Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums
What are your top ten favorite albums from the 80s?
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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.
By: Alex Temple
- 10. Brighter Now (1982) by The Legendary Pink Dots
I couldn't think of anything else so I put this on. There's some good stuff here, although it's very... early-sounding.
- 9. Hail (1986) by He Said
This is some really weird shit. Like 80s pop infused with strange noises.
- 8. The World as it Is Today (1981) by Art Bears
Psychotic experimental communist rock. Whee!
- 7. The Big Express (1984) by XTC
Just as weird and obnoxious as their earlier stuff, but with the structure of their later stuff.
- 6. Asylum (1985) by The Legendary Pink Dots
Contains "So Gallantly Screaming", their best song.
- 5. ...a Thinking Plague (1984) by Thinking Plague
Yes, more Thinking Plague. They're amazing.
- 4. Island Of Jewels (1986) by The Legendary Pink Dots
Although Ka-Spel hates it, I think this is the Dots' best album.
- 3. Holidays In Europe (1986) by Kukl
Yes, Bjork existed before the Sugarcubes...
- 2. Moonsongs (1986) by Thinking Plague
Although this is close.
- 1. In This Life (1989) by Thinking Plague
Best avant-rock album of all time.
By: Dennis Manuel
- 10. Indiscreet by FM
I heard of this album many years later, but Chris Overland is a terrific singer and I really love the music. And the band must be interesting when you have a keyboard player name Didgde Digital.
- 9. Appetite For Destruction by Guns 'n' Roses
I remember we went away for a week with the school you are in when you're 12-18 or in that area (sorry I only know the Dutch way to name such schools). We had a party and the song "Paradise city" was played several times. Oh yes, "Sweet child o'mine" and "Rocket queen" are also great.
- 8. The Final Countdown by Europe
Back in 1986 hardrock became very popular in Europe and that was mainly due to this band. I remember everything they did, with the microphone holder, long hair, great voice...that was really cool to see when you were nine or ten (like I was).
- 7. 1987 by Whitesnake
The biggest hit of Whitesnake was "Here I go again" and the guitar solo and that song was played by Adtian Vandenberg, who is a Dutchman. Well I am also a Dutchman, so this is a bit a patriotic choice.
- 6. Crazy Nights by Kiss
There are not many albums I like of Kiss. In fact only two. One is "Revenge" and the other is this one. Especially the songs that Paul Stanley sings are so melodic and that is what I like.
- 5. Drive She Said by Drive She Said
It is just in the 80's (1988 or 1989 I think) with the ex-Touch keyboard player Mark Mangold and the fantastic singer Al Fritsch. Just listen to "But for you".
- 4. Escape by Journey
I think this is the most succesfull AOR-album of all-time. It must be great to have Steve Perry, Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain in one band.
- 3. Hi Infidelity by REO Speedwagon
Again an album with a great hit "Keep on loving you". That song is my favorite song of all-time.
- 2. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
I love all ten songs on this album! What can I say? Everything is done right in that album to my opinion.
- 1. Sheriff by Sheriff
To me this band had the best singer in the whole world (Freddy Curci), a great guitar player (Steve DeMarchi) en the songwriter (Arnold David Lanni) also was great. Of course everybody knows "When I'm with you", but my favorite song of it is "Crazy without you"
Yes, almost all the music I like is from the 80's. I was born at the end of 1976 and I grew up on Bon Jovi and Europe.
By: Christopher Orczy
- 10. Spirit Of Eden by Talk Talk
- 9. From The Lions Mouth by The Sound
Another unknown classic rock lp
- 8. Closer by Joy Division.
A brilliant original album, for any decade.
- 7. Pornography by The Cure
The grisliest they ever got, therefore the definitive 80's Cure album
- 6. Sleep No More by The Comsat Angels.
If you haven't heard this, and like Cure, Joy Division etc, check it out.
- 5. Metamatic by John Foxx
The best synth pop album, and one of the earliest.
- 4. Black Celebration by Depeche Mode
A bleak pop album.
- 3. So Red The Rose by Arcadia
The best thing to do with Duran Duran. A classy, mature pop album.
- 2. Hunting High And Low by A-ha
Classic epic pop. Pal Waktaar is a very underrated songwriter, and Morten Harket had the best voice of the 80's.
- 1. Gentlemen Take Polaroids by Japan
The Definitive new romantic album
- 10. Dirty Dancing by Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
- 9. Born In The USA by Bruce Springsteen
- 8. 1984 by Van Halen
Are any explanations necessary?
- 7. The Joshua Tree by U2
The first three songs are worth this album alone.
- 6. New Jersey by Bon Jovi
- 5. Thriller by Michael Jackson
- 4. Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz by Pretty Boy Floyd
- 3. Faith by George Michael
- 2. Appetite For Destruction by Guns 'N' Roses
- 1. Hysteria by Def Leppard
Seven singles, all in the top 40. The greatest song of all time (Sugar).
By: Nate Heaberlin
- 10. Shout At The Devil by Motley Crue
their brake through LP.
- 9. Look What The Cat Dragged In by Poison
- 8. Eliminator by ZZ Top
an all out great LP.
- 7. Ride The Lightning by Metallica
now thats heavy metal.
- 6. Pump by Aerosmith
great come back album that said we still got it.
- 5. Girls,Girls,Girls, by Motley Crue
ha ha girls girls girls.
- 4. 1984 by Van Halen
the last real van halen album, cause OF DAVE.
- 3. Dr. Feelgood by Motley Crue
motley is the best heavy metal hair band ever.
- 2. Appetite For Destruction by Guns 'N' Roses
great debut album
- 1. Back In Black by AC/DC
Shook me all nite long, need i say more? AC/DC'S best album ever.
By: Nick Johnson
- 10. Like A Virgin by Madonna (1984)
- 9. Greatest Hits by Journey (1988)
- 8. Synchroncity by The Police (1983)
- 7. Sports by Huey Lewis And The News (1983)
- 6. No Jacket Required by Phil Collins (1985)
- 5. Invincible Touch by Genisis (1986)
- 4. Graceland by Paul Simon (1986)
- 3. True Blue by Madonna (1986)
- 2. Purple Rain by Prince And The Revolution (1984)
- 1. Thirller by Michael Jackson (1982)
Another great bands:Thompson Twins,Bronski Beat,A-Ha,New Order,Wham, Pet Shop Boys,Phill Collins,Billy Ocean and Def Leppard. Thanks for your music.
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