80s Period Artists (2pm Class)

By: Bianca Brown, Jamil Dawson, Assata Gui'Chard, Kendall Heath, Donecia Mouring, Stephany Pogue, Sidnee Salter, Monét Stewart, Kamiya Watkins, and Nia Weeks




Year(s) of Popularity


Michael Jackson

80 – 89

Pop, Soul, Funk, R&B, Rock, and Disco


80, 83 – 89

Pop, Soul, Funk, R&B, Rock, and Disco

Run D.M.C.


Hip-hop and Rap

Public Enemy

85 – 88


Janet Jackson

86 – 89

Pop, Funk, R&B, Rock, and Hip-hop

Whitney Houston

84- 89

Pop, Soul, R&B, and Gospel


86 – 89

Hip-hop (West Coast0 and Rap

Lionel Richie

81 – 87

Pop, Soul, Funk, R&B, and Country

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

82, 87, and 88

Funk, Hip-hop, Electro

Kool and the Gang

80 – 82

Soul, Funk, R&B, Disco, and Jazz

L.L. Cool J

87 – 89


Tina Turner

84 – 89

Pop, Soul, R&B, Dance, Rock, and Rock and Roll

Eric B. & Rakim



Stevie Wonder

80 – 88

Pop, Funk, Soul, R&B, and Jazz

The Pointer Sisters

80 – 87

Pop, Soul, R&B, Dance, and Disco

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

88 and 89



87 and 88

Pop, Hip-hop, and Dance

Tracy Chapman

88 and 89

Pop, Soul, Folk, and Blues

Luther Vandross

81 – 89

Pop, Soul, R&B, and Disco

Billy Ocean

84 –  89

Pop, Soul, R&B, and Reggae

Bobby Brown

86, 88, 89

Pop, Soul, R&B, Hip-hop, and Dance


85, 86, 88

Soul, smooth jazz

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