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, 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.
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.
Major 70's bands, such as Queen, Journey, Duran Duran, definitely Leppard, AC/DC, Van Halen, Aerosmith, U2, Black Sabbath, Twisted Sister, KISS, Dokken, Quiet Riot, Foreigner, Pink Floyd, Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Police and plenty more are holding up spots for the REAL 80's bands
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.
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!
How can this be 2nd. Axl Rose is one of the greatest singers ever and I am completely spellbound by SLASH the god of guitar.
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
Between Jon's individual work and the Band's songs, it's hard to NOT like Bon Jovi
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!
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!
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!
Eddie is the guitar god. Diamond Dave is confidently eccentric, and Alex is freaky good. Queen (or more appropriately, bohemian rhapsody lovers, which wasn't even written in the 80s) lovers go away and don't come back. Nobody likes you anyway. Guns and roses? More like severely and overrated. AC DC is ok, if you like listening to the same song over and over again. No need shoo away Bon jovi lovers, they left their sanity in the 70s. Def leppard is actually my second favorite band, nothing bad to say other than Van Halen is better. Motley crue has like, 3 good songs, so probably just people who have no idea what they are talking about. All of this and I still haven't gotten to why Van Halen is the best. Just take my word for it and vote Van Halen.
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.
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.
I agree they should have been number one! Guns N' Roses didn't gain popularly until the late 80s, come on people! Motley and also Van Halen were king of the 80s! Period
Most of their works are overshadowed by Don't Stop Believin', Faithfully, Separate Ways (Worlds Apart), Wheel In the Sky, Who's Crying Now and Open Arms, but Journey is seriously underrated.
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.
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!?
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!
Metallica should definitely be top 5 for sure... I like the other picks though.
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
1. Iron Maiden
5. Bon Jovi
7. Motley Crue
8. Guns n Roses
10. Van Halen
11. Def Leppard
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.
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
I only heard Rock You Like a Hurricane, Wind of Change and The Zoo (which I basically forgot,) but for not knowing English, the Scorpions did at LEAST as good as the rest of these guys.
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.
Best solo guitar of the 80's virtuoso!
Another great underrated band. Mark Knopfler was a great guitarist.
One of the few on this list who don't sing about sex, drugs and partying.
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.
One of the most underrated rock bands of our time. DEFINITELY belong in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame
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.
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
I only know Roxanne and Every Breath You Take, and both of those are pretty good (even though Sting thinks one of them is too generic.)
Along with The Cars, The Police are arguably the best 1980's band.
The Police are one of the greatest rock bands of all time. They should at least be in the top 15.
The Police should be in the top 10. Really good band.
Pink Floyd rules the universe. That is all.
Pink Floyd deserves much better than #22.
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!
Five years ago I knew almost everything about Survivor. Now...not so much. Their hits are pretty cool. And some of the songs that weren't hits, too.
Elvis was "the King of Rock and Roll" during his time (though if you ask me, a lot of his songs were more the blues or love songs, not Rock and Roll). Twenty or thirty years later we had all these eighties rock bands, like Europe, Asia (no lie), Journey, Bon Jovi, Survivor and a lot more. (Some of these bands were actually just seventies rock bands that continued into the eighties, like the Beatles continued into the seventies.) But if you know Survivor, you know they've had songs in Rocky III, Rocky IV, the Karate Kid, and Paul Blart Mall Cop. I probably would be voting for Bon Jovi or something and calling Survivor Chumps. But Sylvester Stallone came along with the need for a theme song and he kind of got two: Eye of the Tiger and Burning Heart. That made Survivor more successful, because they didn't do enough touring. Anyways, if it weren't for Stallone, the Moment of Truth would never be in the Karate Kid, and I Can't Hold Back wouldn't be in Paul Blart Mall Cop. Those two songs ...more
I don't think that 1: Queen should be #1 because Freddy Mercury was either gay or bisexual, #2 the guy complaining about Journey should be so upset. They got bumped to the top 10, #3 a 70's rock band should hog the spot for best 80's rock band, or #4 the band that sang "Eye of the Tiger", "Burning Heart", "I Can't Hold Back" or the "Moment of Truth" which are all used in movies, should be in 86th place. Stallone's intellect is much more than the character of Rocky Balboa. Sure, he originally wanted Another One Bites the Dust" from Queen, but he didn't get that, so I guess he went on a search for the best guys to do it- If he wanted Bon Jovi to do a motivational song for him, then we'd probably be hearing "Wanted Dead or Alive" as "Eye of the Tiger", "The Boys Are Back In Town" as "Burning Heart", "Livin' On a Prayer" as "I Can't Hold Back" and "You Give Love a Bad Name" as "The Moment of Truth". But none of that happened, so Stallone must've been more impressed by Survivor than ...more
First of all, these guys never looked like girls like Bon Jovi or Europe, (okay, a couple of times Frankie Sullivan had rather long hair but the majority of the members had fairly normal hairdos for their time), second of all, unlike Queen, when Survivor became popular, it was the 80s. (If you search 70s Rock bands, Queen is one of the results). Also, if you search "Another One Bites The Dust" on YouTube, in the spot where they've got all the related songs, Eye of the Tiger is there. Finally the lead vocalist for Queen is (or was) a homosexual. Neither Jimi Jamison nor Dave Bickler is that way. Thus, making Survivor a more appropriate band. (Not to mention that they didn't paint their faces like Kiss did (or stick out their tongues like Kiss did. I think Kiss had an influence on Miley Cyrus)
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
Listened since young
Best rock band ever!
I don't listen to a lot of Duran Duran songs, but the ones I DO listen to (Rio, Hungry Like the Wolf, the Wild Boys and Girls on Film) are pretty good.
They have been my favorite band since 1981!
MTV helped blow this band up in the early 80's
My moms favourite band.
These girls are a great group