80s The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s  

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List Rules 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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Madonna 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Michael Jackson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Queen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Prince 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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U2 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
U2

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The Police 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Whitney Houston 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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David Bowie 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Depeche Mode 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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George Michael 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Duran Duran 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Phil Collins 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Eurythmics 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Guns N' Roses 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Cyndi Lauper 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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The Cure 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Journey 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Van Halen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Tears for Fears 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Blondie 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Tina Turner 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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AC/DC 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Billy Joel 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Aerosmith 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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R.E.M. 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Billy Idol 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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The Cars 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Pink Floyd 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Bon Jovi 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Fleetwood Mac 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Foreigner 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Culture Club 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Metallica 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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INXS 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Dire Straits 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Def Leppard 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Bruce Springsteen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Stevie Wonder 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Talking Heads 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Genesis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Huey Lewis & the News 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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A-ha 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Pat Benatar 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Heart 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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The Clash 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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ZZ Top 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Eagles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Elton John 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Men at Work 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Hall & Oates 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s