Only a totally rad Eighties kid can name these pop stars on 1980s TV

These rock stars popped into the stu-stu-studio.

Eighties television rocked! For starters, the "M" in MTV actually stood for music. Yes, kids, MTV used to show music videos! It was like YouTube on your TV!

But the pop invasion did not stop there. Many big music stars made acting cameos on hit television shows, too.

We've gathered some memorable — and downright unlikely — guest appearances from 1980s television. See if you can recognize these totally '80s musicians!

  1. He sang to the Huxtables in 1986.
    Image: Carsey-Werner Productions
  2. She sang and acted in Wiseguy.
  3. He played "Phil the Shill" on Miami Vice.
    Image: NBCUniversal Television Distribution
  4. These oddballs played Muffy's Bat Mitzvah on Square Pegs.
    Image: CBS / Embassy Telecommunications
  5. This "Goody Two Shoes" actually played a bad guy on The Equalizer.
    Image: CBS / Sony Pictures Television
  6. This avant-garde rocker appeared on Miami Vice, too.
    Image: NBCUniversal Television Distribution
  7. Now this is a meeting of haircuts. This pop star on The A-Team fronted which band?
    Image: NBCUniversal Television Distribution
  8. He taught piano to Punky Brewster. But he used to "just want to be your everything."
    Image: NBCUniversal Television Distribution
  9. The girls from Eastland visiting this musician in the studio on The Facts of Life.
    Image: Sony Pictures Television
  10. This Georgia new-wave band appeared on Guiding Light. Yes, the soap opera.
    Image: CBS
  11. This member of the Beach Boys played a teacher on The New Leave It to Beaver.
    Image: NBCUniversal Television Distribution

Only a totally rad Eighties kid can name these pop stars on 1980s TV

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EllisClevenger 3 months ago
You got 9 out of 11
Rock on! You get a big thumbs up. We'll tumble for you.
Missed #4 and #11
Mob39 3 months ago
Way too easy! I love the 80s and I always will!! You got 11 out of 11
Cyn_Finnegan 3 months ago
I remember the first time I saw the B-52s: SNL, January 26th, 1980. Teri Garr was the host, and the band performed "Rock Lobster" and "Dance This Mess Around."
Mob39 Cyn_Finnegan 3 months ago
I totally remember that! Good times for sure! The 80s was a fun time and it’s my favorite decade!! I will welcome back the new wave music/big hair and Valley girl clothes any day!
Filmnoirfan 4 months ago
10/11 - missed the finale. Rock Lobster might have been the best song of the 80's
Terrence 4 months ago
Question #10 was a stumper for me
10/11
Mholmon 12 months ago
10 of 11 not bad never was beach boys fan. Lol
Rrene03 13 months ago
10 out of 11 ... Rad 80's kid!
BrianMoore 13 months ago
8 out of 11. I could kick myself for missing number 10
BruceMorgan 14 months ago
10 out 11 I messed up on the last one I was thinking Wilson but for some reason I pressed Love. I must be getting old.
JC 14 months ago
You got 8 out of 11
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SheriHeffner 14 months ago
11 out of 11. And I remember The B52s on Guiding Light.
daDoctah 14 months ago
Not only did Devo perform on Square Pegs, but the theme song was done by The Waitresses (as in "I know what boys like").
RobCertSDSCascap daDoctah 14 months ago
AND Pssy Strut.
Mob39 daDoctah 3 months ago
I totally remember that! Good times for sure!
MarciaMarciaMarcia 14 months ago
You got 11 out of 11

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JudithAGerber 14 months ago
10 out of 11...Missed #9. Still don't have a clue who he is.

Craigg 14 months ago
You got 10 out of 11
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