Greatest Artists and Bands of the 80s

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101 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash John R. "Johnny" Cash (1932-2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. He died of ...read more.
102 Willie Nelson Willie Nelson
103 Quiet Riot Quiet Riot Quiet Riot is an American heavy metal band. The band was founded in 1973, by guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni under the name Mach 1. They then changed the name to Little Women, before settling on Quiet Riot in May 1975. The band's name was inspired by a conversation with Rick Parfitt of ...read more.
104 Adam Ant
105 Sonic Youth Sonic Youth Sonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo remained together for the entire history of the band, while Steve Shelley followed a series of short-term drummers in 1985, and rounded out the core line-up.
106 Michael Learns to Rock

This band has created songs that brought back sweet memories to many people in the world, especially Asia. Vote for this band!

107 Status Quo Status Quo Status Quo are an English rock band who play a brand of boogie rock. The group originated in The Spectres, founded by schoolboys Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster in 1962. After a number of lineup changes, which included the introduction of Rick Parfitt in 1967, the band became The Status Quo in 1967 ...read more.
108 Pat Benatar Pat Benatar Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, known professionally by her stage name Pat Benatar, is an American singer, songwriter, and four time Grammy Award winner.

Pat Benatar is one of the most iconic and memorable artists of the 80's. You just can't choose which song is the greatest:

"Hit Me with Your Best Shot", "Love Is a Battlefield", "We Belong", "Invincible", "All Fired Up", "Shadows of the Night", "You Better Run", "Fire and Ice", "Ooh Ooh Song", "Promises in the Dark", "Painted Desert", "Don't Walk Away", "Le Bel Age", "Sex as a Weapon", "Treat Me Right", "Anxiety (Get Nervous)"

She was one of the pioneering Woman of Rock! Girls just didn't front bands back then. She was a tiny powerhouse, winning 4 Grammy's. Definitely should be in the Top 10.

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109 Stevie Ray Vaughan Stevie Ray Vaughan Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music, and ...read more.

This man should be WAY higher. A true Blues legend. Love ya Stevie Ray Vaughn!

110 The Cars The Cars The Cars are an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1976, with singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Ric Ocasek, singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer ...read more.

The Cars is the greatest band in its time. They have their own genre alternative yet rock yet you can still dance to it and then also have a story to boot! I love the Cars always will be my favorite!

1985 was the defining moment for The Cars when during the Live Aid concert some genius put the track Who's Gonna Drive You Home? to the images of the heart-wrenching video report from the Ethiopian draught. It was a game-changer. The producers knew it playing it over and over while we wept at our T.V. screens and stuck our hands in our pockets. I remember Bob Geldoff swearing at the camera to "give us your f'ing money". But I remember that moment and those poor people more every time I hear that Cars track.
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111 Billy Idol Billy Idol William Michael Albert Broad, known professionally by his stage name Billy Idol, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor.

80"s is not complete without Billy Idol, "Mony, Mony" got a crowd going anywhere if you didn't ride a pony it made you want to everybody got up danced, yelled and sang! Rebel Yell and White Wedding got some movement as well.

112 The Sound
113 Siouxsie and the Banshees Siouxsie and the Banshees
114 ABC
115 The Stray Cats
116 Air Supply
117 Naked Eyes
118 Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam

Love "lost in emotion"

119 Waylon Jennings
120 U.T.F.O
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