The 80s were fun and the magic of those musicians is ever-lasting. Your views about the most influential musicians may vary from the artists given on the list. Some most influential musicians are always remembered in golden words. The 80s are remembered for the popularity of digital recording and other electronics. Here are the most influential musicians of the 80s:
1. Whitney Houston
She has set the standards for success with 200 million singles and albums sold during her career. She was born on August 9, 1963, and earned her way in the music industry of the 80s. She was the only female musician to reach number one on the Billboard 200 album and she also had eight multi-platinum albums in a row.
2. Bruce Springsteen
He started his singing career by performing in the local bars of New Jersey and earned the title of “The Boss.” He was attracted to rock n roll after seeing the performance of Elvis Presley on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
His music career spans five decades and he is one of the few musicians to win twenty Grammys. 135 million albums are sold worldwide. He was also acknowledged by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1999.
3. Phil Collins
His love for music and stage was developed from a very early age and at the age of 5; he was already in love with drums when he received the gift of a toy drum. He had his first break at the age of thirteen when he got a chance to perform the role of Artful Dodger. When he replaced Peter Gabriel, Genesis’s bandleader, he became the most influential musician of the 80s.
4. Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie was born in 1949 and became famous after producing “Endless Love”. This was the most acknowledges single in the history of Motown. He collaborated with big names like Michael Jackson and raised millions of dollars to help the needy in Africa by selling “We Are the World” single. After Michael Jackson and Prince, Lionel was the most successful musician of the 80s. His 13 songs consecutively made to the list of top ten hits and five songs were ranked number one.
5. Elton John
Sir Elton is one of the most influential musicians of the 80s as more than 300 million records were sold during his peak time. 33 million copies of his single, Candle in the Wind, were sold worldwide which makes it the bestselling single of all times.
He performed at more than 4000 shows in 80 different countries. He also has a special place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
These are only a few names and the list of most influential musicians goes beyond the limits. Every single musician of that time gave his best to nourish the music industry and that’s why we still remember the top hits of the 80s.