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    • Top 10 Tom Petty Songs of the '80s Created: Sunday, November 04, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      After nearly 35 years in the music business, singer-songwriter Tom Petty continues to thrive as a solo artist and as the leader of one of rock's greatest bands, the Heartbreakers. Not many musician...
    • Top 10 Songs Featured in John Hughes Films Created: Monday, August 10, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      The '80s films of John Hughes each rely significantly on pop music to help tell stories that blend comedy and drama arguably as well as Hollywood cinema has ever done. But Hughes was also no one-tr...
    • Eddie Rabbitt Artist Profile Created: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Country pop singer-songwriter Eddie Rabbitt became one of the biggest crossover stars of the early '80s, mostly on the strength of his solid, accessible songwriting.
    • Top Stevie Nicks Solo Songs of the '80s Created: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      One of the most iconic and beloved pop music figures of both the '70s and '80s, Stevie Nicks became a full-fledged superstar during the latter decade.
    • Top 8 Dan Fogelberg Songs of the '80s Created: Saturday, December 29, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      It may be customary to exaggerate the achievements of musicians after they die young, but the fact remains that singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg will probably always remain a bit underrated. Even so...
    • Top Sheena Easton Songs of the '80s Created: Saturday, May 10, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Here's a look at some of the finest singles from Scottish singer Sheena Easton during her consistent '80s run.
    • Top Alabama Songs of the '80s Created: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      One of commercial country music's few hugely successful bands of the past three decades, Alabama maintained stable membership as a quartet and perfected an easy-going sound during the '80s that app...
    • Top .38 Special Songs of the '80s Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      At its best, .38 Special was one of those bands that comfortably occupied the middle of the road - musically speaking - with great comfort, while at the same time presenting undeniably exhilarating...
    • Top 10 X Songs Created: Saturday, June 07, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Here's a look at some of the finest rock music of the '80s, and probably also some of the best of the last half-century of rock and roll. Emerging as a seminal L.A. punk band, X used eclectic influ...
    • Paisley Underground Genre Profile Created: Monday, April 14, 2014 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      Often associated with jangle pop, another underground American music genre that celebrated guitar pop tradition, Paisley Underground artists generally favored '60s-era West Coast psychedelia.
    • Y&T Artist Profile Created: Saturday, April 12, 2014 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Despite great consistency of output, veteran American hard rock and heavy metal band Y&T never achieved mainstream success during the '80s.
    • Top 8 Artists Of The '80s - The Essential Eight Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      From indie rock to pop and dance music, here are the eight essential artists that defined the eighties’ music scene.
    • Top Jefferson Starship & Starship Songs of the '80s Created: Thursday, October 18, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      The work of mellow '70s rock band Jefferson Starship transformed into guitar-heavy arena rock before giving way to a lite rock approach as just Starship.
    • Top 7 Billy Idol Songs of the '80s Created: Saturday, April 05, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Billy Idol has remained one of the most recognized '80s icons. This is a list of his best music - punk-inspired melodic hard rock masked as dance pop.
    • Top 10 Prince Songs of the '80s Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Here's a look at the most essential songs from the extraordinarily varied '80s catalogue of fiercely original, iconic American singer-songwriter Prince.
    • Top 10 Hall & Oates Songs of the '80s Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Saturday, April 05, 2014
      Owing to a string of classic hit songs throughout the decade, few acts are more strongly linked to '80s music than the long-running duo Hall & Oates.
    • Top 10 Madonna Songs of the '80s Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      Few would argue that the '80s represented Madonna's peak of influence, but choosing the artist's top songs from that era is a challenging enterprise indeed.
    • Top 10 Worthy but Unsung R&B Artists of the '80s Created: Saturday, November 28, 2009 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      '80s R&B held plenty of variety and quality beyond the decade's biggest stars. Here's a look at finest unsung R&B artists of the '80s.
    • Top 10 Songs of the '80s Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      To be among the greatest singles of the '80s, a song must become impossible to ignore in the context of the era's music. These songs fit that bill.
    • Top 10 Women of '80s Rock Created: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      Female pop stars of the era generally got most of the press and media attention, but here's a list of the most influential women of '80s rock.
    • Debbie Gibson Artist Profile Created: Sunday, March 30, 2014 Updated: Sunday, March 30, 2014
      By ably filling the '80s teen pop niche as the apparently chaste, highly approachable blonde starlet, singer-songwriter Debbie Gibson produced a series of highly popular dance-pop tunes and adult contemporary ballads during the latter half of the decade.
    • Missing Persons Artist Profile Created: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
      Los Angeles new wave band Missing Persons fit right in with the newly image-conscious pop music landscape of the early '80s.
    • Top Tina Turner Songs of the '80s Created: Saturday, March 22, 2014 Updated: Saturday, March 22, 2014
      Already a soul music legend from her '70s work, versatile powerhouse singer Tina Turner launched a fierce comeback during the '80s that turned her into one of the decade's top-selling female solo a...
    • Top Cover Versions of '80s Songs Created: Sunday, November 15, 2009 Updated: Friday, March 21, 2014
      '80s music has long held a nostalgic appeal for those who came of age during the era, but in recent years new fans and up-and-coming artists are grasping that an appreciation of the period's pop mu...
    • Top 10 Bon Jovi Songs of the '80s Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Friday, March 21, 2014
      As arguably pop metal's finest and most accessible band of the '80s, Bon Jovi churned out a number of arena rock classics, combining a straightforward, almost heartland rock sound with a glossy ima...
    • Top 10 Kenny Loggins Songs of the '80s Created: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 Updated: Friday, March 21, 2014
      As one of the strongest pure pop/rock performers of the '80s - dependent equally on accessible songwriting, a propensity toward love ballads, and powerful injections of rock guitar - music veteran ...
    • Top 'Til Tuesday Songs Created: Friday, March 07, 2014 Updated: Friday, March 07, 2014
      Boston new wave band 'Til Tuesday initially emerged as a synthesizer-reliant pop outfit focused on leader Aimee Mann's striking image more than anything else. However, in the case of three albums d...
    • Jeffrey Osborne Artist Profile Created: Thursday, February 27, 2014 Updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014
      '80s soul and pop singer-songwriter Jeffrey Osborne started his career during the late '70s as a member of funk band L.T.D. Ultimately, however, he achieved his greatest pop music fame as a consistent hitmaker, equally at home with adult contemporary ballads and dance pop tunes.
    • Billy Ocean Artist Profile Created: Monday, January 21, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
      British pop and R&B singer Billy Ocean nimbly referenced his Caribbean roots en route to music superstar status during the mid '80s. Active for the entire decade, Ocean took advantage of his sparkling vocals to produce a series of widely appealing international hit singles. Though indebted only marginally to soul and classic R&B music, this artist played to his strengths as a crooner to build an impressive career that rivals several solo artist contemporaries of the period.
    • Top Billy Ocean Songs of the '80s Created: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
      British soul and pop singer-songwriter Billy Ocean finally attained mainstream superstardom during the mid '80s, and his string of hit singles help turn him into a household name and musical icon o...
    • Top Cyndi Lauper Songs of the '80s Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014
      Cyndi Lauper became an unforgettable '80s icon through her unique blend of punk/new wave style and a distinctively free-spirited persona. But the relatively small amount of music she released durin...
    • Top Motley Crue Songs of the '80s Created: Saturday, February 16, 2008 Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014
      As one of pop metal's most successful acts of the '80s, Motley Crue thrived in the MTV generation as a photogenic glam metal quartet that was unique in its snarl and dark edge. But the band demonst...

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