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.
Minnesota singer-songwriter Peter Himmelman often receives the label of a musician's musician, and his history as a serious, multi-faceted artist got its start during the '80s.
As a singular pop culture figure, Bob Geldof became more famous as an individual than as a rock frontman, but The Boomtown Rats certainly accomplished much during the early '80s.
Journey frontman Steve Perry had already become a major arena rock figure by the early '80s, and his 1984 solo debut confirmed a massive '80s relevance.
As frontman and the golden-voiced anchor of '70s and '80s arena rock band Journey, Steve Perry became a huge star. But his 1984 solo album shines as well.
Indie rock band Yo La Tengo began its career during the mid '80s, bringing a freewheeling, lively approach to the early years of indie and alternative rock.