Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums
What are your top ten favorite albums from the 80s?
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- 10. The River by Bruce Springsteen
"Music to lie awake at night to"
- 9. Doolittle by The Pixies
"I hope Kurt's listening"
- 8. Sign O' The Times by Prince
"Cry, dance, contemplate"
- 7. Green by R.E.M.
"This is my world"
- 6. Violent Femmes by Violent Femmes
"Don't come near me"
- 5. A Distant Shore by Tracey Thorn
"Perfect soundtrack for a perfect summer"
- 4. Atomiser by Big Black
"Don't think about it, cos if you do you go crazy"
- 3. This Nation's Saving Grace by The Fall
"Have we got a drummer here or what?"
- 2. Master Of Puppets by Metallica
"No frills, no gimmicks, just four young men and some very loud music indeed"
- 1. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
"It has been called the 'Sgt Pepper' of the '80s, I tend to think of 'Sgt Pepper' being the 'Queen Is Dead' of the '60s"
By: James Walker
- 10. Women & Children First by Van Halen
y&t, saxon, helix, duran duran, All hair metal bands
- 9. Lies by Guns 'N' Roses
- 8. Shout At The Devil by Motley Crue
- 7. Eliminator by ZZ Top
- 6. Loced After Dark by Tone-loc
- 5. Kick by INXS
- 4. In God We Trust by Stryper
- 3. Blackout by Scorpions
- 2. Joshua Tree by u2
- 1. Back In Black by AC/DC
By: Chuck Warren
- 10. Bad by Michael Jackson
So many hits! This was the gloved one's first big "return", after a period of falling popularity (this would be repeated with "Dangerous"). Doubters turned into fans overnight - I remember people walking around carrying boom-boxes blasting "Bad".
- 9. Make It Big by Wham!
George Michael's ascendancy was begun...sorry, Andrew Ridgely. "Careless Whispers" is one of the top 3 songs of the entire decade.
- 8. Appetite For Destruction by Guns 'N' Roses
Another album that changed the staus quo. Only Nirvana has had a similar impact since. Did anyone popular sound like G n' R at the time?? With the opening strains of "Sweet Child of Mine", Slash was reinventing hard rock for the 80s generation.
- 7. 1984 by Van Halen
After this phenomenal album, it was all downhill. Today VH is a shadow of its former self. Bring back Dave, before it's too late!
- 6. She's So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper
Another truly ahead-of-its-time recording. Lauper still makes good music, but it's a shame she has turned her back on her pop roots. "All Through the Night" seems more hauntingly beautiful today that it did in 1984.
- 5. Back In Black by AD/DC
Motoring along on the seamy underside of pop music was AC/DC. Everyone knows someone who was a huge AC/DC freak in the 80s. They were the "anti-Wham"!!
- 4. Thriller by Michael Jackson
Can't leave this one off the list. "Billie Jean" is one of the top 3 songs of the whole decade. MJ was visionary.
- 3. Kick by INXS
I was in high school when this one hit the stores/airwaves. Remember how it seemd to CHANGE everything? Music was never the same.
- 2. True Blue by Madonna
In my opinion, "real" 80s music was released during a period roughly corresponding to the one from "Like a Virgin" to "True Blue". This was the last true 80s album, except for maybe INXS "Kick".
- 1. Seven And The Ragged Tiger by Duran Duran
This album didn't just typify 80s music - it exemplified it!
I left off many, many others, including (but not limited to): 1) Any 80s album by the Pet Shop Boys. 2) Police - Synchronicity. 3) U2 - The Joshua Tree. 4) Duran Duran - Rio. 5) Madonna - Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer. 6) Culture Club - Color by Numbers. 7) Cyndi Lauper - True Colors. 8) Any 80s album from the Human League. 9) Arcadia - So Red the Rose. 10) Prince - Purple Rain.
By: L LeBlond
- 10. Kick by INXS
This Album is killer. Aussie rock is killer. Just like the music!
- 9. License To Ill by Beastie Boys
This Album Rocks(or Raps)! One of my all-time favorite rappers out of the eighties. Run DMC would be second of course!
- 8. Pyromania by Def Leppard
Like I said, Leppard fan to the Max. Gotta like these brits.
- 7. Reckless by Bryan Adams
This was and still is a decent album. One of the better canadian rockers to make it big in the US!
- 6. Purple Rain by Prince
Basically the only album I ever liked by him. It was worth every penny I paid for the album. And I still crank it up often.
- 5. Who Made Who by AC/DC
I didn't know much about this album until I saw Maximum Overdrive! But when I picked it up I was jammin for days!
- 4. Born In The USA by Bruce Springsteen
Very good music indeed. Makes you proud to be an American!
- 3. The Wall by Pink Floyd
This Album defines the early days of the eighties. Pure, pleasurable, and pretty much awesome.
- 2. Hysteria by Def Leppard
I am a Leppard fan to the max. I did like Pyromania almost as much, but this one offers a little more enjoyment for me!
- 1. Permanent Vacation by Aerosmith
Not only one of the best albums of the eighties, but one of Aerosmith's best albums also.
Other bands I enjoy out of the 80's include: Dead or Alive; U2; Dire Straits; Poison; Primus; Faith No More; The Romantics; Golden Earring; and too many more to list!
By: petri jones
- 10. Third Stage by Boston
Don't pull this one out as often but I sure got a lot of mileage out of it back then. Boston made a great sound.
- 9. Electric Dreams Soundtrack by Various Artists
This represents the positive energy, naivete,' and optimism of the 80's. Has a somewhat dated sound now, but I still love it, especially the lost gems from Culture Club.
- 8. Yoyo by Bourgeois Tagg
Man, this was just so different than anything else at the time. I really enjoyed this last effort by a short-lived group.
- 7. Songs From The Big Chair by Tears For Fears
Three great hits on this album. Loved it.
- 6. So by Peter Gabriel
Once again, love every piece on here.
- 5. Dream of the Blue Turtles by Sting
Must've played this cassette hundreds of times. Quite a diverse mix by the Police's former front man.
- 4. Misplaced Childhood by Marillion
Didn't hear this one until after the 80's, but it's a classic nonetheless.
- 3. Scoundrel Days by A-Ha
Great use of the synths, along with Morten Harket's unique pipes.
- 2. Joshua Tree by U2
Why did these guys have to turn into cross-dressing freaks after this seminal album? Oh well.
- 1. Watermark by Enya
High water mark for Enya (heh, heh). This was perfection.
By: Rafael Valdizan
- 10. Back In Black by AC/DC
This record made Bon Scott's death less painful.
- 9. Defenders Of The Faith by Judas Priest
Along with Screaming For Vengeance, the peak moment of these british metalists.
- 8. Operation: Mindcrime by Queensryche
One step forward to the progressive metal at that time.
- 7. Holy Diver by DIO
His best solo work ever.
- 6. Don't Break The Oath by Mercyful Fate
One of the greatest heavy metal records of all time. Every single song is a masterpiece!
- 5. Moving Pictures by Rush
Rush at their best!
- 4. Mob Rules by Black Sabbath
It could be "Heaven & hell" or "Live Evil", the fact is that Black Sabbath had in Ronnie James Dio a new life.
- 3. The Wall by Pink Floyd
One of the most amazing concept records. Legendary.
- 2. Third Stage by Boston
Great songs, great musicians, great voices. Great band.
- 1. Foreigner 4 by Foreigner
Simply, the best album from the best band in history.
By: Mark Montgomery
- 10. Invisible Touch by Genesis
- 9. Eliminator by ZZ top
If you were 13 & male at the time this was THE album :))
- 8. Music For The Masses by Depeche Mode
- 7. Heartbeat City by The Cars
- 6. Rebel Yell by Billy Idol
- 5. So by Peter Gabriel
In your eyes & Red rain are 2 of my all time favs!
- 4. Kick by INXS
Guns in the sky!!
- 3. Sychronicity by The Police
Sting at his peak!!
- 2. Songs From The Big Chair by Tears For Fears
very good stuff.
- 1. The Joshua Tree by U2
Simply the best of the 80s. Wore the tape out in 87. Still have the cd in my car stacker.
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