Greatest Artists and Bands of the 80s
The Top Ten
He rocked the world for 45 years, he's my #1 artist in the world, MJ FOREVER
For me, Michael Jackson is the greatest entertainment Ever! He should be the winner!
Now to be honest he's one of the greatest artists of all time and one of the top vocalist but isn't the top he is the top of the 80s and top 10 of the 90s but isn't the greatest of all time. He would be remembered as one of the greatest entertainers of all time but once agian isn't the best. Don't get me wrong I hated on how the media was spreading fake rumours about him, and when he died drugs "alone". But the very best artist would be The Beatles, and the top vocalist would be the lead singer of Queen Freddie Mercury, even Aretha Franklin has a better voice than MJ proving that even legends like him are overrated
MJ is the most amazing artist ever. He has dominated music with the iconic songs ABC, I Want You Back, I'll be There, Blame It On The Boogie, the album Off The Wall and then of course the greatest selling album of all time THRILLER and BAD, DANGEROUS, INVINCIBLE, Michael, and BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR. He is definitely the BEST!
Most amazing band of the 80's AND of all time! Music that continues to touch audiences through each decade since!
Spandau the best band in the World of all time
The best band of the eighties. Incredible live performances The powerful voice of Tony Hadley
Fantastic band, great lyrics and Tony Hadley has a superb voice. They're still fab to hear live.
They are an iconic band that was set apart from all the others. They are one of the most popular bands ever and have repeatedly created great songs. I've seen them and they were astonishing!
I think guns n roses is the best rock band ever because they a class apart
They re-defined what rock n roll should be, when hair-metal rock started becoming a parody of itself.
guns n' roses have a very unique style and its very memorable
okay you have got to be kiddin me?!? Bon Jovi isnot number ONE? uh hello doesn't anyone have any sense? they have to be the most well-known and popular band ofthe 80s but there are many other good ones not on this list... wheres def leppard and journey, AC/DC... hello... AWESOME!
bon jovi is the greatest band of the 80's here some facts to back that up.Their 1986 album slippery when wet had two consecutive number #1 hits he first rock band to do that and their 1988 album new jersey had five top ten hits the only rock band ever to do that. and their still good today making numerous 23 years later
Bon Jovi may not be number 1, but he should be under Michael Jackson. A-ha only has 1 song that people actually remember- Take on Me. I admit it's a pretty good song, but Bon Jovi had way more hits than A-ha. Livin' On A Prayer, You Give Love A Bad Name, Wanted Dead or Alive, Bad Medicine, and that's only their 80s hits!
OH we're halfway there oh oh we're livin on a prayer! Take my hand and well make it I swear Oh oh we're livin on a prayer
Kill em' all,ride the lightning,master of puppets,...and justice for all.Some of the greatest metal records of all time.All the post 90s stuff is terrible except maybe Death Magnetic which is a great comeback album.
how is metllica not in the top ten?
some of the best metal songs ever came from metallica in the 80's...master of puppets,one,ride the lightning and orion just to name a few.
They are the best. But this list is obviously biased towards metal.
They're in a class by themselves well metal yeah of course, but we're talking' 80's - not so much 80's but they are loved.
I have always loved Queen and I have been listening to them my whole life. I don't think Under Pressure is the song that everyone knows by Queen, I think the songs that they are most known for is We Will Rock You, We are the champions, and Bohemian Rhapsody. I even got to go to a concert this past summer in LA. I LOVE how they wrote their songs and they just make me so happy and want to get up and dance!
Queen songs in the 80's were so good especially Under Pressure song as soon as you hear that bass riff you automatically feel very 80's and totally rad and Another one bites the Dust was their best song in the 80's especially how Freddie Mercury sing the song they said he sang the song so strong his throat was bleeding and now that's what you call artists and if you can make the crowd clap their hands during the verse when Freddie Mercury sings Radio Ga Ga and every time he says Radio Ga Ga the crowd claps their hands that's pure genius and very 80's.
Queen deserves this spot. They just never stopped making great songs (they have three greatest hits albums), not to mention they're practically a household name at this point.
But Under Pressure kills me. It's a great song, but for some reason it's the only reason most people know Queen. "Hammer to Fall" is much better.
Heart is WAY over-rated. Queen is by far the best.
Madonna is amazing. her song's "like a prayer". and "crazy for you" where the best song's to me.
Hits "Like a Prayer", "Like a Virgin", "Material Girl", "Into the Groove", "Papa Don't Preach", "Live to Tell", "Holiday", "Express Yourself", "La Isla Bonita", "Crazy for You", "Who's That Girl", "Cherish", "Open Your Heart" and "Lucky Star"
"Oh Father", "Angel", "Spotlight" and "The Look of Love" are so underrated as well
Come on guys, She should be #1 or at least #2
Any list that doesn't have Madonna as the number one artist is suspect. She was dominant from the beginning of the decade to the end. Unlike Michael, she progressed as an artist, surprising us at every turn. For me, it's 1. Madonna. 2. Prince (think of all the songs he wrote for others like Sinead O'Connor, The Bangles and Sheena Easton), 3. Michael Jackson, 4. The Police.
No one makes music for the ages like her.She is the sound of the generations she has performed for and will be.
They were basically the Beatles of the 80s. They were classic pop poets.
Best band EVER! And sting is great too. Listen to King of pain, people!
Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers fused sounds that took the music industry by storm. Even in the short time they were together they created classics.
They made great music and were on top for a bit. It really sucks that they broke up.
Prince was one of the most widely respected musicians of his time, and was proven to be a lot more independent than your usual solo artist.
Prince was something different. He came from Minneapolis, Minnesota, but he was so serious about his music and artistry. He had so much character.
How is it that this man Prince, is admired and respected and acclaimed by musicians and songwriters all around the world, writes his own songs, plays every instrument, sings, produces, dances... For one man to have this much talent is obscene!
There are few musicians out there that can play instruments, sing, write music and entertain. Just the song 1999 was an anthem for all in the 80s and 90s every new year started with that song. THE ICON...
Van Halen has to be one of the greatest bands of all time. Eddy rocked on the guitar, Alex was awesome, Diamond Dave was one of the most entertaining lead singers ever, and they didn't start as a boy band, put together by executives to make money. They just rocked it out.
The Mighty Van Halen is 34? No way. Vote up Van Halen! Guns N Roses had 1 album in the 80's. A-Ha had one hit, Van Halen changed rock and roll forever!
This has to be one of my very favorite bands. If you just listen to their songs, you will be blown away by the talent in this band!
The talentless pop artists in the top ten will never be better than van halen.
Appeared in the soundtrack to "It's a Boy Girl Thing" (2006).
He is a nut case
He is rem #sexbomb
Well earned number 1. For the guy who sad a-ha only had 2 albums then he is wrong they had 9 full length studio albums. I don't have anything against Michael jackson but for me nothing beats a-ha. There is no song I would say 100% sure is my favorite. But I guess it would be one of these: train of thought, hunting high and low, take on me, scoundrel days, I've been loosing you, Manhattan skyline, the swing of things, stay on these roads, the living daylights, the blood that moved the body, move to Memphis, crying in the rain (even tough it is a cover) summer moved on, lifelines, forever not yours, holy-ground, birthright, foot of the mountain, the bandstand. OK I KNOW I LISTED ALMOST ALL OF THERE HITS BUT THAT SHOWS HOW MUCH I LIKE THEM
A-ha is a classic pop band; plus the singer has an amazing voice with an astonishing range, plus the other two are really good songwriters, and all of them know how to play their instruments.
a-ha is unforgetable and their music will still live on, the best band ever and live amazing, and a true pearl in todays music business, even after their farewall, will never forget the megastars from Norway.
The soundtrack of my life, you gaved me so much.
God bless you.
a-ha... the best band of all time. I will love the rest of my life. There is no day without their music. I will miss you guys... thanks for all
Amen to AC/DC being the best, they should be at least #2
Ac/dc is the best ever they should be first
The best band ever
What? Acdc is one of the best bands ever. Not to mention the 80's. These guys should be first with Rush second and Van Halen third.
These guys partied hard and knew how to rock and roll. Sex drugs and rock and roll is and was a lifestyle only few people can survive.
Motley Crue should be in the top five bands is the 80's. Their music and style was unique inspiring other bands to follow their steps.
Best rock band to survive the 80's. Could have been much bigger but they were their own worst enemies.
There are the best band in town band and their music ROCKS
Extremely talented and a personal favourite of mine. Bryan Adams manages to pull off some lively, rocky songs E.G. "She's only happy when she's dancing", "Summer of 69" and "Can't stop this thing we started" and he can pull off some very relaxed, slower songs such as "Star", "Heaven" and "Everything I do, I do it for you" so whatever mood I'm in, I can turn on some Bryan Adams and I won't be disappointed. With such a repartee of fine rock music and slow, romantic music. Bryan Adams has stuck out for me as the greatest musician of the 80s and of all time. Honorable mentions go to definitely Leppard, Whitesnake and Bon Jovi
Supertalented songwriter and musician! Besides superhits "Summer of '69", "Heaven", "Run to You", "It's Only Love" and "Somebody", Bryan Adams had some less popular but NO less powerful 80s singles:
"Christmas Time", "Heat of the Night", "Hearts on Fire", "One Night Love Affair", "Cuts Like a Knife", "Straight from the Heart", "I'm Ready", "Diana", "Victim of Love", "Only the Strong Survive", "Kids Wanna Rock"
Bryan Adams also contributed to the soundtrack to Don Juan DeMarco (1995).
He is one of my all time favorites! Sings a great variety of music! 1
Bruce Springsteen defined rock music of the 80's with albums like The River, Nebraska, Born In The U.S. A and Tunnel Of Love. Should definitely be in the top 10.
He's called "The Boss" for a reason. He released numerous hits in the 80s and was always on the radio because he was as much a part of the 80s as Prince or Madonna.
The first time I saw him in concert in Barcelona I was 14... now at 42 I never get tired of going to a concert of him whenever I can!
After the 60's (Beatles, Stones etc) Springsteen is the next biggest influence in rock music. In the 80's he should rank number 1
I do believe there were better artists in the 80s, but Aerosmith isn't getting enough credit, especially for hanging on when they flopped in the music industry, because they ended up making one of the hugest comebacks of the 20th century, topped only by Elvis. Most artists gave up when their music took a turn for the worse, and I respect Aerosmith because not only did they refuse to give up, they also made some of the most classic rock songs of the 20th century in doing so.
yes one of the best part's of the polar express was the part with steven tyler it was vary fast but so funny. my favorite part.
They ruled in the 70's but wait a minute! Aerosmith made a fantastic music in the 80's too. Don't you like hits "Janie's Got a Gun", "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)", "Angel", "Rag Doll", "Love in an Elevator", "Hangman Jury"? Come on, this band must be in the Top 10
Steven Tyler's daughter, Liv Tyler, appeared in Armageddon (1998). If it weren't for Aerosmith, The Polar Express (2004) is just another horrible Children's Christmas movie.
Heart was very underrated coming into a world dominated by male rockers where women were disco queens or dance artists. They blazed through the 70's 80's and 90's leaving some great songs and guitar riffs.
Heart is awesome duh
U2 made the biggest impact in the 80's and still going strong. You know this list is a joke when Bono isn't ranked higher then Heart. He is one of the greatest song writers of all time.
Presence and passion. This is not even close! Time magazines band
Of the decade.
U2 deserve number 1. Forget Michael Jackson, his contribution to music was nothing compared to U2's.
U2 is one of the greatest bands of all time. And where are the Clash
I think people forget the impact that Def Leppard had. They were gigantic.
How is definitely leppard not in the top 10? They're undisputedly my favorite band of all time, and they've had tons of hits. And yet, aha is second place, even though the only song they have that could even compare to any definitely leppard song is take on me!
Definitely Leppard is one of the greatest bands to rule the 80s. Everyone has heard of a lot of their songs. Pyromania was one of the greatest albums of that decade!
What the freak! You place one hit wonders, Spandau Ballet and A-ha high on this list, while Def. Leppard sits down here. Maybe, their both big overseas but here, not so much.
Love the cure!
The cure are so versatile and great songwriters, even today they are still current. One of the top bands ever 👍
Queen of Voice! Look at her amazing list of 80s singles: "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)", "Greatest Love of All", "Saving All My Love for You", "Didn't We Almost Have It All", "Where Do Broken Hearts Go", "One Moment in Time", "How Will I Know", "You Give Good Love", "All at Once", "So Emotional"
The most beautiful and amazing woman to live on this planet!
She is the business. The best voice ever
Queen of the eighties if not pop!
Kiss... I honestly believe, one of the BEST Bands of the 80s... Even now, it's quite amazing! Think about it... Michael Jackson, may be good... But Kiss? Kiss... Is.. Out... STANDING! Haha... Take that MJ! Go Kiss!
There the hottest band in the world!
KISS came out with heaps and heaps of hits I was made for loving you, god gave rock and roll to you, dr love and so much more. They rocked america in the 70s and 80s and they are legendary group of players Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Plus there funny and created a ad for dr pepper and are a amazing band
Tears for fears should be above 10, They had "Everybody wants to rule the world", "Head over Heels", "Shout", "Mad World" and so much more. Tears for fears>A-ha
Soaring classic tunes bring back so many memories of the 80s. Very happy along with modern tunes on the radio even nearly 40 years on!
Gotta Break it Down Again!
Why are they this low? Also, where is Duran Duran at?