Can You Name the 80s Artist from their Biggest Hits?

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"Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it. NO ONE WANTS TO BE DEFEATED!" 

We're sure you don't want to be defeated by this quiz! If you can name the singer of the above lyrics, you're one step closer to beating this quiz!

The '80s was an iconic time in music. Rock & roll was taking over the airwaves, and you were probably rocking out to the classic artists of that time. Names like Michael Jackson, Madonna, and David Bowie create an instant memory. Groups like Queen, Bon Jovi, and Wham! can't go unmentioned! While you might remember these groups, how well do you remember their biggest hits?

Stevie Wonder had four of his biggest singles released in the '80s. Madonna released an impressive seven #1 singles that decade. With all the talent floating around the '80s, can you identify these singers and musicians from their biggest hits? 

Songs like "Thriller" might give you an instant hint of the artist, but what if it was "Bad" or "Man in the Mirror?" During the '80s, were you just a fan in the crowd or were you ready to grab the mic and belt out these artists' greatest hits? Will this quiz defeat you? Let's see if your score can bring you to the top of the charts!

Which artist/group had the hits: "Start Me Up," "Waiting on a Friend," and "Emotional Rescue?"

The Rolling Stones formed in London in 1962 and have sold over 250 million records.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Sweet Child O' Mine," "Welcome to the Jungle," and "Paradise City?"

Since their start in 1985, Guns N' Roses has released 6 studio albums and sold more than 100 million records.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Alone," "These Dreams," and "What About Love?"

Heart formed in 1972 and has since sold over 22.5 million albums in the US. In 2013, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Heaven," "Summer of '69," and "Run to You?"

Brian Adams rose to success with his 1984 album "Reckless" and has since sold over 100 million singles worldwide.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Careless Whisper," "One More Try," and "Father Figure?"

George Michael started his career in 1981 and has sold more than 80 million records worldwide.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Love is a Battlefield," "We Belong," and "Hit Me with Your Best Shot?"

Since her start in 1972, Pat Benetar has won four Grammy Awards and has sold more than 25 million records.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Push It," "Shake Your Thang," and "Do You Want Me?"

Salt-N-Pepa formed in 1985 and had major hits in the 80s and 90s like "Push It," "Shoop," and "Let's Talk About Sex."

Which artist/group had the hits: "Beat It," "Billie Jean," and "Smooth Criminal?"

Although Michael Jackson began his solo career in the early 70s, he dominated the music scene in the 80s with the release of his album, Thriller which holds the record for the best-selling album of all time.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Every Breath You Take," "Don't Stand So Close to Me," and "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic?"

Since their start in 1977, The Police released 5 studio albums and have sold over 75 million records.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Time After Time," and "True Colors?"

Cyndi Lauper rose to fame in the 80s with back-to-back hits and has since sold over 50 million albums.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Uptown Girl," "We Didn't Start the Fire," and "The Longest Time?"

Since the release of his first single "Piano Man" in 1973, Billy Joel has sold over 150 million records and has won 6 Grammy Awards.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Rhythm Nation," "When I Think of You," and "Nasty?"

Janet Jackson began her career in 1973 and has sold over 100 million records.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Sabotage," "Intergalactic," and "Fight for Your Right?"

The Beastie Boys formed in 1980 and were the third rap group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have sold over 50 million albums worldwide.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Thunderstruck," "Back in Black," and "You Shook Me All Night Long?"

Since their start in 1973, AC/DC has sold more than 200 million records.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Another One Bites the Dust," "Somebody to Love," and "Under Pressure?"

Queen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and have sold over 150 million records.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Don't Stop Believin'," "Faithfully," and "Open Arms?"

Journey formed in 1973 and has since sold over 48 million albums.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Conga," "Here We Are," and "Rhythm is Gonna Get You?"

Gloria Estefan began her career in 1977 and has since won seven Grammy Awards and sold over 100 million records.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Little Red Corvette," "When Doves Cry," and "Kiss?"

Since his start in 1976, Prince has sold more than 100 million records and won seven Grammy Awards.

Which artist/group had the hits: "What's Love Got to Do with It," "The Best," and "Proud Mary?"

Since her start in the late-50s, Tina Turner has won eleven Grammy Awards and has sold over 100 million singles.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Saving All My Love for You," "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," and "Greatest Love of All?"

Whitney Houston began her career in the late-70s and is one of the best selling artists of all time with over 170 million records sold.

Which artist/group had the hits: "It's Tricky," "It's Like That," and "Tramp?"

Run-D.M.C. has sold over 15 million albums since their start in 1981 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Blue Eyes," "Your Song," and "Candle in the Wind?"

Since the beginning of his career in the 60s, Elton John has won five Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and an Tony Award.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Under Pressure," "Let's Dance," and "China Girl?"

Since his start in 1962, David Bowie sold over 140 million records.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Livin' on a Prayer," "You Give Love a Bad Name," and "Wanted Dead or Alive?"

Bon Jovi formed in 1983 and since released 13 albums and sold more than 130 million records.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Forever Young," "Downtown Train," and ""This Old Heart of Mine?"

Rod Stewart began his career in 1961 and has since become one of the best selling music artists of all time with over 100 million records sold.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Like a Virgin," "Like a Prayer," and "Papa Don't Preach?"

Since her start in the 70s, Madonna has since been recognized by Guinness World Records for the best-selling female recording artists with over 300 million records sold worldwide.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Take on Me," "The Sun Always Shines on TV," and "Stay on These Roads?"

a-Ha got their start in 1982 and since their formation have sold more than 100 million records.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Born in the U.S.A.," "I'm on Fire," and "Glory Days?"

Bruce Springsteen is one of the best-selling artists of all time with more than 120 million records sold since his start in 1964.

Which artist/group had the hits: "I Need Love," "I'm Bad," and "Going Back to Cali?"

LL Cool J got his start in 1984 and has since released 13 albums.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Hello," "Endless Love," and "All Night Long?"

Lionel Richie joined the music scene in the early 60s and has won four Grammy Awards.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Total Eclipse of the Heart," "Holding Out for a Hero," and "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"

Bonnie Tyler's biggest hit was "Total Eclipse of the Heart" which has sold over 6 million copies.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Jump," "Hot for Teacher," and "Why Can't This Be Love?"

Although the group formed in 1972, they gained fame in the 80s with their album "1984."

Which artist/group had the hits: "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," "Last Christmas," and "Everything She Wants?"

Although Wham only lasted four years in the 80s, they have sold over 25 million records.

Which artist/group had the hits: "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Love Bites," and "Rock of Ages?"

Since their start in 1977, Def Leppard has sold over 100 million records.

Which artist/group had the hits: "I Love Rock 'n Roll," "Cherry Bomb," and "Do You Wanna Touch Me?"

Since her start in 1975 as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Joan Jett has released 14 studio albums and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

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