What was HOT in the 80s music industry?

Which were the hottest in the 80s? Who were the top artists? What songs were number one the longest? What albums were number one each year? Read all about it!

According to Billboard, these were the top 100 artists of the entire decade of the 80’s!
1. Michael Jackson
2. Prince
3. Madonna
4. U2
5. Bruce Springsteen
6. Run-D.M.C.
7. Van Halen
8. Public Enemy
9. Billy Joel
10. The Police
11. Phil Collins
12. Guns N’ Roses
13. Def Leppard
14. Janet Jackson
15. George Michael/Wham
16. Whitney Houston
17. Metallica
18. N.W.A
19. Dire Straits
20. AC/DC
21. Rush
22. Iron Maiden
23. Judas Priest
24. Lionel Richie
25. Bon Jovi
26. Talking Heads
27. Genesis
28. R.E.M.
29. Duran Duran
30. Motley Crue
31. The Cure
32. Journey
33. John Mellencamp
34. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
35. REO Speedwagon
36. Kool and the Gang
37. L.L. Cool J
38. Tina Turner
39. Queen
40. Beastie Boys
41. Ozzy Osbourne
42. The Smiths
43. Huey Lewis and the News
44. Bryan Adams
45. Hall & Oates
46. Pat Benatar
47. Eric B. & Rakim
48. Billy Idol
49. Peter Gabriel
50. INXS
51. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
52. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
53. Eurythmics
54. The Cars
55. Aerosmith
56. ZZ Top
57. The Rolling Stones
58. Heart
59. David Bowie
60. Elton John
61. Rod Stewart
62. Foreigner
63. Stevie Wonder
64. Toto
65. Bob Seger
66. The Pointer Sisters
67. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
68. Salt-N-Pepa
69. Fleetwood Mac
70. The Go-Go’s
71. Paul McCartney
72. Pet Shop Boys
73. Don Henley
74. Paul Simon
75. Tracy Chapman
76. Cyndi Lauper
77. Depeche Mode
78. Sonic Youth
79. Pete Townshend
80. Culture Club
81. Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
82. De La Soul
83. Luther Vandross
84. Chicago
85. The Bangles
86. Thompson Twins
87. Yes
88. Men at Work
89. Pixies
90. Pink Floyd
91. Robert Palmer
92. Kenny Loggins
93. Whitesnake
94. Sade
95. Steve Winwood
96. Billy Ocean
97. Tears for Fears
98. Bobby Brown
99. Scorpions
100. Simply Red

 

What songs were at number one the longest during the 80’s?

The longest running number-one single of 1981 was “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John which stayed at the top of the chart for six weeks in 1981 and then for four additional weeks in 1982, with a total of ten weeks at number-one! This also makes “Physical” the longest running number-one single of the 1980s. Thank you Olivia!

Songs that were at Number One the longest during the 1980’s
Weeks at #1 Song Artist Date hit #1 #1 for Year
10
“Physical” Olivia Newton-John November 21, 1981 1982
9
“Bette Davis Eyes” Kim Carnes May 16, 1981 1981
9
“Endless Love” Diana Ross and Lionel Richie August 15, 1981
8
“Every Breath You Take” The Police July 9, 1983 1983
7
“I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” Joan Jett & the Blackhearts March 20, 1982
7
“Ebony and Ivory” Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder May 15, 1982
7
“Billie Jean” Michael Jackson March 5, 1983
6
“Call Me” Blondie April 19, 1980 1980
6
“Lady” Kenny Rogers November 15, 1980
6
“Centerfold” The J. Geils Band February 6, 1982
6
“Eye of the Tiger” Survivor July 24, 1982
6
“Flashdance… What a Feeling” Irene Cara May 28, 1983
6
“Say, Say, Say” Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson December 10, 1983
6
“Like a Virgin” Madonna December 22, 1984
5
“When Doves Cry” Prince July 7, 1984 1984
5
“Jump” Van Halen February 25, 1984
4
“That’s What Friends Are For” Dionne Warwick January 18, 1986 1986
4
“Walk Like an Egyptian” The Bangles December 20, 1986 1987
4
“Livin’ on a Prayer” Bon Jovi February 14, 1987
4
“Faith” George Michael December 12, 1987 1988
3
“Another One Bites the Dust” Queen October 4, 1980
3
“Careless Whisper” Wham! February 16, 1985 1985
2
“Look Away” Chicago December 10, 1988 1989

 

Billboard’s list of Year-End number-one albums in the 80’s
Year Title Artist
1980 “The Wall” Pink Floyd
1981 “Hi Infidelity” REO Speedwagon
1982 “Asia” Asia
1983 “Thriller” Michael Jackson
1984 “Thriller” Michael Jackson
1985 “Born in the USA” Bruce Springsteen
1986 “Whitney Houston” Whitney Houston
1987 “Slippery When Wet” Bon Jovi
1988 “Faith” George Michael
1989 “Don’t Be Cruel” Bobby Brown
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