Greatest Bands from the '80s

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81 Roxette Roxette Roxette is a Swedish pop rock duo, consisting of Marie Fredriksson (vocals) and Per Gessle (vocals and guitar). Roxette went on to achieve four US number-one hits with "The Look," "Listen to Your Heart," "It Must Have Been Love," and "Joyride", and nineteen UK Top 40 hits. Other hits include "Dangerous," ...read more.

Should have been higher... this band deserves it! Per and Marie combo is just mind blowing... the powerful 'listen to your heart' and the catchy 'the look' prove why they should deserve higher ranks!

Great band. Literally. Original and dynamic songs

Great Band, Glad to see them back after 20 year on the road again.

What is wrong with people seriously great band

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82 Dead Kennedys Dead Kennedys Dead Kennedys are an American hardcore punk band formed in San Francisco, California in 1978. The band was one of the first American hardcore bands to make a significant impact in the United Kingdom.
83 Black Flag Black Flag Black Flag was an American punk rock band formed in 1976 in Hermosa Beach, California. Initially called Panic, the band was established by Greg Ginn, the guitarist, primary songwriter, and sole continuous member through multiple personnel changes in the band. They are widely considered to be one of ...read more.
84 The Sisters of Mercy

This is the band that brought me into new wave. Should be at least 50!

One of the most powerful/spiritual groups of modern music.

Sisters are goth, not new wave. Agreed on placement.

This was one of the best bands of the 80s agreed!

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85 Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

Radiohead banded together (officially) in the early 1990s, they are my fave band but should not be on the list at least under this name

Radiohead is a great band! CREEP is the best song ever... Radiohead should be upper on the list

Video killed the Radio Star...So true!

Wow... I mean, they are the best band of all time but... 80s?

86 The Alarm

One of my favorites. Some my other favorites include Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Stone Temple Pilots, The Clash, Foo Fighters and The Hives.

As someone who was born in 1970 I had fonder memories of the creche than the Clash. The alarm came along and changed that, a great band that got me into many others

One of the biggest college bands in the 80s. Never got the full recognition they deserved. Check out their greatest hits. Amazing songs. A ton of them.

The best live band I've seen, still going strong and still fantastic to see, full of energy and good old rock 'n' roll.

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87 Level 42

Numerous hits on both sides of the Atlantic and still awesome!

One of the most underrated bands of all time.

It's been 30 years since I first heard "Something About You" and I still like listening to it up to this day!

Unbelievable. I hear them today and it sounds like recorded yesterday. Great writer, great musicians.

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88 ZZ Top ZZ Top ZZ Top is an American rock band that formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band is composed of bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, and drummer Frank Beard.

Gimme All Your Lovin and legs are 80s songs by ZZ Top. And bands like this, the Clash, and Def Leppard are below Nirvana, which is the best in the 90s.

Did not make the top 100? Who made this list? Were you born yesterday?

One of the greatest bands of all time! Show me any other band on this list that headlined to represent the United States at the Olympics.

89 A-ha A-ha A-ha is a Norwegian band formed in Oslo in 1982. The band was founded by Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy.

TAKE ON ME IS NOT tHEIR BEST SONG by any meaning,90% OF THEIR MUSIC IS FULL OF DARK AND/ OR MELANCHOLY, WHILE TAKE ON ME IS AMONG THE COMMERCIAL 10%(THAT STUPID SONG doesn't REALLY SHOW THE GREATNESS OF A-HA'S LEGACY), and those ignorants saying that they have only one song, you can't be more ridiculous and ignorant, so do yourself a favour and go to check their 9 albums! They sure are one of the best bands ever(not only in the 80s)if not the best, because apart of their unique sound, also every song sounds different, and they have a plus that any other band has, morten's voice.. That is really the best voice I've ever heard. They haven't only made "perfect pop songs" but also "perfect rock songs", as they've always changed their style while time pass. And their songs have more complexity than what you can find in many others bands, so stop believing in the "gods of music" that magazines like The rolling stones loves to invent, overrating some artist, and ...more

Your opinion is not a fact. The world doesn't revolve around you. -_- - Derpyderpderpderp

This band is number one because of songs like Hunting High And Low, Scoundrel Days, East Of The Sun West Of The Moon, Stay On These Roads, I call your name, Sycamore Leaves, There's never a forever thing... The list is long because every a-ha Song is unique, Morten is one of the best voice on earth, Pal is one of the best Songwriters of all time and all three Band Members are real musicians. They have many so called "Perfect Pop Songs" in every Album. Just hear Hunting High And Low and you know what I mean. There is no one in the music scene who could sing this song in the way Morten can do. A-ha is the most underrated Band of all times because of their good looks and lack of scandals. If someone asks "how a-ha could be number one", then he/she should go and hear some more songs of them, Take On Me was not their only song (and it was one of their weakest songs and nevertheless brilliant).

Take on me was their best song, Some of you just say it isn't because you feel it was their most successful song and that to wasn't good enough, and I agree. a-ha was THE most underrated band of all time, but you can't blame that on the song that brought them to fame. Don't get me wrong I have heard about 95% of all their songs and I like all of them, Their best ones are Sun always shines on T. V, Stay on these roads, Cry Wolf, Scoundrel days, Butterfly Butterfly, Take on me, Foot of the mountain, October, Living Daylights, Train of thought, Hunting High and Low, Manhattan Skyline, I've been Losing You, Lifelines, Touchy, You are the one and so on. Notice that I didn't put Take on me first or last on the list because I don't like it when that happens because it makes it seem like the other songs don't matter. So yes a-ha was sadly underrated but no it's not take on me's fault.

Love of my life. Every song is great

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90 White Lion

So underrated - front man Mike Tramp is a talented songwriter and vocalist, as well as being a great guy, and continues to release a wealth of quality music. Uplifting, melodic and finely crafted.

91 Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra The Electric Light Orchestra are an English rock band from Birmingham. They were formed in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne with drummer Bev Bevan.

Oh really, classically trained musicians creating innovative rock 'n roll wind up at #217!? I suggest you review their body of work and then Roll Over Beethoven.

Jeff Lynne is a musical genius. If this was a 70s list, ELO would be much higher.

The most underrated band... Thank you Jeff Lynne

To be fair, ELO is a 70's band, why is it here?

They're biggest international hit "Xanadu" was released and in 1980 and they were successful until 1982 - jrodz

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92 Survivor Survivor Survivor is an American rock band formed in Chicago in 1978 by Jim Peterik. The band achieved its greatest success in the 1980s, garnering many charting singles, especially in the United States.

Come on eye of the tiger burning heart they should be top ten

Still blasting this out. Fab band

I don't get how this band is NUMBER 234

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93 King Diamond King Diamond Kim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish heavy metal musician. He is known for his extensive vocal range, usually sung in falsetto. King Diamond was originally known as the vocalist for Mercyful Fate, but has become notorious for his horror themed Concept albums ...read more.
94 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.

QUIET RIOT IS AWESOME! WHY AREN'T THEY NUMBER 1 ON THE LIST? I MEAN, SERIOUSLY!

Awesome band, I wonder how it isn't in the top 10 at least

If this band is #117 the voters were brain dead in the 80s.

AWESOME!

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95 Ultravox

They are practically unknown in the U.S. The song "Vienna" is considered one of the finest European based singles yet the song didn't even make a dent on the music singles charts on the Western Hemisphere radio waves. Although they are unfairly lumped into the "New Romantic" movement, along with Japan they were a step ahead of their peers.

We'll one of the best bands of the 80's without question. Vienna made the all time top 10 of records, and again brilliant in 2013 with a great new album and tour.

No one made a sound quite like ultravox, loud live too and great synth rifts with rock instruments

Ultravox was the 80s. They influenced every band no question. The band of bands

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96 Slayer Slayer ...read more.

Slayer is a frigging classic! Should be way up higher on the last, not almost at the bottom.

Better than half the bands on this list.

Needs to be in top 30 at least! brutal, violent, heavy death/thrash metal

WHY IS SLAYER AT 155? SLAYER SHOULD BE IN THE TOP 5

97 Marillion Marillion Marillion are a British rock band, formed in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, in 1979. They emerged from the post-punk music scene in Britain and existed as a bridge between the styles of punk rock and classic progressive rock, becoming the most commercially successful neo-progressive rock band ...read more.

They're great! I have all their vinyl records (the joker and the chameleon always present). Love them.

An amazingly interesting and great band! Loved them from the first listen

I totally love them so much material... best kept secret in music

The greatest from Prog Rock.
Any guitar in Rothery hands is magic.
Lyrics are always meaningful, no place some commercial crap...

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98 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock. Some ...read more.

Green Day became a band on 1989 so they shouldn't be on this list even though they're my favorite band of all time. In 1994 they released Dookie which is what made them big. Since the demise of Nirvana, one band has remained to stay in the spot light and that band is Green Day. In 2004 they came out with the album American Idiot, which in my view is the greatest album if all time and it has been regarded as the greatest rock opera of all time. They've sold millions and millions of records and have sold out show after show. Though they are not as big anymore as Justin bieber or lady gaga they have remained to stay popular and sell albums and tickets to their shows by staying true to themselves and not selling out to whats popular just to make money.

I love this band! Why don't they have more votes?!? They are the best band ever!

One of my top favourite bands but they were not from the 80s for sure.

Should be higher in the ranking

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99 Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots was formed in San Diego, CA in 1989. ...read more.

Don't get me wrong these rock but weren't these guys from the nineties

They were a 90's band... Their first album came out in '92

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100 Triumph Triumph Triumph is a Canadian hard rock power trio that was popular in the late 1970s through the 1980s. Between the band's 16 albums and DVDs, Triumph has received 18 gold and 9 platinum awards in Canada and the United States.

Can't believe they were not on this list. Also can't believe some that are. Scarey

One of the most underrated bands

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