Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums

What are your top ten favorite albums from the 80s?

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By: Pedro Delgado
  • 10. Walk Among Us by Misfits
    Raw, loud, sometimes comical, and surprisingly tuneful. These 13 songs make up one of the finest punk albums of all time (its short, but sweet).
  • 9. The Unforgettable Fire by U2
    This often overlooked gem is the Irish band's finest. It is simple, honest, and extremely harmonious.
  • 8. Pleased to Meet Me by The Replacements
    Other might consider "Let it Be" this Minnesota quartet's peak, but I prefer the power pop/punk anthems of this masterpiece.
  • 7. Diesel and Dust by Midnight Oil
    Peter Garrett's imposing vocals make this album their most compelling. The songs about the plight of the Australian Aborigines are heartfelt.
  • 6. Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads
    The only live album that made it to this list, this recording captures the energy the Heads radiate on stage. In my opinion, one of the best live albums ever.
  • 5. Murmur by R.E.M.
    This album is one of the finest debuts ever. R.E.M. has managed to maintain their musical integrity throughout the years, but they have never captured the "innocence" of these 12 tunes.
  • 4. Substance '87 by New Order
    I don't like to include compilations on top 10 lists, but collection of remixes is an entity in itself. The grandfather's of the techno movement, New Order gave electronic music heart.
  • 3. Violator by Depeche Mode
    This album arrived at the end of the 80's, but still catches that retro spirit in electronic music. The boys from Essex expand their format by making good use of guitars in songs such as "Personal Jesus".
  • 2. Disintegration by The Cure
    Another album from the end of the decade. This is my favorite album to fall asleep to; it is like one extended lullaby.
  • 1. The Queen is Dead by The Smiths
    This is not only my favorite 80's album, but my favorite album of all time from my favorite band of all time as well. Each song is a masterpiece of pop craftmanship...I can't even begin to count how many times I have listened to this recording.
Let me start off by stating that, as a fellow 80's addict, I really enjoy your pages. Thank you for the Nostalgia (gosh, now I sound like my father!). Anyway, here is my personal list of my favorite 80's albums:I would like to receive feedback on what others think of my choices.
By: Derek Hiemforth
  • 10. Escape by Journey
    The best from this classic 80's band. Solid from start to finish, and containing some of the best singles of the decade.
  • 9. Thriller by Michael Jackson
    Not my favorite style -- I don't even own the album -- but an incredible accomplishment.
  • 8. Invisible Touch by Genesis
    A critical and popular hit, this was both the groups most commercial and musically solid offering of the decade.
  • 7. A Kind of Magic by Queen
    A huge smash everywhere in the world except the USA, this quasi-soundtrack was full of great songs in multiple styles.
  • 6. Graceland by Paul Simon
    Controversial for its use of South African musicians, but a masterful collection of music from arguably America's greatest songwriter of the rock era.
  • 5. The Nylon Curtain by Billy Joel
    One of Joel's least successful albums commercially, but with a cutting undertone that makes it his most powerful record.
  • 4. So by Peter Gabriel
    Great songs and great singing combine in this package. One of the top albums ever made.
  • 3. 90125 by Yes
    The masterpiece of the 70's era art rock band, "Owner of a Lonely Heart" and "Leave It" headline a relentlessly near-perfect album.
  • 2. Synchronicity by The Police
    The best album by a classic band. The Police's frantic energy and Sting's emerging musical sophistication blended perfectly in this album.
  • 1. The Game by Queen
    Queen threw down the gauntlet with this 1980 album, and no record of the decade could quite pick it up. Bridging musical styles (from the bouncy rockabilly of Crazy Little Thing Called Love to the hard rock of Dragon Attack to the balladeering of Save Me) and even racial barriers (Another One Bites The Dust was played extensively on predominantly black radio stations who thought it was by a black artist), this fantastic album offers something for everyone.
By: Marc Argemi
  • 10. Let's Dance by David Bowie
    (1983)Even though the 70's were his best years with albums like "Ziggy Stardust", "Heroes"...tha White Duke, with Bernie Edwards, produced his last big album. "Modern Love", "China Girl",...
  • 9. Gaucho by Steely Dan
    (1980)"Hey nineteen" is a very good reason to consider this one of ther greatest album of the 80's.
  • 8. In My Tribe by 10.000 Maniacs
    (1987)Closer to the nineties, if hearing Natalies' best words don't make you feel anything, it's just that you can't feel nothing.
  • 7. Avalon by Roxy Music
    (1982)What can I say??
  • 6. Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits
    (1985)The Sultans of Swing in their best moment. This album has one name "Perfection".
  • 5. The Joshua Tree by U2
    (1987)Unfortunately, waht they've done after this is pure commercial boring.
  • 4. Purple Rain by Prince
    (1984)"When Doves Cry", "Purple Rain", "I would die 4 U", The Artist won an Oscar for this soundtrack, and the band (Revolution) played like angels...(lisa, Wendy, Dr. Fink, ...)
  • 3. The River by Bruce Springsteen
    (1980)Contains one of the greatest songs ever composed by Bruce, "Point Blank". His best Album.
  • 2. Synchronicity by The Police
    (1983)Sting, Andy and Stewart in its best moment and performance. I do really prefer Outandlos d'Amour for themes like "So Lonely", "Roxanne", "Can't stand losing you", but its 1978!!.
  • 1. 1999 by Prince
    (1982)Just listen Little Red Corvette, and you'll understand why I find this is the Great Prince's Song and album.
These are what I consider the best albums of the 80's.
By: Christian Rabasa from Barcelona
  • 10. Murmur by REM
    (82)Big Pearls:"Pilgramage", "Laughing", "Shaking Trought"
  • 9. The Unforgetable Fire by U2
    (85)Big Pearls:"Pride", "The Unforgetable Fire", "Bad"
  • 8. World Machine by Level 42
    (85)Big Pearls:"Leaving Me Now", "Good Man in a Storm", "Something About You"
  • 7. Avalon by Roxy Music
    (82)Big Pearls:"More Than This", "Avalon", "Something About You"
  • 6. Genesis by Genesis
    (83)Big Pearls:"Home by the Sea I&II", "Mama", "Silver Rainbow "
  • 5. Doolittle by Pixies
    (88)Big Pearls:"Debaser ", "I bleed", "Dead"
  • 4. The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses
    (89)Big Pearls:"I Wanna be Adored", "Waterfall", "Bye, Bye, Badman
  • 3. Sign Of The Times by Prince
    (87)Big Pearls:"It", "Forever in my Life", "Housequake"
  • 2. People Wouldn't Listen by The Smiths
    (86)Big Pearls:"Half a person", "Shoplifters of the World, "Panic"
  • 1. Black Celebration by Depeche Mode
    (86)Big Pearls:"Question of Lust", "Here is the House", "Flies on the Windscreen"
This is my list. THE ONLY ONE. Please, Don't forget: The The "Infected", B-52's "Cosmic Thing", The Blue Nile "Hats", The Bolshoi "Lindy'S Party", The Cure "Disintegration"
By: Neil Magnuson
By: Thomas
  • 10. Break Every Rule by Tina Turner
    As many of Tina's albums this is a favorite.
  • 9. Guilty by Barbara Streisand
    An excellent album. This is how I want to hear Barbara Streisand. Like Dionne Warwick's Heartbreaker this is a great job of Barry Gibb.
  • 8. Who Zoomin' Who by Aretha Franklin
    This album shows that Aretha can sing everything:Soul, Rock, Dance...
  • 7. Results by Liza Minnelli
    A very strange combination:Liza Minnelli & The Pet Shop Boys. This album makes Minnelli besides actress and vocal singer also a popdiva. Favorites:"losing my mind", "so sorry I said", "don't drop bombs" and "love pains".
  • 6. She Works Hard for the Money by Donna Summer
    A typical eighties-album. This album shows that Donna has class and can do much more than making wonderful discomusic.
  • 5. Diana by Diana Ross
    Upside down", "I'm coming out" and "my old piano" made of this album a classic!
  • 4. Heartbreaker by Dionne warwick
    Written and produced by the Bee Gees. A wonderful combination. The title track is my favorite song ever.
  • 3. The whole Story by Kate Bush
    Containing a selection of her best songs (from 1978 to 1986) from this in Europe very famous singer.
  • 2. Island Life by Grace Jones
    This compilation contains her best work from 1977 to 1985. My favorates are "slave to the rhythm","la vie en rose" and 'pull up to the bumper". Very good!
  • 1. Private Dancer by Tina Turner
    All 10 tracks are great! Tina had arrived again!
By: Clipped
  • 10. Toys In The Attic by Aerosmith
  • 9. Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath
  • 8. Alive by Kiss
  • 7. Van Halen by Van Halen
  • 6. Black Album by Metallica
  • 5. Iv (Zoso) by Led Zeppelin
  • 4. Blizzard Of Ozz by Ozzy Osbourne
  • 3. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
    A must for any metal/hard rock fan!
  • 2. Highway To Hell by Ac/Dc
    A classic! Bon Scotts final work with AC/DC will live on forever!
  • 1. Back In Black by Ac/Dc
    From Hells Bells to Rock & Roll Aint Noise Pollution this album speaks for itself!
This is the ultimate heavy metal/hard rock list!
By: Dan
  • 10. Crowded House/Nervous Night by Crowded House/Hooters
    Two albums that are easily lost among the "one-hit wonders" that fell throughout the decade. Each had two distinct hits, "Something So Strong" and "Don't Dream It's Over" for Crowded House and "Day By Day" and "And We danced" by Hooters. Still there is a great deal of fine music on both. "Now We're Gettin' Somewhere" and "Can't carry On" are two examples off The self titled Crowded House release. "Nervous Night", "Blood From a Stone" and "Where Do The Children Go?" are all wonderful from Nervous Night.
  • 9. Psychocandy by The Jesus and Mary Chain
    Who??? Perhaps the most innovative guitar act of recent times. Brash, loud and painful to listen too. This distortion based brand of music laid the groundwork for many bands to come.
  • 8. War by U2
    The most substance for your 80's dollar. Each track is an introspective look at society. A timely album from the top band from the decade.
  • 7. 1984 by Van Halen
    The album that took the band to the top. "Jump", "Panama" and "I'll Wait" are solid.
  • 6. Synchronicity by The Police
    The top 80's style band. Tyhe creators of "alternative" music. "Every Breath You Take"!
  • 5. Profile by Run DMC
    On the same vein, this is the album that put rap on the map. "It's Like That", "Wake-Up" and "Rock Box" are all classic rap jams.
  • 4. License To ILL by Beastie Boys
    The most innovative album of the decade. Loaded with hits that brought a new sound to all listeners.
  • 3. Pyromania by Def Leppard
    By far, the best of the 80's hard rock movement. "Photograph", "Rock Rock, 'Til You Drop", "Foolin'", "Stagefright" and "Rock of Ages" are songs that appealed to all listeners.
  • 2. Substance by New Order
    Although I intended to stay away from "greatest Hits" type albums, this cannot be ignored. Perhaps the album that best defines this musical age. "Bizarre Love Triangle" is a quinesential 80's song. "Ceremony", "Temptation", "Blue Monday", "True Faith" etc are all classics.
  • 1. The Joshua Tree by U2
    One of the great accomplishments of rock 'n' roll. "With Or Without You", I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "Where The Streets Have No Name" are the hits, but "Runnung To Stand Still", Red Hill Mining Town" and "Mothers of The Dissappeared" are the substance that rounds out this masterpiece.
Honorable Mentions:Reckless by Bryan Adams, Thriller by Michael Jackson, Madonna, by Madonna, Kick by InXS and Hi Infidelity by REO Speedwagon. The Unforgettable Fire by U2 and Purple Rain by Prince are as good as my last two entries but...
By: Yvette Kulcsar
  • 10. Robbie Robertson by Robbie Robertson
  • 9. Spandau Ballet by True
  • 8. Wham by Make It Big
  • 7. Blondie by Best of Blondie
  • 6. Various by Some Kind of Wonderful Soundtrack
  • 5. Various by Valley Girl Soundtrack Vols 1 & 2
  • 4. R.E.M by Green
  • 3. R.E.M by Chronic Town (EP)
  • 2. Purple Rain by Prince and The Revolution
  • 1. Let It Be by The Replacements
By: Joe
  • 10. The Wall by Pink Floyd
  • 9. Diary Of A Mad Man by Ozzy
  • 8. Blizard Of Oz by Ozzy
  • 7. Sacred Heart by Dio
  • 6. Heavy Metal Sound Track by Various
    Hot, Hot, Hot
  • 5. Perfect Strangers by Deep Purple
  • 4. Music From The Elder by Kiss
    You Wanted The Best You Got The Best The Hottest Band In The World Kisssss
  • 3. Low Budget by The Kinks
  • 2. Moving Pictures by Rush
    Two Words:Geedy Lee
  • 1. Any And All Of Them by The Police
Most of these I don't need to say a thing just listen to them

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