Greatest Rock Bands of the '80s
The Top Ten
Love all the bands mentioned in the Top 10, however Queen definitely deserves the #1 spot! Combine Freddie's voice (4 octaves) along with Brian, Roger and John, there is not another band to this day that can perform perfection like they did.
Queen were exceptional musicians in their own right. Together they were a kind of magic bringing out the best in each other. Freddie Mercury's 4 octave vocal range and masterful command of huge audiences was spectacular. Queen crossed every musical boundary. Every single band member had number one hits. No other band in history has done that. They deserve the number one spot.
Most definitely Queen was the best band of all time and if anyone wants to fight me for it, then bring it on!
Queen, Just Amazing. They wrote classic and virtuoso hits from early 1970s - the 1980s and early 1990s which included different styles of music though always in the essence of Rock. However they wrote so many classic hits, their early albums are some of the greatest of all time including Queen, Sheer Heart Attack, A Night at the Opera but Queen II to me is the most musically brilliant albums of the past 40 years.
Lyrics, vocals, stage presence, guitars, ballads, drums, great covers (often better than the originals), down and dirty rock'n'roll, Izzy Stradlin. They had it all.
Best. Band ever. Their music was and still is the best. Growing up 80s. And listening to axel rose. And slash. On guitar. I will never forget. They are the better band
Best band of the 80s! One of the best frontman to ever touch a microphone
I agree 1 million percent Guns N Roses are the best and Axl is an excellent singer I do not like it when people call him a bad singer because he is not and the best guitarist in the world Slash ROCK ON! - michaelwalton
Hands down the best 80s rock band. Give me any song from another artist and I will match it with a better one from AC/DC
R you kidding? Move it up! These people are the root of hard rock! No other music has the kind of power that acdc has, from their crazy riffs, to screaming solos. Long live bon scott!
This is simply the best band ever! Check sales. Three or more generations of rock fans. They still sell out every venue around the world. I miss Bon!
Talk about Showmanship Talent and Determination, These guys Are one of the main ingredients that make Rock and Roll taste so good!
The year 2000 brought two things: The album "Crush" and me. Crush brought with it songs like Two Story Town, I've Got the Girl, and one of Bon Jovi's greatest hits: It's My Life. So, yes, I wasn't around for Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Keep the Faith, These Days (or Crossroads), in fact, the first album that I got really into was This House Is Not For Sale, but once I went to the concert in Dallas, I haven't stopped listening since, and I actually ordered Keep the Faith about three days ago. (I love that song, Bed of Roses). My point is, the man, and the band alike are timeless legends, whereas, AC/DC is only known for Highway to Hell.
No doubt this band is the best of the 80s. Livin On A Prayer is like the biggest hit of the 80s! By the way Livin On a Prayer topped more charts than Sweet Child O Mine. Guns n Roses only has one number one! Bon Jovi has four! How is Bon Jovi not number one! I went to vacation in a different country and even heard You Give Love a Bad Name, Bad Medicine, Always (90s), and Blaze Of Glory(90s). Shot through the heart! And you're to blame, You give love a Bad Name!
Most amazing classic 80's rock band EVER! Bon Jovi truly embraced the spirit of classic rock and the elements incorporated are priceless. Listening to him now. Literally. Love his song Livin' On A Prayer, Wanted Dead Or Alive, Blaze Of Glory and You Give Love A Bad Name. Bon Jovi forever!
Bon Jovi has been my favourite band since I was a little kid, and I don't think that will ever change! They had some great rock, I really wish I was alive then when they were big! How could anyone not love these guys? If somehow you DON'T love them, then You Give Love A Bad Name!
It's amazing how little credit this band get's sometimes. This is the band that changed the way a guitar is played. It virtually created the category hairbands, but there not considered a hairband because they are a 70's band. It basically saved heavy metal. This is the band that made it okay for radio stations to play heavy metal hard rock. The critics couldn't say that hard rock was Un talented musicians that just made a lot of noise, due to the virtuoso musicians the band had in it.
The 50s had Chuck Berry, the 60s had Jimi Hendrix, the 70s had Jimmy Page, and the 80s had Eddie Van Halen. Eddie re-defined the way guitar is played and he will forever be a guitar god. David Lee Roth is one of the most iconic frontmen of all time and he had such swagger in his voice. Alex and Michael made an awesome rhythm section.
Ok come on... Guns n roses?!?! Most overrated band of all time. Van Halen was the cream of the crop! Those riffs Eddie made were amazing. Everything about this band deserves it to be number one! Who the hell is Joy Division or X Japan?! Nothing!
Musicianship, vocals, and songwriting..by far the best 80s band. A lot of great music during that period, but great albums and not just a song here and there.
Def Leppard's music transcends time. Definitely better than the rest of these bands on this list.
The definitive band of the 80s. Their sound ruled the decade and every other rock band copied their sound. Two words: Pyromania & Hysteria
They hit their stride in the 80s. Definitely Top 3. Several bands listed above didn't really hit their strides until the end of the decade and into the 90s. This is an 80s list. Def Leppard should be higher up.
Should be higher on the list for sure
They have a lot of great songs
From 81' to 89' Five albums with 15 hits! Motley crue is the best and most influential band of the 80's!
Brought much excitement to rock in the eighties. Distinct sound. Love the music, videos, the whole package.
Favorite band of all time! #1. don't know when they'll get into The Rock and Roll hall of fame. Should already be in.
They should have been #1. They are the best 80's band ever. Sad to see them go. But enjoyed it while they are still together. Thank God for you tube so we can hear these songs forever.
Why is he on here if he's not a band?
Best singer/song writer of the time. We love OZZY!
Greatest rocker ever! For almost 50 years now. By far should be #1.
He is cool should be in the top 5 he is a badass
Metallica... 9?! below Van Halen and Def Leppard with their fake American accents!?
Metallica should definitely be top 5 for sure... I like the other picks though.
Every Album they make goes #1. Proved in the 80's that they can play fast AND technically difficult songs at the same time. Proved in the 90's that they don't even have to try hard to put out quality music. Proved in the 00's that they can withstand they drama and B.S. that destroys other bands. And finally with "Hardwired... to self Destruct" they proved that they can still be in there 50's and shred your face off.
Went multi platinum when barely played, if at all, on the radio! Didn't just fill football stadiums, they played on airports runways and tarmacs to crowds of 100's of thousands of fans!
When you listen to Journey, you feel like everything's gonna be awesome!
Freddie Mercury couldn't hold a candle to Steve Perry's voice or his range. Journey should absolutely be #1 on this list. Steve Perry MADE Journey!
Journey was the best, Steven Perry had the best vocals, he did it effortlessly.. Queen was not near the top in my book. Queen was rated #1 because of its Satanic affiliation.
You must be kidding me. #14? Journey should in the top 5 at least!
They've been around longer than Queen. Reconsider your choice. - dwf4258
AC DC Guns and Roses should be the top three in any order. Aerosmith was the greatest turn around band of all time. No one will ever match the transformation they accomplished being they released their first record in 1974. They still rock like no other. Best live concert band of all time. 32 tractor trailers just to set there show up. Tyler still can sing unlike any other band on this list. Aerosmith can be either number 1 2 or 3. Their record Rocks influenced Guns and Roses according to Slash.
By far best rock band from 1985 into the early nineties. Also one of the best rock band of seventies. Also top rock song of all time, Sweet Emotion.
There's a top ten for that and last time I checked, thriller and Eye of the Tiger were the best. (they don't filter out regular artist and bands into their own top 10) Sorry. - dwf4258
Dream on did not make Aerosmith. Whoever posted that knows nothing about Aerosmith. Not even a top ten song of theirs. By far best American rock band of all time
They should be so much higher. 2nd behind queen
1. Iron Maiden
5. Bon Jovi
7. Motley Crue
8. Guns n Roses
10. Van Halen
11. Def Leppard - yungstirjoey666
Not the best band of the 80's and maybe slightly too high, however they are an amazing band and I'm glad they have a place in the top 10, Bruce is an amazing singer who can even compare to Freddie Mercury, Adrian, Dave and even Janis are have amazing riffs and solos that are both heavy and melodlodic, Nicko the drummer plays it all with a single bass drum, as a drummer I know that this is very hard and finally Steve has three talents, first his "galloping" style of bass playing gives such energy and heavy melody and rhythm, also his song writing skills can be marched by only a few song writers and he's also a pretty good footballer ;) in summery a great band that has a song for every occasion, my favorite, thank you
Deserves Top 10, should be number 1. Their music tells many stories. They spark imagination and inspire the listener to learn of history and what has happened in this world. Greatest band of the 80 hands down!
So, who put this list together? My list of the best of is COMPLETELY different... The 80's was more "metal" than this one indicates.
Another great underrated band. Mark Knopfler was a great guitarist. - Userguy44
Best solo guitar of the 80's virtuoso!
One of the few on this list who don't sing about sex, drugs and partying. - BrianScott01
In my opinion, they should be number 1.
Without Lou Gramm vocals, Foreigner would have been just another rock band screaming over loud guitar riffs.
Lou Gramm: No one could sing better. Beautiful voice.
A great band even today. I Want To Know What Love Is. His voice, the words, and the music make this one of my all time favorites.
One of the most underrated rock bands of our time. DEFINITELY belong in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame
The scorpions released a string of fantastic albums from the 1970's but from 1979 to 1984 they released 4 masterpiece albums, Lovedrive, Animal Magnetism, Blackout and the commercial masterpiece Love at first sting. Over their career they released masterpieces such as; In Trance We'll burn the sky; Another Piece of Meat; Rock you like a Hurricane; The Zoo; Blackout; Dynamite; Wind of Change; Send me an Angel; Catch Your Train; Dynamite; Always Somewhere; and the beautiful ballad Still Loving You
They ran with the best and beat many of them. Beautiful guitars and drums and beautiful vocals. Just beautiful
Rock You Like a Hurricane, Still Lovin' You, The Zoo Lovedrive, Loving You Sunday Morning, Send Me an Angel. I think I made my point.
Are you kidding me? The Scorpions should be top 5, not way down here. What in the world is X Japan? Why are they ahead of anybody on this list?
Surprised there not top 5!
I can't believe they aren't number one considering Rolling Stone magazine called the band of the 80's.
This band has got to be the number 1! The Joshua Tree is a classic album.
Why are they not #1?
These guys are awesome!
Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me.
Love their songs
Pink Floyd rules the universe. That is all.
Pink Floyd deserves much better than #22. - Userguy44
Simply the best lead solos of all time
Simply the greatest band ever
As good as Queen, if not better.
X Japan had some of the best music I never heard.
I love x Japan!
Top 3 band of all time, period. Page is 1 of the greatest guitar players to live, Plant had extreme range and swagger and Bonham is up there with the drum gods!
These guys aren't 80s
You should know more about them. Their last album was released in 80s. - zxm
Best rock band ever!
#1 most played rock song ever- stairway to heaven. These guys deserve to be high on the list.
The Police are one of the greatest rock bands of all time. They should at least be in the top 15.
Along with The Cars, The Police are arguably the best 1980's band.
The Police should be in the top 10. Really good band. - Userguy44
Such a unique sound. So much talent.
These girls are a great group
Whitesnake is the band that got me into the awesome world of hard rock and glam metal. It is definitely supposed to be in the top 3.
David Coverdale's vocals are second to none
Music videos made this group great in the late 80's
Very underrated band. - Userguy44
Great band and Mike Reno can still sing. He sounds great.
One of the best live bands I saw in the 80s.
Still love Loverboy, they put on a great show in St Augustine Florida. Hope they come back soon.
Who? - Userguy44
These guys are up there with the Beatles
Powerful genre-defining garage punk. Ian Curtis.. tragic genius.. As tragically great as Kurt Cobain..
Doesn't get any better than this!
The Smiths, The Cure and U2 should be top 3. Morrissey and Marr best combo ever. So many GREAT songs in a short time. Nothing compares to The Smiths.
Morrissey & Marr... TOGETHER, I rest my case... But they are not rockers
Such a huge inspiration to many other bands after them
I am listening to them right now
I think KISS is one of the best bands in the world and should be number 1! Kiss is amazing and they've worked really hard and I still popular and still going even thought they're in their 70's! That's true passion for music and for their fans.
Kiss is better than most of the bands ranked ahead of them. Multiple hits, shows, movies etc.
The only band in history that had an "Army". People paid money to join the Kiss Army. They had their own cartoon on national television! Should be number one!
Kiss was a solid group in the 80's. They should be rank ahead of at least 3 bands above them on this list.
First off, they should be much higher on the list. Secondly, anybody who has heard the three albums Gary was on post Hi Infidelity would know he was getting pretty soft himself. Even on that album, Take it on the Run and In Your Letter, which are both great songs, are not exactly Kashmir.
Fantastic band, Hi Infidelity is one of the best albums in the early eighties.
Should be so much farther up this list, come on
Great band from the Midwest. Richrath was under rated as a guitarist / writer.
Took a page out of KISS beauty book on showmanship, One great song
Awesome band the bestie my opinion
Depeche Mode on a ROCK list? Don't get me wrong, I like Depeche Mode, but they're completely wrong here. Even the little text blurp calls them an "electronic and synth-pop band".
It is nuts that some cuckoo clocks say Depeche are not a rock band...that is insane...that they are 37 is what is wrong.
Not rock - Disturbedpotato
Should be WAY higher up the list. Immense showmanship and guitar playing.
How are these guys so far down the list? They were great! There is no way these guys shouldn't be in the top 10!
Best band of all time
Best Band Ever! They resurrected rock from the clutches of Disco!
NUMBER ONE. definitely. WITHOUT A DOUBT (other than bon jovi)
Michael Hutchence was Australia’s punk rock, rock and roll bad boy
My favourite band love playing their riffs on guitar. They should be on top Michael Hutchence is the greatest singer ever.
Have not been the same since death of lead singer a nice run for a few years
If you have never listen to their album before go now for the KICK!
Mediocre talent...inept lyrics
over rated group that has NO place on this list
Kurt Cobain did the world a favour when he blew his brains out
Early 90's. the death of hard rock music. AKA grunge music and a lot of the bands such as Poison, Motley Crue and Twisted Sisters have said so themselves.
Hair bands were on their way out anyway due to over partying and mismanagement of money. Nirvana just had to give them a little nudge.
They are my favorite band! I really like their song "Come as you are" and this is coming from a kid!
45th for a rock band that was constantly touring, making records, outsold concerts every year and sold millions of records during the 70's, 80's, 90's, 2000's and 2010's, come on! It's not fair! And with NO WITH NO HELP FROM THE MEDIA! Let alone the musicianship in their music, this band should and must be within the top 5!
Terrific band. Geddy Lee is the BEST high-pitch rock voice. Terrific high wattage power musical scales and riffs.
30th! think about the music these guys play. there are only three musicians in this band!
Most underrated band of all time
Definitely majorly underrated! Give them a listen and see if you don't agree!
Styx had so many good songs and it is honestly ridiculous that they're so far down the list
Should be much higher on the list. Way too many great songs to be this far down!
Among the best!
Highly under rated band. For the 80's. Dokken should be a top ten
They should be in the top ten with all of their hits!
These guys were great new wave artists; great use of synths without being excessive, extremely catchy, and an overall tight sound.
The Cars are easily the best band from the New Wave movement, which was massive in the eighties. How are they not in the top ten?
Amazing band: "Just What I Needed," "Let's Go" and "Good Times Roll" are great singles, and their two debut albums are AWESOME.
You have got to be kidding me- these guys she be in the top 10 - they still sound fresh
Their album 'Through the Looking Glass' has superb versions of band members favourite records by other bands, including Bob Marley, Steely Dan, Cream, Elvis Costello, Bob Marley, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and George Harrison.
Do they actually count as an 80s rock band? I know, they were most successful in the 80s, but they were formed in the 70s. My favorite band of all time, it still just doesn't seem right to have them on this list.
Not the most appreciated band by the average listener, but one of the most talented groups there was. Great harmonies.
Best band ever! Sure they their hit but the their back catalogue is even better, each album is great, and they are amazing live. Definitely the best band ever!
Great 70's band- not so much in the 80's
Was the #1 group in the 80's
Eagles are the best
#1 enough said!
They have been my favorite band since 1981!
MTV helped blow this band up in the early 80's
My moms favourite band. - Userguy44
NO ONE BAND COULD TOUCH THESE GUYS IN THE 80S!.. THEY RULED!. Only other band I could think of was just as big was [ VAN HALEN[!. AT THAT TIME ANYWAY. DURAN SOLD OVER 110 MILLION ALBUMS WORLD WIDE!. Speaking for myself, THE REFLEX Is still my favorite on stage video of all time!. LOVE THE SONG!. THESE GUYS ARE AT 48?. SHOULD BE TOP 5 FOR SURE!. Plus they are still making new music every few years!. [ DURAN DURAN REMAINS! ]
The lead vocals looks like a girl and all they're known for is the Final Countdown really. I mean sure, they have more than one hit bit one people think of the band Europe, they think of the Final Countdown
Europe had some of the best rock music of the 80's! They had so many good and catchy songs, from Superstitious to Cherokee to The Final Countdown, and so much in between! They are right behind Bon Jovi for me, and I mean RIGHT BEHIND!
They have 3 songs that anyone can tolerate what is the final countdown anyway they should not be on this list never mind being listed at 19.
One hit wonder