MySpace was a massive part of the 80’s music scene. Before Youtube, there was MySpace. Some artists even built their own websites to host their music. However, within the last decade MySpace has fallen apart. Artists that I remember loving with a passion have vanished into thin air (just like MySpace). So what happened? Below are my top 20 favorite 80’s music artists, ranked by their best hits and albums.
In this article, I will talk about “80’S Music Artist”. Let’s start.
Top 25 Best Musicians Of The 80S
Whitney Houston (born Whitney Elizabeth Houston on August 9, 1963) is an American singer and actress. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music’s best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 million records sold worldwide. She released seven studio albums and two film soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. Houston’s crossover appeal on the popular music charts—as well as her prominence on MTV—helped her become a star outside of the United States. She is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits. Houston’s 1985 debut album Whitney Houston became the best-selling debut album by a female act at the time of its release. The album was named Rolling Stone’s best album of 1986, and was ranked at number 254 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Her second studio album Whitney (1987) became the first album by a female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Bruce Springsteen is an American singer-songwriter. He is known for his poetic lyrics, his Jersey Shore roots, his distinctive voice, and lengthy, energetic stage performances.
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born on September 23, 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey. He grew up in Freehold Borough where he lived with his parents; Adele (Zirilli) and Douglas Springsteen, a bus driver; and his older sister, Virginia. He has other siblings as well including Steven and Pamela.
Springsteen began performing in local bars and clubs in the mid 1960s as an early member of the E Street Band alongside bassist Garry Tallent, pianist Danny Federici, drummer Vini Lopez and later guitarist Steve Van Zandt. Bruce’s father always told him that if he wanted to make it in music he would have to play original music instead of covers.
In addition to his musical career, Springsteen has worked as an actor in films such as “Luckytown” (2001), “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (2013), and “Lincoln” (2012).
Phil Collins is a British singer and songwriter best known as the drummer and lead singer of rock band Genesis.
Collins began his solo career in 1981, while still a member of Genesis, with the album Face Value. His most successful work has been across pop, rock and adult contemporary music genres which spanned over four decades. He also had UK top 10 singles in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.
He became one of the most successful artists in history of popular music, with world wide sales of more than 150 million records to date. In 2008, Collins was ranked #33 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time.
Phil Collins is a British singer-songwriter and drummer, who gained popularity as the drummer and lead singer of the rock band Genesis. His solo career includes two US number one singles in “In the Air Tonight” and “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” plus six UK number one singles in total.
The following is a list of songs that reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the 1980s. The songs are in order by artist name.
Lionel Richie (born June 20, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and activist. Beginning in 1968, he was a member of the musical group The Commodores and fronted the group until 1974. He worked as a solo artist after that, recording his debut solo album Lionel Richie in 1981. In 1984, Richie scored his first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single “All Night Long” and established himself as a solo performer. He also composed music and produced albums for such artists as Michael Jackson; Dionne Warwick; Kenny Rogers; Diana Ross; Stevie Wonder; Aretha Franklin and Celine Dion.
In 1989, Richie founded the non-profit organization, “Camp Home For Kids”, where children live full-time while attending school by weekdays and enjoy recreational activities in the weekends. The camp is now located in Georgia and serves over 1,500 children each year from all across America through grants from businesses like Coca Cola and donations from individuals like Lionel Richie himself!
Elton John is an English musician, singer and composer. He has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and has been listed as one of the top ten best-selling music artists in history.
Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex to Stanley Dwight, a local vicar and his wife Edith Gertrude (née Harris). His parents married in 1940 and divorced in 1979. His mother died from breast cancer in 1985 and his father died in 1995. He has two elder siblings: Piers (born 21 July 1943) and Leslie (born 11 October 1945), both of whom live in the United Kingdom. In 1961, Elton moved with his family to Australia for a year where his father served as the Chaplain at Ormond College, University of Melbourne. The family returned to England when he was four years old. In 1965, they moved back to their house near Newbury after Stanley had become the vicar of Burghclere with Otterbourne, Hampshire.
Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer and songwriter. He is known as the King of Pop.
Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, and grew up in a middle-class neighborhood in Los Angeles. He began his solo career in 1971 as a member of The Jackson 5, but began to gain recognition as a solo artist beginning with Off the Wall (1979). In the early 1980s, he became a dominant figure in popular music and the first African American entertainer to amass a strong crossover following on MTV. His 1983 album Thriller remains the best-selling album of all time in the United States and is the best-selling album ever worldwide with estimated sales exceeding 107 million copies. Jackson’s other albums, including Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995), also rank among the world’s best-selling records.
In the early 2000s, Jackson’s personal life came under scrutiny due to child sexual abuse allegations against him; however, the criminal investigations proved inconclusive. In 2005, he was tried and acquitted of further sexual abuse charges.
Billy Joel writes and performs music that is instantly recognizable. His songs are known for their melodic hooks, strong lyrics and his voice.
Billy Joel was born on February 9th 1949 in Bronx, New York City to Howard and Rosalind Joel. Billy’s mother was a classical pianist who studied at Juilliard School of Music and played piano for many years as a jazz singer at night clubs in New York City. Billy had two brothers: the elder being Robert Joel, an obstetrician/gynecologist; and younger Steve Joel, founder of Crystal Cable Corporation.
Billy was exposed to music at an early age by his mother’s nightly performances at local clubs, where she would play jazz standards by artists such as Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. In addition to this exposure to music at home, Billy also developed an interest in rock n’ roll after hearing Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel.” This interest grew further when he began listening to Chuck Berry’s “Maybelline” on the radio one day while driving with his family in their car.
Madonna Louise Ciccone (born August 16, 1958), known simply as Madonna, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Bay City, Michigan, she moved to New York City in 1977 to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing as a member of the pop-dance group Breakfast Club, she released her debut album in 1983. She followed it with a series of successful albums in which she found immense popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV.
Madonna’s popularity was further enhanced by her roles in films such as Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Dick Tracy (1990), A League of Their Own (1992), and Evita (1996).
She also released several successful concert tours and is the highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time. According to the RIAA, she is the best selling female rock artist of the 20th century and has sold more than 300 million records worldwide.
Prince Rogers Nelson, who was born on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is one of the most influential musicians of all time. He was an iconic performer and singer-songwriter who was known for his unique style and sound. He had seven consecutive #1 albums and sold more than 100 million records worldwide. He passed away in 2016 due to an accidental overdose of fentanyl.
His parents met while attending Central High School in Minneapolis and married shortly after graduating from high school in 1957. They had three children together: Alfred Daniel Nelson Jr., Tika Evene Nelson and Omarr Alton Nelson. Prince’s father worked as a pianist and songwriter for the family’s label, Twin Tone Records, while his mother took care of the home and looked after her children. Prince’s father also helped manage his sons’ band when they were young.
Prince’s mother encouraged him to learn instruments from an early age so that he would be able to play music with his older brother and sister at home. In 1968, Prince began studying piano with jazz musician Ronnie Laws at 10 years old and later learned drums from Morris Day (who would later become part of The Time).
Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee, on November 26, 1939. She began her singing career with Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm in the 1950s.
In 1962 she married Ike Turner after his divorce from Jackie Brenston, who sang on Rocket 88 with Ike. The couple had two children together and later divorced in 1976 after several years of domestic abuse. Tina’s solo career began with her first album: “Tina Turns the Country On!” in 1962.
Her biggest hits include River Deep – Mountain High, What’s Love Got To Do With It?, Private Dancer, We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome), Better Be Good To Me and The Best.
Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock, November 26, 1939) is a singer, dancer and actress who achieved fame with Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm before launching a solo career. Her marriage to Ike Turner was marked by domestic violence, which garnered public attention after she left him in 1976. In her autobiography, I, Tina (1986), she revealed that he had beaten her on many occasions and given her a black eye.
In 1978 she experienced success with the release of the album Rough. The following year saw the release of her best-selling solo album Private Dancer which included the hit single “What’s Love Got to Do with It?”. She has won six Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
Billy Idol (born William Michael Albert Broad on November 30, 1955) is an English singer, songwriter, and musician whose commercial success started in the late 1970s with his punk rock music. He has sold over 20 million records worldwide including his debut album Billy Idol (1981), which sold more than 10 million copies.
William Michael Albert Broad was born on November 30, 1955 at Chiswick Maternity Hospital in London to parents William Broad and Jeanie Lusiardo. His father was of half Italian and half British descent and his mother was also of half Italian ancestry. His parents divorced when he was two years old, after which he was raised by his mother. At age five he moved with her to live with her sister in London where she worked as a waitress. He met Tony James when they were teenagers; James would later become one of the founding members of Generation X. In 1974, idol returned to Chelsea with his mother where he attended Kings Road Primary School and Kensington Gardens Square School before heading back to Hounslow where he attended Twyford Comprehensive School for a couple of years until 1976 when he left to join Chelsea College of Art & Design as an art student.
Peter Gabriel is a British singer-songwriter who rose to fame as the original lead singer and frontman of the progressive rock band Genesis. After leaving Genesis in 1975, Gabriel launched a solo career with “Solomon’s Seal” (1977), an album that featured his first hit single, “Solsbury Hill”. His 1986 album So achieved international success, producing the Top 10 hits “In Your Eyes” and “Red Rain”.
Gabriel has been a champion of world music for much of his career. He co-founded the WOMAD festival in 1982. He has continued to focus on producing and promoting world music through his Real World Records label.
Gabriel has also been involved in activism for many causes, notably humanity and the environment; he has campaigned for human rights, world peace, nuclear disarmament, and he has supported Amnesty International and Greenpeace.
The best of Peter Gabriel is a compilation album by rock musician Peter Gabriel, released in 1987. It contains tracks from his first five solo albums, as well as two tracks that were previously unreleased on CD: “Games Without Frontiers” and “No Self Control”.
The title comes from the song “Solsbury Hill”, which was taken from Gabriel’s first solo album. As this song was originally released in 1977, it makes sense that the compilation covers only material up to 1986 (four years after “So”), as it was released in October 1987.
The album was produced by Steve Lillywhite who had been producer on four of the tracks included – “Games Without Frontiers”, “Biko”, “Shock The Monkey” and “Sledgehammer”, while he also produced “(Don’t Give Up) Hold On To Your Love” with Gabriel producing this track alone.
The version of the track “In Your Eyes” included here is not the original single version but rather an edit prepared by Lillywhite for radio airplay which combined elements of both 7″ and 12″ versions of the song.
David Bowie (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English musician, actor, record producer, and arranger. A major figure for over five decades in the world of popular music, Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive voice and the intellectual depth of his work.
Early in his career, Bowie’s music was heavily influenced by American acts such as Little Richard and the Yardbirds. He subsequently developed his own voice and image through a series of albums including The Man Who Sold the World (1970), Hunky Dory (1971), Ziggy Stardust…Space Oddity/Space Oddity EP (1972), Aladdin Sane (1973), Diamond Dogs (1974), Young Americans (1975), Low (1977), Heroes (1977) and Lodger (1979). In the 1980s, Bowie achieved his greatest commercial success with a new wave sound marked by acc…
David Bowie (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947, died 10 January 2016) was an English singer-songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He changed his name to avoid confusion with the American musician Davy Jones.
Bowie began his career in 1964 with the space-age pop band The Lower Third, who were renamed David Bowie in April 1965. His first hit single was “Space Oddity”, released in 1969. After a three-year period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The character was spearheaded by the hit single “Starman” and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972). Bowie’s impact at that time, as described by biographer David Buckley, “challenged the core belief of the rock music of its day” and “created perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture.” The relatively short-lived Ziggy persona proved to be one facet of a career marked by reinvention and visual presentation…
Pat Benatar (born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski; January 10, 1953) is an American singer-songwriter and four time Grammy Award winner. She has been called the “Queen of Rock n’ Roll” and is known for her distinctive soprano vocals. A mezzo-soprano vocalist, Benatar is also famous for her signature black leather clothing, which she has worn on stage almost continuously since 1980.
She was one of the most prominent female rock singers of the 1980s (#9 in VH1’s Top 100 Greatest Women In Rock N Roll). Her songs have been covered by artists including Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson, Sara Evans, Hilary Duff and Cascada.
Pat Benatar (born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski on January 10, 1953) is an American singer, songwriter and four-time Grammy Award winner. The US Magazine voted her as the “Best Female Rock Vocalist” in 1983.
Benatar’s music has been described as “glam metal”, although she prefers to call it “street rock”. Her songs are about love, anger and female empowerment.
Rod Stewart is a singer-songwriter, born and bred in London, England. He is one of the best-selling music artists with over 100 million albums sold worldwide, and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
His first hit single, “Maggie May”, was released in 1972. Stewart’s career took off after he signed with Mercury Records in the mid-1970s. He gained popularity as a solo artist with hits like “Every Picture Tells A Story” and “Sailing”. His album “Atlantic Crossing” sold over 2 million copies in the United States alone, making it his first album to be certified gold by the RIAA.
Rod Stewart’s first four albums all topped the UK charts, but it wasn’t until 1975’s Atlantic Crossing that he finally cracked America by appearing on Saturday Night Live (on which he performed “Tonight’s The Night”), as well as joining The Rolling Stones on their US tour as an opening act.
Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins, May 13, 1950) is an American soul and R&B musician and singer-songwriter. A prominent figure in popular music for over five decades, he has recorded more than thirty U.S. top ten hits and received twenty-two Grammy Awards for his work. Wonder signed with Motown’s Tamla label at the age of eleven and had his first hit single with “Fingertips Pt. 2” in 1963. The following year, he released his first album, the gospel inspired Talking Book, which was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America after selling over two million copies. In 1966 Wonder appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and performed his signature song “I Was Made To Love Her”.
Stevie Wonder, who has been called “the most successful black popular musician of the late 20th century,” was born Steveland Hardaway Judkins in Saginaw, Michigan on May 13, 1950. He was blinded at an early age by glaucoma and began his musical career as a harmonica player with the Four Tops before joining Motown Records in 1963 at age twelve.
Wonder’s first big hit with Motown was “Fingertips (Part 2),” which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1963. After a string of hits including “Blowin’ In The Wind” and “Uptight (Everything’s Alright),” Wonder became a solo artist at age 18 with his first album for Motown, Where I’m Coming From. He has since won 23 Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards and three Golden Globes.
Bob Seger (born May 6, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. As a locally successful Detroit-area artist, he performed and recorded as Bob Seger and the Last Heard and Bob Seger System throughout the 1960s. By the early 1970s, he had dropped the ‘System’ from his recordings to pursue a solo career. On his studio albums, he also worked extensively with the Alabama-based Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, which appears on many of Seger’s best known songs. In 1976, he put together The Silver Bullet Band, which spent several years on the road in America and Canada before releasing a debut album.
The band’s first two major hits were “Night Moves” and “Turn The Page”, both reaching number one on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 chart in 1977. “Against The Wind” was a number one hit in 1980; it was followed by nine more Top 10 singles through 1986. In addition to his own material, Seger wrote or co-wrote songs that have been covered by other artists including “Stranger in Town”, “We’ve Got Tonight”, “Beautiful Loser”, “Shame On The Moon” and “Like A Rock”.
Paul McCartney (born James Paul McCartney; 18 June 1942) is an English rock musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, widely regarded as one of the most popular and influential acts in the history of rock music. His songwriting partnership with Lennon is the most celebrated of the post-war era. After the band’s break-up, he pursued a solo career and formed the band Wings with his first wife Linda Eastman, later forming a long-term collaboration with…
Paul McCartney is a British singer, songwriter, and composer who gained worldwide fame as a member of the rock band The Beatles. His solo career has been equally successful, with songs such as “Mull of Kintyre” and “Live and Let Die” being some of his most popular hits. He has also been involved in writing film soundtracks and producing albums for other artists.
McCartney was born on 18 June 1942, in Liverpool, England. He is the youngest of four children born to Jim McCartney and Mary McCartney (née Mohin). His mother was 16 when she gave birth to him; he was named James Paul McCartney after his father’s elder brother (who had died in 1940) and after his paternal grandfather James McCartney. In 1955 he changed his name to Paul McCartney to avoid confusion with his cousin Mike McGear.
McCartney attended the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys from 1957 until 1959 when he left school at age 16 to attend college in London at Ealing Art College where he earned an associate degree in art education. He later moved on to study graphic design at Hornsey College of Art where he met John Lennon for the first time in 1957 during an art exhibition where both were displaying their work.
Don Henley (born Donald Hugh Henley on July 22, 1947) is an American singer-songwriter, producer, and drummer, best known as a founding member of the Eagles before launching a successful solo career. Henley was the drummer and co-lead vocalist for the Eagles from 1971–1980, when the band broke up, and from 1994–2016. He has also released four solo albums, two of which have been certified platinum, and has sung backing vocals for Michael Jackson.
In addition to his work with the Eagles and as a solo artist, Henley has also founded two record labels: firstly as an independent with partner Glenn Frey in 1982 with their company ‘Desperado Records’, then later in conjunction with Geffen Records in 1994 as ‘Superhype Records’.
Don Henley is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and founding member of the Eagles. He was the drummer and co-lead vocalist for the Eagles from 1971 to 1980, when the band broke up, and from 1994 to 2016, when they reunited. Henley sang the lead vocals on Eagles hits such as “Witchy Woman”, “Desperado”, “Best of My Love”, “One of These Nights” and “Hotel California”. In 1984, he released his debut solo album I Can’t Stand Still (1984) which contained the Top 10 hit “Dirty Laundry”.
In 1994, Henley re-joined Glenn Frey and Don Felder to form a new version of the Eagles in 1994. The lineup has been stable ever since. They are planning a tour in 2019 with Vince Gill opening up for them.
Paul Simon is an American singer-songwriter, born on October 13, 1941 in Newark, New Jersey. He was a member of the famous duo Simon & Garfunkel, with his long time friend Art Garfunkel. The duo released several albums together and won multiple Grammy awards for their music. Paul Simon is also a solo artist and has released several solo albums since splitting with Art Garfunkel in 1970.
Paul Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actor. He was one half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel (along with Art Garfunkel), known for their successful songs such as “The Sound of Silence”, “Mrs. Robinson”, and “Bridge over Troubled Water”.
Simon’s solo career was launched in the 1960s while he and Garfunkel were still partners. Their split in 1970 ended both the band and their partnership. Simon went on to release several solo albums, which often featured members of Garfunkel’s band as his backing band.
By 1971, he had released three solo albums: “Paul Simon” (1972), “There Goes Rhymin’ Simon” (1973), and “Still Crazy After All These Years” (1975). From 1976 through 1980 he released four more albums: “One Trick Pony” (1980), “Hearts And Bones” (1983), “Graceland” (1986), and “The Rhythm of the Saints” (1990). The title track from Hearts And Bones became one of his biggest hits when it reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1983.
Tracy Chapman is a singer and songwriter known for her socially conscious lyrics. She was born on March 30, 1964 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Her career started at age 10 when she began playing guitar and writing songs. She studied art at Oberlin College in Ohio and graduated in 1986 with a degree in art history.
She released her self-titled debut album in 1988 which went platinum and sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. Her second album, Crossroads (1989), also went platinum and sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
Chapman’s third album New Beginning (1992) was met with mixed reviews from critics but still managed to sell over 500,000 copies worldwide. In 1996 she released Matters of the Heart which received positive reviews from critics but sold fewer copies than her previous albums.
Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Her debut album Tracy Chapman was released in 1988 and received worldwide critical acclaim, selling over 10 million copies. She has also charted on other Billboard charts including Adult Contemporary and R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Chapman’s debut single “Fast Car” was one of the most successful singles of the time, receiving multiple certifications worldwide. Her follow up single “Baby Can I Hold You” became another Top 40 hit, while her third single “Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution” peaked at number 51. In addition to her early success in the United States, she also broke through in Europe with her fourth single “Crossroads”. Her album went on to sell over ten million copies worldwide.
Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She came to fame in the mid 1980s with the release of the album She’s So Unusual, which produced several hits including “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, “Time After Time”, “She Bop” and “All Through The Night”.
Lauper has released 12 studio albums and two greatest hits compilations so far. Her most successful album was True Colors (1986), which was certified multi-platinum and spawned several charting singles including the title track.
Cyndi Lauper was born on June 22, 1953 in Queens, New York.
She grew up in New York City and started singing and acting as a child. She made her Broadway debut when she was just 13 years old in “Irene,” a musical about American comedian Irene Castle. She also appeared in the 1971 TV movie “Pueblo” with Roddy McDowall and “Pippin” with Ben Vereen.
In 1979 Lauper teamed up with David Wolff to produce her first album, “Blue Angel.” The album had songs written by Prince and David Wolff, but it did not sell well. Her second album, “She’s So Unusual,” skyrocketed her into stardom in 1983 when it reached No. 1 on both sides of the Atlantic and went platinum several times over.
Her follow-up albums have also been commercially successful, including “True Colors” (1986), “A Night to Remember” (1991) and “Hat Full of Stars” (1995).
Deborah Harry and Chris Stein formed Blondie in 1974, but the band really took off in 1978 with the release of their third album, Parallel Lines. The album sold over six million copies worldwide, and spawned three hit singles: “Heart of Glass”, “Sunday Girl” and “One Way Or Another”. In 1980, Blondie won a Grammy for Best New Artist. They also released Eat To The Beat, which featured the hits “Rapture” and “Atomic”.
The group went on hiatus from 1982-84 while Harry recorded her solo album KooKoo. In 1986 they released The Hunter (which featured guest vocals from Iggy Pop), followed by Atomic Love in 1989.
In 1993 Harry released her first solo album Rockbird (produced by Nile Rodgers), which featured the hit single “Rush Rush”. Her second solo album was Fire And Nice (1995).
Blondie, the band that helped bring punk to the mainstream and inspired future generations of female acts, is reuniting for a world tour this summer.
The new album “Pollinator” comes out May 5 and will be preceded by a single called “Fun” featuring rapper Freddy Mercury.
Blondie’s last studio album was 1999’s “No Exit.” But they’ve continued to tour. In 2012, they released a greatest hits collection called “Panic of Girls.”
Blondie drummer Clem Burke said in a statement that he’s excited to play songs from the new album on the tour. He says the band has been working on new material for years but it took time for them all to agree on how it should sound.
Stevie Nicks is one of the most celebrated female rock singers of all time. She was born in Phoenix and grew up in California.
Her father, Jess Nicks, was a professional guitarist who played with the likes of Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. Her mother was a singer and pianist. As such, Stevie was exposed to music at an early age.
Her first experience with fame came when she joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975 at the age of 19. Fleetwood Mac released their eponymous album that same year and it became an instant hit.
The band continued to release hit albums for years afterward (Rumours being their most successful) but by 1983, Stevie wanted out of the group. She left Fleetwood Mac shortly after their Tango In The Night album came out in 1987.
Stevie then embarked on a solo career where she has released several albums over the years including her most recent offering 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault which was released in 2017.
Joan Marie Larkin known professionally as Joan Jett (born September 22, 1958) is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and occasional actress. She is best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts including their hit cover version of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”, which Jett wrote and recorded in 1982, initially as a solo track. Her other popular recordings include “Bad Reputation” and “I Hate Myself for Loving You”.
She is also known as the Godmother of Punk and The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin on September 22, 1958) is an American rock singer, songwriter, composer and musician. She is best known for her work with her band The Blackhearts as well as a successful solo career.
Early life Joan Marie Larkin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to James and Mary Ellen Larkin, who were Irish-Americans. Her father worked as a machinist for Westinghouse before she was born, but lost his job in the late 1950s recession. He had been an amateur boxer who fought under the name “Jimmy Mack”. Her family later moved to Los Angeles where she attended Birmingham High School and went on to study at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). While there, she joined several bands including Fanny Pack, who played bars around Hollywood.
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FAQs for 80’S Music Artist
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Who Was The Best Selling Artist Of The 80’S?
The best selling artist of the 80’s was Michael Jackson. He sold over 100 million copies of his album Thriller, which is still the biggest selling album ever. The second best selling artist of the 80’s was Madonna with about 60 million albums sold. Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen and Lionel Richie were also all big sellers in the 80’s.
I would say Michael Jackson. He was a huge star and had many hits.
I think the best selling artist of the 80’s was Michael Jackson because he is known for his music and dancing. He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and 25 million albums in the United States alone.
The 1980s was a decade of major change for music, both in terms of the styles that were popular and the ways in which music was consumed.
The first decade to see widespread use of CDs, cassettes and digital downloads, the 80s also saw the dawning of the MTV era.
With so much music available at our fingertips (and ears), it can be hard to remember which artist was top dog in each genre.
That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the best selling artists of the 80s so you can brush up on your musical history!
Who Was A Popular Singer In The 1980S?
The 1980s were a time of change and innovation. Technology, fashion and music all changed dramatically during the decade. The pop music of the 80s was no exception, as artists like Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince helped define the sound of the decade.
The 1980s saw many popular singers come into their own, with artists like Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson and Cyndi Lauper becoming household names. But who was a popular singer in the 80s? Which singers defined the era? Take this quiz to find out!
The following questions will test your knowledge on who was a popular singer in the 1980s.
The 1980s was a decade of big hair and bold colors. It was also a time when many of today’s most popular artists got their start.
Who Was A Popular Singer In The 1980S?
Michael Jackson is one of the most successful recording artists of all time. His albums “Thriller” and “Bad” are both among the best-selling albums of all time, with over 100 million copies sold each. Jackson’s music has influenced many genres, from pop to hip hop to R&B.
Who Were The Biggest Music Artists In The 80S?
Michael Jackson was the biggest music artist of the 80s. He had a string of number one hits including “Thriller,” “Bad” and “Billie Jean.”
Kylie Minogue was another popular female singer of the decade. She had numerous top 40 hits, including “I Should Be So Lucky” and “Especially For You.”
Madonna had a number one hit with her first album in 1983 called “Madonna.” She went on to have several other number one albums including Like A Prayer, Like A Virgin and True Blue.
Prince’s first album came out in 1979 under the name Prince Rogers Nelson. His single 1999 was a huge success and it became his first number one hit when it was released in 1982.
Whitney Houston had many big hits during this time period including “I Will Always Love You” which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song along with Dolly Parton at the 1992 Oscars ceremony.
Who Was The Most Popular Singer In The 1980S?
The 80s were a time of big hair, big tunes and big personalities. A lot of the music from that era is still popular today, but it’s always interesting to go back and look at who was at the top of their game during those years.
For many people, the 80s are known as the decade that gave us Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince. These three artists dominated the charts during their prime years and no one could ever forget their hits. But who was the most popular singer in the 80s?
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The most popular singer in the 1980s was Michael Jackson. He was a singer, songwriter and dancer who had many hit singles in the 1980s, including “Billie Jean,” “Beat It” and “Thriller.” Jackson was known for his dance moves, which were copied by people all over the world.
Whitney Houston was another popular singer in the 1980s. She had many hits including “The Greatest Love of All” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Houston also won several awards for her music, including a Grammy Award for best female pop vocal performance.
Madonna was also a well-known singer during this time period. Her most popular songs include “Like a Virgin” and “Material Girl.” Madonna also performed at Live Aid in 1985, which raised money for famine relief in Ethiopia (source: Biography).
Who Was The Biggest Band In The 80S?
The 1980s was a decade of great change in the music industry. By the end of the 1980s, there was a clear shift away from disco and toward more rock-oriented music.
Many people believe that the biggest band in the 1980s was U2, but there were many other popular bands and artists who were also very successful during this time period.
Many people believe that U2 was the biggest band in the 80s because they had so many hit songs, including “Pride (In The Name Of Love),” “With Or Without You” and “Where The Streets Have No Name.” These songs were played on radio stations all over the world, which helped make U2 one of the most popular bands at that time.
The biggest band of the 80s was probably the band that sold the most records, and that would be Michael Jackson. He had seven number one albums on the Billboard 200 list, including Thriller, which is the best-selling album ever. He also had 13 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The runner-up would have to be Madonna. She had six number one albums and 12 number one singles on the Billboard charts. Other popular bands from this decade include Def Leppard, Journey, Bon Jovi and U2.
Who Was The Biggest Selling Solo Artist Of The 80S?
The biggest selling solo artist of the 80s was Michael Jackson. He released seven albums in the decade and sold more than 50 million copies worldwide – including Thriller, which is still the best selling album of all time.
Second place goes to Lionel Richie, who sold more than 40 million albums during the decade. Third place is Madonna with over 30 million albums sold.
Other top solo artists of the 80s include Prince, Whitney Houston and Tina Turner.
The 1980s was the first decade that music videos were played on MTV (at least in the US). For some artists, this helped them become household names. For others, it helped them stay there.
The biggest selling solo artist of the 80s was Michael Jackson. He had several number one hits and sold millions upon millions of albums. However, it’s worth noting that he didn’t have any number one albums until 1987.
His sister Janet Jackson came in second place with 9 million copies sold over her career. Madonna was third with 8 million copies sold (and she had two number one albums). Prince was fourth with 7 million copies sold and Whitney Houston rounded out the top five with 6 million copies sold during this period of time.
Conclusion for 80’S Music Artist
There’s just something about 80’s music artist that makes you want to jump around. They just have the right kind of beat, right? However you feel about them, there’s no denying that these bands are responsible for shaping the musical landscape of a generation. The 80’s music artist below were some of the most popular of all time, and they deserve to be remembered for their contributions to the scene.
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