Though often tagged as the lesser arena rock cousin to Rush - the most famous Canadian arena rock band of all time - Triumph built a solid '80s career in its own right.
Though far more popular in its homeland than in America, British soul-pop band Simply Red crafted a solid, consistent career that endured for a quarter century.
Texas singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo has built nearly a four-decade rough-and-tumble career as a musical survivor, and his '80s roots rock band True Believers was one of his finest moments.
The smooth, appealing baritone of James Ingram became a major musical component of the '80s, gracing several contemporary soul, pop and adult contemporary songs of the period.
The Jesus and Mary Chain emerged during the mid '80s on the U.K. early alternative music scene, helping to establish an influentially chaotic, hypnotic post-punk sound.
As the result of tragedy, hard rock band AC/DC moved into an entirely new phase for the '80s that ultimately became its most popular period of all.
English singer Paul Young enjoyed one major pop hit in the U.S. but became a major star in his native U.K. during the '80s.
Led by guitarist Mike Rutherford of Genesis fame, Mike + the Mechanics also featured a pair of shining veteran lead singers in Paul Carrack and Paul Young.
Though originating in New Jersey, guitar rock band Uncle Green relocated to Atlanta and became a well-received if generally little-known underground band.
Like many of its Australian peers, guitar rock band Hunters & Collectors began as a pub rock outfit, ultimately evolving into an imaginative, significant group of the '80s and '90s.