Greatest Artists and Bands of the 80s
The Top Ten
Best in every music category. RIP. Greatest Ever.
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 overratedV 72 Comments
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.V 202 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.
guns n' roses have a very unique style and its very memorable - ronlunaV 9 Comments
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!
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 prayerV 14 Comments
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 are the best. But this list is obviously biased towards metal. - LarrytheFairy
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.V 3 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.
Many songs by Queen are not recognized, like "We Will Rock You", and "We Are The Champions".
Heart is WAY over-rated. Queen is by far the best. - ObsessedwFreddieV 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.
The 80s without Madonna would have been like a hamburger without the meat!V 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!
What made Prince such a big deal and huge influence was that he was pretty much the right artist in the right time. He was basically the backlash to what was going on during the 80s, in which everything was overly produced, especially with the pop music that was mostly just super flashy, big dance numbers, and pretty much else that was mostly for cash-grabbing commercialism. Prince was the people's person trying to be genuine. He was trying to be about the music,not about the traditional music scene thing like,"Oh,look at this guy. He's got spotlights on him. This guy is like a god."
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...
MJ the biggest artist of the 80s. Prince the greatest musician of the 80s.V 28 Comments
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
The talentless pop artists in the top ten will never be better than van halen.V 7 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.
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
Appeared in the soundtrack to "It's a Boy Girl Thing" (2006). - playstationfan66
He is a nut case
He is rem #sexbomb
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.V 1 Comment
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). - playstationfan66
He is one of my all time favorites! Sings a great variety of music! 1V 2 Comments
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 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
The 80's really were up for grabs amongst everyone. I will however give my vote to Aerosmith for the longevity of how much love we can have for their music.V 5 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.
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. - Radiosight
U2 is one of the greatest bands of all time. And where are the Clash - Justintime221V 3 Comments
Def Leppard owned rock in the ‘80s bar none!
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.
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!V 5 Comments
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!V 1 Comment
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
Why are they this low? Also, where is Duran Duran at? - GehennaTheSecond
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! - playstationfan66V 1 Comment
I think one of the reasons why Duran Duran deserves a high spot is because they were the right band at the right time. They were a part of the New Romantic movement, which was a backlash to the UK's Punk scene during the late 70s, in which everything was about being aggressive, looking torn up, and "play as fast as you can! " The New Romantic movement was society's way of trying to be more innovative, elegant, and flamboyant, like,"Hey it's a couple of straight guys trying to look all glamorous and be more reinventive(like back in the early 70's Glam scene)." It was literally a backlash against Punk. The only different is that Duran Duran were the tops dogs of the movement. They brought that scene to the mainstream and adapted it to the MTV generation. People wanted it, people loved it, they fell in love with it, it changed a lot of people's hearts and minds, and that was partly the sound of the 80s,
They were some of the earliest known pioneers at launching the MTV generation. No wonder they were the right band at the right time.
The best band of the 80s. I love them since 1983
The best, better than all the othersV 16 Comments
REM is awesome!
Love this man's voice
Best band bar none love pink floyd
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.
Who doesn't love Journey? They have lasted over time and keep on going. They are awesome. Steve Perry was my all time favorite lead singer.V 5 Comments
A music god, probably the most influential artist of the 20th century.
What the heck...So low, should be at the very least top 20...
Unequivocally number one!
John Lennon is amazing
John Lennon is the best musician on this list
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
Somekindofaguy the aggressive music and awesome bass. But I don't like Lemmy's voice
I never get what people exactly like in Motörhead...
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
Technically immortal. Progressive genious. Talent infinite. - asphaltpilotV 4 Comments
Should be in the top 4 with MJ, Madonna, Prince. He purposely reduced his celebrity/stardom which reduced his profile/status/success in the USA - but he remained a huge star in Europe & Asia throughout his career. Remaining an A list star for over 30 years is a massive achievement.
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 80sV 4 Comments
I'm amazed they weren't suggested yet, maybe I missed it?
Truly Great Artists!
Man - so many great 80s tunes and memory evoking solid melodies. Always fabulous production and top-drawer vocals from Darryl Hall..
- Private Eyes
- I Can't Go for That (with kicking techno intro)
- Family Man
- Kiss on my List etc.
I'm doing a school project on this guy! He is awesome! :) I am homeschooled
Later did a comeback in 1999 with Brand New Day. - playstationfan66
Eurythmics are way too low on this list. The winning combo of Annie Lennox's magnificent pipes and Dave Stewart's ace production skills and musicianship made this duo unstoppable in the '80s. - Eddiej
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.
X Japan is the one of the best Japanese export. Japanese Visual-kei rock is unimaginable now, if X Japan (well, X in 80's) didn't appear. X Japan is the God Father of Japanese Visual-kei.V 3 Comments
Great band.Why are they #45.They should be in top 10
Just like Whitney Houston, Laura could easily hit 5 octaves. Her voice is really unforgettable. The song "Self Control" is one of the greatest 80s tracks
Other great songs from her - "The Lucky One", "Ti Amo", "Solitaire", "Hot Night", "Gloria", "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You", "Spanish Eddie", "Shattered Glass", "I Found Someone", "Cry Wolf", "Sharpshooter"
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