Greatest Rock Bands of the '80sisoldmysoulforrocknroll
The Top Ten
In the early 70's on 8-track I'd listen to "Sheer Heart Attack,",and I loved how unique this band!
Queen was an influential and very talented band that knew how to appeal to popular tastes of many listeners. The theatrics of Freddie Mercury and the melding of the instruments from the band members always left listeners yearning to hear more of what these guys were doing musically.
I do prefer Gun and Roses, but Queen is the best band of 70's 80's era.
Queen wrote super classic songs most people have heard we will rock you, we re the champions and another one bites the dust.i've even heard a 5th grader start singing bohemian rhapsody its that reconizableV 42 Comments
Queen is overall a better band, but they were actually more pop in the 80's. Guns N' Roses were a LOT better in the 80's. I'm sorry.
I love Guns 'N' Roses. I came on here to see if they were one, sure enough they were.
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.
BadassV 71 Comments
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!
Are you kidding me AC/DC should be the the first on this list there the best band ever queen is number 1 right now they should be moved too number 10 AC/DC FOREVER!V 33 Comments
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!
Best songs ever
I personally don't think Jovi belongs on this listV 46 Comments
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.
Top rock band of the 80s (David Lee Roth version)
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!V 22 Comments
They deserve to be number 1. Def Leppard,throughout the 80s, changed the &%#@ing game, man.
Best rock band ever. Phil Collen (and the late Steve Clark) can do anything with a guitar. So many bands wish they had 1% of the talent and sound of Def Leppard.
They should be at the top!
Best rock band ever period! I have seen these guys play a dozen times and they still rock the house. Actually got to meet them before a concert, grade A band members. Rock n Roll hall of famers in my opinion.V 28 Comments
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.
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! PeriodV 10 Comments
Queen again geez were gonna kill that band journeys better
I'll not be alright without this song being #1!
Journey should be in the top five, for sure! They are my #1 favorite band in the universe!V 27 Comments
Metallica should definitely be top 5 for sure... I like the other picks though.
Only two or three bands should rank higher
Anal warts are tasty
Metallica 80’s era was the best. - Userguy44V 19 Comments
They should be so much higher. 2nd behind queen
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 timeV 17 Comments
Greatest rocker ever! For almost 50 years now. By far should be #1.
Why is he on here if he's not a band?
Best singer/song writer of the time. We love OZZY!
Should be number 1! No way queen is better than ozzy.V 3 Comments
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
Best voice ever and I love the Version from Dynamite of the World wide live Album!
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.V 7 Comments
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.
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!
Promoting satanism in the rocking way! - isoldmysoulforrocknrollV 6 Comments
Great band. - Userguy44
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.V 8 Comments
Everyone loved Joshua Tree and that was released in 87
Why are they not #1?
In my opinion U2 are number 1V 10 Comments
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.V 3 Comments
Who? - Userguy44
One of the best live bands I saw in the 80s.
Great band and Mike Reno can still sing. He sounds great.
Still love Loverboy, they put on a great show in St Augustine Florida. Hope they come back soon.V 1 Comment
Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me.
These guys are awesome!V 2 Comments
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!V 1 Comment
As good as Queen, if not better.
X Japan had some of the best music I never heard.
I love x Japan!
How is this so far down
Pink Floyd deserves much better than #22. - Userguy44
Simply the best lead solos of all time
Possition 23...? Whaat? They the best all times!V 3 Comments
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.
Kiss was not that bad in the 80s to be no 28.V 5 Comments
Still going strong. A really talented group. Ironically their most famous hit is not one of my favourites but these guys should not be underestimated!
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.V 6 Comments
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)
21? You're kidding. Well, it's better than what they were before. Let's see, they've had their music in all those movies and for a couple of seconds Eye of the Tiger was played on big hero 6. Mike Huckabee played eye of the tiger for when Kim Davis was freed from jail. Eye of the Tiger was played at a Hillary Clinton rally. Eye of the Tiger is one of the most motivational songs (Neck and Neck with Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust"). Survivor has plenty of love songs, too. Survivor is probably one of, if not THE most underrated 80's rock band with GREAT songs like "Whole Town's Talking' "; "Heart's a Lonely Hunter"; "Santa Ana Winds"; "I'm Not That Man Anymore"; "Popular Girl"; "Backstreet Love Affair"; "I Can't Let You Go" and "Hungry Years" Survivor should at least be in top 10 or 15V 11 Comments
The Police should be in the top 10. Really good band. - Userguy44
The Police are one of the greatest rock bands of all time. They should at least be in the top 15.
The police is a great band with great classic melodies, intelligent lyrics filled with feeling and a unique sound. Brillliant singer/songwriter (sting), one of the best drummers of all time (stewart copeland), and great guitar riffs by andy summers.The best 80's band, really Should be much higher on the list
Along with The Cars, The Police are arguably the best 1980's band.V 3 Comments
My moms favourite band. - Userguy44
They have been my favorite band since 1981!
MTV helped blow this band up in the early 80's
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! ]
These girls are a great group
They should be in the top ten with all of their hits!
Highly under rated band. For the 80's. Dokken should be a top ten
Very underrated band. - Userguy44
Greatest band,greatest voice
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 noneV 4 Comments
Powerful genre-defining garage punk. Ian Curtis.. tragic genius.. As tragically great as Kurt Cobain..
Doesn't get any better than this!
These guys are up there with the Beatles
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
Don't forget this great band
Poison is the top band and the hottest guy in the world and they are so nice and sweet that why I love them so much and there song really move me and make me think about my life as well. there is no better band as poison cause they rock.
Poison was good but a band should be voted on by quality of music, not by the way they look.
One of my favorite bandsV 3 Comments
Should be so much farther up this list, come on
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.
Great band from the Midwest. Richrath was under rated as a guitarist / writer.V 3 Comments
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!
They need to be in top 10V 6 Comments
Awesome band the bestie my opinion
Took a page out of KISS beauty book on showmanship, One great song
They weren't quite as "hair" as the rest, and their musical talent was unsurpassed.
Peaked early and faded away
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.
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".
Not rock - Disturbedpotato
NUMBER ONE. definitely. WITHOUT A DOUBT (other than bon jovi)
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.
Best canadian band ever
Correction Best Band Ever!, Note: The musicianship and timeless classic works produced from these three are far and away beyond those of their contemporaries.
Majestic musicianshipV 7 Comments
I know they are a 90s band but they formed in the 80s
They are my favorite band! I really like their song "Come as you are" and this is coming from a kid!
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.V 5 Comments
Amazing band! So glad they're in the top ten! They have great music and the songs make you wanna sing...my favorite of theirs is "I REMEMBER YOU"great song...
I still love their music to this day! Their music will live on forever!
Another hair band that didn't create the fan base of a Poison and Crue
Their debut album was great but the rest were average at best.V 6 Comments
Grossly underrated on this list
They are the best.
Most underrated band of all time
Definitely majorly underrated! Give them a listen and see if you don't agree!
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!
If not for ACDC they were the best ever Aussie Rock band of all time. Classic after classic! should be way higher on this list!
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