Many people consider the 80s the best decade in music. Numerous bands that did well in the 80s are still popular today. Here are five of the best 80s bands that are going strong even in 2020.
1. Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi had several hit songs in the 80s, including “Bad Medicine,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Lay Your Hands on Me” and “Runaway.” In 2018, the band made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have also sold over 100 million records worldwide. Bon Jovi’s albums continue to chart well. Burning Bridges, released in 2015, ranked No. 3 on the US Top Rock Albums, No. 13 on Billboard 200, No. 3 on UK Albums and No. 1 on German Albums. The band’s next album is set for an early 2020 release.
Some of Metallica’s hit songs in the 80s were “One,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “Fade to Black.” Metallica has over 125 million record sales and nine Grammy Awards. Many of their albums have ranked No. 1 on the Billboard 200, such as Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, Death Magnetic, St. Anger and Reload. Metallica made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. They continue to hold concerts and go on tour. Their eleventh studio album is expected to be released in 2020. Metallica is also going on tour in South America in 2020. They hope to hold concerts in Australia and New Zealand in 2020 too.
In 2019, Radiohead was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Some of their most successful albums are Kid A, OK Computer, Pablo Honey and In Rainbows. Rolling Stone, The Times and Pitchfork recognized Kid A as the best album of its decade. “Creep” reached No. 2 on US Alternative Songs, No. 7 on UK Singles and No. 6 on the AR1A Chart. They have over 30 million worldwide record sales and won Best Alternative Music Album three times at the Grammy Awards. Their most recent album A Moon Shaped Pool was released in 2016 and ranked No. 3 on the Billboard 200, No. 1 on UK Albums, No. 1 on US Top Rock Albums and No. 2 on Australian Albums. Radiohead continues to go on tour around the world, including Europe, South America, Japan and North America.
4. Def Leppard
Def Leppard’s 80s hit songs include “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Love Bites,” “Animal” and “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak.” Pyromania was certified diamond in the US. Hysteria, released in 1987, has been certified 12x platinum in the US and sold over 25 million copies around the world. Overall, the band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. In 2019, Def Leppard was added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band continues to stay active going on tours and releasing new music. In 2019, Def Leppard went on a world tour. Their most recent studio album Def Leppard was released in 2015.
5. Red Hot Chili Peppers
Some of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ popular songs in the 80s were “Knock Me Down,” “Behind the Sun,” “Higher Ground” and “Fight Like a Brave.” In concert, they are known for improvised performances and using jam band elements. Red Hot Chili Peppers has sold more than 80 million records worldwide and has won six Grammy Awards. Among alternative rock bands, Red Hot Chili Peppers has had the most No. 1 hit singles with 13 chart toppers and stayed in No. 1 for the longest with a single track. Just as with the previous bands on this list, Red Hot Chili Peppers has been honored with induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You can look forward to their next album in 2020.
These five bands are some of the best 80s bands that are still popular today. They continue to go on tours and work on new music. All of them have sold a significant number of worldwide records and have been inducted in the coveted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.