This is the Rocky IV of 80s music as far as I’m concerned. Not to take anything away from the previous fifteen bands, but we’re gonna go out guns blazing on this one, although I have some heavy hitters saved for future installments. All beating around the bush aside:
#5 The Violent Femmes
Give a band an acoustic guitar, a bass and a snare drum and this is what happens. These Milwaukee upstarts may not have achieved global fame, but they had a great decade pumping out numbers like this here gem.
#4 Pet Shop Boys
If you’ve been paying attention to these lists at all, you’ll know that British Electro-pop from the 1980s is easily the genre that gets the most mention in this here compilation, and the Pet Shop Boys will continue that streak.
#3 The B-52s
Athens Georgia’s very own B-52s may have started dropping amazing tunes like ‘Rock Lobster’ and ‘Planet Claire’ in the late 70s, but rose to fame in the MTV decade of the 1980s.
Like their previously listed cohorts, the Talking Heads, Blondie was at the forefront of the late 70s punk scene in New York City. Luckily, they released a couple albums in the early 80s before breaking up for an extended period of time. Plus Debbie Harry was a fox, so they got that going for them.
#1 The Police
At the forefront of the British punk scene of the late 70s and early 80s were Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers and some guy named Sting and for 5 albums between 1978 and 1983, you really couldn’t ask for a much better offering from any band.
That’s all for today, but I assure this isn’t the last tirade of 80s music you’ll get out of me so keep your eyes open for rounds five and six.