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Top 5 New Rock Music Artists of Each Year
1980-1999

Criteria: Here are the top 5 new rock artists of each year. In order to qualify in a given year the artist has to have had his first ever release in that year (single, EP or album). The artists were ranked based upon initial popularity, lasting popularity, impact and influence of ONLY their records that were released in that calendar year.

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2012-06-08

Top 5 New Rock Artists of Each Year 1980-1999
Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1980    1980 Top 100 Songs
  1. SOS Band
  2. Zapp
  3. Sheena Easton
  4. Treacherous Three
  5. Stars On 45
SOS Band
Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1981    1981 Top 100 Songs
  1. Duran Duran
  2. R.E.M.
  3. The Time
  4. The Replacements
  5. Kim Wilde
Duran Duran
Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1982    1982 Top 100 Songs
  1. Culture Club
  2. Yaz (aka Yazoo)
  3. Jennifer Holliday
  4. Kajagoogoo
  5. Naked Eyes
Culture Club
Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1983    1983 Top 100 Songs
  1. Metallica
  2. Run-D.M.C.
  3. New Edition
  4. Tracey Ullman
  5. Corey Hart
Metallica
Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1984    1984 Top 100 Songs
  1. Sade
  2. Sheila E.
  3. Jack Wagner
  4. Red Hot Chili Peppers
  5. The Art Of Noise
Sade
Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1985    1985 Top 100 Songs
  1. LL Cool J
  2. Simply Red
  3. Dream Academy
  4. The Jets
  5. 'Til Tuesday
LL Cool J
Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1986    1986 Top 100 Songs
  1. Bruce Hornsby & The Range
  2. Timex Social Club/Club Nouveau
  3. Glass Tiger
  4. Poison
  5. Eric B & Rakim
Bruce Hornsby & The Range
Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1987    1987 Top 100 Songs
  1. Public Enemy
  2. Richard Marx
  3. Rick Astley
  4. Tiffany
  5. Debbie Gibson
Public Enemy
Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1988    1988 Top 100 Songs
  1. Paula Abdul
  2. Big Daddy Kane
  3. Tracy Chapman
  4. Slick Rick
  5. Jeff Healey Band
Paula Abdul
Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1989    1989 Top 100 Songs
  1. Technotronic
  2. Vanilla Ice
  3. Warrant
  4. Nine Inch Nails
  5. Skid Row
Technotronic
Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1990    1990 Top 100 Songs
  1. Mariah Carey
  2. C&C Music Factory
  3. The Black Crowes
  4. Wilson Phillips
  5. Firehouse
Mariah Carey
Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1991    1991 Top 100 Songs
  1. Pearl Jam
  2. Spin Doctors
  3. Boyz II Men
  4. Color Me Badd
  5. Cypress Hill
Pearl Jam
Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1992    1992 Top 100 Songs
  1. TLC
  2. Mary J. Blige
  3. Rage Against The Machine
  4. Blind Melon
  5. Kris Kross
TLC
Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1993    1993 Top 100 Songs
  1. Counting Crows
  2. Snow
  3. Collective Soul
  4. Liz Phair
  5. Tag Team
Counting Crows
Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1994    1994 Top 100 Songs
  1. Brandy
  2. Bush
  3. All-4-One
  4. Korn
  5. Weezer
Brandy
Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1995    1995 Top 100 Songs
  1. Jewel
  2. D'Angelo
  3. Blessid Union Of Souls
  4. Dog's Eye View
  5. Jars Of Clay
Jewel
Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1996    1996 Top 100 Songs
  1. Matchbox 20
  2. Spice Girls
  3. Ginuwine
  4. Foxy Brown
  5. Dru Hill
Matchbox 20
Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1997    1997 Top 100 Songs
  1. Third Eye Blind
  2. Days Of The New
  3. Godsmack
  4. Natalie Imbruglia
  5. 98 Degrees
Third Eye Blind
Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1998    1998 Top 100 Songs
  1. Train
  2. Mya
  3. System Of A Down
  4. Godspeed You! Black Emperor
  5. Tyrese
rock band Train
Top 5 New Rock Artists of 1999    1999 Top 100 Songs
  1. Jennifer Lopez
  2. Lou Bega
  3. Westlife
  4. Mandy Moore
  5. Tal Bachman
Jennifer Lopez




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