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Performers of the 80s. The most famous musicians and bands

About the best-selling and most influential artists, musicians and bands of the 80s. Prince, Madonna, the legendary Queen - which musicians and bands have sold millions of records worldwide?

The most famous performers of the 80s

The period of the 80s of the XX century is remembered for a number of incidents - both grandiose and tragic for the music business... In 1980, the legendary Beatle John Lennon was shot dead by a deranged fan. And in 1981, MTV was launched - the first cable and satellite TV channel broadcasting music videos! The middle of the decade was marked by the biggest charity festival "Live Aid", which was attended by famous maestros such as Queen, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Elton John,...

Stars on stage at the Live Aid 85 festival!

In general - the events of the 80s had a huge impact on the further development of musical culture. In today's article we offer to remember those who topped the world charts during this avant-garde period!

The top most musicians of the 1980s!

Prince

A legend of his time...

Prince Rogers Nelson, better known as Prince, remained one of the most sought-after authors throughout his life! And jazz musician Miles Davis even called him "the new Duke Ellington!"

The Purple Rain album is considered the jewel of his discography, as well as the history of world music in general. The record was a huge success, sold 22 million copies and brought the composer two Grammy Awards and an Oscar Award!

The single "When Doves Cry" can be heard in the film Purple Rain.

Madonna

Madonna when she was young

Madonna remains the most commercially successful female artist according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Her phenomenon is that her success at a famous recording studio has not affected her creative or financial independence. Madonna has developed a scandalous reputation during her lengthy musical career, largely due to her eccentric erotic imagery and songs touching on religious issues...

At the turn of the '80s, the singer was honoured with the title "Queen of Pop".

Michael Jackson

"King of Pop" Michael Jackson!

It's time to remember the "King" of this genre, Michael Jackson! The musician has 15 Grammy Awards and over a hundred other prestigious awards to his credit! His contribution to pop music is inestimable, and his legendary "moonwalk" still fascinates the most virtuoso dancers....

Michael Jackson has released many long-running hits, including "Billie Jean," "Black Or White," "Thriller,"...

It is unique in itself, without multi-million copies and awards, because its characteristic sound cannot be confused with any other...

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen

Twenty-time Grammy Award winner, winner of an Oscar, two Golden Globes and a special Tony Award, as well as an Emmy nominee - Bruce Springsteen is widely celebrated for the poetic lyrics of his rock songs....

Released in the summer of 1984, Born in the U.S.A. became a gem of not only rock, but also popular music! And all 7 singles released from it made it to the American Billboard, which was one of the three such cases in history!

Phil Collins

Phil Collins in the Genesis line-up, 1970s.

Phil Collins rose to fame as a member of the rock band Genesis. Afterwards, he managed to build a successful solo career, selling over 150 million copies of his albums!

The musician's repertoire includes a dozen beautiful compositions, with which he was a leader in the Billboard Hot 100! But even today his calling card is still his first solo single "In the Air Tonight".

 

Queen

Queen

This legendary British rock band achieved great success with such long-running hits as "Bohemian Rhapsody", "We Will Rock You", "We Are the Champions", "Radio Ga Ga Ga", "I Want to Break Free", "A Kind of Magic",...

The phenomenon of Queen is that each of its members is the author of at least one hit that topped the British Billboard! As for the band's concert performances, all of them are ranked among the brightest and most significant in the history of rock....

The Police

The Police

The band had a great success at the turn of the 80s. The Police were one of the first representatives of the new wave to be recognised by a wide audience! Their compositions are mainly based on rock style, with smooth elements of jazz, punk and reggae...

Synchronicity (1983) topped the charts on both sides of the ocean and sold 8 million copies in the United States alone!

The single "Roxanne", released in 1977, is considered one of the band's biggest hits. It is also included in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

Billy Joel

Billy Joel in Moscow!

Who doesn't know the hit "A Matter of Trust" by the great Billy Joel, who became one of the first western idols to visit our country with a full rock'n'roll tour!

Today, Billy Joel is one of the six best-selling artists in the history of the United States!

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

She is a talented actress, legendary pop, soul and rhythm and blues singer, producer and model! Whitney Houston is on the list of the most commercially successful singers in the history of world music! Unfortunately, many people know her not only for her musical achievements, but also for her scandalous personal life ...

The peak of Whitney Houston's popularity occurred in 1992, when the film "The Bodyguard" was released, in which she played one of the main roles. The ballad "I Will Always Love You" performed in the film became the singer's trademark, as well as a widely known "love anthem".

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