Before even giving my thoughts, this thread is for FUN. We can debate, disagree, even good-naturedly rib each other's choices. But let's keep it calm, yes? Anyway, as much as I generally dislike categorizing bands (or people), I've thought a lot about this. I decided on "pop" band simply because it seemed easier, and my immediate recall of other music genres of the 80s is not that great! My vote is for Journey. If you look at their output of the 80s, not only did they produce fantastic pop songs (and "Don't Stop Believing" has my vote for best pop song of the decade), they continued to grow as a band. Each album had a sound, and even two albums side-by-side ("Escape" and "Frontiers," fer instance) sound dramatically different. On top of that, at least some members of the band were very talented. Neil Schon was (and is) a great guitarist; Steve Perry could really belt them out (though his voice has since gone raspy), and Steve Smith was a capable drummer. I do think "Raised on Radio" was horribly disappointing, but their other albums and singles really are inextricable from the 80s. What do y'all think?