The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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List Criteria: This list is all about amazing musical artists of the '80s, so vote up your favorites!

The greatest and most prolific artists of music's most colorful decade are remembered on this list. This list is based solely on the artists' work in the 1980s. Though, there may be better George Michael, better RHCP, better Sade, or better Sting (okay, maybe not better Sting), in previous or later decades, we will acknowledge each artists for the impact they made in the '80s. What was your favorite 1980s music? Who do you think were the greatest musical artists of the '80s?

From synth pop, to hair metal, to the rise of punk rock, to the fall of disco, to the birth of hip-hop, all genres are recognized, including classic albums, as long as they were the best of the best during this fabulous decade. Do you prefer 80s rock bands over top pop from the era? Vote up all of your favorite 80s bands and artists who transformed the music scene during the decade, and add anyone who isn't already on the list.

Just make sure they're were making some of the top 80s music we know and love.
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    the people's #1
    Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

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    Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

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    Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

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  4. 4
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    A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

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  5. 5
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    most listed
    The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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    Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

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    The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston, My Love Is Your ...

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    often listed
    Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

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    Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1

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    The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, ...

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    Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I

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    Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

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    Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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  14. 14
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    Songs From the Big Chair, The Hurting, Everybody Wants to Rule the World ...

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    often listed
    Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Touch, Be Yourself Tonight

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    Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion, Music for the Masses

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    Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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    She's So Unusual, True Colors, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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    Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock

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    Disintegration, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, Boys Don’t Cry

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    The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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    Private Dancer, What's Love Got to Do With It, Simply the Best

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    Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

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    Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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    Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

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    Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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    Candy-O, The Cars, Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology

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    Rebel Yell, Happy Holidays, Idol Songs: 11 of the Best

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    Kick, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts

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    Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Culture Club, Colour by Numbers

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    Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

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    The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here

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    Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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    Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica

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    Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising

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    4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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    Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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    Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Fear of Music

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    The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot

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    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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    Hunting High and Low, Minor Earth | Major Sky, Take On Me

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    Sports, Fore!, Picture This

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    Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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    Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

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    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain ...

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    Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

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    Peter Gabriel, Us, Security

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    H2O, Maneater, Abandoned Luncheonette

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    Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

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