After breaking onto the music scene with her self-titled album, Madonna soon became an icon of the ’80s. Her hits included the juicy – yet frowned upon – “Like a Prayer,” the catchy “Material Girl” and her first ever U.S. number one, “Holiday.” And while Madonna is still one of the biggest names in the music world today, she’s also turned her hand to acting, writing and business.
17. Debbie Gibson
Debbie Gibson followed in Tiffany’s footsteps when she became another teen pop star of the ’80s. Gibson’s debut single, “Only in My Dreams,” peaked at number four in the U.S. charts, but she soon achieved a number one hit in 1988 with “Foolish Beat.” Her success continued long after the decade ended, too, and she became a hit on Broadway and the West End with stints in Grease, Les Mis and Beauty and the Beast.
16. Sheena Easton
Some may not recall this, but Sheena Easton had a different road to fame than most – after appearing on TV show The Big Time: Pop Singer. The show gave Easton the publicity she needed and her singles “Modern Girl” and “9 to 5” catapulted her to success and helped earn her two Grammy Awards. Easton is still touring the U.S. today.