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The Biggest American Solo Artists in Eighties Music‍

If you’ve paid attention to popular music over the years, you’re likely aware that being a solo artist isn’t easy. It takes a lot of work and dedication to make it as a solo artist in any genre of music. The eighties were no different, but many artists managed to stand out as solo acts during this decade. In the eighties, we saw solo artists like Michael Jackson, Prince, Cyndi Lauper, and Madonna become massive stars with their bands. With so much great music from so many artists in this category, here are some of the biggest solo artists from the 80s music scene.

Michael Jackson

If you look at the list of the biggest solo artists in the eighties, you’ll notice that Michael Jackson is listed as the first. This is because as much as he is known for his work in the group The Jackson 5, he is equally known for his work as a solo artist. In the eighties, Michael Jackson was one of the biggest solo artists in the world. He released his most successful solo album to date, “Thriller”, in 1982. This was one of the best-selling albums of all time and is still the highest-selling album to this day.


One of the biggest solo artists in the eighties was Prince, who was known for his prolific work as a solo artist. He released several albums throughout the eighties and was one of the most acclaimed artists of the decade. Prince was extremely prolific during the eighties, releasing several albums that were hugely successful. He released five albums in the decade and also collaborated with other artists to produce other albums. In fact, it was during the eighties that Prince began collaborating with other artists more frequently. He had written songs for other artists before this, but he started to produce and promote albums for other artists as well.

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper had already been in the music industry for a few years before the eighties. However, she became a solo artist in the eighties and was hugely successful. Cyndi Lauper is not only one of the biggest solo artists of the eighties, but she is also one of the most successful female pop artists in the world to date. She released several albums during the eighties and had a number of massive hits. Her biggest single during the eighties was “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, which was released in 1984. Her album “She’s So Unusual”, on which the single featured, was also extremely successful. It sold well over a million copies and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1985.


Another artist who began her solo career during the eighties was Madonna. She had played with the idea of being a solo artist for a while before she went through with it. Madonna formed a band and tried to make it as a solo artist for several years before she finally decided to end the band and go solo. Like Cyndi Lauper, Madonna is one of the most successful female pop artists of all time. Although she had already released a few singles as part of the band she had been a part of, it was when she finally released her first solo album that she truly broke through. Her first solo album, “Like a Virgin”, released in 1984, was an incredible success.

Donny Osmond

Donny Osmond is perhaps best known for his work as a solo artist during the eighties. He had previously been in a very successful band with his siblings, but he broke off and went solo in the eighties. Donny Osmond was one of the biggest solo artists of the eighties. His most successful single was “Soldier of Love”, which was released in 1981. The song was written and produced by him. During the eighties, Donny Osmond had several other successful singles. His biggest album, “Famous Duets”, was released in 1987 and sold well over a million copies.

Tina Turner

Tina Turner is another artist who had been with a band before going solo. However, unlike the rest of the artists on the list, she had almost no success as part of a band before going solo. She had been a member of The Ikettes, a band that was relatively unknown in the music world. Once she went solo, however, she became one of the biggest solo artists of the whole decade. Her first solo album, “Tina Turns the Country On”, was released in 1980 and sold very well. The album sold over a million copies and made her a household name. Her first solo album was so successful that she was able to make a career as a solo artist. Her success continued throughout the entire decade, and she was one of the biggest solo artists of the 1980s.

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder has been a solo artist since his teenage years. He began his solo career during the seventies and continued to produce music as a solo artist throughout the eighties. His first big hit as a solo artist was “Sir Duke”, which was released in 1977. The song was a tribute to Duke Ellington and was a massive hit for Wonder. The eighties were his most successful decade as a solo artist. His most successful album during the eighties was “Talking Book”, which was released in 1972.