Anyone who still remembers the funky tunes of the 80s and maybe even dances to them must have a few favorites. I know I do and that is why I will dedicate the post to listing the 80s bands that I truly love.
I know they played music for longer than the 80s, but I think the sound invented and made fabulous by Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon is significant for the decade we are talking about. With hits like Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, Another One Bites the Dust and many, many others, as well as their impressive live performances, the guys from Queen really put their mark on the history of music, and that is why, for me, they are Number One.
- Duran Duran
I am not only a big fan of the rock genre, so I have to include a pop band, too. Since the 80s were dedicated to the pop genre by excellence, I could not possibly create a top with the best bands from these years, without including Duran Duran. A band formed in 1978 in Birmingham, these guys imposed themselves as more than just a band from the New Romantic wave, like Spandau Ballet. My favorite piece from them is still Girls on Film, for which the band shot a pretty controversial video at that time, which they hoped to see played on Playboy TV.
Why should I go and include Eurythmics on my list? Well, it’s simple … because Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). Unlike other bands in the 80s that began with a strong debut album, Annie Lennox and David Steward did not enter the stage with a blast. Second time lucky, they showed everything what they were made of with the second album they released in 1983.
There is hardly anyone who grew up in the 80s who hasn’t at least once scribbled the name of this band on their desk at school, risking reprimand from teachers and parents. Listening to AC/DC meant being free, being a rebel, and I still get the same feeling of absolute freedom and like being on top of the world when I listen to their songs. Although they started in the 70s and continued well into the third millennium, I found that the best albums they ever created are those from the 80s. Back in Black signaled the beginning of a new era.
- Tears for Fears
Another Brit band lands on my personal top. Why not? The synthesizer was making its big entrance in the 80s, and some guys just nailed it right. Besides Duran Duran, Tears for Fears were among the giants who, in my eyes, created the synth genre that was going to be so iconic for the 80s.
These are my favorite bands from the 80s. As you can see, I am not particular about a specific music genre, and greatness is the defining word that links of all these bands together.