Top 10 Popular Singers of the 80s

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The best singers of the 80s: rock and beyond!

Fans of old rock music know that the period between the 70s and 80s is probably the best time in the history of this musical genre, which represented the philosophy of several generations at once!

At the time, bands such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, The Rolling Stones and Guns N' Roses, as well as many other well-known bands that were not only noted during this period, were incredibly popular. As for solo artists: Prince, David Bowie, Bon Jovi, John Lennon and many more artists that we could list literally all day are definitely some of the best. As you can see, these are all MALE bands and solo artists!

However, during this period there were also very successful ladies who should not be forgotten. So, we decided to dedicate the following article to them and present you with the top 10 most iconic female rock stars of the 80s. Well, if you're ready, let's get started!

1. Tina Turner

Tina Turner
Tina Turner

For most of her career, Tina Turner has specialized in genres such as R&B, funk and soul. However, this well-known African-American singer also represented several songs of the rock genre in the 1980s. First of all, Turner released the album "Private Dancer" in 1984. He became popular and achieved praise from critics!

Songs such as "The Best" and "We Don't Need Another Hero" followed in the same decade, showing that this artist knows a lot about rock music. Another single confirming this was the fruit of a collaboration with Bryan Adams. They released the song "It's Only Love" in 1985. This hit is also considered a landmark in the world of rock and roll!

2. Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox

When you look at the outfits used by members of the duo Eurythmics, you don't think at first that they are rock artists. However, the duo of Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart is one of the most popular rock duos in the UK and around the world, and they are the owners of such hits that are considered classics in the rock music genre.

These certainly include "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", "Here Comes the Rain Again", "Missionary Man" and "Would I Lie to You?", which appeared in the 80s. For their work and contributions to rock music, the Eurythmics were awarded the Grammy Award for "Best Rock Performance by a Duo/Group with Vocals" in 1987.

3. Ann and Nancy Wilson

Ann and Nancy Wilson
Ann and Nancy Wilson

Another duet that was very popular and formed in the Americas is Heart. It was founded by two sisters, Ann and Nancy Wilson. Despite what we describe as the most iconic rock stars of the 80s, some fans disagree. First of all, because they think that this American duo had a much more successful period in the late 70s, not in the 80s.

However, if you've listened to their songs "What About Love", "Alone" and "Never", you can easily conclude that there are a lot of rock elements here as well. In addition, these hits have taken place in the top 10 songs on many charts around the world.

4. Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks

Although she rose to prominence as a member of Fleetwood Mac in the 1970s, Stevie Nicks continued her successful career as a solo rock artist. During the days of Fleetwood Mac, Nicks was recognized for her distinctive voice and lyrics, and so was later when she began her solo career. Some of her most popular songs are "Talk to Me", "Stand Back" and "Edge of Seventeen".

5. Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar
Pat Benatar

As we have already said, rock music is an integral part of the culture, and several generations listened to and grew up on it: they loved rock and lived in accordance with this musical genre. One of the greatest female stars of this music's golden era is Pat Benatar, who was also a great cultural and fashion icon. Many of her albums have been certified multi-platinum, platinum, and gold by the RIAA, and she has received four Grammy Awards for her work.

In addition to her obvious influence on rock music, in which she was extremely popular, Pat Benatar also inspired many of the artists who came later. Some of her biggest hits include "Treat Me Right", "We Belong", "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and "Shadows of the Night".

6. Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon
Kim Gordon

One of the most recognizable pop culture icons is Kim Gordon. This successful rock artist rose to prominence in the 1980s as a member of the band Sonic Youth, which she co-founded with her then-boyfriend and later husband, Thurston Moore, in 1981. During this decade, the group released as many as 6 albums.

Speaking of alternative rock, Gordon is definitely one of the most popular and successful artists of the time along with Patti Smith. In addition, her band, which lasted until 2011, was one of those iconic rock bands that never cease to have a huge impact on the style and lifestyle of their fans. Even after the collapse...

7. Joan Jett

Joan Jett
Joan Jett

Joan Jett is certainly one of the great singers in the rock scene: she knew how to attract those fans who initially listened not to her music, but to hard rock, punk rock, mainstream rock and even heavy metal. She founded her first band on her own, the Runaways, and during this period she never ceased to attract the attention of rock fans. However, she gained more fame as a member of the Blackhearts. Hits such as "Bad Reputation", "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)", "Dirty Deeds", "Crimson and Clover", "Light of Day" and "And Hate Myself for Loving You" were very popular in the 80s. -X.

It is also important to note that with the Blackhearts, Joan Jett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and that their albums have been certified platinum and gold multiple times. This tells us about the influence and popularity of this artist during this period. In addition, her performances have always been full of energy, typical only for male rock bands.

8. Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie Hynde
Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie Hynde is known as the founder, lead vocalist and guitarist of The Pretenders. However, one interesting detail from her career happened long before that. Namely, having been born in Akron, Ohio, in the United States, she had a huge impact on the punk rock scene in England. How did it happen?

She spent some time in Europe studying music. But the most iconic moment in her career was the creation of a group that included James Honeyman-Scott, Pete Farndon and Martin Chambers.

From that moment (in 1987) their popularity began to grow. However, it wasn't all that great: two members of The Pretenders died as a result of drug use (Honeyman-Scott and Farndon). However, this did not mark the end of the band's existence, as Malcolm Foster and Robbie McIntosh became new members. Some of the most popular songs are "Show Me" and "Don't Get Me Wrong".

9. Susie Sue

Susie Sue
Susie Sue

Another rock musician who has achieved success in Europe is Susie Sue. She was born in London and is considered one of the best and most influential artists of the post-punk period. Her band Siouxsie and the Banshees recorded 11 albums in their 20 years of existence (from 1976 to 1996), seven of them during the 80s!

However, although their popularity in the United States was not all that great, we can say with certainty that they were well known in the UK.

10. Patti Smith

Patti Smith
Patti Smith

Patti Smith rose to prominence as the frontman for Scandal, but she also had a fairly successful solo career. After Scandal ceased to exist as a band, Eddie Van Halen wanted her to replace David Lee Roth as the vocalist. However, she turned down the offer and decided to pursue a career as a solo artist. And here it is worth noting that the most notable hits appeared when she was part of the group. Some of the most popular are "Never Enough", "The Warrior" and "Goodbye to You".


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