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Playlist: The Ladies of the 80s

The 1980s was a big decade for music. It kicked off with people being fed up with disco and ended after giving birth to hip hop, new wave, pop metal, alternative rock, synth pop, thrash metal, house music and MTV.

MTV became an incredible vehicle for artists to get their music out to the masses in the 80s and ended up making and/or breaking the careers of many. When people think about the music of this decade they undoubtedly think of bands that were played on MTV.

And while much of the spotlight was taken by male-centric bands who dressed like girls, female artists made gigantic contributions to popular music during the decade.

For this playlist I wanted to focus on some of the most influential female musicians to make a mark in the 1980's. So you won't find Michael Jackson, Poison or Run DMC, but you will find 40 artists whose contributions are critically important -- and every one is a female solo artist or a band with a female member.

Hopefully this playlist brings back some great memories while highlighting the contributions of women in music during the 80s.

Please add and any female artists I missed to the comments. 

Ladies of the 80s Playlist

1. Material Girl - Madonna

2. Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

3. We Got The Beat - The Go-Go's 

4. Rapture - Blondie 

5. Cities In Dust - Siouxsie & The Banshees

6. Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar 

7. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - Eurythmics

8. Nasty - Janet Jackson

9. Middle Of The Road - The Pretenders 

10. Love Shack - The B-52's

11. I Want Your (Hands On Me) - Sinead O'Connor

12. Words - Missing Persons 

13. The Metro - Berlin

14. Never Say Never - Romeo Void

15. I Hate Myself For Loving You - Joan Jett 

16. Smooth Operator - Sade

17. What's Love Got To Do With It - Tina Turner

18. 99 Luftballoons - Nena

19. Don't Go - Yaz 

20. Goodbye To You - Scandal

21. Voices Carry - 'Til Tuesday

22. I Want Candy - Bow Wow Wow

23. So Emotional - Whitney Houston

24. Alone - Heart 

25. Only The Lonely - The Motels

26. Obsession - Animotion

27. Los Angeles - X 

28. Harden My Heart - Quarterflash

29. Don't You Want Me - Human League

30. Walk Like An Egyptian - The Bangles 

31. Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler

32. Kids In America - Kim Wilde

33. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks

34. I Am Woman - M.C. Lyte 

"Motorcrash" by The Sugarcubes
"Glamorous Life" by Sheila E
"Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves
"The Look" by Roxette
"Cruel Summer" by Bananarama
"Running Up That Hill" by Kate Bush
"Shake Your Thang" by Salt N Pepa
"Blue Bell Knoll" by Cocteau Twins
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