Here we go guys, In this article, I am going to discuss the best pop stars from the 80s. The 80s has given us some of the best musicians who we listen to date. Some of them are still making music for us and some are not, but in either case, we still enjoy going back to those old gems they have given us and being thankful for their existence. Read on to see 12 such great artists.
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1 – Billy Joel
Billy Joel born in 1949 says “Vienna waits for you… “. A very pretty message from a very pretty song. Do you ever feel that you need to achieve many things before you get old before you are unable to do any work? Do you feel that way? If yes I would like you to read what I am writing carefully and then go listen to the song.
According to Billy Vienna, it is a place where old people also work and are a part of society. The message that Billy tries to portray with this song is that “you don’t need to rush, you can achieve all you want, and even when you get old you will be useful. Vienna waits for you..”
Isn’t it beautiful! And the way Billy expresses his feeling and message in the song! No wonder he is an 80s pop star !! Some other albums by him in the 80s that you should check out :
- Glass Houses (1980)
- The Nylon Curtain (1982)
- An innocent Man (1983)
- The bridge (1986)
- Storm Front (1989)
2 – Michael Jackson
Born in 1958, died in 2009, but living in our hearts still. The moonwalk charm, the pop songs, everything about this man was explicit. Whenever you listen to his songs, you can automatically feel your body dancing. One of the best Pop Stars of the 80s. The albums that he released in the 80s are:
- Thriller (1982)
- Bad (1987)
3 – Celine Dion
born in 1968, a Canadian singer, the singer who gave us the song My Heart Will Go On from Titanic movie. She is also referred to as the “Queen of Power Ballads” by the media. She debuted in the 80s and all her albums were in French during that period.
- La voix du bon Dieu (1981)
- Céline Dion chante Noël (1981)
- Tellement j’ai d’amour… (1982)
- Les chemins de ma maison (1983)
- Chants et contes de Noël (1983)
- Mélanie (1984)
- C’est pour toi (1985)
- Incognito (1987)
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4 – Elton John
1947 is the year when we got another gift for the music industry – Elton John. His genres are – rock, pop-rock, glam rock, and soft rock. One of the best Pop Stars of the 80s. He gave us one album for each year(except 1987) in the 1980s :
- 21 at 33 (1980)
- The Fox (1981)
- Jump Up! (1982)
- Too Low for Zero (1983)
- Breaking Hearts (1984)
- Ice on Fire (1985)
- Leather Jackets (1986)
- Reg Strikes Back (1988)
- Sleeping with the Past (1989)
The song that I remember the most of Elton to date is Sacrifice. The line “ It’s a human sign When things go wrong “ gives comfort that it’s alright to make mistakes.
5 – The Rolling Stones
Formed in London in 1962, this band works in many other genres apart from pop too, namely rock, blues, hard rock, and rock and roll. The latest studio album that they released was in 2016. The albums they released in the 80s are
- Emotional Rescue (1980)
- Tattoo You (1981)
- Undercover (1983)
- Dirty Work (1986)
- Steel Wheels (1989)
6 – Frank Sinatra
Although a sensation all his life for the music industry and for our ears till now, Frank Sinatra also released some albums in the 80s. One of the best Pop Stars of the 80s.
- Trilogy: Past Present Future (1980)
- She Shot Me Down (1981)
- L.A. Is My Lady (1984)
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7 – Bryan Adams
It’s 1984 and you are grooving to the Summer of ’69. Feels nostalgic, doesn’t it !! That’s the hit song given by Bryan Adams in the 80s to us. His other 80s publishes were:
- Bryan Adams (1980)
- You Want It You Got It (1981)
- Cuts Like a Knife (1983)
- Reckless (1984)
- Into the Fire (1987)
8 – Billy Ocean
A joyful charm in his songs, a perfect fit for dancing with your partner, something only Billy Ocean can do! The first time I heard his song was in an American series Sex Education. One of the best Pop Stars of the 80s.
The way Jackson sang Love Really Hurts Without You for Maeve standing on that canteen bench really made me wonder about who created this beautiful song. A perfect fit indeed for confessing your love to someone. No wonder he is one of the best pop stars of the 80s. The albums he released in the 80s are:
- City Limit (1980)
- Nights (Feel Like Getting Down) (1981)
- Inner Feelings (1982)
- Suddenly (1984)
- Love Zone (1986)
- Tear Down These Walls (1988)
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9 – Wham!
George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, one of the duo that ruled commercially in the 1980s. It’s hard not to mention them. They did 2 studio albums in 1983 and 1984, named Fantastic and Make It Big, respectively.
But what I know the most about is their song Last Christmas. But from what I researched about them, I learned they created both happy and sad songs. The mood of their song varied every time.
10 – Madonna
The ‘Queen of Pop’ born in 1958, entered the music industry in the 1980s. Her genres are pop, electronica, and dance.
- Madonna (1983)
- Like a Virgin (1984)
- True Blue (1986)
- Like a Prayer (1989)
After listening to her songs, I felt a sense of self-love in them, no matter the song lyrics. I felt that she knows what she is saying and is a confident woman. Her songs passed that message to me. Let us know what you feel when you listen to her singing.
11 – Paul McCartney
Co-lead vocalist, co-songwriter, and bassist of the band The Beatles. He continued to receive the same fame and love from the fans after the break-up of the band too. One of the best Pop Stars of the 80s. He was released in the 80s as a solo artist:
- McCartney II (1980)
- Tug of War (1982)
- Pipes of Peace (1983)
- Press to Play (1986)
- Flowers in the Dirt (1989)
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12 – Berlin
Last but not least a band that took our breath away with “Take My Breath Away”, a song from our all-time favorite movie Top Gun. They blessed us with something to feel the movie’s emotion forever. A band formed in 1978, which gave these top studio albums in the 80s:
- Information (1980)
- Pleasure Victim (1982)
- Love Life (1984)
- Count Three & Pray (1986)
Disbanded in 1987 and then continued from 1997 to the present. I am sure you must have already heard the sensational song that I mentioned earlier but do check out their other songs too.