60s & 70s Artists who continued to have great success in the 80s








Air Supply

I never used to like these guys in the 70s, but since then I have come to love all their songs. 



Alan Parson's Project


They will never be the same without Eric Woolfston (RIP) the voice for most of their best known hits in the 80s, but at least Alan is still performing as Alan Parson's Live Project and I got to see them in 2017.


The Beach Boys 


With some of their greatest hits coming in the 70s, the Beach Boys continued to bring out albums. Their 89 album “Still Cruisin” brought us “Kokomo”. It was kind of a comeback album for them actually because their last hit album was back in 1976







The Bee Gees


Big in the 60s.  Re-invented themselves in the 70s, pretty much showing us what Disco was all about. In the 80s they reinvented themselves again and brought out such classics as “You win again” and “One”.




Billy Joel


Billy was around throughout the 70s coming up with some classic hits and big selling albums. Then in the 80s, he hit the big time again with “Innocent Man” one of his greatest albums, bringing us a string of hits.







Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band






Bruce Springsteen

The Cars


Hard to believe that a guy as weird looking and sounding as Ric Ocasek could create such a string of hits with this band, but his sound worked. Along with the sweet voice of Benjamin Orr (RIP) we got two different versions of the Cars at the same time. 






Cher had major success with Sonny Bono in the 60s and 70s. She also had her own solo albums as well. Her biggest album didn’t come until the 90s, but she was rocking it in the 80s too with that amazing voice of hers. 















Cliff Richard 


Cliff’s saw success throughout the 60s and 70s and although he wasn’t hip, he made his mark on the 80s as well.  Who can forget when he teamed up with the cast of the “Young Ones” to do a hilarious remake of his 1959 hit, “Living Doll”. It showed he was a good sport.




David Bowie (RIP)


One of those guys I never thought much of in the day, but as the years have gone by I have come to appreciate his music more and more. 






Dire Straits


They had one of the biggest selling albums of all times with "Brothers in Arms". 

Elton John


What can you say about Elton? He was always on the radio from the 70s right through the 80s. His biggest albums were in the 70s, but his greatest success came in the 80s with multiple platinum albums. His success continued into the 90s and he’s still going. 




Fleetwood Mac


Started out in the 60s and they’re still performing even now. “Rumors” in 1977 was by far their biggest album, but they were always in the charts throughout the 80s with huge albums, including multi-platinum album, “Tango the Night”. 


Through the late 70s and early 80s these guys were in the charts, but they never got my attention, so whenever anyone said Foreigner I could never remember what hits they had. At least until "I wanna know what love is" came along! 





Genesis were known throughout the 70s, but it wasn't until Phil Collins took over lead vocals that these guys really made an impact and had hits on the radio regularly throughout the 80s. 







George Thoroughgood & the Destroyers




Hall & Oates


These were one of those bands that were always on the radio and always bringing out new songs. 







Joe Cocker (RIP)






John Cougar Mallencamp



Kenny Rogers


Here’s a guy, although a country star, managed to hit the mainstream charts regularly throughout the 70s and  early to mid 80s.  Who can forget his duet with Dolly Parton – “Islands in the Stream”, which by the way was written by the Bee Gees!

                                        Michael Jackson (RIP)


In the 70s and 80s MJ was cool and you were proud to be a fan. Kind of changed in the 90s though for some of us. Sad that he is gone though. 





Paul McCartney


After the Beatles split up in 1970, Paul started his solo career. He had success on his own and with Wings.  His success continued into the 80s and onwards.

Queen - Queen are one of those bands who had equal success in both the 70s and 80s and may have continued well into the 90s if it wasn’t for the death of Freddie Mercury.  It’s very hard to say what was their greatest album. Going by album sales, it would be 1995’s “Made in Heaven”, although that was released after the death of Mercury, which may have been the main reason for its huge sales.







Paul Simon






Peter Gabriel

The Police


These guys used to irritate me and I hated Synchronicity. Now I love the album. Funny how times change. I now wish they were still together and that Sting had not embarked on a solo career. 






REO Speedwagon



Rod Stewart


Stewart's best days were in the 70s, but he continued on rocking into the 80s with hugely successful albums through the 80s and into the 90s. His albums still seem to have a habit of going platinum even now. 

The Rolling Stones


These guys don’t seem to die despite their wild ways. They continue to bring out hit albums.  








Robert Palmer (RIP)









Roy Orbison (RIP)

Split Enz


This was the iconic New Zealand band during the 70s and into the early 80s. It came to an end for them when Neil Finn left the band to form Crowded House. 

Stevie Wonder


Wonder has been around since the 60s, but didn’t start becoming noticed until the early 70s. However then you couldn’t stop him, at least until the mid 80s. His most famous song was released in 1984: “I just called to say I love you”, which reached number one EVERYwhere. This was then followed up with “Part time lover” which hit number 1 ALMOST everywhere. 


Talking Heads


As far as I'm concerned one of the greatest bands ever. They were truly unique and did some great stuff in the 80s. Too bad they split up.



Tina Turner


Did we really want to hear a granny on the radio? Did we really want to see her on TV in skimpy outfits? Well it seems many people did. Go figure.

Tom Petty (RIP) & the Heartbreakers


Tom was successful in 3 decades. The 70s, 80s AND the 90s. Even though he always seemed to be in the charts throughout the 80s, his bestselling albums were in 1979 and 1991



The Travelling Wilburys


This band was made up of musical legends from the 60s and 70s.  Tom Petty and Roy Orbison were still riding high in the 80s on their own, but it also gave Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne (ELO) and George Harrison a chance to shine once more and they shone, even though it wasn't for long (due to the passing of the Big O). Only two of them remain alive now. :(


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