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The Big Hooks of Arena Rock Helped Define '80s...

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

Without arena rock, '80s music would have been a far different creature, and despite common attitudes to the contrary, probably not for the better. Despite its commercial nature, the '80s blend of progressive rock, radio-friendly pop/rock with huge hooks, and hard rock became a deserved staple of the decade's musical menu.



The Best Arena Rock Artists of the '80s Enjoyed...

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

Based on bright, memorable melodies as well as minimal menace, arena rock has never been accused of being edgy or critically beloved. Where it has found great success, however, is in selling lots and lots of records. Here's a list of the genre's most essential artists.



A Quick Look at the Key Genres of '80s Rock Music

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

Here's a capsule view of some of the most important and prominent genres of '80s music, an era full of surprises, twists, and turns.



Kenny Loggins' 10 Best '80s Songs

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

As one of the strongest pure pop/rock performers of the '80s - dependent equally on accessible songwriting, a propensity toward love ballads, and powerful injections of rock guitar - music veteran Kenny Loggins found a niche in soft rock and uplifting film soundtracks for his work. Here's a look at not only his most popular hits as a solo artist but his finest compositions and performances of the period.



Canadian Musicians Played a Big Part in the...

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

The '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.



Top 10 Hair Metal/Pop Metal Songs of the '80s

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

Contrary to popular belief, the prominent '80s genre labeled hair metal, pop metal or glam metal (depending on who is doing the classifying) contained far more than merely power ballads. Mid-tempo rock songs may have been plentiful during the decade, but the strain of music that blended pop so skillfully with at least elements of heavy metal produced the most notable music of its kind. Here's a look at some of the best songs of hair metal and pop metal, if not necessarily the biggest hits.



The Absolute Best '80s Songs

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

Here's a list of best the '80s had to offer musically, broken down by the most memorable songs each year.



'80s Genesis Frontman Phil Collins Moonlighted...

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

Pop-oriented Genesis frontman Phil Collins hasn't always received a lot of respect as a rock artist, but his solo work during the '80s reached many ears. Here are some of his finest tunes from that era.



Top 10 New Wave Artists of the '80s

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

When 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.



Underground Music Enjoyed Its First Golden Era...

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

As in perhaps every art form, there is always a teeming subculture just beneath the mainstream, usually populated by unruly mavericks unconcerned about the typical trappings of success. Here's a look at 10 of the most notable '80s artists of the underground.



A Look at Some Underrated, Old-School R and...

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

'80s R&B held plenty of variety and quality beyond the decade's biggest stars. Here's a look at the finest unsung urban contemporary artists of the '80s.



Rock on With the Top 10 X Songs

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

L.A. punk band X used eclectic influences to create the earliest form of alternative rock and guide it into its '90s explosion of popularity.



'80s-Era Holiday Pop Songs That Inspire Nostalgia

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

Here's a look at my picks for the most memorable pop/rock holiday tunes of the '80s, from U2 to the Eagles and more.



American Singer-Songwriter Dan Fogelberg a...

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

Singer-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.



The Best '80s Love Songs about Heartache and...

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

These songs allow the listener to wallow so completely in self-involved sorrow that the world outside ceases to exist.



England's Best Musical Artists of the '80s Make...

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

Culling 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.



'80s Music Featured a Strong Selection of...

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

One 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.



The 10 Best Songs Bon Jovi Released During the...

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

As arguably pop metal's finest and most accessible band of the '80s, Bon Jovi churned out a number of arena rock classics, combining a straightforward, almost heartland rock sound with a glossy image to rule the latter half of the decade. Some were hits without being great songs, but this New Jersey band's best work stands confidently with the best mainstream rock the '80s had to offer.



Despite Usual Low Profile, Keyboards Fueled...

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

The 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.



Several European Music Acts Enjoyed Success in...

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

Artists from continental Europe made a definite impact on '80s music in Britain and America, and although they were generally able only to do so when they sang in English, sprinklings of European culture found their way into heavy metal and synth pop alike.



Top 10 Ozzy Osbourne Songs of the '80s

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

The '80s rebirth of Ozzy Osbourne after his 1979 firing from heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath was the first of several occasions in which the singer endured and overcame hardships to continue his success. Beginning the decade with a couple of groundbreaking albums featuring guitar virtuoso Randy Rhoads, Osbourne weathered the loss of his friend and collaborator to become one of the biggest hard rock stars of the decade. These songs provide a strong overview of what made Osbourne so successful.



Best Prince Songs of the '80s Were All Iconic...

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

Here's a look at the most essential songs from the extraordinarily varied '80s catalogue of fiercely original, iconic American singer-songwriter Prince.



Some of Soft Rock's Greatest Songs Came Out of...

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

People 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.



7 Best Pat Benatar Songs from the '80s

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

From 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.



Top '80s Songs That Motivate Listeners to 'Work...

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

Songs about work have always been a staple of popular music, but modern music has placed a special spin on the topic. The '80s in particular were blessed with plenty of fodder for meditations on the changing landscape of the workplace.



Get "Into the Groove" with the 10 Best Madonna...

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

Few would argue whether or not the '80s represented Madonna's peak of influence, but choosing the artist's top songs from that era is a challenging enterprise indeed.



10 Favorite U2 Songs of the '80s

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

Here'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.



Australian Band Men at Work Banged Out...

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

Despite 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.



Scandal Frontwoman Patty Smyth Sang Some Fine...

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

Versatile, charismatic American rock singer Patty Smyth should have been a huge '80s star, but as frontwoman of Scandal and as a solo artist she made a solid mark.



10 Most Awesome Women Rockers of the '80s

2016-12-07T11:01:06Z

Female 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.