Musical identity is more important than actual date of release. Try to keep bands that are more iconic/representative of the genre closer to the beginning of the list. If you violently disagree with an existing categorization, talk about it in chat before you edit.
Be friendly with your merges.
Synthpop ("look, everyone, we've invented the synthesizer!"):
Wham, Cyndi Lauper, Tiffany
New Wave (possibly including New Romantic, kinda gothy, especially in England):
The Cure, Duran Duran, Thompson Twins
Hair metal, aka butt-rock (ha ha, I fucked Amp's mom):
Skid Row, Def Leppard, Van Halen
Also relevant, but less so to this show:
Alternative rock (which was seeded in the 80s, but did not really achieve musical identity on a large scale until the 90s):
R.E.M, They Might Be Giants, Talking Heads
Black Flag, Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys
House music (not a lot of multi-hit artists here):
C&C Music Factory, Technotronic, Kylie Minogue
Grandmaster Flash, Sugarhill Gang, Ice Cube
Requests (aka "to be sorted"):