80s Top 40 Music Charts
The 1980s saw the reinvention of Michael Jackson, the superstardom of Prince and the emergence of Madonna, Whitney Houston, & Janet Jackson – who were all arguably the most successful musicians during this time. Their videos became a permanent fixture on MTV and gained a worldwide mass audience. Michael Jackson was the first African American artist to have his music video aired on MTV. Also, Whitney Houston, Prince, & Janet Jackson were common African American artists aired during the 80s on MTV. Michael Jackson’s Thriller album from 1982 is the best-selling album of all time; it is cited as selling as many as 110 million copies worldwide. Being the biggest selling artist of that decade, he was indisputably the biggest star of the 1980s.
By 1980, the disco production of the 1970s, largely dependent on orchestras, is replaced by a lighter synthpop production, which is replaced by dance music. In the second half of the 1980s, teen pop has its first wave. Bands and artists include Expose, New Kids on the Block, Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, Tommy Page, New Edition, Stacey Q, The Bangles, Madonna, Olivia Newton-John and others.
Prominent American urban pop acts of the 1980s include Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Deniece Williams. African American artists like Lionel Richie and Prince went on to become some of the decade’s biggest pop stars, ruling MTV, with Prince becoming arguably the second biggest male superstar after Michael Jackson. Their commercial albums included 1999, Purple Rain, and Sign “O” the Times by Prince and Lionel Richie, Can’t Slow Down, and Dancing on the Ceiling by Richie.
During the mid-1980s American pop singer Cyndi Lauper was considered the “Voice of the MTV Generation of 80s” and so different visual style that made the world for teens. With She’s So Unusual and True Colors their first two albums were a critical and sales success, which released the classics hits of the 80s, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, “Time After Time”, “She Bop”, “All Through the Night”, “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough”, “True Colors” and “Change of Heart”.
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