bands/musicians 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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Michael Jackson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Michael Jackson Thriller, Bad Off the Wall

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Madonna 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Madonna Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer Music

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Prince 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Prince Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times 1999

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Queen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Queen A Night at the Opera, Queen Innuendo

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U2 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
U2 The Joshua Tree, War Achtung Baby

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The Police 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
The Police Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine ZenyattĂ  Mondatta

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Whitney Houston 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Whitney Houston The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston My Love Is Your Love

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Duran Duran 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Duran Duran Rio, Come Undone Greatest

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George Michael 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
George Michael Faith, Listen Without Prejudice Volume 1

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David Bowie 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory Diamond Dogs

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Guns N' Roses 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies Use Your Illusion I

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Depeche Mode 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Depeche Mode Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion Music for the Masses

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Eurythmics 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Touch Be Yourself Tonight

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Phil Collins 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Phil Collins Face Value, Both Sides No Jacket Required

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Van Halen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Van Halen Van Halen, 1984 Diver Down

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Journey 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Journey Escape, Frontiers Evolution

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Tears for Fears 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Tears for Fears Songs From the Big Chair, The Hurting Everybody Wants to Rule the World

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Cyndi Lauper 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual, True Colors Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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AC/DC 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
AC/DC Back in Black, Highway to Hell Let There Be Rock

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The Cure 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
The Cure Disintegration, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me Boys Don’t Cry

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Billy Joel 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Billy Joel The Stranger, Piano Man 52nd Street

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Tina Turner 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Tina Turner Private Dancer, What's Love Got to Do With It Simply the Best

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Aerosmith 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Aerosmith Toys in the Attic, Pump Permanent Vacation

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Blondie 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Blondie Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass Blondie

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R.E.M. 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
R.E.M. Murmur, Green Automatic for the People

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Bon Jovi 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet, New Jersey Cross Road

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The Cars 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
The Cars Candy-O, The Cars Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology

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Billy Idol 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Billy Idol Rebel Yell, Happy Holidays Idol Songs: 11 of the Best

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INXS 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
INXS Kick, Full Moon Dirty Hearts

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

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Pink Floyd 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Pink Floyd The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon Wish You Were Here

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Culture Club 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Culture Club Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Culture Club Colour by Numbers

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Dire Straits 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Dire Straits Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits Making Movies

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Metallica 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Metallica Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning Metallica

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Bruce Springsteen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A. The Rising

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Foreigner 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Foreigner 4, Complete Greatest Hits Agent Provocateur

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Def Leppard 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Def Leppard Hysteria, Pyromania On Through the Night

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Genesis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis Foxtrot

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Talking Heads 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Talking Heads Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light Fear of Music

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Stevie Wonder 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions Talking Book

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A-ha 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
A-ha Hunting High and Low, Minor Earth | Major Sky Take On Me

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Huey Lewis & the News 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Huey Lewis & the News Sports, Fore! Picture This

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Pat Benatar 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Pat Benatar Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits Best Shots

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Heart 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Heart Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen Heart

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The Clash 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
The Clash London Calling, The Clash Black Market Clash

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Eagles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Eagles Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits^! Volume 2 Desperado

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Elton John 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

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Peter Gabriel 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel, Us Security

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Hall & Oates 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
Hall & Oates H2O, Maneater Abandoned Luncheonette

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ZZ Top 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s
ZZ Top Tres Hombres, Eliminator Rio Grande Mud