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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.

Requests (aka "to be sorted"):
Depeche Mode


SynthPop ("Are these newfangled synthesizers shiny or what?"):

 New Order, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Gary Numan, Eurythmics, Japan, Soft Cell 

Pop ("Top 40 Stuff"):

 Wham, Cyndi Lauper, Tiffany 

Schlock ("Making your ears bleed"):

 Richard Marx, New Kids On The Block 

New Wave (possibly including New Romantic, kinda gothy, especially in England):

 The Cure, Duran Duran, Thompson Twins, INXS

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/College rock (which was seeded in the 80s, but did not really achieve musical identity on a large scale until the 90s):

 R.E.M, The Replacements, Talking Heads

Hardcore punk:

 Black Flag, Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys

House music (not a lot of multi-hit artists here):

 C&C Music Factory, Technotronic, Kylie Minogue

Early Rap:

 Grandmaster Flash, Sugarhill Gang, Ice Cube

Carry Over Bands Kansas, Styx, pink floyd

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