The decade when hair stuck up to the skies and shoulder pads weren’t far behind, everything seemed bigger in the 1980s. In keeping with the times, so were the biggest-selling artists of the decade and as uDiscover’s Top 10 80s Pop Stars proves, these stellar names enjoyed equally astronomical levels of fame and fortune.
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Sumptuous power ballad ‘The Greatest Love Of All’ was arguably Whitney’s signature hit, but during the 80s, Ms. Houston had 12 US smash hits and no less than seven topped the US Billboard charts.
Springsteen’s landmark Born In The USA album yielded seven US hits. The album also stuck at No 2 behind Prince’s monolithic Purple Rain on the Billboard 200 for a whopping 18 weeks.
Not as seismic as he was in the 60s and 70s, you say? Maybe, but the hits kept on coming. Stevie had 19 US hits during the 80s, while ‘Ebony And Ivory’ and ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’ remain global standards.
Lionel Richie had all bases covered during the 80s. Five US No 1 hits, plus credits such as penning Kenny Rogers’ 1980 smash ‘Lady’ and co-writing ‘We Are The World’ for Michael Jackson.
Elton racked up 21 UK and North American hits, including ageless radio staples such as ‘Candle In The Wind’, ‘Nikita’ and ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues’.
Just for the estimated 65 million-selling, multiple Grammy Award-winning Thriller alone, Michael Jackson deserves to be near the top of any self-respecting music-related listings concerned with the 80s.
Billy Joel’s in here on consistency alone. He racked up a massive 22 US hits in the 80s and the likes of ‘Uptown Girl’ and ‘It’s Still Rock’n’Roll To Me’ are still radio staples worldwide.
Virtually synonymous with the 80s, Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ topped the Billboard singles chart for 6 weeks in 1984 and she was unstoppable after that. The most successful female pop star of the decade bar none.
Truly a colossus during the 80s, Prince spent more weeks on North America’s Billboard Hot 100 than any other artist of the era – 378 in all. The key songs? ‘Purple Rain’, ‘Kiss’, ‘Raspberry Beret’ and ‘Sign O’ The Times’ barely scratch the surface of Prince’s titanic 1980s.
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