Top Ten Most Underrated 80s Artists
The Top Ten
1 David Bowie
David Robert Jones was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...read more.
Everyone knows his '70s stuff, but his '80s work deserves more recognition. - PetSounds
He was an amazing singer, but his 80s stuff was crap. - gemcloben
He is very underrated. - Pony
2 Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys were incredible! - PositronWildhawk
3 Crowded House
This band spawned songs like "Don't Dream It's Over", "Something so Strong and "Better be Home soon" all in the 80s. Crowded House don't have a single 'bad' album in their back catalog - crowdiegal
4 When In Rome
They only had one album. - Pony
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). ...read more.
My dad adores this band and used to play their songs when he was young and in a band of his own. He has great taste in music, and since I don't hear much talk about Rush, I'm gonna assume they're pretty underrated. Wasn't alive in the 80s. - GhostBird
The most underrated band of all time clearly deserves a spot on the list, because they made music in the 1980s. - Pony
Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures, Signals, and Power Windows are all great albums. - IronSabbathPriest
6 Kenny Loggins
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. V 1 Comment
8 New Order
New Order are an English rock band formed in 1980, currently comprising Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman.
9 Tears For Fears
Tears for Fears are an English pop/rock band formed in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Founded after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate, they were initially associated with the new wave synthesizer bands of the early 1980s but later branched out into mainstream rock ...read more.
Known for "Inside Out" - Pony
Eurythmics were a British music duo consisting of members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart. Stewart and Lennox were both previously in the band The Tourists, who split up in 1980; Eurythmics were formed that year in London.
12 Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.
Technically, these guys are NOT underrated. But how many people know that they were around in the 1980s? - Pony
The 80s Chili Peppers stuff isn't known by most current Chili Peppers fans.
Kraftwerk is a German electronic music band formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1970 in Düsseldorf. The band was fronted by both Hütter and Schneider until Schneider's departure in 2008.
14 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 ...read more.
People only know them for 3 or 4 songs, but they had so many amazing 80s songs like Turbo lover and Some Heads Are Gonna Role - HYDRAflash
15 Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode are an English electronic and synth-pop band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke.
16 Art of Noise
17 Bronski Beat
19 Heaven 17
20 Operation Ivy
Operation Ivy, sometimes called "Op Ivy," was an American Ska punk band, from Berkeley, California formed in May 1987. The band was stylistically important as one of the first bands to mix the elements of hardcore punk and ska into a new amalgam called ska punk and was critical to the emergence of Lookout ...read more.
They were around for a very short time in the late 80's, and inspired so many important bands in multiple genres in the 90's! And they released Energy, one of the best punk albums of all time!
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