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  1. Rick Astley

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    Wielding a rich, deep voice, Rick Astley became an overnight sensation in the late '80s with his well-crafted dance-pop. Astley was discovered by producer Pete Waterman in 1985, when the Merseyside native was singing in the English soul band FBI. After that, Waterman's production team -- Stock, Aitken & Waterman -- took Astley under their wing, writing and producing such impeccably crafted pop singles as "Never Gonna Give You Up" and "Together Forever." After two hugely successful albums in

    Genres: Dance Rock, Europop, New Romantic, New Wave, New Wave Pop, Soft Rock and Sophisti-pop

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  2. Rick Springfield

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    Although Rick Springfield's music was frequently dismissed as vapid teen idol fare, his best moments have actually withstood the test of time far better than most critics would ever have imagined, emerging as some of the most well-crafted mainstream power pop of the 1980s. A singer-turned-soap opera star-turned-singer, Springfield was born Richard Springthorpe on August 23, 1949 in Sydney, Australia, to a military man; the family moved around Australia and England a great deal during Springfield

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  3. Glass Tiger

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    The Ontario-based band Tokyo toured the province for several years before changing their name to Glass Tiger and signing with Capitol. Their debut album, The Thin Red Line, became a hit when "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)" reached the top of the national charts in the summer of 1986. After 1988's Diamond Sun, drummer Michael Hanson quit, leaving guitarist Al Connelly, vocalist Alan Frew, bassist Wayne Parker, and keyboard player Sam Reid. Released in 1991, Simple Mission was Glass Tiger's

    Genres: Album Rock, Classic Canadian Rock, Mellow Gold, New Wave Pop and Soft Rock

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  4. David Lee Roth

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    In the eyes of countless hard rock fans, David Lee Roth is the prototypical frontman. With a flamboyant, larger-than-life stage presence and a party-hardy surfer-dude persona (not to mention his acrobatic leaps, long mane of blond hair, and skintight spandex outfits), Roth was an integral part of Van Halen's meteoric rise to global dominance during the late '70s and early '80s. Born on October 10, 1954 in Bloomington, Indiana, Roth was introduced to music at an early age, via his father's affini

    Genres: Album Rock, Classic Rock, Glam Metal, Hard Rock, Metal, Neo Classical Metal and Rock

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  5. Bon Jovi

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    After ushering in the era of pop-metal with their 1986 blockbuster Slippery When Wet and its hit singles "You Give Love a Bad Name," "Wanted Dead or Alive," and "Living on a Prayer," Bon Jovi wound up transcending the big-haired '80s, withstanding changes in style and sound to become one of the biggest American rock bands of their time. Unlike a lot of their big-haired pop-metal peers, Bon Jovi's appeal wasn't limited to the States. Slippery When Wet, its 1988 sequel New Jersey, and 1992's Keep

    Genres: Glam Metal and Rock

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  6. New Kids On The Block

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    A massively successful boy band, New Kids on the Block emerged in the late '80s combining R&B grooves, infectious pop hooks, and a dynamic, dance-oriented image. Guided by their producer Maurice Starr, the group built upon the popularity of Starr's previous protégé ensemble New Edition, helping lay the groundwork for the teen pop boom of the late '90s. During the New Kids' heyday, the group reportedly earned over one million dollars per week, and their string of hit songs -- the bulk of whic

    Genres: Boy Band and Dance Pop

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  7. Corey Hart

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    Propelled to international success by the hits "Sunglasses at Night" and "Never Surrender," Canadian singer/songwriter Corey Hart's earnest tone and brooding good looks helped him become a pop icon of the mid-'80s MTV era. Although his popularity in the U.S. began to wane after 1986's Boy in the Box, Hart continue to enjoy a high profile and chart success at home well into the '90s, after which he stepped away from recording to raise a family and write and record for other artists. He later retu

    Genres: Album Rock, Dance Rock, Mellow Gold, New Romantic, New Wave, New Wave Pop and Soft Rock

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  8. The Go-Go's

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    The Go-Go's were the most popular all-female band to emerge from the punk/new wave explosion of the late '70s and early '80s, becoming one of the first commercially successful female groups that wasn't controlled by male producers or managers. While their hit singles -- "We Got the Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Vacation," "Head Over Heels" -- were bright, energetic new wave pop, the group was an integral part of the Californian punk scene. And they did play punk rock, even if many of their roug

    Genres: Album Rock, Candy Pop, Dance Rock, Girl Group, Jangle Pop, Mellow Gold, New Romantic, New Wave, New Wave Pop, Permanent Wave, Pop Rock, Rock, Soft Rock and Synthpop

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  9. Howard Jones

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    Howard Jones was one of the defining figures of mid-'80s synth pop. Jones' music merged the technology-intensive sound of new wave with the cheery optimism of hippies and late-'60s pop. Jones racked up a string of hits in the mid- and late '80s before he retreated into being a cult figure in the '90s. A native of Southampton, England, Jones learned how to play piano at the age of seven. By the time he was a teenager, his family had relocated to Canada, which is where he joined his first ban

    Genres: Art Rock, Dance Rock, Mellow Gold, New Romantic, New Wave, New Wave Pop, Soft Rock and Synthpop

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  10. Belinda Carlisle

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    Belinda Carlisle pursued a solo career after leaving the Go-Go's in 1984. As her solo career progressed, Carlisle removed any of the rough edges remaining in her style, transforming from a new wave rocker to a polished adult contemporary pop singer. The change was evident on her first album, 1986's Belinda. Featuring the number three hit single "Mad About You," the record went gold and established her as a viable hitmaker. The following year, Carlisle released Heaven on Earth, her greatest solo

    Genres: Dance Pop, Dance Rock, Europop, New Romantic, New Wave Pop, Pop Rock and Soft Rock

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