The 500 Most Recommended Artists of the 1980s


1 Prince
2 The Smiths
3 U2
4 R.E.M.
5 Bruce Springsteen
6 The Cure
7 Pixies
8 New Order
9 Madonna
10 Michael Jackson
11 Talking Heads
12 Public Enemy
13 Elvis Costello
14 Tom Waits
15 Beastie Boys
16 The Stone Roses
17 Hüsker Dü
18 Joy Division
19 Run-D.M.C.
20 Sonic Youth
21 The Jesus and Mary Chain
22 Peter Gabriel
23 Guns N' Roses
24 The Replacements
25 Kate Bush
26 Metallica
27 Echo and the Bunnymen
28 David Bowie
29 Depeche Mode
30 The Police
31 The Clash
32 Pet Shop Boys
33 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
34 N.W.A
35 The Jam
36 Dexys Midnight Runners
37 Eric B. & Rakim
38 AC/DC
39 Pretenders
40 De La Soul
41 Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five
42 XTC
43 The Pogues
44 Paul Simon
45 Violent Femmes
46 The Human League
47 Motörhead
48 The Fall
49 X
50 The Specials
51 Eurythmics
52 Dinosaur Jr.
53 Talk Talk
54 Frankie Goes to Hollywood
55 Iron Maiden
56 Slayer
57 The Go-Betweens
58 Leonard Cohen
59 Billy Bragg
60 Janet Jackson
61 Duran Duran
62 The The
63 Cyndi Lauper
64 Prefab Sprout
65 Simple Minds
66 ABC
67 The Waterboys
68 Tears for Fears
69 Soft Cell
70 Morrissey
71 LL Cool J
72 Kraftwerk
73 Black Flag
74 Dead Kennedys
75 Soul II Soul
76 The Gun Club
77 Grace Jones
78 Van Halen
79 Boogie Down Productions
80 Big Black
81 Dire Straits
82 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force
83 Minutemen
84 My Bloody Valentine
85 Midnight Oil
86 The Cult
87 Def Leppard
88 George Michael
89 Tracy Chapman
90 Laurie Anderson
91 Lou Reed
92 John Mellencamp
93 Marvin Gaye
94 Spacemen 3
95 Jane's Addiction
96 Faith No More
97 Nine Inch Nails
98 Fugazi
99 808 State
100 Happy Mondays
101 Bad Brains
102 Lloyd Cole and The Commotions
103 Roxy Music
104 The Cramps
105 Brian Eno
106 Go-Go's
107 Neneh Cherry
108 Mission of Burma
109 The Beat
110 Neil Young
111 Nirvana
112 Orange Juice
113 The Psychedelic Furs
114 Richard and Linda Thompson
115 Tina Turner
116 ZZ Top
117 Les Rita Mitsouko
118 Meat Puppets
119 Adam and The Ants
120 Blondie
121 Squeeze
122 The Feelies
123 Rush
124 Van Morrison
125 Bon Jovi
126 Scritti Politti
127 Galaxie 500
128 The Sugarcubes
129 Culture Club
130 Siouxsie and The Banshees
131 Tom Petty
132 INXS
133 Madness
134 Chris Isaak
135 Crowded House
136 Queen
137 Bob Marley and The Wailers
138 Young Marble Giants
139 Donald Fagen
140 The La's
141 Los Lobos
142 Suzanne Vega
143 Japan
144 Jungle Brothers
145 King Sunny Adé
146 Cocteau Twins
147 John Hiatt
148 Bob Dylan
149 Youssou N'Dour
150 The Birthday Party
151 Diana Ross
152 The B-52's
153 The Associates
154 The Neville Brothers
155 Inner City
156 The Rolling Stones
157 Minor Threat
158 The Blue Nile
159 The Teardrop Explodes
160 The House of Love
161 Einstürzende Neubauten
162 Public Image Ltd.
163 John Lennon
164 Aztec Camera
165 This Mortal Coil
166 Phil Collins
167 Rick James
168 Aerosmith
169 M/A/R/R/S
170 Mano Negra
171 David Sylvian
172 Whitney Houston
173 Tom Tom Club
174 Heaven 17
175 Stevie Ray Vaughan
176 Gang of Four
177 Sade
178 Fingers Inc.
179 The Sisters of Mercy
180 Cameo
181 Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
182 Stray Cats
183 Lucinda Williams
184 The Dream Syndicate
185 Sting
186 Killing Joke
187 Ozzy Osbourne
188 EPMD
189 Sam Cooke
190 Mudhoney
191 Fine Young Cannibals
192 Devo
193 Bangles
194 David Byrne
195 Yazoo
196 Yoko Ono
197 The KLF
198 Judas Priest
199 Don Henley
200 Robert Wyatt
201 Melle Mel
202 Anita Baker
203 Cowboy Junkies
204 Sinéad O'Connor
205 Steve Earle
206 ABBA
207 The Style Council
208 Living Colour
209 George Clinton
210 Fehlfarben
211 Joe Jackson
212 Mekons
213 Stevie Wonder
214 The Soft Boys
215 Rubén Blades
216 Bronski Beat
217 Salt 'n' Pepa
218 Ultravox
219 The Stranglers
220 Camper Van Beethoven
221 Big Country
222 Derrick May
223 Salif Keita
224 Ultramagnetic MCs
225 John Cale
226 Trio
227 Alain Bashung
228 The Wedding Present
229 Journey
230 Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft
231 Kurtis Blow
232 Marshall Crenshaw
233 Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
234 The Velvet Underground
235 Bryan Adams
236 Womack and Womack
237 George Jones
238 The Housemartins
239 Doug E. Fresh
240 A Guy Called Gerald
241 The Triffids
242 Chaka Khan
243 Napalm Death
244 Bonnie Raitt
245 Roy Orbison
246 Herbie Hancock
247 Rickie Lee Jones
248 Lipps Inc.
249 Kid Creole and The Coconuts
250 The Traveling Wilburys
251 John Fogerty
252 Magazine
253 Tone-Lōc
254 Daryl Hall & John Oates
255 Flipper
256 Liquid Liquid
257 Ramones
258 Wham!
259 Radio Futura
260 Gregory Isaacs
261 Steve Winwood
262 A-ha
263 Billy Idol
264 Julee Cruise
265 Terence Trent D'Arby
266 UB40
267 The Church
268 Michelle Shocked
269 Ministry
270 Mary Margaret O'Hara
271 Malcolm McLaren
272 Martha and The Muffins
273 Phuture
274 Lenny Kravitz
275 Biz Markie
276 Bauhaus
277 Funky Four Plus One
278 John Lee Hooker
279 Foreigner
280 King Crimson
281 Caetano Veloso
282 Julian Cope
283 Slick Rick
284 Shannon
285 Black Uhuru
286 S'Express
287 John Zorn
288 Orbital
289 Virgin Prunes
290 Kirsty MacColl
291 Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
292 The Blasters
293 Queensrÿche
294 Lil' Louis
295 Modern English
296 Young M.C.
297 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
298 Robert Cray
299 Indigo Girls
300 Willie Nelson
301 Coil
302 This Heat
303 Indeep
304 Lionel Richie
305 Robert Palmer
306 Wayne Smith
307 The Primitives
308 Enya
309 Marshall Jefferson
310 Astor Piazzolla
311 Kim Carnes
312 Linton Kwesi Johnson
313 Dead or Alive
314 Taana Gardner
315 Manuel Göttsching
316 Toto
317 Black Sabbath
318 Throwing Muses
319 Bomb the Bass
320 The Cars
321 Swans
322 Orchestra Baobab
323 Died Pretty
324 Wall of Voodoo
325 James
326 Venom
327 Baaba Maal
328 Frankie Knuckles
329 Split Enz
330 Bob Mould
331 Mink DeVille
332 Big Daddy Kane
333 Queen Latifah
334 American Music Club
335 Stetsasonic
336 Steely Dan
337 A Certain Ratio
338 Robbie Robertson
339 Arthur Russell
340 Pete Townshend
341 Pigbag
342 The dB's
343 Jim Carroll
344 Megadeth
345 Pata Negra
346 Joe Satriani
347 Butthole Surfers
348 Alaska y Dinarama
349 Anthrax
350 Visage
351 They Might Be Giants
352 Black Box
353 Stevie Nicks
354 Artists United Against Apartheid
355 Eddy Grant
356 Joe Smooth
357 The Sundays
358 Stan Ridgway
359 Sheila E.
360 The Vapors
361 Double Dee & Steinski
362 Barrington Levy
363 Miles Davis
364 Electronic
365 Bow Wow Wow
366 Suicide
367 Big Audio Dynamite
368 Bérurier Noir
369 Au Pairs
370 Bobby Brown
371 ‘Til Tuesday
372 Rockpile
373 USA for Africa
374 Dusty Springfield
375 Scott Walker
376 Schoolly D
377 The Godfathers
378 Audio Two
379 The Chieftains
380 Marillion
381 Digital Underground
382 Fleshtones
383 Taxi Girl
384 Cabaret Voltaire
385 SOS Band
386 Foetus
387 Ketama
388 Wipers
389 Spandau Ballet
390 Newcleus
391 Farley Jackmaster Funk
392 The Lightning Seeds
393 Godflesh
394 Was (Not Was)
395 k.d. Lang
396 Wah!
397 Daniel Lanois
398 Nena
399 ESG
400 Bobby Womack
401 Men at Work
402 Soda Stereo
403 John Waite
404 Tenor Saw
405 10,000 Maniacs
406 K-Rob Vs. Rammelzee
407 Elton John
408 Billy Joel
409 The Raincoats
410 The Korgis
411 The Chills
412 The Dream Academy
413 The Beloved
414 Tom Verlaine
415 Gabinete Caligari
416 Art of Noise
417 The Gap Band
418 Dolly Parton
419 Dwight Yoakam
420 Mantronix
421 Primal Scream
422 Dio
423 The Residents
424 Band Aid
425 George Thorogood & The Destroyers
426 Lyle Lovett
427 Philip Glass
428 Pat Metheny
429 Glenn Branca
430 The Plimsouls
431 The Smithereens
432 Robyn Hitchcock
433 Television Personalities
434 Falco
435 Cybotron
436 Wynton Marsalis
437 Bonnie Tyler
438 Keith Richards
439 The Woodentops
440 The Jackson 5
441 The Blues Brothers
442 Danny Thompson
443 Toumani Diabaté
444 Gwen Guthrie
445 JVC Force
446 Alannah Myles
447 Rhoda Dakar
448 Grateful Dead
449 Romeo Void
450 Pat Benatar
451 The Pursuit of Happiness
452 The Lounge Lizards
453 Toni Basil
454 Technotronic
455 Rufus & Chaka Khan
456 Thomas Dolby
457 Fabrizio De André
458 The Lotus Eaters
459 Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
460 Yes
461 Strawberry Switchblade
462 Paula Abdul
463 Section 25
464 Fearless Four
465 Jamie Principle
466 Men Without Hats
467 Time Zone
468 Hoodoo Gurus
469 Ornette Coleman
470 Marquis de Sade
471 Scorpions
472 Simply Red
473 Half Japanese
474 Love & Rockets
475 Commodores
476 Bruce Hornsby & The Range
477 James Brown
478 Bananarama
479 U.T.F.O.
480 Katrina and The Waves
481 The Passions [UK]
482 Ry Cooder
483 The Undertones
484 Kool and The Gang
485 Smokey Robinson
486 Red Hot Chili Peppers
487 Spoonie Gee
488 Christian Death
489 Thompson Twins
490 That Petrol Emotion
491 Randy Travis
492 Royal House
493 Virus
494 The Proclaimers
495 Half Pint
496 Urban Dance Squad
497 The Dead Milkmen
498 The Sound
499 Bad Religion
500 Sly and Robbie