What are the best bands of the 1980s?

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    Metallica is an American heavy metal band formed in 1981 in Los Angeles who has released 10 studio albums and won nine Grammy Awards. Rolling Stone has ranked them at number 61 on its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list. 


    Douglas Baker
    Written on July 10, 2018
    "For me Metallica is the greatest band in the 80s era. Their four albums during that time were elite from start to finish. I just wished Burton and Mustaine did not leave the band because after they left i think their music was not as good as before since they went soft in the 90s. But still they are the best in the 80s!!!"
  2. 15

    #2Bon Jovi

    Bon Jovi

    Bon Jovi is an American rock band formed in 1983 from New Jersey. They have been the best-selling American rock bands of all time after they sold more than 100 million records worldwide and inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 



    Keith Burke
    Written on July 10, 2018
    "I grew up listening on 80s music even though i wasn't even born on that time but out of all the music in that era I find Bon Jovi to be the best. Come to think of it until now even young ones know their songs. My all-time favorite song of them is Livin on a Prayer. "
  3. 12



    Queen is a British rock band formed in 1970 in London with members Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon. They are one of the world's best-selling music artists due to their record sales of 300 million records. 


    Beverly Wallace
    Written on July 10, 2018
    "Let me just say that Queen was formed in the 70s, but their hits came out in the 80s so they should be included on this list. Their music and lyrics are beautiful, everyone can almost sing along with their hits from We are the Champions to Dont stop me now. "
  1. 9



    AC/DC is an Australian rock band formed in 1973 in Sydney, Australia by brothers  Malcolm and Angus Young. They are the 10th highest-selling artist in the United States and 14th worldwide. 


    Terry Morris
    Written on July 10, 2018
    "AC/DC were brilliant in the 80s since during that time those were their best years with their back in black which became their 4th most sold album in the US. "
  2. 8

    #5Guns N Roses

    Guns N Roses

    Guns N Roses, also abbreviated as GNR, is an American rock band formed in 1985 in Los Angeles. The band's debut album Appetite for Destruction topped the Billboard 200 on its release in 1987. They are the 41st-bestselling artist of all time in the US. 


    Kevin Aguilar
    Written on July 10, 2018
    "Why is GNR just on the fifth of this list? C'mon they are should be on top. Not just because of their amazing vocalist Axl Rose and their bad ass guitarist Slash!!! But because they are the only real hard rock band that should be famous!"
  3. 6

    #6Tears for Fears

    Tears for Fears

    Tears for Fears are an English pop rock band formed in 1981 in Bath, the United Kingdom by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. They have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. 


    Eugene Day
    Written on July 10, 2018
    "These guys were better than they've ever been given credit for. I like how their songs have aged gracefully and their more contemporary materials are not a sad retread."
  4. 2

    #7Depeche Mode

    Depeche Mode

    Depeche Mode is an English electronic band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex along with its original band members were Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke. They have been nominated to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. 


    Christine Snyder
    Written on July 10, 2018
    "Depeche Mode is an amaaaaazing and underrated band with brilliant songs. "
  5. 1

    #8The Cure

    The Cure

    The Cure is an English rock band formed in 1976 in  Crawley, West Sussex, England. It is estimated that they have sold more than 27 million records as of 2004. 


    Julie Bowman
    Written on July 10, 2018
    "Without a doubt one of the best bands as their music have soul and meaning. Robert Smith is also an absolute legend!!!"


Best What are the best bands of the 1980s
1MetallicaOther 19 Paid
2Bon JoviOther 15 Free
3QueenOther 12 Paid
4AC/DCOther 9 Paid
5Guns N RosesOther 8 Paid
6Tears for FearsOther 6 Paid
7Depeche ModeOther 2 Paid
8The CureOther 1 Paid

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