1) Peter Gabriel- So
During his 25th anniversary tour of the masterpiece So, John Cusack joined Gabriel on stage during his epic love ballad, "In Your Eyes", and handed him a boombox, referencing one of the most memorable scenes in 80s cinema. Ranked number #14 on "Top 100 Albums of the 80s", Gabriel's, So, embodied the definitive pop sound of the 80s. The album features mega hit "Sledgehammer", which Gabriel explains was his "chance to sing like Otis Redding". This was Gabriel's most ambitious record, using world music influences with user-friendly pop "that was still reassuringly odd".