Greatest Rock Bands of the '80s

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62 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.

63 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. ...read more.

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

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64 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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65 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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66 Grateful Dead Grateful Dead
67 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 ...read more.

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

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68 The Fixx
69 Michael Schenker Group
70 Slayer Slayer ...read more.

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

71 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 ...read more.
72 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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73 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.

Rattt round and round

74 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" ...read more.

Best guitar sound ever

Lizzy rules

75 Dinosaur Jr. Dinosaur Jr. Dinosaur Jr. is an American rock band formed in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1984, originally simply called Dinosaur until legal issues forced a change in name.

Great band to watch live.

76 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

77 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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78 Psychedelic Furs

Vastly underrated total sound.

Underrated dance rock

79 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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80 The Jesus and Mary Chain The Jesus and Mary Chain The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in East Kilbride in 1983. The band revolves around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid.

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

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