Greatest Rock Bands of the '80s


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61 Helloween Helloween Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal genre, and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II, are considered masterpieces of the genre.

Greatest power metal band ever. The group had the best guitarist ever, Kai Hansen, and also had the best vocalist ever, Michael Kiske. They made classic albums like Keeper of The Seven Keys 1&2.

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62 Grateful Dead Grateful Dead
63 Michael Schenker Group
64 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large more.
65 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", but had to change its name to Dream Theater later. more.

The greatest metal band, all of the members are professor of music

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66 W.A.S.P. W.A.S.P. W.A.S.P. is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 by Blackie Lawless, who is the only remaining original member of the band.

Was born in 82 and grew up with their music

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67 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.

Should be in top 10. Out Of The Cellar, Invasion Of Your Privacy and Dancing Undercover are killer albums. Outside of Round & Round they never get any airplay. Very underrated band.

One great hit round and round and then became another band.

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68 Echo & the Bunnymen

Ian Mcculloch has that voice! Achy and velvety. And their songs have amazing lyrics, catchy tunes, and good rhythm. Best band in the history of rock and roll.

Incomparable mixture of vocals, uniquye and primitive guitar, great drumming at their peak. Also best som

69 Warrant Warrant Warrant is an American glam metal band formed in 1984 in Hollywood, California, that experienced success from 1989 to 1996 with five albums reaching international sales of over 10 million.

Love warrant back then when Jani was around the new one just don't sang like jani great rock cherry pie heaven sometimes she's crieds I saw red all of warrant songs was good A+ rock on

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70 The Cars The Cars The Cars are an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1976, with singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Ric Ocasek, singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer more.

These guys were great new wave artists; great use of synths without being excessive, extremely catchy, and an overall tight sound.

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

Heartbeat city

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71 Chicago

WHAA--?! Back in the early 1970s, they gave us "25 or 6 to 4", "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? ", and "Make Me Smile". But then Peter Cetera took over, thus turning him into what Todd in the Shadows described as "a true '80s villain". When he left, they got EMBARASSINGLY WORSE!

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72 L.A. Guns

Are one of hard rocks best they need too be on the list

LA Guns had some great songs and led to be Guns n Rose! check out their early work of Slash and Duff! Sorry Traci Gunn just not as good as Axl

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73 The Jesus and Mary Chain

They laid the groundwork for shoegazing AND cut one of the most beloved debuts ever, Psychocandy.

74 Ministry Ministry Ministry is an American industrial metal band founded by lead singer and only original member Al Jourgensen in 1981. Originally a new wave synthpop outfit, Ministry changed its style to industrial metal in the mid-1980s.
75 Slayer Slayer more.

Slayer is amazing live, so much talent. I've seen them live and was not dissapointed

76 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in London . They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and more.
77 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer were an English progressive rock supergroup formed in London in 1970. The band consisted of keyboardist Keith Emerson, singer, bassist, and producer Greg Lake, and drummer and percussionist Carl Palmer.
78 Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Their leader Phil Lynott was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy's most successful songs, "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" more. V 2 Comments
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