VOTE! - "D" Group - Round 2

The Voting is Here!

We've got Round 2 for the "D" Group! Below, you'll be able to vote for each of the matchups. You'll also find detailed information about each artist's 80s music, so if you need your memory jogged on these artists, we've given you summaries of their 80s accomplishments, and a YouTube video to boot. Remember: ONLY THEIR 80s MUSIC COUNTS!

(1) Prince vs. (9) Lionel Richie/Commodores


The case for Prince: If you have to ask, maybe you’re not qualified to vote.

The 80s albums:
Dirty Mind  - Gold
Controversy - Platinum
1999 - 4x Platinum
Purple Rain - Diamond (13x Platinum)
Around the World in a Day - 2x Platinum
Parade (Music from the Motion Picture Under the Cherry Moon) - Platinum
Sign ‘O’ the Times - Platinum
Lovesexy - Gold
Batman - 2x Platinum

The 80s singles:  “1999,” “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” “Purple Rain,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Raspberry Beret,” “Kiss,” “Delirious,” and many more. And don’t forget the singles Prince gave to others, like “Manic Monday,” “When You Were Mine,” and “Nothing Compares 2 U,” and more.

The Commodores/Lionel Richie

Outrageous! A solo run of 13 consecutive Top Ten hits following a stellar R&B upbringing with the Commodores, and he had the key to so many hearts.

The 80s albums:
(With the Commodores)
Heroes - Platinum
In the Pocket - Platinum
Lionel Richie - 4x Platinum
Can’t Slow Down - Diamond (10x Platinum)
Dancing on the Ceiling - 4x Platinum

The 80s singles (the Commodores): “Lady (You Bring Me Up),” “Oh No”

Solo: “All Night Long (All Night),” “Running with the Night,” “Hello,” “Stuck on You,” “Penny Lover,” “Say You, Say Me,” “Dancing on the Ceiling,” “Ballerina Girl, “Truly,” “You Are,” “My Love,” and more.

(4) Elton John vs. (12) Chicago

Elton John

From his Rocket like start in the 70s, Sir Elton John continued strong through the 80s, releasing 9 albums of new material plus live and compilation albums. If the 70s made Elton a star, the 80s moved him into icon territory.

The 80s albums:
21 at 33 - Gold
The Fox
Jump Up - Gold
Too Low for Zero - Platinum
Breaking Hearts - Platinum
Ice on Fire - Gold
Leather Jackets 
Reg Strikes Back - Gold
Sleeping With the Past - Platinum

The 80s singles:  “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues”, “I’m Still Standing”, “Sad Songs”, “Passengers”, “Nikita”, “Wrap Her Up”, “I Don’t Want to Go on With You Like That”, “Sacrifice”, and many more


Combining albums and singles (and spanning beyond just the 80s), Chicago is the second most successful American rock band in history, just behind the Beach Boys.

The 80s albums:
Chicago XIV
Chicago 16 - 2x Platinum
Chicago 17 - 6x Platinum
Chicago 18 - Platinum
Chicago 19 - Platinum
Greatest Hits 1982-1989 - 5x Platinum

The 80s singles:  “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” “Hard Habit to Break,” “You’re the Inspiration,” “Stay the Night,” “Along Comes a Woman,” “Love Me Tomorrow,” “Will You Still Love Me?,” “If She Would Have Been Faithful,” and more.

(6) Journey vs. (3) Duran Duran


Steve Perry. Neal Schon. Enough said. Maybe you’ve heard “Don’t Stop Believin’?” 

The 80s albums:
Departure - 3x Platinum
Dream After Dream
Captured - 2x Platinum
Escape - 9x Platinum
Frontiers - 6x Platinum
Raised on Radio - 2x Platinum

The 80s singles: “Any Way You Want It,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Open Arms,” “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” “Faithfully,” “Send Her My Love,” “Be Good to Yourself,” and more.

Duran Duran

A band made for the music video who brought synth and new wave to the masses. These guys could easily be the face of the decade.

The 80s albums:
Duran Duran - Platinum
Rio - 2x Platinum
Seven and the Ragged Tiger - 2x Platinum
Arena - 2x Platinum
Notorious - Platinum
Big Thing - Gold

The singles: “Reflex,” “The Wild Boys,” “Hungry Like the Wolf,” “Rio,” “Save a Prayer,” “Girls on Film,” “Is There Something I Should Know?,” “A View to a Kill,” “Notorious,” “I Don’t Want Your Love,” “New Moon on Monday,” “Union of the Snake,” and more.

(2) Janet Jackson vs.

(10) Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Janet Jackson

So much more than Michael’s little sister (and the only sibling to mount a solo career to almost eclipse his). Janet took pop music in a whole new direction. We are a part of the rhythm nation!

The 80s albums:
Janet Jackson
Dream Street
Control - 5x Platinum
Rhythm Nation 1814 - 6x Platinum

The 80s singles: “What Have You Done for Me Lately,” “Nasty,” “When I Think of You,” “Control,” “Let’s Wait Awhile,” “The Pleasure Principle,” “Miss You Much,” “Rhythm Nation,” and more.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Genuine heartland rock that played counter to much of the prefab gloss of the decade. Tom was one of our greatest songwriters, and he and the Heartbreakers always appealed to our best sensibilities.

The 80s albums:
Hard Promises - Platinum
Long After Dark - Gold
Southern Accents - Platinum
Pack Up the Plantation
Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) - Platinum
Full Moon Fever (solo) - 5x Platinum

The 80s singles: “I Won’t Back Down,” “Refugee,” “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” “Free Fallin’,” “Here Comes My Girl,” “The Waiting,” “You Got Lucky,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” “So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n Roll Star,” “Jammin’ Me,” and more.


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