VOTE! Group "C" - Round 2

The Voting is Here!

We've got Round 2 of the "C" 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. 

(1) Bon Jovi vs. (9) R.E.M.

Bon Jovi

Take some arena rock, add a bit of pop metal, throw in some glam, and you get a Jersey band that made their own genre. And Slippery When Wet has sold 28 million copies worldwide!

The 80s albums:
Bon Jovi - Platinum
7800 degrees Fahrenheit - Platinum
Slippery When Wet - 12x Platinum
New Jersey - 7x Platinum

The 80s singles: “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Runaway,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Bad Medicine,” “I’ll Be There for You,” “Lay Your Hands on Me,” and more.


College band that made the Athens sound famous. They helped define “alternative” and developed a massive cult following behind Michael Stipe’s iconic vocals and lack of enunciation.

The 80s albums:
Murmur - Gold
Reckoning - Gold
Fables of the Reconstruction - Gold
Lifes Rich Pageant - Gold
Dead Letter Office
Document - Platinum
Green - 2x Platinum

The 80s singles:  “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” “The One I Love,” “Stand,” “Orange Crush,” “Pop Song 89,” “Radio Free Europe,” “So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry),” “Superman,” “Talk About the Passion,” and more.

(5) John Cougar Mellencamp vs.

(13) The Go-Go's/Belinda Carlisle

John Cougar Mellencamp

Some people call him a poor man’s Springsteen, but tell me you don’t know all the words to “Jack and Diane.” John Cougar Mellencamp was the champion of the small town and we loved him for it.

The 80s albums:
Nothin’ Matters and What if it Did - Platinum
American Fool - 5x Platinum
The Kid Inside
Uh-Huh - 3x Platinum
Scarecrow - 5x Platinum
The Lonesome Jubilee - 3x Platinum
Big Daddy - Platinum

The 80s singles:  “Hurts So Good,” “Jack and Diane,” “Pink Houses,” “Authority Song,” “Small Town,” “ROCK in the USA,” “Paper in Fire,” “Cherry Bomb,” and lots more.

The Go-Go's/Belinda Carlisle

The Go-Go’s blazed brand new musical trails, as one of the most successful all-female bands of all time. And then Belinda Carlisle went on to have a phenomenal solo career too.

The 80s albums (The Go-Go’s):
Beauty and the Beat - 2x Platinum
Vacation - Gold
Talk Show

The 80s albums (Belinda Carlisle):
Belinda - Gold
Heaven on Earth - Platinum
Runaway Horses - Gold

The 80s singles (The Go-Go’s): “Our Lips are Sealed,” “We Got the Beat,” “Vacation,” “Head Over Heels,” Turn to You,” and more.

The 80s singles (Belinda Carlisle): “Mad About You,” “Heaven in a Place on Earth,” “I Get Weak,” “Circle in the Sand,” “Leave a Light On,” and more.

(6) U2 vs. (3) Billy Joel


The Irish boys that changed the entire direction of rock music. And Bono’s unplanned walkabout during “Bad” at Live Aid was a seminal moment for a generation. 

The 80s albums:
Boy - Platinum
October - Platinum
War - 4x Platinum
Under a Blood Red Sky - 3x Platinum
The Unforgettable Fire - 3x Platinum
The Joshua Tree - Diamond
Rattle and Hum - 5x Platinum

The 80s singles:  ”With or Without You,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” “Pride (In the Name of Love),” “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “Gloria,” “Where the Streets Have No Name,” “Desire,” “In God’s Country,” “All I Want is You,” “Angel of Harlem,” New Year’s Day,” “I Will Follow,” and more.

Billy Joel

Long Island piano man whose 23x Platinum greatest hits collection indicates how his songs became a part of so many people’s stories.

The 80s albums:
Glass Houses - 7x Platinum
Songs in the Attic - 3x Platinum
The Nylon Curtain - 2x Platinum
An Innocent Man - 7x Platinum
Greatest Hits - Volume I and Volume II - Diamond (23x Platinum)
The Bridge - 2x Platinum
КОНЦЕРТ - Platinum
Storm Front - 4x Platinum

The singles: “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “Tell Her About It,” “Pressure,” “Allentown,” “Uptown Girl,” “An Innocent Man,” “The Longest Time,” “Don’t Ask Me Why,” “You May Be Right,” “Leave a Tender Moment Alone,” “This is the Time,” “You’re Only Human (Second Wind),” “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” and many more.

(7) Huey Lewis and the News vs.

(2) Whitney Houston

Huey Lewis and the News

Huey Lewis & The News
A working man’s bar band who made it big with lighthearted MTV videos, relatable songs, and a key spot on the soundtrack of another 80s icon: “Back to the Future.”

The 80s albums:
Huey Lewis and the News
Picture This - Gold
Sports - 7x Platinum
Fore! - 3x Platinum
Small World - Platinum

The 80s singles:  “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” “I Want a New Drug,” “Back in Time,” “If This is It,” “Stuck With You,” “Do You Believe in Love,” “Hip to be Square,” “The Power of Love,” “Jacob’s Ladder,” “Workin’ for a Livin’,” and more.

Whitney Houston

The voice! The biggest single in history! The first artist with seven consecutive #1 hits! And one of the strongest voices pop music has ever heard. It’s all Whitney.

The 80s albums:
Whitney Houston - Diamond (13x Platinum)
Whitney - 9x Platinum

The 80s singles:  “Saving All My Love for You,” “The Greatest Love of All,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” “Didn’t We Almost Have it All,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “You Give Good Love,” “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,” and more.


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