Pop Music in the 80s

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Blondie, Devo and Duran Duran usher in the new wave with electronic sounds and pop hooks. In the stadiums, Foreigner, Van Halen and Journey forge a combination of power chords and sweet melodies that will soon be known as arena-rock. For those with dancing feet, Pop King Michael Jackson and Material Girl Madonna will get you into the groove. Deep in the heart of the city, Run DMC and LL Cool J combine fast-talking and slamming beats to create a sound that the kids call ‘rap music.’ Meanwhile, back in the suburbs, the malls are filled with the sounds of everything from the danceable teen-pop of Debbie Gibson and Tiffany to the pop-flavored guitar rock of Def Leppard. Outside the mainstream, Depeche Mode and The Cure bring an artsy, moody quality to pop, thereby paving the way for the rise of indie rock.

A

A-ha
Abba
Paula Abdul
AC/DC
Bryan Adams
Aerosmith
Afghan Whigs
Adam AntB

The B-52’s
Bananarama
Bangles
The Beach Boys
The Beastie Boys
The Bee Gees
Pat Benatar
Berlin
Blondie
Bon Jovi
Boston
David Bowie
Bobby Brown
James Brown

C

Glen Campbell
Carpenters
The Cars
Cheap Trick
Chicago
The Chipmunks
The Clash
Alice Cooper
Elvis Costello
Culture Club
The Cure

D

Dead Milkmen
Def Leppard
John Denver
Depeche Mode
Jackie DeShannon
Devo
Neil Diamond
DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
Duran Duran

E

The Eagles
Earth, Wind & Fire
Electric Light Orchestra
Eurythmics

F

Falco
The Fat Boys
Fleetwood Mac
Foreigner
The Four Tops
Samantha Fox
Aretha Franklin

G

Genesis
Debbie Gibson
Glass Tiger
Eddy Grant
Guns N’ Roses

H

Hall & Oates
George Harrison
Heart
Whitney Houston
The Human League

I

Billy Idol
INXS

J

J. Geils Band
The Jackson 5
Janet Jackson
Michael Jackson
Joan Jett
Billy Joel
Elton John
Journey

K

KC and the Sunshine Band
The Kinks
KISS
Klaatu
The Knack
Kool and the Gang

L

Cyndi Lauper
Led Zeppelin
John Lennon
Huey Lewis and the News
LL Cool J
Lulu

M

Madness
Madonna
Paul McCartney (and Wings)
John Cougar Mellencamp
George Michael
Steve Miller
Milli Vanilli
Mr. Mister
Musical Youth

N

Willie Nelson
New Edition
New Kids on the Block
Olivia Newton-John

O

Billy Ocean
Ozzy Osbourne
Marie Osmond

P

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Pink Floyd
The Police
The Pretenders
Prince

Q

Queen

R

R.E.M.
The Ramones
Lionel Richie
The Rolling Stones
The Romantics
Linda Ronstadt
Diana Ross
David Lee Roth
Run DMC

S

Salt-n-Pepa
Sha Na Na
Frank Sinatra
The Smiths
Rick Springfield
Bruce Springsteen
Ringo Starr
Rod Stewart
The Stray Cats
Styx
Donna Summer
Sweet

T

The Talking Heads
Tears For Fears
The Temptations
Tiffany
TLC
Twisted Sister

U

U2

V

Van Halen
The Ventures
Violent Femmes

W

Wham!
The Who
Kim Wilde
Stevie Wonder

X

XTC

Y

“Weird Al” Yankovic

Z

ZZ Top

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