VOTE! Play-in Game - D


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) - ONLY THEIR '80s MUSIC COUNTS!

New Kids on the Block

Maurice Starr’s groundbreaking boy band that set the stage for the inescapable 90s trend. Joe McIntyre was only 12 when they debuted.

The 80s albums:
New Kids on the Block - 3x Platinum
Hangin’ Tough - 8x Platinum
Merry, Merry Christmas - 2x Platinum

The 80s singles: “You Got It (The Right Stuff),” “Please Don’t Go Girl,” “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever),” “Hangin’ Tough,” “Cover Girl,” and more.


Do we need to say more than “Mr. Roboto?” Nobody sounded like Styx. Nobody. And while they may have made most of their waves in the 70s, they didn’t slow down in the 80s.

The 80s albums:
Paradise Theatre - 3x Platinum
Kilroy Was Here - Platinum

The 80s singles: “Borrowed Time,” “The Best of Times,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Don’t Let it End,” and more.

New Edition

Maurice Starr’s original attempt at a Jackson 5-esque group, launched careers for Bobby Brown, Bell Biv Devoe, and Ralph Tresvant.

The 80s albums:
Candy Girl
New Edition - 2x Platinum
All for Love - Platinum
Under the Blue Moon - Gold
Heart Break - 2x Platinum

The 80s singles: “Cool It Now,” “Candy Girl,” “Mr. Telephone Man,” “Lost in Love,” “Count Me Out,” “If It Isn’t Love,” “Earth Angel,” “Can You Stand the Rain,” and more.

Billy Idol

The asymmetrical sneer started rocking MTV, and the rest was history, including a well-placed cameo in The Wedding Singer.

The 80s albums:
Billy Idol - Gold
Rebel Yell - 2x Platinum
Whiplash Smile - Platinum

The 80s singles: “Dancing With Myself,” “Mony Mony,” “Hot in the City,” “White Wedding,” “Rebel Yell,” “Eyes Without a Face,” “Sweet Sixteen,” and more.


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