Some bands from the 1980s include The Replacements, The Cure and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. These bands experienced both critical and commercial success throughout the 1980s, influencing a wide range of artists.
Beginning the 80s as a sloppy, beer-soaked punk band, Minneapolis troublemakers The Replacements reached new artistic heights on their 1983 album “Let It Be.” Bold enough to steal an album title from The Beatles but talented enough to justify it, The Replacements’ mixture of driving rock and sophisticated songwriting brought them success throughout the 1980s, including a major label contract and an infamous appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”
Perennial goth favorites The Cure released some of their biggest albums during the 1980s, including “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me” and “Disintegration.” Moving beyond their punk roots, The Cure’s sound in the 80s became increasingly melodic and complex, with bandleader Robert Smith serving up morose tunes that were still undeniably catchy. The singles “Just Like Heaven” and “Lovesong” made the band into legitimate pop stars.
Although Bruce Springsteen had been active throughout most of the 1970s, it wasn’t until the 1980s that he and his E Street Band became true rock royalty. Springsteen won critical acclaim for his early 80s albums “The River” and “Nebraska,” but it was 1984’s blockbuster “Born in the U.S.A.” that transformed him and his band into some of the world’s biggest rocks stars.