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 - SmoothCriminal
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
I'm Selena Wilde if MJ didn't sing I would have never have sang in the talent show and win I sang heal the world no lies
Bless u MJ RIP
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
Tony Hadley certainly had a better voice than Michael Jackson (how on earth is he number one? His fans have been sharing this page on their forum again, no doubt).V 202 Comments
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.
SO glad this is here. A-ha always deserve the top spot though. On the singing front, Morten had the best voice of the 80s by a mile and a half!V 107 Comments
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! - Asianavynuke
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!
Amazing bandV 14 Comments
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.
nice bandV 9 Comments
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. - ObsessedwFreddie
Many songs by Queen are not recognized, like "We Will Rock You", and "We Are The Champions".V 15 Comments
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.
She sold the most albumsV 7 Comments
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.
Police are awesome! best 80s band for certain.
Who doesn't love the Police! Great music!
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. - Chris-1
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. - Rigney89
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.
SpeechlessV 2 Comments
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). - playstationfan66
LOVE HIM!V 2 Comments
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...
Prince should be closers to the top than some the other artists u have on here. How many states turn their building the artist color in honor of them like they did Prince. Still can't get no respect.
I love this guy! Dirty Mind, Controversy, 1999, Purple Rain, Sign o' the Times & Diamonds and Pearls are absolute classics.V 26 Comments
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.V 2 Comments
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.
Appeared in the soundtrack to "It's a Boy Girl Thing" (2006). - playstationfan66
He is a nut case
He is rem #sexbomb
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! - vlozon
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! - Element119
Can't believe I am finding Van Halen this low on the list, unreal we listened all the timeV 7 Comments
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
AC⚡DC is just amazingV 1 Comment
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!
Should be 1V 8 Comments
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.
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. - playstationfan66
Just awesomeV 5 Comments
There are the best band in town band and their music ROCKS
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.
WHY THE HECK IS DEF LEPPARD UNDER MADONNA? DEF LEPPARD SHOULD BE NO. 1!V 3 Comments
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 pop and 80sV 1 Comment
Yes, Chithra is great artist from 80's - bradman
In 80's Chithra is New face. But she capture the music world in a single song - clinten
She should not be on this list
I have never heard of her
Love the cure!
The cure are so versatile and great songwriters, even today they are still current. One of the top bands ever 👍
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. - Radiosight
U2 is awesome and they keep on going! Bono is amazing!V 3 Comments
REM is awesome!
Best band bar none love pink floyd
How are these guys not higher? Best band in the 80's, cracked America and were the One Direction of the day, but much better. Hungry Like the Wolf, The Reflex, Rio, Is There Something I Should Know, Save a Prayer, Wild Boys, View to a Kill, Girls on Film, Ordinary World, Notorious, Planet Earth, etc, etc. All classics! DD forever guys
Great band. Most underrated musicians due to style and looks. I've seen them live 7 times and they're still going strong. How many of these bands can say that?
Duran Duran pretty much created New Wave. The original 5 members had the perfect amount of Punk and Disco to create the perfect sound. Andy is one of the greatest guitarists.
Best Band They ruled the 80s DD Forever how can they be so lowV 12 Comments
With hits such as "Don't Stop Believing," "Open Arms", "Lights" etc. how is Journey not on the list? I am guessing that every single person in the civilized world knows at least one song. Their songs have stood the test of time, and "Don't Stop Believing" has become super popular again. They are one the most distinguished bands of the 80s, and are capable of such diverse sounds. They deserve a place on the list, if only for the insane range and beauty of their lead singer's voice. Steve Perry tips the balance, making this good band incredible.
#142? Are you kidding?!?! Based on record sales, concert attendance, longevity, recurrent popularity three decades later, Santana pedigree, populizers of the power ballad, and innumerable copycat bands... This is one of the most successful and influential bands of all time. They have their haters for being too "corporate" and/or too "commercial", but Journey is clearly a top ten artist of the 1980's.
Bryan Adams, Whitney Houston, Belinda Carlisle, Depeche Mode ahead of Journey and Queen. I don't think so, take a look at the body of work.
Journey should be #1V 5 Comments
John Lennon is amazing
John Lennon is the best musician on this list
Unequivocally number one!
The Clash were born out of the punk movement but were not stuck in it. They grew to make incredible music with diverse influences
London Calling is one of the greatest rock albums of all time. They inspired many bands, like U2, and we're incredibly influential.
Yes I would have ranked them higher Top Ten
Mix from easy listening dance and texts that were good to follow my favourite in my early teen years
Love Huey Lewis and the News! Reminds me of great times with great friends!
Yes, he is one of the greatest artists from the 80s and 90s.
Singles: "Careless Whisper", "Faith", "Father Figure", "One More Try", "Monkey", "A Different Corner", "Kissing a Fool", "I Want Your Sex"
The Best of the Best, He should be in top 10, at least1
His voice has power and range wham! Was one of the biggest bands in the 80s
2nd to MJV 3 Comments
Love this man's voice
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
Not just a perfect songwriter, Billy was a fantastic vocalist. He could easily outshine Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Prince in the "vocal" category.
Some of his brilliant 80s music: "Tell Her About It", "You May Be Right", "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me", "Uptown Girl", "An Innocent Man", "We Didn't Start the Fire", "A Matter of Trust", "Pressure", "The Longest Time", "Allentown"...
Billy Joel is one of the most talented song writters ever in my opinion, every one of his songs tells a story.
X Japan has the ultimate fusion about rock n roll and all kind of good genres of music. X Japan takes rock n roll and makes it to a higher level. Every song of X Japan is a unique piece of fine art. Every musician in X Japan is a real artist who has his unique style and gives the interpretation one unique emotion. The legacy of X Japan is the greatest of all world. Every single fan of X Japan knows and understand the greatness of the band. Anyone who likes real music, anyone who loves classical music understand the importance of this band. Yoshiki the leader of the band is a classical trained musician and one of the greatests composers of this time. X Japan has influenced the entire world more than anyone could imagine. Let the love of X Japan be knowed.
HIDE was at his peak at the time, of course X Japan would be the best band of the 80s! Also the chemistry between the members is really strong and you as a listener get to share the same vibe with them no matter what.
X Japan's the best Japanese visual kei rock. Yoshiki's smart artist who can play a piano and a drum with together that's new change. Toshi's the best vocalist who can sing best many songs that's great.
Why does every list I see have X Japan on it? I have heard of thousands of artist/bands but had never heard of this group.V 3 Comments
Great band.Why are they #45.They should be in top 10
Love his work by himself and with Genesis! I love ALL Genesis, including the older stuff with Peter Gabriel and later on with Phil Collins. Phil Collins is great!
Did each song in Tarzan (1999), Brother Bear (2003) and Disney's The Legend of Tarzan. - playstationfan66
Love Phil Collins! He keeps on going and is as great as ever!V 1 Comment
Greatest Canadian band ever and where's David Bowie on the list both should make top 15
seriously, how can rush not be in this list... it should be, at least, in the top ten
No doubt, THE BEST musicians one band has ever had - UFasten8Me
Love Tom Sawyer!V 4 Comments
The best band of the 80's! Lou Gramm's voice is amazing! Look at all their hits!
Can't believe no one has mentioned them so far?
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