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Who are some famous '80s rock groups?

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According to HoustonPress.com, Genesis and Journey are considered two of the top rock bands from the 1980s. The website also acknowledges other 1980s rock bands such as The Pretenders and ZZ Top.

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During the 1980s, Genesis released four studio albums that generated 10 top 40 hit songs. Five of the hit songs came from the “Invisible Touch” album, which became one of the best-selling albums from the entire 1980s. The song “Invisible Touch” also became Genesis’ first and only number one single as of 2015. In 1985, Genesis released its third studio album, “No Jacket Required,” which sold more than 12 million copies and stayed atop the album charts for seven weeks. During this time, each remaining band member released solo projects, with Phil Collins becoming the most successful artist.

In 1980, Journey began the decade with the release of its studio album named “Departure.” The album became Journey’s third consecutive multiplatinum album and contained repackaged material from the band’s first three records. The following year, “Untold Passion” released and became the band’s first number one album, which sold over 7 million copies. During the remainder of the 1980s, Journey continued to release several albums that each sold in the millions. Many of the albums contained top 20 singles, including “Frontiers” and “Raised on Radio.”

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