Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums
What are your top ten favorite albums from the 80s?
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By: Mark Seaman, Bay City TX
- 10. Asia by Asia
They should have stopped after one album.
- 9. Synchronicity by The Police
The best album from a great band.
- 8. Pelican West by Haircut 100
Anyone remember "Love Plus One"?
- 7. The Golden Age of Wireless by Thomas Dolby
I think Dolby is overlooked as a songwriter. Way ahead of his time.
- 6. Let's Dance by David Bowie
His last good album. Stevie Ray Vaughan's big step towards commercial success.
- 5. The Nightfly by Donald Fagen
One of the first animated videos was for "New Frontier"
- 4. Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads
A great live album from a great band.
- 3. Night and Day by Joe Jackson
Completely different from anything else that was out in '82.
- 2. Singles - 45's and Under by Squeeze
Difford and Tilbrook were hailed as the next Leenon and McCartney.
- 1. Rio by Duran Duran
Wore out two LPs. Thank goodness for CDs!
These aren't necessarily the best albums of the eighties, but rather the ones I listened to alot. BTW, eighties music really began in 1978 with The Cars and ended sometime around 1988 (I can't in good conscience consider Paula Abdul an eighties artist.)
- 10. Sentimental Hygeine by Warren Zevon
This is what he should be remembered for not just the single Werewolves Of London
- 9. Pop Goes The World by Men Without Hats
A solid fun pop album
- 8. Substance by New Order
Phenominal album cool lyrics and beats
- 7. Only Life by Feelies
Great jangly guitar rock
- 6. The Flat Earth by Thomas Dolby
The master of the synth's best album
- 5. Another Step by Kim Wilde
I must have played this a million times, and I never get sick of it
- 4. Eden Alley by Timbuck 3
A million times better than the Shades song
- 3. Go Bang by Shreikback
- 2. Beauty And The Beat by Go Go's
If this album does not get you moving nothing will
- 1. Nothing To Fear by Oingo Boingo
My favorite bands best 80's album
By: Jens Folkesson
- 10. Hysteria by Def Leppard
It's the best rock album ever, "Animal" and "Pour some sugar on me" are great songs that never die! I remember going up in the middle of the night just to watch Def Leppard's video for "Animal"!
- 9. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
The album that made me a die hard rock fan. It's a real classic!!!
- 8. Reckless by Bryan Adams
This album is full of great hits!! I don't have to mention the very greatest, do I?? ...69...
- 7. New Jersey by Bon Jovi
After their breakthrough in 1986-87 they come up with a wonderful romantic album which is full of gorgeous songs like "Born to be my baby", "Blood on blood", "Wild is the wind" and "Bad Medicine". I still freak out when I listen to this one.
- 6. Skid Row by Skid Row
This one hit the public like a storm. After only one month it had sold 1.5 million copies. And when it was released I played it 'til it melted! "18 & Life" and "Youth Gone Wild" are amazin'!
- 5. Open up and say..ahh! by Poison
When you hear "Nothin' but a good time" you just forget 'bout all bad things and want to party 'til ya puke!! "Every rose has its thorn" is one of the 80's best ballads with great lyrics to it. Splended, indeed!!
- 4. Pride by White Lion
Vito Bratta plays guitar on this album like you wouldn't believe!! Great catchy songs!!
- 3. Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich by Warrant
Listen to "Down boys", "Big talk", "Heaven" and "Sometimes She Cries" and you'll understand!!
- 2. Danger Danger by Danger Danger
This is and has always been one of my favourite albums of the 80's. It smells pure and great melody and is full of great keyboards!!!
- 1. Only Child by Only Child
This album got lots of very nice critics back in 1988 when it was released. It is very rare though, but lots of people want it!!! It has Paul Sabu on vocals and guitars and it's definitely his best album ever!!! Try to find it!!!! It's a killer!!!!
PLEASE put this list on your page, 'cause it's really great melodious music with all of the fun from the 80s!!! My e-mail address is:J.I.Folkesson@wlv.ac.uk
Friendly greetings from a Swedish student in the UK.
By: Jack McMullen
- 10. War by U2
- 9. Kick by INXS
- 8. Escape by Journey
- 7. Heartbeat City by Cars
Now it gets really tough.
- 6. Rio by Duran Duran
- 5. Songs From The Big Chair by Tears For Fears
- 4. No Jacket Required by Phil Collins
The best songs are the ones which received little or no airplay.
- 3. So by Peter Gabriel
Songs like Red Rain, Don't Give Up and We Do What We're Told typlified the diversity of this album.
- 2. Play Deep by The Outfield
One of the few albums where I like every song.
- 1. Genesis by Genesis
You can't go wrong with Mama and Home By The Sea.
Not all the 80's music was good, but a lot was. Keep good music alive.
By: Peter Lang
- 10. Here's to future days by Thompson Twins
(1985)My copy is so worn! Christmas 1985 was a good time!
- 9. Alf by Alison Moyet
(1984)What a voice, what a set of songs.
- 8. Hunting high and low by A-ha
(1985)An album that contains "Take on me", "The sun always shines on TV" & "Hunting high & low". Geez, it's one hell of a debut.
- 7. Kylie by Kylie Minogue
(1988)Hit after Hit after Hit after Hit after Hit and more potential hits. Stock/Aitken/Waterman doing what they do best, writing hits.
- 6. Close by Kim Wilde
(1988)Such a fantastic album. I went in just liking "You came", came out a huge Kim Wilde fan!
- 5. Madonna by Madonna
(1984)Sure, it sounds a little dated now, but it blew my socks off in 1984.
- 4. Greatest Hits 2 by Olivia Newton-John
(1982)Anyone who knew me from 1982 'til 1984 would know why this makes the Top 10. I don't think I stopped playing it in-between.
- 3. Scoundrel Days by A-ha
(1986)A truly absorbing LP. A must have!
- 2. Enjoy Yourself by Kylie Minogue
(1989)Pure and unadulterated Pop Music. 4 singles released (3 more that could have been) and they all still make me smile when I hear them.
- 1. Bridge of Spies by T'Pau
(1987)A lyrical and melodic masterpiece! "Leaving you ain't easy now...But loving you's the harder part..." truly inspired!
Well I've done the singles, now the albums.... Almost included: Sonia, "Everybody knows", Donna Summer, "Another place in time", Cyndi Lauper, "She's so Unusual", Bananarama, "WOW", T'Pau, "Rage", Wham, "The Final", Spandau Ballet, "Parade"
By: Amy in North Augusta, SC
- 10. Thriller by Michael Jackson
The first album that really blew my mind. One record with so many great songs..I was only nine..I thought I'd found heaven!
- 9. Rio by Duran Duran
The album that brought me "in touch" with my first real crushes..Andy, John, Simon, Nick, Roger..I loved them all! Plus the album had really great tunes, too!
- 8. Synchronicity by Police
I love this album because of its diversity..Great use of synthesizer, strong guitar riffs, made good use of Stewart Copeland's percussion..And Sting was (in my opinion) at his best.
- 7. Arena by Duran Duran
I've heard a lot of bands play live, but none ever blew me away like D2..Excellent stage show, great performances overall. A killer LP!!
- 6. Around the World in a Day by Prince and the Revolution
To me, this was Prince at his best..Not too "out there", yet not too mainstream. This album had such a variety of sound, it's incredible. To this day, I can put it on, listen to it, and hear something I've never heard previously
- 5. Purple Rain Soundtrack by Prince and the Revolution
This one proved, at least to ME, that Prince was, indeed, (still is, by any other name..) a musical genius..Wailing guitars, pounding percussion beats, soft melodic strumming of the piano..The "Purple One" knew how to mix 'em up!
- 4. Shout at the Devil by Mötley Crüe
I used to be a huge Crue fan. But now that I'm older and I can look back with a more objective EAR, I can see that "Shout" was the last REAL rockin' Crue effort before they fell to the mainstreaming of hard rock. What a shame..
- 3. 1984 by Van Halen
What can I say? JUMP!!!!
- 2. Power Station by Power Station
Andy Taylor's guitar expertise combined with John Taylor's sexy, driving bass, Tony Thompson's (of Chic "Le Freak" fame) enormous percussion, and Robert Palmer's smooth vocals made this one of my favorite albums of all time.
- 1. Diver Down by Van Halen
This was THE first album that really "kicked ass" to me. It had everything I loved about music..Even a variety of instruments, including those I loved, but rarely got hear (like Eddie and Alex's Dad playing clairinet on "Big Bad Bill is Sweet William now"). Eddie's "Pretty Woman" intro "Intruder" is true evidence of his guitar genius. I LOVE this album!!!
Just wanted to contribute my Top 10 list. Thanks for the opportunity..AND for the great web site! Keep it up! Thanks for letting me share!
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