Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums
What are your top ten favorite albums from the 80s?
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By: Ace Kabob
- 10. Electric by The Cult
I know, I know, I know: I'm crazy. This is just a personal favorite that I listened to countless times in college.
- 9. Hang Time by Soul Asylum
No one remembers this album, which is a shame. Everything on this album rocks, from the opening riffs of "Little Too Clean" to the drums on "Standing in the Doorway."
- 8. Green Thoughts by The Smithereens
Admittedly, every Smithereens album sounds the same. This one, though, is their best. ("Only a Memory", "House We Used to Live In")
- 7. Document by R.E.M.
The rest of America finally gets it. And how about those typewriter strokes on "Exhuming McCarthy"?
- 6. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
I don't think any band in the 80s was more capable of recording great singles than the Smiths. Great album.
- 5. Surfer Rosa/Doolittle by The Pixies
OK, I cheated and chose two albums. I loved the Pixies - especially these two albums.
- 4. Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply by Slade
- 3. Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth
I dare you to find an opening track that builds to a better crescendo than "Teenage Riot." (Good luck, sucker.) No lead guitar, mucho distortion, and a tribute to ZZ Top. Friggin' brilliant.
- 2. Warehouse: Songs and Stories by Husker Du
I'm concerned about a lengthy page of 80s Top Ten lists that does not include even one Husker Du release. Warehouse was this great band's swan song. Just about everyone else says Zen Arcade is better, but I'll take Warehouse any day.
- 1. Murmur by R.E.M.
This is the album that changed college/alternative/progressive rock. Radio Free Europe, Laughing, Shaking Through, Perfect Circle, Moral Kiosk . . . great songs. (Even if the drums sound a little dated.)
The 80s consisted of far more than the featured fare on a contemporary radio station's weekly "80s Night" show. While I didn't list any single Midnight Oil album, they put out a LOT of great material in the 80s. (I even like Red Sails in the Sunset.)
By: DON FRANCIS
My list of the greatest heavy metal/hard rock albums of the 1980'S.
- 10. Purple Rain by Prince & The Revolution
the movie was hilarious-but i played the album constantly when it came out.
- 9. Substance by New Order
again with the compilation...
- 8. Eponymous by REM
an easy way out,rather than trying to pick one album.
- 7. Faith by George Michael
ya can't deny this one...even though i can't think of him now without thinking of Dana Carvey as him:"look at my butt,look at my butt!"
- 6. The Circus by Erasure
actually,"The Two-Ring Circus" for the added bonus of live songs...
- 5. Disintegation by The Cure
again-anything by them...but if pushed,i would say this...
- 4. Violent Femmes by Violent Femmes
everyone had to have this!
- 3. The Eight-Legged Groove Machine by The Wonderstuff
does anyone else love this album half as much as me?!does anyone remember this???they should,brilliant!
- 2. Black Celebration by Depeche Mode
this played constantly during my teens...the best of many great albums.
- 1. Psychedelic Furs by Psychedelic Furs
actually anything & everything by them,but this started it all out and it's a must own!
You can't talk bout the 80's without mentioning Madonna(i was never a wannabe but i loved everything by her).And even if you had all the music on separate albums,the "Pretty in Pink" soundtrack was a must.Feel free to write me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- 10. Heaven On Earth by Belinda Carlisle
Very typical sound of 80's - melodic rock, simple and beautiful
- 9. Reckless by Bryan Adams
I feel the power of youth listening to it
- 8. Faith by George Michael
He destroyed the "Wham!" and made nobody to have a regret about it.
- 7. Repeat Offender by Richard Marx
"Right here waiting" is one of the most beautiful lovesongs ever. But don't forget to check rock'n'roll tuned there!
- 6. Hunting High And Low by A-ha
Very bright songs. You missed the 80's if you didn't hear that. Great band and they're just getting better with each album.
- 5. Make It Big by Wham!
When I want to rest or to have fun I listen to it
- 4. Trash by Alice Cooper
I can listen "Poison" over and over
- 3. Richard Marx by Richard Marx
Great debut for a young artist
- 2. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
Real rock, real power
- 1. Scoundrel Days by A-ha
I don't understand why nobody noticed this great work. From the beginning with a title song until the end it is perfect! Just listen to the music and voice, read the lyrics, watch the videos - feel the whole spirit of 80's!
They are all talented musicians and interesting persons. They were real stars and they are. With the unforgettable songs and beautiful faces they make me always remember the great time - 80's.
- 10. Peace And Love Inc. (1992) by Information Society
well,actually an album from 1992,but it sounds like their 80īs albums.
- 9. Secret Messages (1983) by E.L.O.
i first fell in love,when this album came out...
- 8. Diamonds For Breakfast (1980) by Amanda Lear
i love every album from this disco queen!!!
- 7. The Working Model (1982) by Boytronic
critics loved this electronic band from germany!
- 6. Digital (1983) by Azul Y Negro
less known spanish synth-duo of spain,had several no.1īs in the mid 80īs.
- 5. Catch As Catch Can (1983) by Kim Wilde
her most beautiful album with her most beautiful ballad "can you hear it"
- 4. Cat People (1982) by O.S.T.
the MORODER-produced soundtrack of my favourite film,incl.title track by BOWIE.
- 3. First Love/Last Rites (1989) by Cock Robin
their 3rd album is their best,wonderful harmonies!!!
- 2. Mad Bad And Dangerous...To Know (1986) by Dead Or Alive
the only STOCK AITKEN WATERMAN-produced album which doesnīt sound like them.incl.mixes of BRAND NEW LOVER and SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE.
- 1. Whomanfoursays (1984) by Dalbello
everybody i know loves every single track on it...
- 10. Count Three And Pray by Berlin
- 9. 10000 Lightyears by Boney M.
- 8. Fragen by Birgit Schrowange
- 7. Primitive Man by Icehouse
- 6. Romance by David Cassidy
- 5. Heart First by Hazell Dean
- 4. Anthem by Toyah
- 3. Emergency by Melissa Manchester
- 2. The Visitors by Abba
- 1. Hounds Of Love by Kate Bush
By: Annerl / Duisburg
- 10. Touch by Eurythmics
"aqua","no fear no hate no pain (no broken hearts)","here comes the rain again" and "paint a rumour"
- 9. The Colour Of Spring by Talk Talk
"give it up","lifeīs what you make it","happiness is easy" and "living in another world"
- 8. Cupid & Psyche 85 by Scritti Politti
"absolute","donīt work that hard","wood beez","the word girl","hypnotize" and "perfect way"
- 7. Wendy And Lisa by Wendy And Lisa
"stay","honeymoon express","waterfall","blues away"and "song about"
- 6. The Hurting by Tears For Fears
"the hurting","memories fade","pale shelter","suffer the children" and "change"
- 5. Best Of Berlin 1979-1988 by Berlin
"the metro","like flames","you donīt know","now itīs my turn","masquerade" and "no more words"
- 4. A Secret Wish by Propaganda
"the murder of love","duel","sorry for laughing","jewel","the chase" and "dream within a dream"
- 3. Mad,bad,and Dangerous To Know by Dead Or Alive
"son of a gun","brand new lover""come inside","hooked on love","special star","something in my house","then there was you","i want you" and "iīll save you all my kisses"
- 2. Hubert Kah by Sound Of My Heart
"victim of brain","welcome,machine gun","so many people","carrousel","help me through the night","the voice of silence","midnight sun","cathy","military drums" and "sound of my heart"
- 1. Hounds Of Love by Kate Bush
Best Songs:"Hound Of Love","The Big Sky",the Whole B-side
- 10. Purple Rain by Prince
Prince, no matter what the name he uses is, he is the sound of sexual desire. His music is all about sex and faith and they always blend together. Purple rain is still a must in my collection and I bought the CD 3 times already because I always get it played to much and scratched (thank god for minidisks)
- 9. Licensed To Ill by Beastie Boys
Even though they aint black, I say this is one of the best hip hop collections ever also. Hard and Fun, thats the only way to describe it. They rapped about loving shores, beer, getting high, killing, sex, and even S&M (I did it with a wiffle ball bat lol)
- 8. Run DMC by Run DMC
I was into Rock like def leopard and others when this came out but Rock Box hooked me and I became a huge hip hop fan from then on, and didnt listen to rock much for about 8 5 years
- 7. Real Thing by Faith No More
Once again, and I think this is a more groundbreaking group than the others i mention. Limp, KoRn, who ever else is out today, EPIC still can blend right in with a mix. The rest of the songs are great also.
- 6. Information Society by Information Society
Another one of those ground breaking groups that were just doing what everyone else was doing but had something different. the real NEW sound they could put out wouldnt be heard for another 2 years I think but this Album was a great dance collection and the words were sung with fealing. Not a great voice but the feel for the music and words made for it...
- 5. Mcmxc AD (I think was out in '89) by Enigma
I think this might have come out in the states hear in () but I know I had it in 89. I dont know what to say about this. I think it is best said that this could be used like Viagra for some reason because everytime I play it around a girl, I get ummmmm. well. Great CD
- 4. Paid In Full by Eric B and Rakim
RAW! Just Beats, samples, scratching, and Rakim. To date he is still called the lyrical master, the god. Paid In Full (the title track) was one of the first BIG remix hits I remember hearing. It was all over. All the old school hits to real hip hop people were from way back even when this was released but it is still one of the best rap cd's ever
- 3. Fear Of A Black Planet by Public Enemy
OH MY GOD! (Still they got me like jesus) Chuck just got over being put down by the gov., Media, white radio station, and all people that didnt know what he was about. In Nation (the second album) he said it would be a nation of millions to hold us back and by god they were now trying to hold them. Black people were awake and even white people were with this one. Besides all the politics, the production was HOT!
- 2. The White Room by The KLF
To me this was the start of the 90's meaning of dance music. The electric Guitars made noise, the lyrics were odd and unless one was high they probably didnt make much sense (all abord for moo moo land). I hear alot fo groups out even now and I still think they have the KLF sound, I wsh they would come out of hiding (do a search on them, very interesting people)
- 1. Nation Of Million by Public Enemy
Hip Hop took a new direction. The beats were new and loude, the CHARACTERS of PE were funny, strong, loud, concious, and smart. Rap was about to hit main stream media and chuck was going to lead the revolution (...will not be telivised!)
By: Nick Hytrek
- 10. Scenes From The Southside by Bruce Hornsby And The Range
The piano solos are amazing. Some really intelligent songs.
- 9. Afterburner by ZZ Top
Nothing but fun. This album brings back a lot of memories from long bus trips in high school. Everyone wanted that car.
- 8. Licensed To Ill by The Beastie Boys
White boys meet rap. Who didn't feel "Fight for your Right" was a teen anthem?
- 7. Play Deep by The Outfield
Everyone I knew had this tape. Just really fun stuff to listen to.
- 6. Born In The USA by Bruce Springsteen
Great social commentary and maybe the most touching song of the 80s with "My Hometown." Every time I hear "Glory Days," I can see myself in that song trying to relive high school.
- 5. Diesel And Dust by Midnight Oil
This was just different enough to really stand out.
- 4. Man Of Colors by Icehouse
Some really beautiful songs mixed in with good pop songs. Two bonus remixes at the end of the CD.
- 3. 5150 by Van Halen
Sammy's first album with the band. Great guitar work. My first hard-rock tape.
- 2. Hysteria by Def Leppard
I listened to this album all during the summer after I graduated from high school. Not one bad song on the tape.
- 1. The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby and the Range
This album was so different from anything up to its time. Brilliant piano work and lyrics. Mandolin Rain is my favorite song.
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