Greatest Artists and Bands of the 80s

The Top Ten

1 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson was a singer, songwriter, producer, choreographer, entertainer and humanitarian. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King ...read more.

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!

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!

Michael jackson is my favorite singer.he is the greatest singer of all time.my top 3 michael jackson songs are bad,leave me alone and pyt.thank you michael for your such great music.

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2 Spandau Ballet

Most amazing band of the 80's AND of all time! Music that continues to touch audiences through each decade since!

The best band of the eighties. Incredible live performances The powerful voice of Tony Hadley

Spandau the best band in the World of all time

My love os for the Music of Spandau

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

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.

Brilliant band. As many have said, probably one of the most underrated bands of all time. In the USA considered a one hit wonder and the rest of the world a girly band.

The reality is brilliant early stuff, Scoundrel Days is a truly great album. The largest paid stadium concert of all time. An amazing comeback in the late 90s with Minor Earth, Major Sky and Analogue in 2005. Ended on a high note in 2010 with Foot of the Mountain and a brilliant fairwell tour. Plaudits from so many of their peers: from U2 to Coldplay.

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4 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's ...read more.

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

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

Bon Jovi are the second best of 80's

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5 Guns N' Roses

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 - ronluna

nice band

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6 Queen Queen Queen are a British rock group formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

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

4 amazing albums and the greatest live performances ever heard. How can anyone beat Queen? (Besides Michael Jackson)

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7 Madonna Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears . She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA . She has ...read more.

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 albums

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8 The Police The Police The Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977 . For the majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland . They are most known for their songs "Message In A Bottle", "Roxanne", And "Every Breath You Take" .

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!

9 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

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.

How isn't metallica number 1

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10 Bryan Adams Bryan Adams

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!

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The Contenders

11 Prince Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

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.

Number 11 wow, remove one, one and you have the best of all time how soon we forget how much he influenced all singers after him. (Just saying)

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

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.

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13 Motley Crue Motley Crue Mötley Crüe was an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead vocalist Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.

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.

14 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath ...read more.

Appeared in the soundtrack to "It's a Boy Girl Thing" (2006). - playstationfan66

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15 Van Halen Van Halen Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

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 time

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16 AC/DC AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014. They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to ...read more.

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 amazing

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17 Bruce Springsteen Bruce Springsteen

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!

17? Are you high! easliy top 3 with MJ and Madonna

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

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 awesome

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19 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. They were known for some big hits such as The Trooper, and The Number of the Beast, and have released 16 studio albums . The New Wave of British Heavy Metal Pioneers would ...read more.

There are the best band in town band and their music ROCKS

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

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!

Just look at how many copies Pyromania and Hysteria sold

Love definitely Leppard especially, Photograph!

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