Top Ten Most Underrated 80s Artists


The Top Ten

1 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, and was 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. more.

Everyone knows his '70s stuff, but his '80s work deserves more recognition. - PetSounds

He wasn't underrated, because he was a terrible singer with no voice.

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

5 Kenny Loggins Kenny Loggins Kenneth Clark Loggins is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His early songwriting compositions were recorded with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1970, which led to seven albums, performing as the group Loggins and Messina from 1972 to 1977. As a solo artist, Loggins experienced a string of more.


6 Rush Rush Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band's final lineup is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their other members of that lineup: Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). 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

7 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.

Known for "Cherry Pie" - Pony

8 New Order 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 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 more.
10 Erasure Erasure

The Contenders

11 XYZ

Known for "Inside Out" - Pony

12 Ultravox Ultravox
13 Eurythmics Eurythmics 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.
14 Modern Talking Modern Talking Modern Talking were a German synth-pop duo formed in 1983 by singer/pianist Thomas Anders and chorus singer/producer/composer/guitarist Dieter Bohlen best known for their hits "You're My Heart, You're My Soul", "Cheri Cheri Lady" and "Brother Louie", that broke up in 1987 before rejoining in 1998 with more.
15 Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. 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.

16 Kraftwerk Kraftwerk 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.
17 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. 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

18 Depeche Mode 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.
19 Bronski Beat
20 Art of Noise
21 Alphaville Alphaville Alphaville is a German synthpop/new wave band which gained popularity in the 1980s. The founding members were lead singer Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd, and Frank Mertens.
22 A Flock Of Seagulls A Flock Of Seagulls A Flock of Seagulls are an English new wave and synthpop band originally formed in 1980 in Liverpool by Michael "Mike" Score and his brother Alister "Ali" James Score; with their most famous line-up consisting of the Score brothers along with Francis Lee "Frank" Maudsley and Paul Reynolds.
23 Europe Europe Europe is a Swedish rock band formed in Upplands Väsby, Stockholm in 1979 under the name Force by vocalist Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum, bassist Peter Olsson and drummer Tony Reno.
24 Heaven 17
25 Asia Asia Asia is an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1981. The most commercially successful line-up was its original, which was a supergroup of four members of different progressive rock bands of the 1970s, including lead vocalist and bassist John Wetton of King Crimson, guitarist Steve Howe more.
26 Honeymoon Suite Honeymoon Suite Honeymoon Suite is a Canadian hard rock/glam metal band formed in 1981 in Niagara Falls. The band's name was a nod to the fact that Niagara Falls is the unofficial honeymoon capital.
27 Scorpions Scorpions Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.
28 Operation Ivy 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 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!

29 Melvins Melvins The Melvins are an American band that formed in 1983 in Montesano, Washington. They usually perform as a trio, but in recent years have performed as a four piece with two drummers.

They are more well-known for their stuff in the 90's but their 80's albums inspired bands like Nirvana.

30 The Pretenders
31 Sandra Sandra Sandra Ann Lauer, commonly known under her stage name Sandra Maria Magdalena", "In the Heat of the Night", "Everlasting Love", "Secret Land", "Hiroshima" and "Don't Be Aggressive".
32 Belinda Carlisle Belinda Carlisle Belinda Jo Carlisle is an American singer who gained worldwide fame as the lead vocalist of the Go-Go's, one of the most successful all-female bands of all time.
33 The Chameleons - Strange Times

Definitely one of my favorite bands of all time. Was lucky enough to see them in Seattle in the early 2000's at the Musicbox.

34 Huey Lewis and The News
35 The Specials
36 Japan

David Sylvian and Mick Karn's band were the most underrated band of all time and they were completely ripped off by Duran Duran. Just listen to Nightporter or Gentlemen Take Polaroids or Quiet Life. Incredible musicianship and their songs were some of the most creative for generations.

37 Dio Dio Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice.
38 7 Seconds
39 Billy Ocean

Not related to Frank, I hope. - PositronWildhawk

40 Samantha Fox Samantha Fox
41 Split Enz
42 The Sound
43 Minor Threat
44 Yanni
45 Green Gartside

Always overlooked - even in 'overlooked/underrated' lists! Green should have been a HUGE 80's Popstar, but he chose to walk (or run! ) from any of that nonsense! A 'Marmite' voice over sugary Pop Genius. Why doesn't the Album 'Cupid & Psyche '85' feature on more 'influential Album' lists? Even Prince, Elton John, Janet Jackson, to name a few, appreciated how good this Album is!

46 Sonic Youth Sonic Youth Sonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo remained together for the entire history of the band, while Steve Shelley followed a series of short-term drummers in 1985, and rounded out the core line-up.
47 Dokken Dokken Dokken are an American metal band formed in 1979. They split up in 1989 and reformed four years later.
48 Debbie Gibson

Underrated in my opinion. Mention her to anyone and I doubt most will know her.

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Top Remixes (4)

1. New Order
2. David Bowie
3. Kraftwerk
1. Ultravox
2. Modern Talking
3. Erasure
1. Pet Shop Boys
2. Crowded House
3. When In Rome

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