The 80s was a big decade for music. Bob Geldof rallied the troops for a once-in-a-lifetime live music extravaganza, MTV landed on TV screens for the first time, and Michael Jackson’s signature moonwalk was being imitated on dancefloors everywhere. Even today, the era holds a firm spot in the hearts and minds of many – and thanks in no small part to these ten best 80s female singers, all of whom helped define the decade as much as anyone else.
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10: The Bangles
Though not the longest-standing artists on this list of the best 80s female singers, The Bangles’ chart-friendly sound ensures their continued placement on playlists today. The US pop-rockers emerged in the early half of the decade, enjoying moderate success until scoring a support slot on Cyndi Lauper’s Fun tour across 1983 and 1984. Their second album, 1985’s Different Light, was defined by some of the group’s most impressive vocal work, with Susanna Hoffs (guitars and vocals), Vicki Peterson (guitars and vocals) and Debbie Peterson (drums and vocals) deftly handing both instrumental and singing duties as they departed from their earlier rock’n’roll sound and moved towards the poppier end of the spectrum. The album’s second single, Manic Monday, was penned by Prince, and sat at No.2 in the US, beneath its writer’s own hit Kiss, while Walk Like An Egyptian took the group to the top of the charts for the first time, earworming its way into the minds of listeners the world over.
Must hear: Manic Monday