Greatest Bands from the '80s


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241 New Model Army

Their early career spans the 80's and although labelled controversial by some they're saying it how it is really. Still loving their folk rock melodies.

242 China Crisis

Incredibly underrated... Their albums from Flaunt the Imperfection, What Price Paradise, Diary of a Hollow Horse, to Warped By Success represent as good a run of albums as almost anyone! Brilliant music and lyrics that gave you a lot to think about and enjoy!

Easy listening with such classic songs "Black Man Ray", "Hanna Hanna", "King in a Catholic Style", "Wishful Thinking", "African White". I think they're the more subdued version of O.M.D. definitely underrated.

243 Tubeway Army
244 Crowded House

My favourite band EVER. And I'm only a teenager but I think most people would say CH deserves better than 242. There is consistent brilliance in the songwriting talents of Neil that simply cannot be faulted. Each album is both brilliant and amazing from Crowded House in 1986 to Intriguer in 2010. I also want to know where Cold Chisel and Split Enz are on here because those are the three I think should be higher along with The Smiths.

Not around long but no less awesome for it!

245 Kansas Kansas Kansas is an American rock band that became popular in the 1970s initially on album-oriented rock charts and later with hit singles such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind".

Kansas' best songs are better than any other band's - even The Beatles. But even though they did some great stuff in the 80s, their very best songs to me were outwith that decade, especially "The Wall" and "Dust in the Wind" from the 70s, and "the Coming Dawn" from their 2000 album. These were prog rock numbers which made Kansas something very special. In the 80s they were a good AOR band.

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247 Frische Farbe
248 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?

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249 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!

250 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

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

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251 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.

252 The Waterboys

"Pan Within" is still the sexiest song I have ever listened to in a long, long time!

Best band of the 80s bar none. Their songs of the 80s such as "Whole of The Moon", "Fisherman's Blues" and "Spirit" are musically and lyrically great, and that's just scratching the surface. "Spirit" to me is one of the greatest songs ever, by any band. They avoided becoming commercial - for example, they turned down an offer to perform on UK T.V. on Top of the Pops, because they didn't want to mime. Yet despite not seeking publicity their longevity continues, due to their huge talent.

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253 Britny Fox
254 Split Enz

Split Enz are truly the most iconic Kiwi band with the most hits per artist in APRA's top 100 kiwi songs (followed by Crowded House and Dave Dobbyn) and are also the parent band of Crowded House, Schnell Fenster and Citizen Band among others. They formed in 1972 and even if I don't count their four 70's albums (Mental Notes, Second Thoughts, Dizrhythmia and Frenzy) there still a lot to love from the 80's, True Colours and Time and Tide stand out for me. If you hear I Got You and you're not singing along by the chorus then there is actually something going wrong for you.

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256 The Outfield

Try listening to an Outfield album when you are driving in a highway at 90 miles an hour. It's adrenaline pumping minus the noise. Yes, this is one of the more underrated bands!

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257 The Call

The most criminally underrated band... every bit as good as U2. Peter Gabriel called them "the future of American music."

258 Eagles Eagles The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.

The best American Rock Band ever! Their best songs were in the 70's. Hotel California one of the Best Albums! Don Henley and Glen Frey had hit songs in the 80's!

This list is invalid with Eagles at 244...who makes this up?

One of the best all round bands of all time.

They were and still are great!

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259 The Doobie Brothers

If you couldn't get grooving while listening to these guys you may be in a coma...

Sounds like a drug dealer trying to rap about that crack

260 Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.

He was ostracized for his greatness, and the complexity of the music befuddles musicians to this very day

He's got his own little piece of heaven.

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