I think of "weird" as an important part of rock and roll -- and particularly of rock and roll's ability to evolve and innovate. It's often the weirdos leading and everyone else following and figuring it out. And no one is weirder than Devo. They influenced a lot of amazing artists: Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against The Machine and Soundgarden. I once saw Pearl Jam dress up as Devo at one of their shows and play "Whip It." There are a lot of "rock" bands in the Hall of Fame that are a hell of a lot less influential than Devo. But I didn't vote for them either. If they don't get in, I really hope they're on the ballot again.

The 80s brought us some of the greatest bands, artists, and songs ever. But let us not forget the Most Underrated Bands Of The 80’s The younger generation is finding as they get older that the 80s were some very cool music and the best part is it has stood the test of time and still going strong today.

The Biggest Names Of The 80s

  • Van Halen
  • Michael Jackson
  • Bon Jovi
  • Madonna
  • Journey
  • Huey Lewis & The News
  • Prince
  • Poison

These artists broke records, sold out everywhere they went and everyone to this date still knows who they are.

Then we have those who did do so well.  The ’80s were filled with one-hit wonders also.  Toni Basil, Mickey. Bobby McFerrin, Don’t Worry Be Happy.  Swing Out Sister, Swing Out and that list alone could on for days and days.   Then there were the bands and singers that didn’t get what they deserved.

Here are a few of the bands/singers that should have had  more success in the 80s and then I’ll give you a list of the top Most Under Rated Bands Of The ’80s

The Should Have Had More Success List

  • Tiffany
  • Dan Hartman
  • Katrina & The Waves
  • Modern English
  • Devo
  • Quarter Flash
  • Billy Vera & The Beaters
  • The Mary Jane Girls

Now here I go with the bands or singers that I think were the most under rated of the 1980’s and are in no particular order.  Most Under-Rated Bands Of The 80s.




  • Wang Chung

  • The Time

  • Vixen

  • Men With Out Hats

  • Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam

  • A-Ha

  • Cinderella

  • Fine Young Cannibals

  • Dokken