It is no secret that the music from the Eighties was groundbreaking, everlasting, and just outright the best. What else can you expect from the most glorious decade in history? Which Country Produced The Most 80s Music?

We saw bands and singers from all over the world making it big, but one has to appreciate the effort from the Uk and US music industries. The two countries delivered the best artists and bands that significantly impacted what we danced and rocked to back in the day.

And don’t forget Europe, especially Germany. It is safe to say that the UK delivered slightly more talent than the rest of the world from 1980 to 1990. Let’s break it down.

United Kingdom

Let’s be honest. Some of the greatest bands and vocalists from the Eighties came from the UK. A Kaleidoscope of Heavy metal, rock, and synth-pop. This includes those from Ireland. Freddie Mercury would become the UK’s biggest music export of the Eighties.


The band was formed in the 1970s and gained worldwide fame by the beginning of the decade. Formed around the unrivaled vocal talent of Freddie Mercury. The Queen frontman arguably became one of the most popular and beloved vocalists in the history of music.

Depeche Mode

Lead singer Dave Gahan led the synth-pop band to fame with his recognizable velvety voice, backed by a band that knew their way around the electronic keyboard. Truly one of the greatest bands of the era.


Frontman Bono and U2 dished up a unique brand of pop-rock tracks with an undertone of political struggle.

Kate Bush

Kate Bush deserves a special mention for her 1985 hit “Running Up That Hill” which soared to the UK number one spot 37 years after a revival brought on by the popular show Stranger Things.

Other Great Bands And Singers

  • Phil Collins
  • Duran Duran
  • David Bowie
  • Roxy Music
  • Adam And The Ants
  • Judas Priest
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  • The Cure
  • The Smiths
  • Tears For Fears
  • A Flock Of Seagulls
  • Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark
  • Paul McCartney
  • The Police
  • Erasure
  • Eurythmics
  • The Human League
  • Wham
  • George Michael
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • The Clash
  • Culture Club
  • New Order
  • Dire Straits
  • Def Leopard
  • Iron Maiden
  • Spandau Ballet
  • Genesis
  • Bananarama

United States

The USA saw the rise of quite a few solo artists that became extremely popular. Michael Jackson is easily one of the most popular.

Guns N’ Roses

One of the most popular rock bands of all time. These guys churned out one hit after the other.

Michael Jackson

With his stage performances and dancing talent, Michael Jackson was crowned the “King of Pop” for obvious reasons.


The “Queen of Pop”. Rightfully named, Madonna just was unique. She pushed the boundaries of society and did not allow anyone to stand in her way. She produced some of the best songs in the 80s and was undeniably the leading female vocalist of the era.

Other Great Bands And Singers

  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Billy Joel
  • Bon Jovi
  • Belinda Carlisle
  • Janet Jackson
  • Whitney Houston
  • Metallica
  • Van Halen
  • Aerosmith
  • Journey
  • Motley Crue
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Laura Brannigan
  • Prince
  • Blondie
  • Talking Heads
  • Kiss
  • Black Sabbath
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • The Cars
  • ZZ Top
  • Poison
  • Heart
  • The Beastie Boys
  • Foreigner
  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers


German artists covered a variety of genres but saw a new wave and synth-pop renaisance—some of them far before the times.


Alphaville is certainly the best out of 1980s Germany. They produced quite a few hits, and their electronic music stood the test of time.

Modern Talking

The duo stormed onto the scene with their hit “You’re my heart, you’re my soul”. They spent the next couple of years producing various hits.


The beautiful Sandra Cretu with her distinctive voice enjoyed worldwide success. She produced countless singles that dotted the charts from the late eighties well into the nineties.

Other Great Bands And Singers

  • Rammstein
  • Scorpions
  • Nena
  • Kraftwerk
  • Helloween
  • Tangerine Dream
  • Milli Vanilli

Rest of Europe


  • A-Ha!



Abba is by far the most successful music group from Sweden.

  • Roxette
  • Europe

Rest Of the World


  • Midnight Oil
  • Divinyls
  • Kylie Minogue


Looking at the breakdown, it is safe to argue that the UK, by a small margin, produced most of the 80s bands and singers. The artists and bands listed above are just a mere drop in the ocean, as there are countless more. Not to mention those one-hit wonders. Some might argue with this, as the Americans spawned a generation of superstars. But nevertheless, the two countries led the 80s music phenomenon by a mile.