Greatest Rock Bands of the '80s

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41Anthem
42Skid 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.

Amazing band! So glad they're in the top ten! They have great music and the songs make you wanna sing...my favorite of theirs is "I REMEMBER YOU"great song...

I still love their music to this day! Their music will live on forever!

Another hair band that didn't create the fan base of a Poison and Crue

Sebastian had one of the greatest voices ever

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43The Chameleons

Most underrated band of all time

44BostonBoston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, that achieved their most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s.

How are these guys so far down the list? They were great! There is no way these guys shouldn't be in the top 10!

These guys got me through a heat breaking divorce & losing my son to cancer - their songs gave me strength - don't look back - helped to look ahead & not dwell on t
he past

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45NirvanaNirvana 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.

Early 90's. the death of hard rock music. AKA grunge music and a lot of the bands such as Poison, Motley Crue and Twisted Sisters have said so themselves.

Hair bands were on their way out anyway due to over partying and mismanagement of money. Nirvana just had to give them a little nudge.

They were great... It's a shame that Kurt (lead singer) shot himself in the face

This is 80s not 90s

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46The Sound
47INXSINXS were an Australian rock band, formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales.

Have not been the same since death of lead singer a nice run for a few years

If you have never listen to their album before go now for the KICK!

If not for ACDC they were the best ever Aussie Rock band of all time. Classic after classic! should be way higher on this list!

48Tesla

Tesla rocked so well - the is not a bad song on their albums!

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49EaglesThe Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.V3 Comments
50REO Speedwagon

Great band from the Midwest. Richrath was under rated as a guitarist / writer.

They were a true Rock Band in the 70's and became more mane stream in 81 with Hi Infidelity. Wish Richrath could have beat out Cronin's flowery ballads in the 80's... But by then it was all about the money and less the music. Richrath still ranks as one of the best guitarist of our time. May he rest in peace.

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51Simple MindsSimple Minds are a Scottish rock band formed in 1977. They achieved commercial success in the 1980s and, despite various personnel changes, continue to record and tour.V1 Comment
52YesYes are an English rock band formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson. They first achieved success in the 1970s with a progressive, art and symphonic style of rock music.
53Judas PriestJudas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date.

No way they shouldn't be in the top 10, this band owned the 80's

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54Styx

Styx had so many good songs and it is honestly ridiculous that they're so far down the list

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55TotoToto is an American rock band formed in 1977 in Van Nuys in Los Angeles. The band's current lineup consists of Joseph Williams, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Steve Lukather, plus touring members Leland Sklar and Shannon Forrest.

Not the most appreciated band by the average listener, but one of the most talented groups there was. Great harmonies.

56GenesisGenesis 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.
57PixiesThe 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.

Excitingly different from any other band of the era. Joey Santiago - super lead guitar and extremely underrated and under publicized. Charles - crazy genius lyricist and singer. Kim Deal the standard-barer chick bassist. The band excels in layering the music and producing an explosive funky sounds.

Should be at top considering they have influenced every band on this list.

58TriumphTriumph is a Canadian hard rock power trio that was popular in the late 1970s through the 1980s. Between the band's 16 albums and DVDs, Triumph has received 18 gold and 9 platinum awards in Canada and the United States.

Underrated. Not the best of all time, but definitely should be top 30 at least.

They are in my mine, one of top ten rock bands, in the world.

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59Grateful Dead
60Killing Joke

If you don't rate killing joke in the top 5 bands ever then you just have,nt listened to them or maybe you just don't have any taste

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