Greatest Rock Bands of the '80s


The Contenders: Page 3

41 Anthem
42 Rush Rush Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). more.

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.

top 10

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43 The Chameleons

Most underrated band of all time

44 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. more.

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 were great... It's a shame that Kurt (lead singer) shot himself in the face

Dire Straits and other crap rank higher then Nirvana..
Yeah, right...

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45 REO Speedwagon

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.

They were a true Rock Band in the 70's and became more mane stream in 81 with Hi Infidelity. Wish Richrath could have beat out Cronin's flowery ballads in the 80's... But by then it was all about the money and less the music. Richrath still ranks as one of the best guitarist of our time. May he rest in peace.

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46 Boston Boston Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, that achieved their most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s.

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!

These guys got me through a heat breaking divorce & losing my son to cancer - their songs gave me strength - don't look back - helped to look ahead & not dwell on t
he past

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47 The Sound
48 INXS INXS INXS were an Australian rock band, formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales.

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!

49 Tesla

Tesla rocked so well - the is not a bad song on their albums!

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50 Eagles Eagles The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner. V 3 Comments
51 Simple Minds Simple Minds Simple Minds are a Scottish rock band formed in 1977. They achieved commercial success in the 1980s and, despite various personnel changes, continue to record and tour. V 1 Comment
52 Yes Yes Yes are an English rock band formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson. They first achieved success in the 1970s with a progressive, art and symphonic style of rock music.
53 Styx

Styx had so many good songs and it is honestly ridiculous that they're so far down the list

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54 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date. They received a lot of popularity due to their big hits Breaking The Law, You've Got Another Thing Comin', and Living after Midnight which were played on the radio a more.

No way they shouldn't be in the top 10, this band owned the 80's

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55 Toto Toto Toto is an American rock band formed in 1977 in Van Nuys in Los Angeles. The band's current lineup consists of Joseph Williams, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Steve Lukather, plus touring members Leland Sklar and Shannon Forrest.

Not the most appreciated band by the average listener, but one of the most talented groups there was. Great harmonies.

56 Genesis Genesis Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.
57 Blue Rodeo
58 Pixies Pixies The Pixies are an American alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The group disbanded in 1993 in acrimonious circumstances, but reunited in 2004. The group currently consists of founders Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering.

Excitingly different from any other band of the era. Joey Santiago - super lead guitar and extremely underrated and under publicized. Charles - crazy genius lyricist and singer. Kim Deal the standard-barer chick bassist. The band excels in layering the music and producing an explosive funky sounds.

Should be at top considering they have influenced every band on this list.

59 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.

Underrated. Not the best of all time, but definitely should be top 30 at least.

They are in my mine, one of top ten rock bands, in the world.

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60 Grateful Dead Grateful Dead
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