Top Music Artists Of The 80s

 
Michael Jackson Thriller #1 Artist 1980-1989

Michael Jackson Thriller #1 Artist 1980-1989

Do you know which artist was the most popular in the eighties? This is where the top music artists of the 80’s will help. The top artists of the eighties brought in some new artists during this decade like Madonna, Phil Collins, George Michael and Huey Lewis & The News, just to name a few and they all charted some great hits.

In this decade, there were a total of 231 songs that peaked at #1. The years of 1988 and 1989 both had 32 songs that peaked at #1. There were a total of 4,172 singles that hit the charts in this period. The year of 1980 had the most charted singles with 470. There were over 700 artists that charted a single in this era.

The song Tainted Love by Soft Cell in 1982, was on the chart for 43 weeks and takes the longevity title for this decade.

Ranking Of The Top 100 Artists

To determine the top 50 artists, we had to use a point system that would be fair to all artists that charted singles in this period. The point system used is as follows:

  1. The highest chart position reached on the Hot 100, Hot 100 Airplay or Bubbling Under charts.
  2. Point breakdown as follows:
  • #1 = 100 points for its first week at #1, plus 10 points for each additional week.
  • #2 =   90 points for its first week at #2, plus 5 points for each additional week.
  • #3 =   80 points for its first week at #3, plus 3 points for each additional week.
  • #4-5 = 70 points
  • #6-10 = 60 points
  • #11-15 = 50 points
  • #16-20 = 45 points
  • #21-30 = 40 points
  • #31-40 = 35 points
  • #41-50 = 30 points
  • #51-60 = 25 points
  • #61-70 = 20 points
  • #71-90 = 15 points
  • #91-100 = 10 points
  • #101-110 = 5 points
  • #111-120 = 4 points
  • #121-135 = 3 points

    Prince #2 Artist of the 80s

    Prince #2 Artist of the 80s

  1. Total weeks charted are added in.
  2. In case of a tie, the artist listed first is determined by the following tie-breaker rules:
  • Most charted singles
  • Most Top 40 singles
  • Most Top 10 singles

When two artists combine for a hit single, such as Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, the full point total is given to both artists. Duos like Simon & Garfunkel and Hall & Oates are considered recording teams and their points are not shared.

Adjustment made for featured and lead artists. A featured artist on a single will receive 20% of the point total and the lead artist receives 100% of the point total.

The Top 50 Artists 1980-1989

The top three spots were close being separated by just 66 points with positions 2 & 3 only 5 point difference.

Rank Artist Points
1 Michael Jackson 2,080
2 Prince 2,019
3 Madonna 2,014
4 Daryl Hall & John Oates 1,891
5 George Michael 1,784
6 Billy Joel 1,566
7 Lionel Richie 1,555
8 Phil Collins 1,490
9 John Couger Mellencamp 1,434
10 Elton John 1,386
11 Kool & The Gang 1,379
12 Kenny Rogers 1,363
13 Huey Lewis & The News 1,358
14 Whitney Houston 1,245
15 Stevie Wonder 1,224
16 Diana Ross 1,216
17 Duran Duran 1,213
18 Journey 1,193
19 Sheena Easton 1,178
20 Pointer Sisters 1,151
21 Chicago 1,151
22 Rick Springfield 1,150
23 Rod Stewart 1,121
24 Bon Jovi 1,089
25 Olivia Newton-John 1,088
26 Bruce Springsteen 1,079
27 Starship 1,075
28 Paul McCartney 1,069
29 Air Supply 1,050
30 Kenny Loggins 1,046
31 Bob Seger 1,045
32 Pat Benater 1,027
33 Cyndi Lauper 1,014
34 REO Speedwagon 1,011
35 Billy Ocean 1,011
36 Survior 1,007
37 Heart 991
38 Genesis 980
39 Tina Turner 973
40 Steve Winwood 965
41 Gloria Estefan 949
42 Kim Carnes 936
43 Van Halen 930
44 Culture Club 899
45 Janet Jackson 896
46 Donna Summer 880
47 Foreigner 880
48 Bryan Adams 879
49 The Rolling Stones 834
50 The Police 827

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