Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums
What are your top ten favorite albums from the 80s?
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By: Jer Fairall
- 10. Rattle and Hum by U2
(1988)Joshua Tree had an amazing sound but this semi-live album covers all of the musical bases with blues ("Desire", "When Love Comes To Town"), ballads ("Van Dieman's Land", "All I Want is You") and live versions of their biggest hits ("Pride", "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For").
- 9. Purple Rain by Prince and the Revolution
(1982)Actually my favorite Prince album is his 1992 release whose title is that weird symbol that he now goes by but this soundtrack was his best work of the decade.
- 8. Learning To Crawl by Pretenders
(1983)Several good Pretenders albums to choose from but this one wins because it features some of their most varied music like "Back on the Chain Gang", "2000 Miles", "Middle of the Road" and the punkish "Watching the Clothes".
- 7. An Innocent Man by Billy Joel
(1983)Another arists exploring his roots, this time finding them in the doo wop and Motown sounds of the 60's. Includes alot of great Billy songs like "The Longest Time", "Keeping The Faith", "Uptown Girl" and the title track.
- 6. Tatoo You by Rolling Stones
(1981) With it's high energy rockers like "Start Me Up" and "Hang Fire" as well as one of their greatest ballads, "Waiting on a Friend", this was the Stones best album of the 80's - a decade when they seemed in danger of creative bankrupcy - only to return with a vengance with 1994's Voodoo Lounge.
- 5. Too-Rye-Aye by Dexy's Midnight Runners
(1982)Probably the least well known album on this list, it does feature the hit "Come On Eileen" but unlike many of the one-hit-wonders of the decade, Dexy's could actully make an entire album of interesting material. Surprisingly, with the exception of Eileen, most of Too-Rye-Aye isn't even pop, instead going for a mixture of Irish Celtic music and soul. Especially pay attention to their remake of Van Morrison's "Jacky Wilson Said" and the beautiful ballad "Old".
- 4. Southern Accents by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
(1985)Petty makes great singles but here he delivered something deeper - an exploration of his musical roots not unlike the Stones did with Exile on Main St.
- 3. Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
(1984)A fully concieved album that delt with growing up during the 50's and 60's and current living conditions during the 1980's. All this while still managing to deliver fist pumping anthems like Glory Days, No Surrender and the infamous title track.
- 2. Like a Prayer by Madonna
(1989)Sure there were plenty of pop hooks to be found on the album but what made it stand out from the rest was the mixture of religion, confessional songwriting and sexuality.
- 1. In My Tribe by 10000 Maniacs
(1987)Perfect songwriting, singing (by Natalie Merchant) and musical arrangements. Many of there best known songs ("Hey Jack Kerouac", "What's The Matter Here") are here but "Gun Shy" was truly the bands best moment.
Hello there Charles, I enjoyed your pages. Good for the aged (I speak for myself of course) to wallow in some pleasant memories of the all-too-distant past...
By: RUFIEO from Port Aruthur Texas
The 80's music has influenced my life so much and I really enjoy most of the 80's songs. It will be very hard to get my top ten list but here it goes.
- 10. Thriller by Micheal Jackson
So he makes me sick, but he is talented and can dance. Dancing always impresses me. Every song on this album made it to number 1 at one time or another.
- 9. Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits
"Money For Nothing" I need not say anymore.
- 8. Vital Signs by Survivor
"The Search Is Over" says it all.
- 7. Chicago 19 by Chicago
I think this was the one that had "You're the Inspiration" on it. If not, than it's that one.
- 6. Escape by Journey
All the songs on this one were the best.
- 5. Welcome To The Real World by Mr. Mister
I think they only made one album and fell off the face of the earth. It was the one with "Kyrie" and "Broken Wings" on it.
- 4. Songs From the Big Chair by Tears For Fears
There isn't a song on this album that I don't like. "Shout", "Head Over Heels", and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" bring back the most memories for me.
- 3. Decade by Duran Duran
I think this one is newer, but it's a collection of their hits from the 80's. My favorites on this one are:"Girls on Film", "Rio", "Save a Prayer", "Is there something I Should Know?", "The Reflex", "Wild Boys", "A View To A Kill", and many more hits from the best dacade ever.
- 2. Some Great Reward by Depeche Mode
This is another hits collection that all comes from the 80's. Some great ones off this one include:"People Are People", "Somebody", and "Master and Servant".
- 1. Synchronicity by The Police
"Every Breath You Take" made song of the year the year this album came out and so many others off this album climbed the charts.
These are some of my favorites and the memories that go with these are incredible.
- 10. Into the Gap by Thompson Twins
Slickly produced album by the now deceased Alex Sadkin and who could resist the, well irresistable "Hold me now?"
- 9. True by Spandau Ballet
A cohesive sounding album. Every track's a winner.
- 8. Super Trouper by Abba
A fantasic collection of catchy songs. Every one's got a stop and listen lyric and the melodies ... absolutely yummy!
- 7. You Came by Kim Wilde
Very Euro pop. If you like Ace of Base then this is for you too.
- 6. Like A Prayer by Madonna
M's most mature effort of the 80's. Largely an autobiographical collection. The songs give you a feeling of being privy to her innermost emotions....back then.
- 5. Faith by George Michael
Every song's a single on this one. "Hard Day (remix)" is particularly a stand out.
- 4. Make it Big by Wham!
It contained "Careless Whisper" and "Everything She Wants." Need I say more?
- 3. Lexicon of Love by ABC
Why wasn't this album a major US success? Every song's flawless in this fine collection.
- 2. Sheena Easton by Sheena Easton
Simply a well sung pretty pop collection that covered the spectrum of every aspect of love. Easton's vocals soared as it swung from happy go lucky to jaded know it all to brazen self-confidence/independence to wistful and dying inside torment.
- 1. Rio by Duran Duran
I visited your Top 80's albums and singles sites yesterday and I just had to write in with my 2 cents. (Don't be mad at me for my ??? taste:-))
- 10. Will the Wolf Survive by Los Lobos
This album would actually rank higher if this weren't an 80's top ten. The sounds are so fresh that every tune stacks up today. The title track as well as "A Matter of Time" are outstanding and the Steve Berlin sax-driven "I Got Loaded" makes this one of the all time greats.
- 9. Invisible Touch by Genesis
I know it's extreme pop, but the tunes are so catchy. I found myself walking into the grocery store last week singing...."She reaches in, and GRABS right hold of your heart...."
- 8. Life's Too Good by Sugarcubes
A bit of an obscure choice but more than worthy. For those of you who don't know, the 'cubes is Icelandic-diva Bjork
's old band. The song "Birthday" must be heard to be believed. Bjork
's vocals have never sounded better. Even the obnoxious Einer Orn can be tolerated on most of the tracks.
- 7. Christopher Cross by Christopher Cross
Technically released in '79, Cross' debut includes the soothing strings of "Sailing". "Ride Like the Wind" and "Never Be the Same" are also on the best easy listening album of the 80's.
- 6. Reckless by Bryan Adams
"Baby it's hard to be-lieve we're in Heaven...." How do you not include an album that sports tunes like "Summer of '69", "Run To You", and the aforemented "Heaven". I even have the sleeveless black "Reckless" tour T-shirt.
- 5. Synchrocity by The Police
I know I sound like the ultimate sell-out, but "Wrapped Around Your Finger", "King of Pain", and "Every Breath You Take" just plain rule!
- 4. All albums by Weird Al Yankovic
What would growing up in the 80's have been like if there were no "Weird" Al? The man single handedly gave the entire generation something to laugh about during all of the superficiality of the 80's. "King of Suede", "Yoda", "I Think I'm a Clone Now", "La-sagna", and "Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies" are as memorable as the songs they parody.
- 3. Greatest Hits by Journey
A compilation, yes, but a damn good one! Where else can you here Steve Perry belt out "Anyway You Want It" then slow down for a sentimental--albeit cheesey-- "Open Arms"?
- 2. Joshua Tree by U2
Man does this album stand up. "With Or Without You"--probably one of the top two or three songs of the decade. The music is almost as timeless as........
- 1. In My Tribe by 10000 Maniacs
Anytime you feel a little depressed just pop in "Like the Weather"(depressing lyrics with an extremely feel-good beat that would make Bob Dole giddy). Natalie shows us her talent with "What's the Matter Here?". The album just gets better as the tracks go on. "Gun Shy" has a wonderfully ironic ending and "Sister Rose" may be the tune to challenge "Like the Weather". Try to find the rare collector's item first edition with the Cat Stevens song "Peace Train".
By: Kevin Bradley
I think that your 80's page is the best site that I seen on the 'net, keep up the great work. I loved the 80's and this page helps me remember those times and the songs.
By: Lukas Hoffland
- 10. Seven And The Ragged Tiger by Duran Duran
Alex Sadkin's production really brings out their slinky style.
- 9. Genesis by Genesis
Overall good songs, with "Home By The Sea/Second Home By The Sea" a virtual epic.
- 8. Greatest Hits by Journey
The ultimate 80's power rock band!
- 7. Hello I Must Be Going! by Phil Collins
A good jazz/rock sound, just plain nice.
- 6. Rio by Duran Duran
The difinitive 80's new wave album, this was them at their best.
- 5. Greatest Hits 1982 - 1989 by Chicago
From the time I remember Chicago, they got a pleasable pop/Top 40 sound.
- 4. Face Value by Phil Collins
For those who know anything about music theory, most of the songs are in E flat, perhaps the reason I like the album.
- 3. Greatest Hits Volume I and Volume II by Billy Joel
All his solid early 80's material, especially the "Nylon Curtain" songs, plus my favorite of his, "You're Only Human (Second Wind)".
- 2. Thriller by Michael Jackson
Need I say more.
- 1. Invisible Touch by Genesis
Also my all time favorite album, the use of synths and electronic drums is interesting every time I hear it. Also, I have good memories of the singles from that album.
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