The Queen and King of 80s Pop.
Madonna, the queen of 80s pop music. Madonna released four impressive albums during the 80s – Madonna, Like a Virgin, True Blue, and Like a Prayer, in that order.
She had some huge hits such as Borderline, Lucky Star, and Holiday from her first album, Like a Virgin, Material Girl, and Into the Groove from her second, Papa Don’t Preach, and La Isla Bonita from her third, and Like a Prayer, Express Yourself, and Cherish from her fourth.
Next, we have the King of 80s pop music – Michael Jackson. During the 80s, Michael released two albums – Thriller then Bad.
Thriller had hits like Thriller, which also had an epic music video, Billie Jean, Wanna be Startin Somethin, Beat It, and Human Nature. This album scored Michael a record of eight Grammy Awards in 1984.
Bad was released in 1987 and had hits like Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel, The Man in the Mirror, I Just Can’t Stop Loving You, Dirty Diana, and Smooth Criminal.
There were many more awesome pop singers, Cyndi Lauper was also the voice of the 80s. She gave us hits such as Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, True Colors, and Time After Time. Like Madonna, Cyndi Lauper was also a trendsetter in 80s fashion.
The Bangles were another great sound of the 80s, and actually opened for Cyndi Lauper during her Fun tour. They were best known for Walk Like an Egyptian and Manic Monday, which was written by another 80s great pop singer– Prince.
Prince had hits like 1999, Little Red Corvette, Purple Rain, When Doves Cry, and Kiss. No matter what he wanted to be called after the 80s, Prince would go on to have two albums from the 80s – 1999 and Purple Rain.
The Go-Go’s actually started out as a punk band but ultimately developed a pop sound. They were another great 80s group with Vacation, We Got the Beat, and Turn to You.
Frankie Goes to Hollywood gave us The Power of Love, and Relax, which ended up becoming a hot t shirt of the decade – Frankie Say Relax.
There was Debbie Gibson singing about Electric Youth, and Tiffany covered some famous tunes such as I Think We’re Alone Now and I Saw Him Standing There in shopping malls across the country. She even went on to open for New Kids on the Block …
New Kids on the Block were one of the first modern boy bands. Donnie, Danny, Joe, John, and Jordan were plastered on teenage girls walls and blaring from their radios. Their biggest hits include Hangin Tough, Please Don’t Go Girl, You Got It (The Right Stuff), and Covergirl.
There were also a slew of one hit wonders: Funkytown by Lipps Inc., Whip It by Devo, Mickey by Toni Basil, She Blinded Me with Science by Thomas Dolby, Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners, and 99 Luftballons by Nena.
The 80s had pop royalty, including a prince and plenty of pop princesses. The music was fun and upbeat, for the most part, making for some great 80s pop songs that we still go crazy for when we unexpectedly hear one on the radio or out and about. Some of us even have our favorite songs on our iPods.