2017-01-18T11:01:11ZAmong the instruments linked inextricably to '80s music, the saxophone stands out on any short list, though sometimes in dubious ways. Even so, its significance throughout the breadth of pop music history is undeniable and impressive. Here's a closer look at this unique instrument.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZOne of pop music's best opportunities to explore its theatrical side reveals itself quite often in duets featuring aptly paired male and female performers. Here's a look, in no particular order, at some of the finest such duets of the '80s.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZHard rock during the '80s was a lucrative style of music that brimmed with multitudes of bands representing various genres. Here's a look at 10 tracks that stand out as would-be, should-be or set-in-stone classics from this fruitful era of hard rock.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZForeigner earned its place during the late '70s as a major stadium rock draw but also endured the label of a hopelessly bland, faceless rock band. Nonetheless, the group found an even greater level of success when it transformed during the early '80s into a power ballad specialist more likely to feature layers of keyboards than leader Mick Jones' prominent guitars. Here's a chronological look at some choice cuts from Foreigner's '80s run.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZThe saxophone has long been a major component of pop and rock music, but during the '80s the instrument often took on negative overtones in a general sense. Here are some exceptions to that so-called rule.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZOne of hair metal's most popular and simultaneously most vilified bands of the '80s, Poison made some of the era's most defining music. Here's a chronological look at the band's best songs - culled from two commercially successful late-'80s album releases.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZHere's a look at my picks for the most memorable pop/rock holiday tunes of the '80s, from U2 to the Eagles and more.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZSinger-songwriter Dan Fogelberg was a major pop star through the '70s and '80s, presenting some of the latter decade's most melodic music. Here's a look at some of the singer's best songs of the latter period.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZThe '80s were a particularly kind decade to Canadian pop/rock music artists, as the U.S. mainstream rock and pop charts often embraced their frequently straight-ahead, melodic sound.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZHere's a look at 10 of the best '80s songs from U2, a band that produced some of the highest-quality, most intriguing music of the rock era.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZDespite an unfortunately brief three-year run on the pop music landscape, the Australian former bar band Men at Work made an indelible mark on '80s music by making great, eclectic rock music - like these fine tunes.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZPeople tend to think of the '70s first when they consider the genre of soft rock music, but a great deal of the finest examples of this ballad-heavy form actually saw the light of day during the first half of the '80s.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZHere's a list of best the '80s had to offer musically, broken down by the most memorable songs each year.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZBritish pop group ABC was responsible for some memorable '80s music moments, known for elegant, sophisticated melodies and refined arrangements.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZHere's a chronological look at Queen's finest tracks of the '80s, a decade during which the band continued to prove its remarkable depth.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZOne of the most iconic pop music figures of both the '70s and '80s, Stevie Nicks employed her solid songwriting to become a genuine solo superstar of the latter decade.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZFrom her early years as a full-tilt rocker to her quick evolution into a pop/rock singer with wide appeal, Pat Benatar always remained an important and skilled representative of '80s music at its finest. Here's a look at a collection of her most signature tracks of the period.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZFemale pop stars of the era generally got most of the press and media attention, but here's a list of the most influential women of '80s rock.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZFan respect and appreciation for Michael Jackson's greatest legacy - his music - has convinced me that admirers aren't clinging to the ongoing story of his recent tragic death at all, choosing instead to embrace the life that produced such timeless American music. So I'm signing on for an extra top songs list in honor of an exceptional artist: here's a chronological look at more standouts from Jackson's '80s catalog.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZThe soft rock and adult contemporary genres had plenty of room to accommodate '80s stars, many of whom saw an opportunity to maximize commercial appeal by trying many different styles. Here's a look at some of the decade's artists most able to string together hits that ranged from guitar rock all the way to orchestrated ballads. Most sustained long careers that previously found success in far different genres, but they found the bridge between soft rock and adult contemporary quite comfortable.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZHere's a look at the most essential songs from the extraordinarily varied '80s catalogue of fiercely original, iconic American singer-songwriter Prince.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZThough the concept of going solo was not an invention of the '80s, artists during that decade seemed to perfect the art of shedding past band memberships for the bliss of an independent path. Some artists had better luck making the transition than others; here's a look at the ones who definitely made the right decision.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZThese songs allow the listener to wallow so completely in self-involved sorrow that the world outside ceases to exist.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZWhen people consider the variety of music genres that peaked during the '80s, new wave often comes up as one of the first topics of discussion. Once a term used somewhat interchangeably with punk rock, new wave eventually expanded to include almost any quirky yet still mainstream pop/rock form of the first half of the decade.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZMainstream rock supergroup Asia enjoyed massive and immediate success upon the release of its debut album in 1982. That success did not last long, but Asia produced several hit singles that appealed to fans of arena rock and pop music fans alike.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZTo be among the greatest singles of the '80s, a song must become impossible to ignore in the context of the era's music. These songs fit that bill.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZMusical artists from Australia and New Zealand spun an intriguing web of offerings during the '80s, contributing a wide array of styles and demonstrating unique tinges of eclecticism, all of which rounded out the decade and filled it with richness and character.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZMichael Jackson is probably best examined as a singles artist, so here's a chronological look at the very best Michael Jackson songs of the '80s.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZCulling the best English artists from any era of pop music quickly becomes an overwhelming task. As for the '80s specifically, England remained just as fertile as ever in producing popular, interesting and innovative musicians, especially in the burgeoning genre of alternative music.
2017-01-18T11:01:11ZThe glorious '80s brought keyboards into a more prominent position than they had probably ever held, as synthesizer parts frequently became dominant instrumental markers in our favorite '80s tunes. Here's a list of the most recognizable and memorable keyboard riffs of the '80s.