Top 100 Artists of the 80’s


These are the top 100 artists of the 1980's. This list was compiled using several sources including chart rankings, music video rotation, radio airplay, genre influence, and cultural influence to name a few.

Below each artist's name are links to the year/s they entered the charts during the 80's.

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Michael Jackson
1980 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

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Prince
1980 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

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Madonna
19831984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1989

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U2
1987 | 1988 | 1989

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Bruce Springsteen
1980 | 1981 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988

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Run-D.M.C.
1986

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Van Halen
1982 | 1984 | 1986 | 1988 | 1989

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Public Enemy

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Billy Joel
1980 | 1981 | 19821983 | 1984 | 1985 | 19861987 | 1989

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The Police
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1986

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Phil Collins
1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1988 | 1989

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Guns N’ Roses
1989

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Def Leppard
1983 | 1984 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

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Janet Jackson
1986 | 1987 | 1989

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George Michael/Wham
1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988

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Whitney Houston
1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

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Metallica
1989

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N.W.A

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Dire Straits
1980 | 1983 | 1985 | 1986

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AC/DC
1981 | 1982

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Rush
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1985 | 1986

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Iron Maiden

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Judas Priest
1982

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Lionel Richie
1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987

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Bon Jovi
1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

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Talking Heads
1983 | 1985 | 1986

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Genesis
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1986 | 1987

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R.E.M.
1983 | 1984 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

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Duran Duran
1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

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Motley Crue
1984 | 1985 | 1987 | 1989

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The Cure
1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

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Journey
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987

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John Mellencamp

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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

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REO Speedwagon
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1984 | 1985 | 1987 | 1988

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Kool and the Gang
1980 | 1981 | 1982

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L.L. Cool J
1987 | 1988 | 1989

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Tina Turner
1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1989

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Queen
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1989

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Beastie Boys
1986 | 1987 | 1989

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Ozzy Osbourne

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The Smiths

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Huey Lewis and the News
1982

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Bryan Adams
1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987

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Hall & Oates
1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1988

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Pat Benatar
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1988

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Eric B. & Rakim
1989

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Billy Idol
1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988

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Peter Gabriel
1980 | 1982 | 1983 | 1986 | 1987 | 1989

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INXS
1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
1983 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987

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Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

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Eurythmics
1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

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The Cars
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988

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Aerosmith
1980 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

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ZZ Top
1980 | 1981 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986

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The Rolling Stones
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984

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Heart
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987

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David Bowie
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987

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Elton John
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

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Rod Stewart
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

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Foreigner
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1984 | 1985 | 1987 | 1988

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Stevie Wonder
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1984 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988

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Toto
1980 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988

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Bob Seger
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987

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The Pointer Sisters
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987

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DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
1988 | 1989

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Salt-N-Pepa
1987 | 1988

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Fleetwood Mac
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

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The Go-Go’s
1981 | 1982 | 1984

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Paul McCartney
1980 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1989

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Pet Shop Boys
1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

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Don Henley
1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1989

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Paul Simon
1980 | 1983 | 1986 | 1987

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Tracy Chapman
1988 | 1989

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Cyndi Lauper
1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1989

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Depeche Mode
1985 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

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Sonic Youth

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Pete Townshend
1980 | 1985 | 1986

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Culture Club
1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986

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Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
1987 | 1988

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De La Soul
1989

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Luther Vandross
1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

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Chicago
1980 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

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The Bangles
1986 | 1988 | 1989

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Thompson Twins
1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1989

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Yes
1983 | 1984 | 1987

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Men at Work
1982 | 1983 | 1985

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Pixies

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Pink Floyd
1980 | 1987

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Robert Palmer
1983 | 1985 | 1986 | 1988 | 1989

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Kenny Loggins
1980 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

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Whitesnake
1980 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

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Sade
1985 | 1986 | 1988

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Steve Winwood
1981 | 1982 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

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Billy Ocean
1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

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Tears for Fears
1983 | 1985 | 1986 | 1989

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Bobby Brown
1986 | 1988 | 1989

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Scorpions
1982 | 1984 | 1988

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Simply Red
1986 | 1987 | 1989