Greatest Bands from the '80s

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41Def LeppardDef Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

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!

Love this band! I can't believe they are not higher on the list when you look at the two albums pyromania and hysteria which are both multi platinum. They are also one of the only bands to receive the diamond award selling over 100 million records worldwide. Simply the best band ever!

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42The 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

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43Prince & The Revolution

IF this is considered a "Band" then yes, by far the best (although it feels more "solo") - ifafootball

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 - dignan

One of the most talented artist of all time

RIP-first the king, then the prince

44PixiesThe Pixies are an American alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The group disbanded in 1993 in acrimonious circumstances, but reunited in 2004. The group currently consists of founders Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering.

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

Where would the 90s be without the pixies, by far one of the most influential bands of the 80s

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45The Go-Gos

Great songs and best girl group, very influential. Beauty and the Beast album one of the best of the 80s

Love them. Plus they were all hot babes. Did I mention they were hot!

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46Great White

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

One of my absolute favorite bands in the 80 s

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47Chicago

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

One of the best bands of all time; not only in the 80s, but the late 60s, definitely the 70s, and through the 90s into even today's era with their release of Chicago XXXVI "Now."

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48RainbowRainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums ...read more.

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

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49Siouxsie & 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.

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50REO 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

This band is underrated, way underrated!

Loved them back when and love them now!

Way underrated!

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51Pet 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

The pet shop boys have a great sound and neils vocals are beautiful and unique. I love how they run their own race and just keep coming up with hits. Please, actually and introspective are brilliant albums. I thought PSB were dead and buried then they pop up again with the Electronic album in 2013. I wouldn't be surprised if they produce another hit single soon. They must have a hit making factory.

These guys are my favourite

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52Erasure

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."

Got to be in the top 10 as well.

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53The Scorpions

They were such incredible athletes that Matthias Jabs could do flying splits without missing a lick on his signature guitar and Rudolf Schenker could run full speed down the stage and still play those blistering rhythms! They were unique and yet put out some of the best damn rock out there. With one of a kind vocals coming from Klaus Meine and one of the best damn drummers pounding out the bottom beat, how can others with less talent and less excellent performances rank over these bad boys from Germany?! And the envy of many bands by the way!

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?!

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

To this day World Wide Live is one of my favorite albums. 63 is far too low they are easily a Top 20 group.

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54Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

THE BEST but never identified and acknowledged until after his death.

One of the all-time top blues guitarists, vocalists in the world. Ever.

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55The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). ...read more.

HOW CAN YOU NOT SEE THAT THE ROLLING STONES HAVE BEEN DOING WELL EVEN AT THE BAD TIMES FOR EXAMPLE DIRTY WORK MANAGED TO HOLD A BIT GOOD QUALITY IN MUSIC SURE MICK didn't GIVE MUCH ATTENTION TO THE ALBUM WORK BUT THEY MANAGED TO PULL IT OFF AND WE CAN NOT FORGET ABOUT ALBUMS EMOTIONAL RESCUE, TATTOO YOU AND STEEL WHEELS THEY SHOULD BE AT LEAST AT NO. 12

They really invented to sound of modern rock and roll through their conversion from the blues. After all, the list of greatest albums are named after them...

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.

It's a good band which still goes on.

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56Judas PriestJudas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date.

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...

57Culture 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.

Should be in the top five. Boy George's voice is legend and they have so many great songs...

Great Band, fab songs & music videos

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58Skid RowSkid Row is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1986 in Toms River, New Jersey. They were very successful in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their first two albums certified multi-platinum.

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!

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59The WhoThe Who is an English hard rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). The genres they were associated with happened to be rock, soft rock, hard rock, and soul rock. They are ...read more.

Classic British rock. Loads of bands after them were influenced by them.

I love the who. Best band of all time

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60UB40

Although relatively plastic as a band, the music has lived on well beyond any other bands of this nature. Top 100 of the era for sure

Still listen to their music now they are brilliant.

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