Five Best All Girl Bands Of The 80’s

Best All Girl Bands

The Eighties was known for it’s popular one-hit wonders and new age music. While Madonna and Janet Jackson were leaders as female solo artists, there were some all girl groups that didn’t quite have the lasting fan base. Nonetheless, are these best all girl bands the most popular music of the decade?

myfivebest -1THE BANGLES

This American foursome were a part of the LA music scene that first appeared during the early 1980s. The band consisted of guitarist/singer, Susanna Hoffs; sisters, Vicki (guitar) and Debbi (drums) Peterson; and bassist, Michael Steele. Their music was a combination of folk-rock. The band was active from 1981-1989. After a ten year hiatus, they reformed in 1999 and are still active today. You may know some of their music, such as:

Walk Like An Egyptian (1986)
Manic Monday (1986)
Eternal Flame (1989)
Hazy Shade of Winter (1988)


Originally hitting the music scene in 1969 as a duo, this group moved into the 1980s and expanding their act to three sisters. It was during this decade that they achieved their highest success. Coming out of Oakland, California, the Pointer Sisters mixed disco, pop, rhythm and blues to create their sound. You might remember them for these popular, early eighties, hits:

I’m So Excited (1982)
He’s So Shy (1980)
Slow Hand (1981)
Jump For My Love (1984)

myfivebest - 3THE GO-GO’S

The LA pop scene exploded in 1981 when the Go-Gos hit the scene. These five girls were fronted by Belinda Carlisle (vocals), Jane Wiedlin (rhythm guitar), Charlotte Caffey (lead guitar/keyboards), Kathy Valentine (bass), and Gina Schock (drums). The Go-Go’s made history as the first all-girl band to write their own songs and play their own instruments. Their first album, Beauty and the Beat (1980) reached number one on the Billboard charts and went triple platinum. They are best remembered for songs like:

We Got The Beat (1982)
Our Lips Are Sealed (1981)
Vacation (1982)
Head Over Heels (1984)

myfivebest - 4BANANARAMA

Bananarama came out of the UK in 1982. They are a pop and new wave trio consisting of lifelong friends Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin. In 1988, the trio was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the only all-female group with the most chart entries worldwide. They still hold the honor today and are still performing. You remember them by such hits as:

Cruel Summer (1984)
Venus (1986)
More Than Physical (1986)
Hot Line To Heaven (1984)

myfivebest - 5EXPOSÉ

This pop group of all-female vocalists showed up late in the 1980s, but cannot be denied for their prominence. The band consisted of three lead vocalists (Ann Curless, Jeanette Jurado, and Gioia Bruno) and has the distinction of being the first all-female band to have four hits in Billboards Hot 100. This came from their debut album, Seasons Change (1988). You can remember them for hits like:

Point of No Return (1988)
Come Go With Me (1987)
Let Me Be The One (1988)
What You Don’t Know (1989)