Greatest Bands from the '80s


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241 Frische Farbe
242 Joy Division Joy Division Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.

Hmm well I wouldn't label them as 80s as such, the majority of their catalogue was written, released, and performed in the late 70s after all, but couldn't resist giving them the vote because of the sheer beauty one can extrapolate from some of music's most melancholy moments. - mjgass

Despite only their pneuma is still with us in the form of New Order, this band has to be one of my biggest influences and sure is for many other. Radiant guitars, powerful beats and the poetic ingenious of Ian Curtis was the cry for change that inspired the 80s.

Can still hear their influence in today's dance music. How were they left off this list this long?

They made rock melancholy and emotional. They were a short lived band because of frontman Ian Curtis' untimely death by suicide. But Joy Division left a lasting legacy in the music world with "Love Will Tear Us Apart"

243 The Style Council

Seriously how could you have forgotten them? You are the best thing, my ever changing mood, Paris match with Everything but the girl singer's... And, Everything but the girl is the next one I am adding yuk!

244 Everything But the Girl

Another gray band that is missing from you list. Missing, is the best song probably (and yes it was released early nineties) but the first truly famous song when all is well, was released in the eighties

Tracy Thorn -- amazing

I love EBTG, and yes, they formed in 1982. But they weren't able to make it big until the 90s.

245 Nena Nena

Nena is not the "99 luftbaloons" only. Nena is much more than that and still going strong (2014). Just a small example - "Willst du mit mir gehn" from 2005. Beautiful album! But this is about the 80's. And she did begin in the 80's with of course 99 baloons. I was a kid back then and I had the first two albums on cassette which I was listening all the time. And still do from time to time.

246 Stray Cats

Awesome band. Reshaped the 80s.

247 The Cult The Cult The Cult are a British rock band formed in 1983. Before settling on their current moniker in January 1984, the band performed under the names Southern Death Cult and Death Cult. V 3 Comments
248 Faith No More Faith No More Faith No More is an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1979. Before settling on their current moniker in 1983, the band performed under the names Sharp Young Men and later Faith No Man.

What the real thing was revolutionary

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249 Patti Smith Group Patti Smith Group
250 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock/metal band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.


251 Flipper Flipper Flipper is an American rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1979, continuing in often erratic fashion until the mid-1990s, then reuniting in 2005. The band influenced a number of grunge, punk rock and noise rock bands.
252 Type O Negative Type O Negative Type O Negative was an American gothic/doom metal band formed in Brooklyn, New York City in 1989. Their lyrical emphasis on themes of romance, depression, and death resulted in the nickname "The Drab Four".
253 Orange Juice
254 Alice in Chains Alice in Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

Laughable that they are at the very bottom of this list. Lane and Jerry have more talent in their pinky finger than 90% of the bands on this list and a ton of these bands no one has even heard of. I looked up the discographies of a few and they literally had 20 albums of nothing but garbage that all sounds the same... seriously GTFO here with this. That just lets me know most of the people voting and commenting here either aren't musicians or don't know what good music is when they here it.

Best band ever dammit

How they are overlooked is beyond me.

Are You Kidding Me

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255 Ratt Ratt Ratt is an American heavy metal band that had significant commercial success in the 1980s, with their albums having been certified as gold, platinum, and multi-platinum by the RIAA.

Don't have a bad song toured the world and still playing. Should at least be in the top 15 top bands of the 80s. I guess more pop fans voting than rock.

Good lyrics, great sound, and an all around super band!

Should at least be in the top 20. One of the top headliner bands in the 80s

I saw this band in the 80's at a small venue called The Cellar in Hawaii (Oahu). It was Amazing to see them preform in front of maybe 70 people. They were very much a huge part of the 80's hair band movement.

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256 Modern Talking Modern Talking Modern Talking was 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 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.

L have to say that these Disco king guy�'s really touched "my heart and my soul! " every single song was and still is absolutely Great!... 80�'s would not been nothing with out them! :)...

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257 Spandau Ballet

This band needs to be number 1!

You know this band is TRUE

Spandau should be top 5 probably top 3. If it goes by hits and ability to fill out stadiums they are most definitely up there.

I look at some of the bands above Spandau and realise how poor this vote is! As a live band they are along side Queen and U2.

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258 Baltimora

Their single Tarzan Boy caused a storm around all around the world and made them an overnight sensation

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259 Styx

My generation would agree Styx is among the best in their era. Dennis De Young and Tommy Shaw are great musician. Their songs are meaningful. Styx must be among the top ten

Why is this below skid Row?! Sure Youth gone Wild was good, but Styx released tons of hits!

Great song and one of the best live shows around. Saw them in early 80's and again 2015 - even better. Should be in 10 top

Totally one of the best. Both Styx and Foreigner had a ton of hits... this list is way of base.

For pure rock and roll: ACDC, Foreigner, Styx, Scorpions, Van Halen, etc should be way closer to the top 20 than down near the bottom... who the hell is AlphaVille?

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260 Kajagoogoo

Very underrated band when actually their sound was much better than most of 80s bands that are still on stage

White feathers was technologically far more advanced that any other album at the time. And was also great album. After that, something went wrong with them.. unfortunately.

In spite they were considered "a teen band" the way they dealed with instruments was awesome, who used a chapman stick in those days? It s pity the manager destroyed the band

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