Red Hot Chili Peppers is a Californian funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.

Brilliant live an amazing sound and quality

Favorite band ever, never greeted bring to listen to.

Fantastic band, great players, talented songwriting, amazing energy... Blood, Sugar, Sex, Majik, One Hot Minute, Californication and Stadium Arcadium represent four of best records ever released!

My kids will listen to this awesome stuff

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24Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.

Powerful lyrics, best performing, poetic!

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.

Best band ever!

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25NirvanaNirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

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

That's far from enough to make them an 80's band. Stop being such fan boys! - RalphSaad

Nirvana first please! Kurt cobain is the god!

Yes they are Kill yourself lol

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26HeartHeart is an American rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide.

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

These ladies kick a$$

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27AerosmithAerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

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.

Are you kidding me that Aerosmith is not in the top 3? Most the bands listed above them are not fit to carry their bathwater.

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28RushRush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.

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!

Number 1. So influential. They inspired my musicianship. They made me want to be a musician. THANK YOU GUYS FOR A LIFETIME SUPPLY OF PHENOMENAL MUSIC.

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29Travelling 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.

The epitome of what rock n' roll music is all about. Five superstars in their own right subjugating their own egos for their fans. And Roy Orbison...what a voice.

30A-haA-ha is a Norwegian band formed in Oslo in 1982. The band was founded by Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy.

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 ...more

Your opinion is not a fact. The world doesn't revolve around you. -_- - Derpyderpderpderp

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.

A-HA should be top 3

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31New Order

Before New Order, rock and dance music were distinct and separate. New Order showed how they could be melded to create a very influential body of work. 33 years after releasing the #1 best selling 12" single of all time, they are still putting out killer records and selling out arena tours worldwide, where half the set list is recent material. Regardless of what this survey returns, New Order is the most influential band of the 1980s.

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!

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32Talking HeadsTalking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison.

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!

Although Rush is a good group there is no comparison between Talking Heads and Rush.

I agree, this band should be number 1.

Rush and+Talking Heads=best.

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33The ClashThe Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.

Perhaps the best band ever, The Clash drew from dozens of genres including reggae, punk, and blues. In a strange way, they managed to popularize the Punk music originally created by the street bands of Britain and bring righteousness to what was before a highly nihilistic genre. The sound they created was touching to the soul, voicing the things many others wouldn't, such as the leaving of Vietnamese-American children in Vietnam to be stoned to death or abandoned by the new government, gun rights, obsession with technology, and more. The Clash also spawned a few great bands after its dissolving, including Joe Strummer and the Mescalaros and Big Audio Dynamite.

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?

Should I stay or should I go? That song would make great question, because it is a question. - EpicJake

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34MegadethMegadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica.

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.

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35ForeignerForeigner 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.

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

Definitely a top 10 band, and by that I mean probably in the top five, along with Styx (number 98 on this list what a joke). the whole list is a joke.

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36KissKiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

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) - SmoothCriminal

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

Kings of entertainment!

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37The CarsThe Cars are an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1976, with singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Ric Ocasek, singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer ...read more.

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!

Top 10 80s band for sure! Heart above the cars... Come on!

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.

Should be near the top, in the 80's The Cars were everywhere

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38Huey 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..

A talented, but underrated band. Their popularity in the mid-80's matched that of Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna for a short while. Their best songs include "The Power of Love", "Hip to be Square" and "Do You Believe in Love".

Huey Lewis is most definitely an 80'star.

'Doing it all for my Baby'

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39Starship

They have a song called Sara and that is my name and I have liked them since I was really little.

Love this group. I didn't discover them till mid 90's. They are the best.

Their songs can make you cry. 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now' helped a football team win cup because of its moving lyrics.

40GenesisGenesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.

The best Band ever.
Just because I can't dance tonight tonight tonight mama, that's all

The prog rock era stood better the test of time which is why they're only at 41 (despite being in the top 30 most commercially successful band of all time) - RalphSaad

One of the best bands ever. Just look at where they played and the venues they sold out many for multiple shows

Phil collins has one if the greatest voices of all time I did like peter gabriel's voice too though

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