Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums

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

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By: Rob Q
  • 10. Pyromania by Def Leppard
    They really started the hair bands on the 80's and one of the only ones that was actually worth a damn. This album rocked!!!
  • 9. Back In Black by AC/DC
    Will never go down in history as one of the most talented bands, but no one could rock more than AC/DC! Their best album by far. Still the ultimate sex, drugs (or in this case alcohol), and rock 'n' roll album ever.
  • 8. Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads
    In my opinion, the best live album of all time. I still like Psycho Killer much better in the live version than the studio version.
  • 7. Purple Rain Sountrack by Prince and the Revolution
    Before all of the Artist Formerly Known As... crap, Prince was considered a musical genius. I still consider the title track and When Doves Cry two of the best songs of all time.
  • 6. Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty
    Who hasn't pulled a Jerry Maguire and sung "Free Fallin'" at the top of their lungs in their car? Jeff Lynne really helped Petty refine his sound.
  • 5. Appetite For Destruction by Guns 'N' Roses
    The first transition away from the hair bands of the eighties. Paved the way for Metallica, Nirvana, and a whole host of other bands that were less interested in their hair than their music to enter the main stream. Oh yeah, a DAMN GOOD CD!!!!!
  • 4. Tunnel Of Love by Bruce Springsteen
    Born in the USA is a more popular choice, but Tunnel of Love is one of Bruce's most personnal albums ever. Of course, it was his last classic album of original music.
  • 3. Unforgettable Fire by U2
    Not as popular as Joshua Tree, but still better. This is the album where U2 matured as artists. "Bad" is still my favorite U2 song.
  • 2. Synchronicity by The Police
    Hey, if you gotta quit before your time, you might as well go out on top. A deep, psychological album. I still get a chuckle when I hear "Every breath you take" at a wedding. Don' they listen to the lyrics?!?
  • 1. So by Peter Gabriel
    The only CD I own that I can listen every track in every sitting. There isn't a bad song in the bunch! Still holds up after 15 years.
Honorable mentioned(in no particular order): INXS - Kick, U2 - Joshua Tree, Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms, Journey - Escape, Bruce Springsteen - The River and Born in the USA, The Cars - Heartbeat City, Van Halen - 1984 and Diver Down
By: Venancia Hopkins
  • 10. Control by Janet Jackson
    It was hard and funky. Janet showed girls could be just as bad as the boys, I loved it.
  • 9. Promise by Sade
    Jazzy and sensual, it takes you places when you listen to it.
  • 8. Bad by Micheal Jackson
    This album was better than Thriller, after listening to it I didn't think Micheal as being such a wimp after all.
  • 7. Purple Rain by Prince
    This album defined the eighties, and Prince is an absolute musical genius.
  • 6. Pyromania by Def Leppard
    This album just rocked and I love Fooling. They were the best eighties heavymetal band.
  • 5. Like A Prayer by Madonna
    My favorite Madonna album, she tells you about her life and you feel for her.
  • 4. Syncronicty by The Police
    Very deep and dark also Sting is a brillant songwriter. The King Of Pain has incredible lyrics about facing one's demons.
  • 3. So by Peter Gabriel
    This album had a world beat vibe to it, very influential. The Dave Matthews Band stole a lot from this album. Also Sledgehammer is incredibly funky.
  • 2. Songs From The Big Chair by Tears For Fears
    Great songwriting and melodies also when I was fifthteen-years-old I really could relate to the lyrics of Shout.
  • 1. Sign Of The Times by Prince
    I'm a big Prince fan, but this is my favorite album by him, everytime I listening to it I feel like I know him. His songwriting on this album gives you a peep into his soul.
By: Ryan McMullen
  • 10. Synhronicity by The Police
  • 9. Hunting High And Low by A-ha
  • 8. Whitesnake by Whitesnake
    Great songs, about time i got out of the New Wave phase, Hair Metal 4-eva
  • 7. Metal Health by Quiet Riot
    A classic no holds barred hair album, makes you wanna bang your head !
  • 6. Hysteria by Def Leppard
    Their Best as far as I am concerned!
  • 5. 1984 by Van Halen
    The best album by the beginners of Hair Metal, they were never the same after Dave left the band. He was the original Hair Metal front man!
  • 4. Stay Hungry by Twisted Sister
    The Most Hard rockin hair band, plus they had the song, " We're Not Gonna Take It" no more needs to be said.
  • 3. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
    A Classic, great songs, charismatic Hair Band Frontman, and they are now making a comeback in 2000-2001.
  • 2. Look What the Cat Dragged In by Poison
    Another album that stands the test of time, incredible songs that make you wanna rock yourself, they also had the best parties and the hottest chicks around them. They also keep on rockin in 2001 with the glam slam metal jam tour, who also has on it Warrant, Quiet Riot, and Enuf z Nuf. Keep on Rockin man!
  • 1. Appetite For Destruction by Guns 'N' Roses
    The best album, the best Hair Band, and i am waiting for the new album Chinesse Democracy, although Slash will be sorely missed, but i guess buckethead will have to do, They ROCK !!!!!!!!!!!
By: hjghjg jgmiughmi
  • 10. Tracy Chapman by Tracy Chapman
  • 9. Faith by George Michael
  • 8. Murmur by REM
  • 7. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
  • 6. London Calling by The Clash
  • 5. 1984 by Van Halen
    one of the defining rock album of the decade
  • 4. The Joshua Tree by U 2
  • 3. It Takes A Nation To Hold Us Back by Public Enemy
    the epitome of the reel rap
  • 2. Purple Rain by Prince
  • 1. Thriller by Michael Jackson
    the greatest ever!!!! it broke the boundaries of race ,style, touched everybody and virtually redefined the rules in music industry and brought a new breath to 80's pop culture! oh!!! it also gave birth to a thing we call now music videos!
By: Jeff Danna
  • 10. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back by Public Enemy
    This is what rap was meant to be. Street commentary with REAL beats, saxes, sound effects, and imaginative samples.
  • 9. Synchronicity by The Police
    Why they broke up after this masterpiece, we'll never know.
  • 8. The Joshua Tree by U2
    U2's most lyrically challenging album, but the music is equally amazing. The Edge's echoing guitar lines are, arguably for the first time, not the center of attention.
  • 7. Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth
    It's nice to know that some kids LIKE the Velvet Underground...
  • 6. Remain In Light by Talking Heads
    David Byrne's facination with world rhythms and funk are perfectly balanced with their traditional nervous-energy pop. The Heads' most assured record.
  • 5. The Pretenders by The Pretenders
    Punk energy in a pop format. Chrissy Hynde isn't afraid to get in your face and use what she's got to get what she wants (see Brass in Pocket).
  • 4. Imperial Bedroom by Elvis Costello
    This was Elvis' last gasp of brilliance before falling into the mid-80's commercialism. Every sonic texture and emotion is represented in a landscape of Brian Wilson-worthy pop.
  • 3. Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
    The Boss' commercial blockbuster is also one of his best albums. Well-crafted anthems of love, politics, and the journey into adulthood.
  • 2. Appetite For Destruction by Guns 'n' Roses
    Probably the most daring album to emerge from the late-80's. It brought back the swagger and attitude of late-60's/early-70's blues-based rock and kicked every other band's ass.
  • 1. Let It Be by The Replacements
    The perfect 'Mat's album. An amazing blend of snotty three-chord rants, adolecent frustration, and emotional depth.
I limited this list to one album per artist. Otherwise, The Replacements and Bruce Springsteen would dominate. This list is alway subject to change.
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By: Trevor Northrup
  • 10. Revolution by The Cult
    Every song is Tasty!
  • 9. Delicate Sounds Of Thunder by Pink Floyd
    Has it all.
  • 8. Purple Rain by Prince
    New, different, Loved by woman, Liked by men
  • 7. Who Made Who by AC/DC
    Plain and Simple. This is Angus at his best.
  • 6. Greatest Hits by Fleetwood Mac
    Did not pay much attention to them in the eighties, but now I appreciate their accomplishments.
  • 5. Appetite For Destruction by Guns 'n' Roses
    It came, it saw, it kicked ass.
  • 4. Synchronicity by The Police
    This started my Police fanaticism. The best Trio of the Eighties
  • 3. 1984 by Van Halen
    "Jump" started it and the great songs just kept rollin out of the radio.
  • 2. Joshua Tree by U2
    This album brought U2 to the world! Red Hill Mining Town is the most underated song on the album
  • 1. Up To Here by Tragically Hip
    Up to Here, Courage, Road Apples. Any one of them could be number one. This band defines Canadiana. 20,000 fans at any given show know the words to, and every tone inflection of "New Orleans is sinking". God Bless Gordie. If you have not got this or these albums in your collection . . . get them.
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By: Robert Blankenship
  • 10. Listen Like Thieves by INXS
    They had some cool albums. This one had their first hit and while it is dashed with pop stylings, their progressive roots still shine through.
  • 9. War by U2
    Every song kicks. The older it gets, the better it is.
  • 8. Disintegration by The Cure
    The music on this album has a richness I've never heard before.
  • 7. Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
    The River is also really good. And, Tunnel of Love is really good. Heck, everything he does is really good.
  • 6. Back In Black by AC/DC
    THE hard rock album of the decade. Back in Black kicks arse from beginning to end.
  • 5. Strait Outta Compton by N.W.A.
    I'm not a big fan of rap music, but I've never heard rap as musical as what N.W.A. did on this album.
  • 4. Murmur by REM
    Murmur edges some of their other early albums. But others could have made this list (Reckoning, Fables).
  • 3. Purple Rain by Prince
    Nevermind the movie, the album is a masterpiece.
  • 2. The Joshua Tree by U2
    This album was so good, I'm amazed it was a hit!
  • 1. Synchronicity by The Police
    This is the best album of the decade and one of the best of all time.
Thanks for the Memories: Huey Lewis and the News-"Sports"; Michael Jackson-"Thriller"; Madonna-"Like a Virgin", "Madonna" and "Like a Prayer"; Billy Idol-"Rebel Yell"; Duran Duran-"Rio"; John Cougar-"Uh-Huh"; Beastie Boys-"Licensed to Ill"; Billy Joel-"An Innocent Man".

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