Back in the 80s, many stars that are famous today were just jumpstarting their careers. Many of these singers were notoriously known for not only their vocal skills,but also their looks and fashion.

LaToya Jackson

Latoya Jackson is the fifth child of the famous Jackson clan. She released her debut album in 1980. Latoya shocked the world when she decided to pose for Playboy a few years later in order to separate herself from her family.

Kim Wilde

Kim Wilde became an instant pop sensation after releasing her single, ‘Kids in America’. The song was very popular and has been remade numerous times.

Jody Watley

Jody Watley originally got her start as a dancer on Soul Train and as a member of the group Shalimar. She is mostly known for her solo hit singles, ‘Looking For a New Love’ and ‘Real Love’

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston had the voice like no other singer during her prime. The songstress made her debut in the 80s and became the first black woman to have a video in rotation on MTV.

Paula Abdul

Before she was known as a judge on American Idol, Paula Abdul was a popular singer and dancer. In the late 80s, she was able to achieve hit singles such as ‘Straight Up’, ‘Opposites Attract’ and ‘Forever Your Girl’.


Sade is a phenomenal singer that got her start in the early 80s. Her sexy, sultry voice is extremely hypnotizing, soothing and soulful.