Who Were Some of the Most Famous Bands of the 1980s?


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Some of the most popular bands of the 1980s in the United States were AC/DC, Guns n' Roses and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. Other popular bands in the 1980s were Prince & The Revolution, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Journey and the Beastie Boys.

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The hard rock band AC/DC holds the distinction of releasing the album with the highest RIAA certification released in the 1980s; as of 2015, "Back in Black" is 22 times platinum. AC/DC subsequently released the album "For Those About to Work We Salute You," currently four times platinum, in 1981.

Hard rock band Guns n' Roses rapidly gained popularity in the late 1980s with their debut album "Appetite for Destruction," which is currently 18 times platinum. Guns n' Roses achieved several number one hits in the United States in the 1980s, such as "Welcome to the Jungle," "Paradise City," "Patience" and "Sweet Child o' Mine," which was the band's sole number one hit in the country.

Mainstream rock group Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band reached peak popularity in 1984 when they released the album "Born in the U.S.A.," which is currently 15 times platinum in the United States. Throughout the decade, the band released hits such as "Dancing in the Dark," "Hungry Heart," "I'm on Fire," "Glory Days" and "Tunnel of Love."

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