Considered as the “King of Pop”, he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. He popularized complicated dance moves such as the moonwalk.
She has influenced various other artists and has often been referred to as the “Queen of Pop”.
His sixth album, Purple Rain (1984), continued critical success for him and was a major commercial success, spending six consecutive months atop the Billboard 200.
During a career that has spanned six decades, he has become known for his poetic, socially conscious lyrics and energetic stage performances. He has been nicknamed “the Boss”.
They are regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of hip hop culture and one of the most famous hip hop acts of the 1980s.
Men at Work
Their album “1984” was a commercial success with U.S. sales of 10 million copies and four hit singles; its lead single, “Jump”, was the band’s only U.S. number one single.
He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, as well as the seventh-best-selling recording artist and the fourth-best-selling solo artist in the United States, with over 160 million records sold worldwide.
Their final studio album, Synchronicity (1983), was No. 1 in the UK, Canada, Australia, Italy and the US, selling over 8 million copies in the US.
He is best known for his tenure as the drummer and lead singer of the rock band Genesis and for his solo career which began in 1981.
Her 1984 multi-platinum album Private Dancer contained the hit song “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and became her first and only No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
He achieved massive commercial success in the 1980s starting with his album Let’s Dance (1983).
Their debut album, Appetite for Destruction (1987), reached number one on the Billboard 200 a year after its release.
Guns N’ Roses
Their studio album, Pyromania, was released in January 1983, with “Photograph” and “Rock of Ages” both topping the US Rock Tracks chart and reaching the top 20 of the Hot 100.
The Allman Brothers Band
After signing a recording contract with A&M Records in 1982, she became a pop icon following the release of her third and fourth studio albums Control (1986) and Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989).
His first solo single, “Careless Whisper”, reached number one in over 20 countries, including the UK and US.
She is the only artist to have had seven consecutive number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, from “Saving All My Love for You” in 1985 to “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” in 1988.
They first found commercial success with the release of its third album, Master of Puppets (1986), cited as one of the heaviest metal albums and the band’s best work.
Three Dog Night
Creedence Clearwater Revival
The band’s eighth studio album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You (1981), was their first album to reach number one in the United States.
His second album, Can’t Slow Down (1983), reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and sold over 20 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time.
In 1986, the band achieved widespread success and global recognition with their third album, Slippery When Wet, which sold over 20 million copies and included three Top 10 singles.
Dead or Alive
The Alan Parsons Project
They hit their commercial peak in 1983 with the U.S. Top 10 hit “Burning Down the House” from the album Speaking in Tongues and released the concert film Stop Making Sense.
The band’s first major hit was “Girls on Film” (1981), from their self-titled debut album, the popularity of which was enhanced by a controversial music video.
Escape, the band’s seventh and most successful album, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and yielded another of their most popular singles, “Open Arms.”
The Human League
Tears for Fears
“Another One Bites the Dust” from The Game (1980) became their best-selling single, while their 1981 compilation album Greatest Hits is the best-selling album in the UK and is certified nine times platinum in the US.
Guns n Roses
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Her single “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” reached the top 10 in the US and Canada and is considered to be her best-known song.
In 1984, he released Breaking Hearts, which featured the song “Sad Songs (Say So Much)”, number five in the US and number seven in the UK.
They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004.
The Rolling Stones
He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with sales of over 100 million records worldwide. He has won 25 Grammy Awards (the most by a solo artist) and one Academy Award (Best Original Song, for the 1984 film The Woman in Red).
They became a leading band of the progressive rock genre, cited by some as the greatest progressive rock band of all time.
This band is one of the world’s best-selling bands, having sold more than 200 million records, including 100 million sold in US alone.
Men Without Hats
Adam and The Ants
With his distinctive raspy singing voice, he is among the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 250 million records worldwide.
This band has sold more than 120 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands.
De La Soul
The Staple Singers
With between 100 million and 150 million albums sold worldwide, this band is one of the world’s best-selling music artists.
This band released its first single, “Radio Free Europe”, in 1981 on the independent record label Hib-Tone.
Grand Funk Railroad
This band has released 13 studio albums, two EPs, over 30 singles, and have sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
Their most successful album of this period includes Celebrate! (1980), and Emergency (1984), their highest selling album with two million copies sold in the US.
The Beach Boys
Kool and the Gang
They toured with Madonna in 1985 and a year later released their debut album, Licensed to Ill (1986), the first rap record to top the Billboard 200 chart.
The Isley Brothers
He rose to fame in North America with the 1983 top ten album Cuts Like a Knife, featuring its title track and the ballad “Straight From the Heart”, his first US top ten hit.
They achieved their greatest fame from the mid-1970s to the late-1980s with a fusion of rock and roll and rhythm and blues.
Tears for Fears
Hall & Oates
With a career spanning six decades, he has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.
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