Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums
What are your top ten favorite albums from the 80s?
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- 10. Private Dancer by Tina Turner
She may not have written any of the tunes, but she's made them her own. Just listen to "I Might Have Been Queen" or "Show Some Respect".
- 9. Women And Children First by Van Halen
The band kicked off the '80s with this excellent rocker. The boys at their finest, I think.
- 8. Answers To Nothing by Midge Ure
The title song is great, and so is his duet with Kate Bush, "Sister And Brother".
- 7. The Dreaming by Kate Bush
It's really easy to lose yourself in tracks like "Night Of The Swallow" and "Pull Out The Pin". All songs written and produced by Kate.
- 6. Mirage by Fleetwood Mac
This one gets my vote mainly for Christine McVie's "Love In Store" and Stevie Nicks' "That's Alright".
- 5. Big Science by Laurie Anderson
Not exactly a sing-along album, but worth having just for "Let X=X" and "From The Air".
- 4. Barking At Airplanes by Kim Carnes
Too bad this one is out-of-print or really hard to find. A few tracks show up later on compilation albums, but all the songs are great.
- 3. Super Trouper by Abba
They were not just a singles band. Worth the price of the album for "The Piper" and "Me And I".
- 2. Back In Black by AC/DC
Not my favorite album of theirs, but my choice for the '80s, for "Hells Bells" and the title track.
- 1. Learning To Crawl by Pretenders
Just to hear "Watching The Clothes" and "Thumbelina" at top volume.
- 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.
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