During the ’80s a lot of the best rock music produced came from the United States, and we’re honoring the best of them with our look at the Top 20 American Classic Rock Bands of the’ 80s.
The ’80s proved to be a time of massive rock domination, with hair metal, glam rock and new wave opening doors for new artists, while also providing additional inspiration for already established acts. Technology has also played a major role in the formation of rock, as the experimentation with electronic keyboards that bore its first fruits in the 1970s developed when digital synthesizers, programmable rhythm machines and sequencers were introduced. became commonplace, and that guitar-based groups sought to incorporate them into their sound.
Narrowing our roster to just 20 groups was difficult, especially given the abundance of worthy nominees. For the purposes of this exercise, groups were rated only on the work they did between 1980 and 1989. We examine how they managed to overcome the unique artistic and business challenges that the 1980s presented them.
Solo artists have been excluded, meaning Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, Billy Joel and many other touted stars are missing from our list, as are groups with multinational lineups, like Fleetwood Mac and Foreigner (albeit a exception was made to a group due to an American being the only constant member). In the end, we created an impressive collection of bands from all times. Naturally, many big names were selected including Guns n ‘Roses, Van Halen, Bon Jovi and Motley Crue. Read on to see exactly where they ended up in our list of the best classic American rock bands of the ’80s.