VOTE! Play-in Game - B


There were SO MANY deserving entries into this bracket, that we felt like 64 just wouldn't cut it. Enter the play-in games. 16 artists enter, only four advance. We've also upped our game a little bit - if you need your memory jogged on these artists, we've given you summaries of their 80s accomplishments, and a YouTube video to boot. We'll take on one play-in per day - you've just got 24 hours to vote! Remember (and this is of the utmost importance):



If you were to distill the sound of the 80s, it would sound like Foreigner. These guys had it all - the sound, the look, the hair. Foreigner was the 80s encapsulated.

The 80s albums:
4 - 6x Platinum
Agent Provocateur - 3x Platinum
Inside Information - Platinum

The 80s singles: “Urgent,” “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “That Was Yesterday,” Say You Will,” “I Don’t Want to Live Without You,” and more.


Whitesnake did hair metal as good as anybody…. and they may have been the best of the bunch. David Coverdale is a legendary frontman, and these dudes rocked hard.

The 80s albums:
Ready an’ Willing - Gold
Come an’ Get It - Gold
Saints and Sinners - Silver
Slide It In - 2x Platinum
Whitesnake - 8x Platinum
Slip of the Tongue - Platinum

The 80s singles: “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City,” “Don’t Break My Heart Again,” “Still of the Night,” “Here I Go Again,” Is This Love,” “Give Me All Your Love,” and more.

ZZ Top

They’re simply iconic. The beards, the guitars, the whole thing. And, they’re one of only a handful of bands to release a Diamond-selling record in the 80s.

The 80s albums:
El Loco
Eliminator - Diamond
Afterburner - 5x Platinum

The 80s singles: “Cheap Sunglasses,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Leila,” “Legs,” “Sleeping Bag,” “Velcro Fly,” and more.

Weird Al Yankovic

Listen…. If you need a case made for Weird Al, you probably aren’t going to vote for him anyway. He basically took all of the bands in this bracket and made a living off making fun of them. An absolute legend. Oh, and he made a cult classic film in the 80s too.

The 80s albums:

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Gold
"Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D - Platinum
Dare to Be Stupid - Platinum
Polka Party!
Even Worse - Platinum
UHF – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff

The 80s singles: "Another One Rides the Bus," "Eat It," "I Lost on Jeopardy," "Like a Surgeon," "Living with a Hernia," "Fat," "I Think I'm a Clone Now," "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies," and more.


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