Greatest Bands from the '80s

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The Top Ten

1 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band 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.

Great to see a list without Heart on it! Great band! - idolangelx13

With classic and timeless songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are the Champions, We Will Rock You, and Another One Bites the Dust, Astounding live performances, (Their Performance at Live Aid was seen by approximately 2 billion people) coupled with their influence on later bands and singers, (Lady Gaga took her name from the Queen song Radio Gaga) Queen is simply unbeatable and in my opinion is the greatest band to ever exist.

Queen is a 70's band. Their best work is from the 70's. So being put up this high in a 80's topic is rather generous. Other than Another One Bites The Dust and some live shows. They did nothing in the 80's to be this high.

queen rock no question about it - rockit(primejive)

They made a lot of great songs. I'm glad they're number 1. - TheFourthWorld

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2 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.

Best band ever! I grew up on these guys, and I wasn't even born in the 80s! I know good music when I hear it, and they definitely create good music! I still listen to them, my favorite song of theirs is 'Living on a Prayer'

They are just Awesome so don't forget to listen to them 'cause they ROCK! I listen to them along with Van Halen all the time! Definitely THE BEST EVER! I can't believe they came 7th 7th!?!? Come on!

Their music does not only touch people's ears, but also their hearts. They have everything needed to be the best band from the 80s, and are still together as a band and the original members are there unlike most of the bands. People these days still listen to Bon Jovi, and go to their concerts and sing their hearts out with them. They are the very best.

One of the greatest bands ever - CalebMusic

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3 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.

Metallica of the 80's was a great band. If not the greatest band of that era. The 4 albums during that era are elite from start to finish. They had some of the best musicians that have ever graced this earth. Burton and Mustaine prior to they're leave. Drove this band into greatness. Burton had much more influence than Dave, but his impact is not overlooked by me. Sadly when the real artist disappeared so did the great music. Chump fans never were around until Metallica went soft in the 90's with the commercially accepted music that they started spewing.

Metallica Has had multiple great songs and albums such as Fade to Black, Master of Puppets, and One to name some of my favorite. When I typed greatest bands from the 80's I thought that Metallica would be in the top 3. But it's 5? And AC/DC at 7th? What the hell

Metallica is the single most amazing band of all time specially with the album master of puppets that rocked the whole world plus the black album metallica for ever m/

The badass ban from the 80s

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4 Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran are an English new wave/synthpop band formed in Birmingham in 1978. They were a successful band of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the US.

Let's vote because all we need is DD in the first place in this competition. Share on your page and spread the word! #DDNUMBER1

There is a contest running about the best 10 bands of the 80s. Which one I have voted on the first place? :-)
Easy to guess! :-) Duran Duran!

What is needed to be said? They were the best in the 80's and still are up to this day! Fantastic music!

Anybody who dislikes them is legally dead

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5 Guns N Roses Guns N Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also ...read more.

One of the bands who ruled the world - ronluna

Duran Duran? Really? Guns N' Roses Rocked the world. Up until Axl had his mental breakdown (s). However, they were a ten times greater band in their prime than Duran Duran. Guns N' Roses was SO talented not only did they make THEIR songs great, they made OTHER bands song even GREATER; Sympathy for the devil, Knockin' on heavens door, Altitude, Black leather, the list goes on and on. I mean if a band can make the Stones, Bob Dylan, the Misfits, and the Sex pistols sound better than they originally were, that's extreme talent. Just listen to the album "The spaghetti incident? " and you'll see. So in summary: Guns n' Roses has more talent in any one member (Axl, Slash, Tracy, Steven) than Duran Duran could ever imagine to have.

Guns N' Roses was a joke. How they are this high just shows the lack of intelligent life we have on this planet. A so called bad ass band has a keyboardist? These guys are as real as Dr. Dre. Now if you can understand. That this is about what these bands did in the 80's You will come to grips that the rage post holds no substance. Guns N' Roses produced 1 album that you can hang your hat on in the 80's. The rest of your ramble consist of songs from the 90's. When they had to start doing cover songs from greater bands.

No one can hate Guns N' Roses! Even those who believe Axl Rose wasted his talents on such rubbish acts may think upon their thoughts again 'cause this band's music is just too awesome and made a sound that no other band can imitate. There are people who don't know Duran Duran, but if someone who lived in the 80s doesn't know Guns N' Roses then he seriously has some issues with what he chose to entertain himself.

Normally I’d pick queen but Guns N' Roses was way too low on this list

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6 U2 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have ...read more.

Some albums that are produced, you like one song here and there. U2 reminds me of Journey. Every song on the album is great... So there is no skipping, you just let it play on through from start to finish..

U2 is in a class of their own. No timeframe, no competition, their only competition is their ability to reinvent themselves, and their own imagination. The music keep getting better. Their respect for fans is unparalleled and their worldwide efforts unmatched.

It's bono... How could this not be the greatest 80s band? Let alone the greatest band of all time!

Sunday bloody sunday

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7 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.

acdc were briliant in the 80s especialy with back in black which went on to become the fourth most bought album in the u. s. - lezakattack

This world has no taste in music, I swear. The 80s weren't really the best years for ac dc other than back in balck it was more of the late 70s early to mid 90s were there year but ether way the #1 is a band I never even heard of, my generation sucks.

How is Duran Duran better than the raw power and energy that is post Bon Scott AC/DC? Case and point: For Those about to Rock or Thunderstruck vs Hungry Like the Wolf. The cannons of AC/DC blow the wolf to bits!

They were and still the BEST!

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8 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.

How in god's name is Van Halen not in the top 3? There is no way that any of A-Ha's songs, no matter how inspiring, can top the raw force and sound of songs of Van Halen like Panama, Jump, Hot For Teacher, and so, so, so, many other greats! The combination of Eddie Van Halen's guitar, Alex Van Halen's and Michael Anthony's low and thudding drum beats and bass chords topped of with David Lee Roth's loud, energetic, excited, and forceful singing style absolutely kills every single song! Van Halen are a force and sensation of nature that is not to be reckoned with!

Agreed. There were a lot of different and interesting things going on with rock in the 80's (The Police, U2, etc. ) but Van Halen was to 80s metal what Nirvana was to Grunge--except Van Helen was even more influential. The entire decade, MTV--everything would have different if there were no Van Halen. They set a template that was emulated for most of a decade and a half. Even today, there plenty of young guitar players finding inspiration from Eddie Van Halen and he is still considered a highly sought after endorser of music gear.

Eddie van halen is my favorite and one of the top ten greatest guitarist. Van Halen put out albums all throughout the 80s and sold out stadiums (and still do). Guns n roses were good too. Metallica's best albums were from the 80s but they weren't really popular until the 90s. A-ha seems to be more popular now looking back.

Van Halen is a top 3 band without question. Chart topping albums, sold out concerts, best guitarist ever, two great eras with two great front men and not to mention Michael Anthony's backing vocals. I like the 80's one hit wonders but there is absolutely no way they should be ahead of the great Van Halen. One Hit wonder bands shouldn't be on the list because they don't have the long standing history of bands like Van Halen.

One of the greatest bands ever - CalebMusic

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9 Journey Journey Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.

Journey is a classic... They were great back then and I still love their music! Timeless classic if you ask me

My favorite band of the 80's - Classic songs and Steve Perry's voice! !

In my humble opinion, Journey is the best band of all time, and Steve Perry's voice is the best voice I have ever heard. They have written so many classics, beautiful love songs such as Patiently and Sweet And Simple, and rock songs such as Mother Father, Line Of Fire and Edge Of The Blade. The vocals are always incredible impressive, and unlike most rock singers, Perry can sing in a rock style while still making the music beautiful. This is something I enjoy immensely, since the point of music is beauty.

One of the greatest bands ever - CalebMusic

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10 Tears for Fears Tears for Fears Tears for Fears are an English pop/rock band formed in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Founded after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate, they were initially associated with the new wave synthesizer bands of the early 1980s but later branched out into mainstream rock ...read more.

Tears for Fears should be on top... They want to rule the world :D

Tears for Fears are perhaps the greatest british import band in the known universe. Curt and Roland work hard to make sure that their fans are kept happy.

They are an amazing band, their music is so meaningful. I truly love them as musicians and as people. They are brilliant, the music that comes out of their imagination is unbelievable. As far as we know they never did drugs. Roland has said that he has never smoked. You couldn't be that good of a musician and do drugs! They are really sweet people.

Incredibly band that was so well able to blend styles like new wave, psychedelic rock, and pop. Let's hope that they can continue to Rule the World with whatever they've got coming out soon.

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The Contenders

11 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", "Don't Stand So Close To Me", "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", "Roxanne", ...read more.

Every breath you take gives me chills... I know its actually not a love song and is full of hate... but its just amazing, perhaps even more for portraying such contempt so beautifully. Love the breathy vocals and nice bass line!

The whole band were special as musicians, but Sting was truly gifted as a songwriter and arranger! He had to emerge from the Police as a solo artist because of this incredible talent... All of their albums were great, but Ghosts and Synchronicity were two of finest records EVER released!

Quality of songwriting matched with excellent playing by all... I saw them live at the Cow Palace and despite the terrible acoustics... They were stellar.

Great band but solo sting total dick.

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12 The Cure The Cure The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.

By FAR the greatest band of the 80's. Robert Smith is an absolute legend.

The Cure don't sound like they belong in any decade. Their music is unique and timeless and constantly altetnative from what is happening in the music scene and for this reason its hard to describe them as an 80's band, they just happened to be the best band that existed in the 80's. Robert Smith has more genius in his crows nest bonnet than any of his so-called contemporaries.

This band is the best and will remain the best no vote can tell me other wise, the cure is a band of heart and they play their music with their souls, no one can out beat them, they are the best of the best and nor this website or anyone else can tell me other wise

Gotta love em

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13 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. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian ...read more.

For me iron maiden is number one. People think iron maiden are heavy and hardcore but they wrong from all metal bands that ever existed in this planet iron maiden is the most melodic with a lot guitar harmonys and of course operatic vocals from Bruce Dickinson (he and Geoff Tate from queensryche are very underrated vocalist) except iron maiden I like bands like Bon jovi, Van Halen, definitely Leppard, dio ozzy Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, judas priest, motley Crüe, scorpions, survivor, Led Zeppelin, deep purple, ac/dc, Pink Floyd, Foreigner, Phil Collins genesis, kiss, a-ha, Michael Jackson(only 80s), Guns n roses, Jimi Hendrix, queensryche, prince, Journey, Queen, REO speedwagon, Rod Stewart, Saxon, dire straits, Skid row, sting the police, Toto and more...

I see no good reason why Iron Maiden is not in the top ten. I could see how some would view this group as "too heavy" for their liking, but (unlike most metal bands then and now) you can actually understand Bruce Dickinson. He is a very high quality vocalist. The guitarists (Adrian Smith and Dave Murray) are also high quality and properly complement Dickinson's vocals to make a heavy, yet pure and complete sound. Just listen to "Run to the Hills" "The Trooper" or "Number of the Beast" and you will find my words do not do it justice.

Why are they not in Top 10? They are more than a metal band! It's strange that some people think Iron Maiden must have only done some screaming and stuff like that, but their music is never confined to anything. It has melodies, it's really catchy despite the fact their sound may be quite heavy at times, and Bruce's vocal is amazing. I don't think people are appreciative of the great innovation that this band has created which disappoints me.

This band should be in the top 3. But that's music, created to be heard for everyone, not just a headbanger.

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14 R.E.M. R.E.M. R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by lead singer Michael Stipe, lead guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry.

Lists are crap, sure, but REM was certainly one of the most important bands from the eighties. This list seems to have been voted on by fans of hair metal and the most mainstream of the new-wave. Of course saying this band was better than that band or this group was more important than that group is a fool's errand, but it is fun.

I have heard every REM album, from chronic town to Collapse Into now, almost every song, from Wolves, Lower, to Oh My Heart. Every song is different, but they all are great (besides Lightning Hopkins. ) they are one of my favorite bands, easily in my top three. In fact, my top three from best to worst is U2, REM, and The Police. Anyway, great band, great songs.

Brilliant... It took some time for Michael Stipe to find his confidence as a vocalist and a lyricist (although he was always "good"), but when he did no one could touch this band. Again, they were TRUTH TELLERS both musically and lyrically... Stipe exposed the Matrix as a prison and revealed our own power from within! Just an incredible band, one of the finest ever!

Michael Stipe is one of the best lyricists of all time - VaticanCameos

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15 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.

Motley Crue is absolutely the best back in the 80's. From the punk early 80's with Too Fast for Love (which they originally produced themselves)thru Shout at the Devil. On to more commercial Theatre of Pain and sinfully Girls, Girls Girls till Dr. Feelgood. They kicked ASS and maintained their debauchery with booze, drugs, women and have the tattoos to prove it!

Motley is the best representation of that "Glam Metal" Era in which many bands like Poison formed part of it, but Motley In my opinion takes the prize, mainly because it has the best drummer (Tommy Lee), a great guitar player that plays with powerful harmonics (Mick Mars), the best bass player (Nikki Six) and an awesome lead voice (Vince Neil).

Can't believe it ain't way up there kinda sad! But it's still my favorite band.. I'm a fourteen year old girl who loves old rock music..

They are better than Guns N' Roses. They are a thousand times better than Queen.

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16 Depeche Mode Depeche Mode Depeche Mode are an English electronic and synth-pop band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke.

No one had even dared to have a concert at the Rose Bowl. The promoters warned the band that they wouldn't fill the stadium and it would be a negative mark against them. They went forward with the decision to have a concert there. The concert sold out in hours and they were the first group since the Beatles to sell out the stadium! This group deserves to be in the top 5 of the 80's along with U2 and The Pet Shop Boys. They weren't just a group with a successful album; they had album after album that were huge! They were the kings of "alternative" or "new wave" music during the 80's and into the 90's.

Depeche Mode is the greatest 80s/90s band of all time with their 48 singles and brilliant minds. Most of their songs are gold, and people just don't get that. I don't think that they are underrated but they are better than a lot of other bands on the website, up there with Duran Duran, Journey, Queen, AC/DC, Metallica, Bon Jovi, and others. Definitiely better than the Beatles, who were only popular because of their unusual way of doing things.

An amazing, underrated band with brilliant songs

The best band of the universe. Ever. ❤️

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17 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band The E Street Band is an American rock band, and has been musician Bruce Springsteen's primary backing band since 1972. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

What can you say about BRUCE? While Born to Run and Darkness were two of the finest records ever released, he has continued to come close through EVERY DECADE since... The River was breathtaking, as were The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, Nebraska and Magic! One of the finest songwriters ever, and such a great band to play with!

Wow just wow 4 albums in the 80's including Born in the USA and perhaps one of America's best singer/songwriters ever not on this list? Unreal.

His music is absolutely beautiful, his lyrics are encompassing of the American worker. And his name is The Boss. How does one beat that?

One of the greatest bands ever - CalebMusic

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18 Dire Straits Dire Straits Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, his younger brother David Knopfler, John Illsley, and Pick Withers.

The absolutely gifted Mark Knopfler was not only one of the finest guitar players ever, but one of the best songwriters music has ever witnessed! Their first album, Making Movies, Love Over Gold and Brothers In Arms represent four of the finest albums ever recorded! Absolutely brilliant band... Love Over Gold is the pathway to our own personal FREEDOM! Go back and re-read the lyrics to this song!

Dire Straits is a band who's music is timeless! Every one of there songs can be appropriately played anytime from the 80's (BEST ERA EVER) through the 90's, and on through modern musical times. And it will never get old. In the 2080's it will still be some of the coolest music ever! I just wish I could be around for the 2080's

Definitely the best of a all, why isn't this number one? Vote Dire Straits!

Dire Straits is the epitome of 80’s rock bands. They were there through the beginning of the decade, having bridged the late 70’s music " with the instant classic “Sultans of Swing” - from punk into what the 80’s music scene became. They were there at all the big shows such as Live Aid and the Mandela 70th Birthday tribute concert. Their great songs and Mark Knopfler’s unique and evocative guitar style were just right for the times, and their album “Brothers in Arms” " the 9th bestselling album of the 80s which spent 9 weeks at number 1 - ushered in the era of the CD and digital recording and the classic “Money for Nothing” encapsulates the vibe of the decade with the irresistible guitar hook and Sting singing the iconic “I want my MTV”!

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19 INXS INXS INXS were an Australian rock and pop band, formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales.

I'm absolutely stunned that INXS didn't even crack the top 5. They were a phenomenon is there own way. Creating a 'new wave' sound that worked to impress people is an incredible feat. Michael being the superstar that he was teaming up with Andrew to create incredible songs. One of the greatest and most underestimated bands the world has ever seen. My top band.

It is absolutely ridiculous that this band is listed at 28 on this list. Was the person who made this list alive and a teenager in the 80s? If not, that explains it. If so, I'm not sure what rock they were living under. It didn't get much bigger than INXS during their "Kick" phase. And Michael Hutchence... Go back and watch his performances. One of the best front men of all time then and always. Any list that doesn't have them AT LEAST in the top ten is a joke...

Looking back now and seeing such similarities that Michael Hutchence had in common with Jim Morrison and how also the keyboard player also wrote most the melody. Musically both really far apart from each other. You have to recognize that they made a impact and for the time when the 80's Alternative wave of music from overseas to the United States. I have to put them at number 3 behind U2 and Duran Duran!

My favourite band of all time.A diverse range of songs made this band incredible.Rock, Pop and even indian music at one stage.Michael Hutchence was an incredible singer and performer who stood out from everyone else.Never Tear Us Apart is an amazing song.

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20 Hall & Oates Hall & Oates Daryl Hall and John Oates, known more commonly as Hall & Oates, are an American musical duo from Philadelphia.

So many great songs by Hall & Oates! Why aren't they in the top 10 at least? Sara Smile, Rich Girl, You Make MY Dreams Come True, and Maneater! All great songs!

Brilliant songwriters and along with Todd Rundgren, the best representation of the Philly sound! Their songs were perfect R&B tracks, even if they were "white"...

Quintessential 80's band with a catalog full of hits and favorites. They should be in the top 10 based on their number of hits alone compared to the other bands.

Your a rich girl, and you've gone too far cause you know it doesen't matter anyway you can relay on the old men's money, you can relay on the old men's money.

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21 Poison Poison Poison is an American hair/glam metal band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.

Poison has many great songs. They were number one band played on mtv right along with Motley Crue and and Bon Jovi. Every rose has its thorn was one of their best songs and it really macks me feel good to here that song. They may not be as much up there as like Motley Crue but I think with all of there great songs and how quite a bit made it on the charts they should have a higher rating then this and I am not saying it because they are my favorite band I mean it.

Poison has made amazing songs, has millions of fans all over the world. A great inspiring guitar player for those who play. Good drummer. Cool bass player. Great lead singer. They are all an inspiration for those who want to be in a band or create a band. They treat each other almost as if they are family which can help inspire other bands that are falling apart. I AM ONE OF THEIR # 1 FANS AND THEY INSPIRE ME!

Poison has GREAT songs! At least they made the top 20!

Poison is one of the greatest band in the world.They made great songs.Their music is so good.You just have to listen just one song of them.You will love this band.

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22 Rush Rush Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.

A band that has endured the test of time. Sound as vibrant and fresh today as they did back then.

I grew up with Rush... Never afraid to march to their own rhythm. Rush was never pop rock and should be praised for that, in the least.

What can you say about Rush that hasn't already been said? Brilliant, along with The Police and Cream, the best rock trio ever! Brilliant albums after another and they're still great friends! That's the trick!

Best band ever created, 10/10

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23 The Smiths The Smiths The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.

I can completely understand anyone who says they don't like The Smiths; they're a hard band to like. But those who do like them will understand just how good a band they were, and how extensive their catalogue of music is, despite only being around 5 years and only releasing 4 studio albums. Plus there's their cult following that keeps on growing.
All of their songs had an indescribable, brilliant quality, their albums were structured near enough perfectly, and the music itself is fantastic. Morrissey's witty and powerful lyrics put him up there as one of the best lyricists of all time. Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke produced some of the best pop and bass riffs ever (seriously, listen to This Charming Man or How Soon Is Now? For examples), while Mike Joyce essentially laid the foundations for every alt-rock drum beat since the late 80's.
I can't think of any other band the had such a mix of styles or range of music that has ever existed. The Smiths aren't just the best band of the ...more

The smiths were never about flamboyance and exaggeration. They created songs that could not only change the mental state you are in, but they are musically extremely clever, and actually knew how to write music with meaning and emotion. Johnny Marr knew how to weave layers of sound together, making some of the most beautiful melodies and harmonies the world has ever heard (some girls are bigger than others). Then there's Morrissey. Not only one of the greatest poets of all time, but his lyrics were poignant and very thought provoking. There is no other singer like him. The way he contradicts himself sometimes invokes great sadness, and at other times humor, anger et c.. m aking you feel a whole range of different emotions. The other thing with the Smiths is they were incredible live. Johnny Marr/Morrissey duo could very well surpass the Lennon/McCartney partnership, but they worked into such a dynamic that they had their audience in tears sometimes, and at others in fits of laughter. ...more

I may not know much about the 80's era, considering that I wasn't even alive at the time, but I do know that the songs of The Smiths are of great quality simply because of their awesome melodies and addicting metaphors in their lyrics. It's a whole different world when you're listening to their songs and when you're reading their lyrics. You just never get tired of them.

awesome

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

I consider Heart to be mostly a 70's group, but since it was on the list, I voted for it. There music is still played all the time on classic rock stations: Magic Man, Barracuda, Crazy On You, Heartless and more.

Heart has to be the official 80's anthem band! Although I do agree that they are mainly a 70's band, they have had much success that has carried over into the 80's. Heart represents that hard rock 80's sound. When looking for that perfect 80's song to listen to while driving down the road on a Saturday afternoon, I always think of Heart. They always take me back!

Very underrated great band, with very talented musicians

These ladies kick a$$

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25 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave ...read more.

How can one of the big 4 not even be in the top 100?

Tornado Of Souls must be at the rank. 1

Mustaine has change the world of metal music.

What the bezt song megadeth about love

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26 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'm extremely confused, I thought A ha were 1 hit wonders :/, well Aerosmith deserves to be *1 not A ha, because steven's voice can reach levels like no one else's

Aerosmith is best, should be number 1. Love in an Elevator is one of the best songs I have ever heard, A ha should not even be on this list

Aerosmith should be at LEAST the top 10! Steven has one of the greatest voices in rock ever, some believe he's the greatest frontman ever. And Joe Perry is ranked 84th on the worlds greatest guitarists ever! And Joey Kramer not only uses sticks to play the drums, but also has been known to use his arms and legs, and sometimes head! Aerosmith is the greatest thing to ever come out of Boston.

He's the best guy

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27 Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.

Powerful lyrics, best performing, poetic!

Listen to Rumors all the way through, best album on earth plus other great hits, this band should be at the top.

I grew up on them! I mean Landslide, Edge of Seventeen, Go Your Own Way, come on! This should be way higher on the list!

Awesome band

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28 Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.

Brilliant live an amazing sound and quality

Favorite band ever, never greeted bring to listen to.

Fantastic band, great players, talented songwriting, amazing energy... Blood, Sugar, Sex, Majik, One Hot Minute, Californication and Stadium Arcadium represent four of best records ever released!

timeless

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29 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

Nirvana is one of my favorite bands. But they didn't take place in the 80s...

Better than 29th place

Yes they are Kill yourself lol

These guys were great aberdeen had a lot of bands like rail
!

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30 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.

This band epitomized everything about the 80's. Like everything else about airtime on the radio, disc jockeys got a few of there songs out there, but many of there best songs were never given any airtime. A classic band with much talent. One of my all time favorite bands. Should be much higher, at least top 10!

Awesome in general. great voice from ric, and ben orr. elliot easton is such an underrated guitarist. while David is the mind he created the name, the covers. he created the cars. while greg is the sound of the cars. new wave was synthesizers greg did the synthesizer.

Top 10 80s band for sure! Heart above the cars... Come on!

Should be near the top, in the 80's The Cars were everywhere

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31 Travelling Wilburys

Volume one is a classic album. It has stood the test of time after repeated listen. The music, vocals, lyrics and production are all outstanding. Every member is a legend in their own right but this album took each of them to a new level in my eyes.

The most amazing supergroup of all-time: Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, George Harrison.

Yes, they were a super group -- an amalgamation of super stars that got together. That said, I wouldn't really call them a true band such much as a get together of friends doing drugs together and making music on the side.

The epitome of what rock n' roll music is all about. Five superstars in their own right subjugating their own egos for their fans. And Roy Orbison...what a voice.

32 New Order New Order New Order are an English rock band formed in 1980, currently comprising Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman.

Before New Order, rock and dance music were distinct and separate. New Order showed how they could be melded to create a very influential body of work. 33 years after releasing the #1 best selling 12" single of all time, they are still putting out killer records and selling out arena tours worldwide, where half the set list is recent material. Regardless of what this survey returns, New Order is the most influential band of the 1980s.

To arise from the ashes of Joy Division with this catalogue of work is phenomenal :-)

I think Joy Division were better but the New Order son "leave me alone" is beautiful. Oh and BLUE MONDAY!

Should be higher on the list

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33 Talking Heads Talking Heads Talking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison.

One of the bravest, most original bands ever! From their first album, this band only released great records! David Byrne is one of the finest songwriters ever, and the band fed off of one another very well! Buildings, Fear of Music, Remain in Light, Speaking in Tongues and Little Creatures represent some of the finest albums ever released! Now we just need David to "lighten up" start LOVING exclusively, and agree to reunite so that this incredible band can tour once more!

They clearly are number 1

Although Rush is a good group there is no comparison between Talking Heads and Rush.

I LOVE the Talking Heads how are they not higher?

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34 The Clash The Clash The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.

Perhaps the best band ever, The Clash drew from dozens of genres including reggae, punk, and blues. In a strange way, they managed to popularize the Punk music originally created by the street bands of Britain and bring righteousness to what was before a highly nihilistic genre. The sound they created was touching to the soul, voicing the things many others wouldn't, such as the leaving of Vietnamese-American children in Vietnam to be stoned to death or abandoned by the new government, gun rights, obsession with technology, and more. The Clash also spawned a few great bands after its dissolving, including Joe Strummer and the Mescalaros and Big Audio Dynamite.

The clash is my all time favorite band of all time. I know a lot of people don't feel the same way, but they should at least be in the top 20 people! They are one of the first punk rock bands of the 70s and 80s and really set the scene. they. even encouraged me to start composing music. come on people, let put the clash at number one! It's the way joe would want it.

They weren't the same without the brilliant drum grooves of Topper, but still one of the greatest bands ever! London Calling, Sandinista and Combat Rock are three of the best albums ever released! Every album they created was great! Sad to see Joe go into nonphysical so soon! How many albums are better than London Calling?

The only band that matters.

(well, apart from the Beatles but they were in the 60's)

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35 Foreigner Foreigner Foreigner is a British-American hard rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musician Mick Jones and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm.

In my opinion Foreigner is one of the best of the 80s and should be in the top ten

Should be in the top ten. They still sound great.

Great band needs to move up the list. Lots of heart in all the songs thy did

Definitely a top 10 band, and by that I mean probably in the top five, along with Styx (number 98 on this list what a joke). the whole list is a joke.

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36 Kiss Kiss Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

Lol these guys should be at the top of the list! Cause more than half of the bands up here have been in some shape or form inspired from KISS.

They're the ones who started the whole make-up and drag thing and really took it to the nest level, go check it out for your self many bands have admitted that they were HUGE fans of KISS and that KISS was the reason they created their band. KISS are like the forefathers of GLAM/metal rock.

No one deserves the top spot more than them! 70s 80s 90s 2000s it doesn't matter these guys KILLED it in EVERY ERA!

It's so awesome 40 years of entertaining the people did you know over 200,000,000 like/liked kiss (including the dead ones and present kiss fans) - SmoothCriminal

Oya man, they rocked the 70's, 80's, 90's, and still rocking the world - SmoothCriminal

Kings of entertainment!

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37 Huey Lewis and the News

Back to the future one of the biggest movies of the 80's title track sung by? Huey Lewis and the news..

A talented, but underrated band. Their popularity in the mid-80's matched that of Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna for a short while. Their best songs include "The Power of Love", "Hip to be Square" and "Do You Believe in Love".

Huey Lewis is most definitely an 80'star.

Classic pure 80s. The absolute best.

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38 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.

This is one of the main influences for bands like Nirvana and My Bloody Valentine

Why isn't Sonic Youth in the top ten, what the hell?

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39 Motorhead Motorhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal/Hard Rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed ...read more.

These were the dirty edge of British metal in the 80's. Very influential. Still making great songs " line in the sand"

Motorhead should be top 3. along with OZZY and W.A.S.P. This list makes no sense.

Well, they are in the wrong place. Those numbers should be switched and equal with 9 at least

40 Genesis Genesis Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.

How are Genesis in the number 40 spot? Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins? I know these people even though I'm 15 They are both cultural icons in their own right. Genesis's music sounds so futuristic, and funky it really true. Invisible Touch, That's All, Counting Out Time are amazing and sound so good, I could listen to them for hours. Let's not forget about Abacab, my favorite song.

I saw this band with both front men, Peter Gabriel was one of the most entertaining lead singers I ever saw. He would but outfits on that were part of the story the song was about. And with such a powerful voice, I just wish I could see this whole band together one more time. Phil Collins was good if he come forward from behind the drums the band would have been done in 1976. The first 3 LP's almost sounded like they still had Gabriel singing, Phil was that good. As time changed so did the band and now they are in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, to me was the best LP they made.

The best Band ever.
Just because I can't dance tonight tonight tonight mama, that's all

Phil collins has one if the greatest voices of all time I did like peter gabriel's voice too though

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41 Starship

They have a song called Sara and that is my name and I have liked them since I was really little.

Love this group. I didn't discover them till mid 90's. They are the best.

Best band ever and their remastered version of Don't Stop Believing Was amazing

Their songs can make you cry. 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now' helped a football team win cup because of its moving lyrics.

42 Modern Talking Modern Talking Modern Talking were a German synth-pop duo formed in 1983 by singer/pianist Thomas Anders and chorus singer/producer/composer/guitarist Dieter Bohlen best known for their hits "You're My Heart, You're My Soul", "Cheri Cheri Lady" and "Brother Louie", that broke up in 1987 before rejoining in 1998 with ...read more.

They were the best band of 80s with many many giga hits like -you can win if you want, sos for love, brother loui, you are my heart you are my soul and many more. They were the best of their era.

Awesome band still listen to them today.

They were the 80's king

Two German boys, just out of teens in 1983, rocked the English music world with one hit after another. 120 million record sale in a short span of time is great achievement... these songs have over 100 million views and these songs were much before internet's arrival!...

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43 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, ...read more.

The masters of heavy metal music. These guys are icons today. It's easy to guess they should be number 1.

What these guys should be at the least in th top 10

Number 92? What a Joke!

44 Prince & The Revolution

IF this is considered a "Band" then yes, by far the best (although it feels more "solo") - ifafootball

Prince and the revolution put on a great concert and Prince himself is the greatest entertainer in music.

He (they) released an album almost EVERY YEAR in the 80's... that alone is astounding - dignan

One of the most talented artist of all time

RIP-first the king, then the prince

45 The Bangles The Bangles The Bangles are an American pop rock band that formed in Los Angeles in 1981, scoring several hit singles as that decade continued.

The bangles oppitomised 80's pop culture and seeing them play their instruments was a new era in girl groups, not saying they were first but they brought it to the masses

I THINK WHAT IS THE BEST BANG OF GIRLS OF ALL TIMES

2nd best girl band of the 80s.

I LOVE THE BANGLES AND I WISH FOR THEM TO HAVE A CONCERT HERE IN Australia BUT WITH Michael STEELE THOUGH SHES ONE OF MY FAVORITE! THEN VICKI THEN DEBBIE THEN SUE! PLEASE HAVE A CONCERT HEREERERERE! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE WE ARE ALL WAITING FOR YOU'S!

46 Great White

How are these guys not even Mentioned? Once Bitten Twice Shy, Save Your Love, Old Rose Motel? SERIOUSLY?

One of my absolute favorite bands in the 80 s

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47 The Go-Gos

Love them. Plus they were all hot babes. Did I mention they were hot!

Great songs and best girl group, very influential. Beauty and the Beast album one of the best of the 80s

LOVE me some BELINDA!

Best 80s girl band without a doubt

48 Chicago

One of the finest bands ever during the Seventies, but when Peter Cetera took over, this was no longer the band that created their first album!

They had it all. the passion, lyrics are great

One of the best bands of all time; not only in the 80s, but the late 60s, definitely the 70s, and through the 90s into even today's era with their release of Chicago XXXVI "Now."

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49 REO Speedwagon

This band had a continuous presents through out the 80, s if this band isn't on the top side of this list you people could not of lived at that time

This band is underrated, way underrated!

Loved them back when and love them now!

Way underrated!

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50 Rainbow Rainbow Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums ...read more.

Ritchie Blackmore could fart on his guitar and it would sound better than 80% of this list.

The real foundation of metal. - RalphSaad

Ritchie Blackmore sang it himself... "I'm the man on the silver mountain! " And therefore, he should certainly be a heck of a lot higher on this list. Amazing rock voice, tremendous lyrics, loads of talent throughout the entire band. Oh and LOL about the "fart" comment on previous persons opinion. I would have to agree!

Dio was the vocalist but otherwise I agree, brilliant guitarist and brilliant vocals/lyrics by Dio. - RalphSaad

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