Greatest Bands from the '80s

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101 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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102 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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103 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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104 Night Ranger

The fact that Night Ranger is so far down on the list is very disappointing to me.

The MOST underrated band ever. Still around kickin ass today!

Night Ranger is a lot better than these bands ahead of them

So underrated

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105 Alphaville

Amazing melodies, deep meaningful lyrics, breathtaking vocals of Marian Gold... This band is just awesome. Unfortunately, most people only know about "Forever Young", but trust me, it's only the tip of the iceberg.

Love it! Awesome band. Full of great classics. Great memories!

Should be higher. Most of these bands belong in either the 90s or 70s

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106 Quiet Riot

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.

"come on Feel the Noize, girls, rock your boys. We'll get wild, wild, wild! "...

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107 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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108 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American punk 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 of their influences ...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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109 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

110 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

Awesome band that most people aren't familiar with

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111 N.W.A N.W.A N.W.A was an American hip hop group from Compton, CA. They were among the earliest and most significant popularizers and controversial figures of the gangsta rap subgenre, and are widely considered one of the seminal groups in the history of hip hop music. V 1 Comment
112 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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113 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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114 Accept Accept Accept is a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, originally assembled by former vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and bassist Peter Baltes.

Amazing band. Even better with mark on the lyrics

Accept the best...

Where's Accept in all of this? Where are Warrior or Manowar? Moorhead... oh the humanity!

115 Bronski Beat V 2 Comments
116 Mr. Mister

Best hi tech band ever

117 Bauhaus Bauhaus

Deserve to be in a MUCH MUCH higher spot

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118 Kool & the Gang

What a joy in comparison to all that heavy metal noise.

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119 Living In A Box
120 Ramones Ramones The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound. V 1 Comment
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