Top 10 Greatest Rock Bands of the '80s
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.
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 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.
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.
The original band were something special! Had not been seen before an unfortunately for music probably not again. Iv never heard anyone like axl back in his day (86-93) and slash!?!?!? Man or beast I don't know but he rocks and that's all that matters!
You can't argue that Appetite for Destruction isn't one of the greatest albums/lineups of all time. Almost 30 million records sold, not one song on that album sucked. Basically revived hard rock and killed glam metal
Guns N' Roses was like the Sex Pistols of the late 70's. They both had one masterpiece album but other than that, they didn't have a big enough body of work to crack the top 10 in either decade.
Guns and roses should be #1. They were so damn sexy and talented. I saw them live in Memphis TN. In the 90's and Axl's voice was mesmerizing and Slash's guitar playing was absolutely amazing. What I would not give to meet Axl Rose in person.
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.
There are a few songs that I frown upon, like "Hey God", "Damned" (I'm starting to like that one. I will admit that.), "If I Was Your Mother" and "That's What The Water Made Me", but overall, this group is as timeless as (insert timeless thing here), and they know how to adapt their music style (like in This Left Feels Right) so they can guarantee success with the new generation, without losing fans who have been fans since Runaway. (Another good example is the album "Lost Highway". Everything is pop, and the albums before and after Lost Highway were both more rock.) That's playing with the strings (quite literally for the guitarists) and seeing what appeals to the new generation. Also, everyone in this band is alive, unlike a few others.
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!
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!
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!
One does not simply place AC/DC at #4 on this list. AC/DC belongs at the top. Why is Bon Jovi ahead of AC/DC what I just noticed that.
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.
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.
With Eddie's raw talent for shredding the guitar, and David's stage antics, they made for an amazing live show. Hagar helped with strong vocals in the late 80's, but true Van Halen fans flock to the sound of Roth. They were the god fathers of party boys, extreme outfits and just being boys. Long Live Van Halen.
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.
Definitely Leppard is the best band ever! They have have been making great music since 1977 and have continued throughout every decade. They are one of only a few bands to have TWO major selling albums, Pyromania and Hysteria. They make great music that will live on forever. They continue to tour the world to sold out arenas. Their new album is selling like hot cakes, definitely Leppard style!
By far the best 80s rock band. I've listened to it since I was 7 and I was born in 2000. Their Hysteria album could be the greatest album of all time with 6 hits on it. My favorite band ever and it needs to be at least top 3. the newer generation doesn't know what music is.
Def Leppard has only gotten better with time. They were great as a young band, but today they can still rock the house down! In my opinion they are the number one 80's rock band. They perform their songs the way they recorded them...LOVE IT!
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.
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
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.
Brought much excitement to rock in the eighties. Distinct sound. Love the music, videos, the whole package.
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.
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.
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!
Countless classics that rocked hard and ballads that would soar...They had it all! Amazing Vocals,sizzling guitar leads, strong talented rhythm section..No wonder they are still such a hit with Baby bombers, millennials and all in between!
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 by far was the best and most technical band from the 80s. There music was wrote better and very detailed compared to anyone. Them being 9th is about napster not the music period. You guys should be ashamed of yourselves
Best rock band of the 80s!
Best concert band ever!
Incredible complicated arrangements. Talent with raw attitude.
Ozzy along with great guitarist like Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee, and Zakk Wylde worked together make some of the the most unforgettable songs of the 80's.
Greatest rocker ever! For almost 50 years now. By far should be #1.
Should be number 1! No way queen is better than ozzy.
Best singer/song writer of the time. We love OZZY!
Maiden has stayed true to their winning formula for 30+ years, and have maintained their star power and popularity throughout. They outlasted Priest and Scorpions, blew away definitely during the NWOBHM years, never sold out to the record companies like Metallica. Their rabid fan base without the benefit of consistent radio play is a testament to quality of their product.
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.
Promoting satanism in the rocking way!
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.
I understand that their greatest success was in the 70's but they were the pave stone and one of the very first hard rock bands! their music was so ahead of its time and Steven Tyler range is one of the most amazing things in rock history. No matter what those boy stuck through through creating great music! If it weren't for these guys G'N'R would not be the band they are! also AC-DC are completely overrated there songs sound the same and to be honest there is no originality. Every album of Aerosmiths' was new exciting yet still had that something (probably amazing solos from Perry and Tom) that made them have their sound! come on people!
Dream On was on Aerosmiths first album and was later re released as a single. They were abandoned by their record label so they could promote Bruce Springsteens Born to Run. They promoted themselves by massive touring and winning their fans over. by the way how is the boss not in top 5. Wasn't Born in the USA the best selling record in the 80's.
Steven Tyler still has the voice that is unmatched by anyone for a rock band. Just wish he would have not gone country although Love is Your Name is a great song. Just rock Steven
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
Are you kidding me? The Scorpions should be top 5, not way down here. What in the world is X Japan? Why are they ahead of anybody on this list?
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.
This is our favorite band of all time, love listening to it on the record player. Love all the songs!
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.
Best solo guitar of the 80's virtuoso!
In my opinion, they should be number 1.
I really don't get why more people don't like this band. Probably one of the cleaner bands on this list. Definitely beats Queen
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.
Without Lou Gramm vocals, Foreigner would have been just another rock band screaming over loud guitar riffs.
Lou Gramm could sing the phone book and make it work. Phrasing, vocal riffs amazing. Potential opera tenor!
I can't believe they aren't number one considering Rolling Stone magazine called the band of the 80's.
Really journey above U2? U2 should be top 5 no doubt, the Joshua tree was the best album of the 80's.
This band has got to be the number 1! The Joshua Tree is a classic album.
They are absolutely the best band I have ever seen. This hurts they aren't #1
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
The Police are one of the greatest rock bands of all time. They should at least be in the top 15.
Along with The Cars, The Police are arguably the best 1980's band.
The Police should be in the top 10. Really good band.
These guys are awesome!
Love their songs
Pink Floyd rules the universe. That is all.
Pink Floyd deserves much better than #22.
How is this so far down
X Japan had some of the best music I never heard.
As good as Queen, if not better.
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)
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
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 15
Oh, please! EUROPE? "The Final Countdown" doesn't get you anywhere as pumped as "Eye of the Tiger"! Plus, Europe's lead vocals looks too feminine. Even Jon Bon Jovi is more masculine than Europe's lead vocals. Also, there's a comparison online, that says 61% people take Eye of the Tiger over the final Countdown. Not to mention that Europe is almost a 1 hit wonder- almost. The final countdown has only been used in a Geico commercial, whereas all of those movies have had at least one Survivor song.
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!
Listened since young
Best rock band ever!
These guys aren't 80s
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!
My moms favourite band.