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List Criteria: Best musicians who were active in the 1980s,judged on the quality of their '80s projects.
The greatest and most prolific artist of music's most colorful decade are remembered on this list. As I did with the greatest albums and artists of the '90s,I decided to do the same for the artist that broke ground and expanded and influenced generations to come. Keep in mind,this list is based solely on the artists' work in the 1980s. Though,there may be better George [Michael],better RHCP,better Sade,or better...okay,maybe not better Sting,in previous or future decades,we will acknowledge each artists for the impact they made in the 80s. From synth pop,to hair metal,to the rise of punk rock,to the fall of disco,to the birth of hip-hop. All genres are recognized,and classic albums,equally classic singles should also play a hand in how people vote on the countdown of legends.
Then stop listening to pop music
Pop music has always been pabulum for the masses. There is still new music being produced today that is more than just three chords, an unimaginative rhythm section and plaintive vocals bleating about lost love or how unfair life is. You just have to stop listening to the radio.
But you're right. Much of the good stuff with real musicianship is from people who started out in the 70s and 80s and are still recording new stuff now, or those who respect and are influenced by them.
But Croc is right -- the good stuff is even more distracting!
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