Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums
What are your top ten favorite albums from the 80s?
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By: Joe Burmeister
- 10. Reckless by Bryan Adams
This was a perfect example of early Bryan Adams. A perfect blend of rough cut rock and roll (see "Its Only Love"), pop (see "Somebody", "Summer of '69" and "Run To You") and soft rock (see "Heaven").
- 9. Rebel Yell by Billy Idol
That sneer...that hair...Idol showed pop music lovers how to rock, and was always there to remind us that he "wanted his MTV".
- 8. An Innocent Man by Billy Joel
Billy unleashes such timeless classics as "Easy Money", "An Innocent Man", "Uptown Girl", "Leave A Tender Moment Alone", and "Tell Her About It".
- 7. Footloose Soundtrack by Various
Kenny Loggins, Shalamar, Bonnie Tyler, Denise Williams, and Mike Reno/Ann Wilson all popped off big hits from this album, one of the greatest soundtracks of all time.
- 6. Thriller by Michael Jackson
Love him or hate him--this album has become a pop music icon in its own right.
- 5. Born In the USA by Bruce Springsteen
Was there a song on this album that wasn't on the American Top 40?
- 4. Purple Rain by Prince
Prince took over as "King" of pop music when this incredible album and not-so-incredible movie came out.
- 3. IV by Toto
"Africa", "Rosanna", "Make Believe", and "I Won't Hold You Back" all staples of early 80's radio.
- 2. Business As Usual by Men At Work
The biggest question on everybody's lips in the 80's: Exactly what is a "vegamite sandwich"?
- 1. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
Album that thoroughly--and finally--bridged the gap between heavy metal and pop music.
So many great LP's that it is hard to limit this list to ten--such as: Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet by Rick Springfield; Colour By Numbers by Culture Club; H2O by Daryl Hall and John Oates; Kilroy Was Here by Styx; Kick by INXS; Top Gun Soundtrack; and Appetite for Destruction by Guns 'N' Roses just to name a few.
- 10. No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims by D*A*D
Cowshed punk at its finest! Yet another Scandinavian band produce the goods with hair-swinging, torso-thrusting fury (with a twist of melody if you please)!
- 9. Super Trouper by Abba
Im a bit of an ABBA freak - theres something about those Scandinavians! Their rockin' little pop songs strike a chord every time!
- 8. The Joshua Tree by U2
As much as I tried to hate this band, the Joshua Tree LP let me to the light! This was a fantastic release.
- 7. Thriller by Michael Jackson
OK, OK, worthy of top-ten status, this LP was amongst the first in my 80's collection. Riddled with hits and catchy tunes, in my opinion this was the ultimate era of Jackson.
- 6. Kick by INXS
Distinctively Australian, this LP was a great drinking party disc of the teen set!
- 5. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
Admittedly there were many bands in this genre in the 80's but the grovelly vocals of JBJ and the rockin mix of synth and guitar made this one a winner!
- 4. 1987 by Whitesnake
This edgy hard rock epic see-sawed between dark-brooding metal and orchestral mastery...sexy and loud...a truly BIG sound!
- 3. Revenge by Eurythmics
This record alone spawned 5 or 6 chart hits for the band...and who can forget the Annie Lennox red bra and black leather trenchcoat combination!? Sweet!
- 2. Arena by Duran Duran
Launched alongside the epic 2-hour rockumentary "Blue Silver", this album remains an icon of 80s youth culture!
- 1. The Final Countdown by Europe
There is a sense of magic surrounding this hit LP that launched Europe onto the world stage. This LP shot us into new glittering space-scapes - its anthemic 80's escapism at its finest!
Duran Duran's "Seven and the Ragged Tiger" REM's "Green"
I threw these together pretty fast. I was just trying to think of some albums that either influenced myself or others. thanks for letting me share!
By: Matt Lash
- 10. In My Tribe - 1987 by 10,000 Maniacs
Listen up. There's more going on here than you may realize. The more you hear, the more you will see...
- 9. Blizzard of Ozz - 1981 by Ozzy Osbourne
The "Godfather" of Metal sets the tone for the genre in the 80's. Also the last memoir of guitar virtuoso Randy Rhoads.
- 8. Moving Pictures - 1982 by Rush
It feels like a 70's album, but the Prog Rock movement still had some serious life in the early 80's. Possibly best represented here.
- 7. Kick - 1987 by INXS
I happen to like another of their's better, but I think most will agree that this was their most noteworthy work. It made an impression.
- 6. Murmur - 1983 by REM
This album may be a sleeper in the mass popularity department, but long-time fans often pick this as a favorite.
- 5. Violent Femmes - 1982 by Violent Femmes
One of the kings of college radio. Still holds up to the test of time. Such a whacked-out sense of humor inside.
- 4. Zenyatta Mondatta - 1980 by The Police
If you haven't noticed before, pay attention to how good the musicianship is on this album. The drumming will blow you away.
- 3. Disintegration - 1989 by The Cure
The "Magnum opus of despair". When Robert Smith must have still been very depressed.
- 2. War - 1983 by U2
U2 still in their more raw state. At the peak of their early work and on the cusp of their big-time breakthrough.
- 1. Rio - 1982 by Duran Duran
Never dreamed I would like this album so much until I heard it. Perhaps the New Wave "Dark Side of the Moon". Pops immediately to mind when you think "80's music".
So hard to select so few...
By: Peeled Knuckle
- 10. Double Fantasy, Imagine by John Lennon
Not much you can say about these 2. Both work of art.
- 9. Run DMC by Run DMC
Every song on that album was excellent the begining of Rap music in the main stream. HardTimes, and RockBox were my favorites.
- 8. Green by REM
First heard "Its the end of the wolrd" strolling through Syracuse Universty campus it was blaring on huge speakers on the porch of a phrat house, I bought the album their after.
- 7. Dream Of The Blue Turtles by Sting
May not be a leading candidate but I liked it.
- 6. War by U2
Pretty much what all the other raters said.
- 5. The The by Soul Minning
Matt Johnson one of the pioneers of using the studio as an instrument. One of the first to use looping in studio, wrote all the music and words. He is a genius.
- 4. So by Peter Gabriel
Haunting, poetic, upbeat and love songs this album has it all.
- 3. Graceland by Paul Simon
Leave it to Paul Simon to bring African music to the forfront of American music mainstream.
- 2. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
A Smiths classic, Morrissey lyrics and Johnny Marrs guitars a must have album for any 80's buff.
- 1. Thriller by Michael Jackson
I dont care for the nutcase, but that album was good. Didn't everyone want the leather jackets he wore back then?
The 80's were a good time with all kinds of music happening. The late 1980's hair bands were a little much. Thank God for Kurt Cobain and the Seatle music scene. So we never have to hear Poison, Motley Crue or any of that other shite again.
By: Matthew Thomas
- 10. Provision by Scritti Politti
Harshly reviewed by some, this 1988 album is under-appreciated and becomes really addictive, with "Oh Patti(don't feel sorry for loverboy)", "First Boy In This Town(lovesick)" and "Boom! There She Was".
- 9. The Lonesome Jubilee by John Cougar Mellencamp
Arguably his best album, with "Paper In Fire", "Cherry Bomb" & "Check It Out".
- 8. So by Peter Gabriel
Contained the hits "Sledgehammer", "Big Time" & "Don't Give Up". Great album.
- 7. Over The Edge by Hurricane
Unfortunatly short-lived hair-metal band that only released an EP & 2 full length albums. This great 1988 album contained the Alice Cooper cover "I'm Eighteen" and strong songs "Spark In My Heart", "I'm On To You" & title track. Lead singer Kelly Hansen reappeared in 1998 on Unruly Child's "Waiting For The Sun" album.
- 6. Love An Adventure by Pseudo Echo
New-Wave Synth band from Melbourne, Australia released this great album in 1986. The american version offers a slightly different track listing & contains the smash "Funky Town". Anyone into Depeche Mode should appreciate Brian Canham's deeply erotic voice. A decent compilation "Best Adventures" appeared in 1995, and the band released "Teleporter" in 2000, which has the brilliant new songs "1985" & "Lesson In Love No. 1".
- 5. Out Of The Cellar by Ratt
Catchy first full-length album by an under-appreciated hair metal band. No filler, just addictive songs, esp. "Round And Round", "I'm Insane" & "Lack Of Communication". Anyone vaguely interested in Ratt but has yet to purchase any of their albums must buy "Ratt & Roll 8191" - a brilliant 19 track collection.
- 4. Back For The Attack by Dokken
My favourite Dokken album; 13 tracks including "Kiss Of Death", "Standing In The Shadows" & "Dream Warriors" from "A Nightmare On Elm St. III - Dream Warriors".
- 3. Faith by George Michael
Grammy Awards "Album Of The Year" in 1987. Includes "Faith", "Father Figure" & "I Want Your Sex".
- 2. The Final by Wham!
"Best Of" includes remixes & extended versions of George & Andrew's hits - "Wham Rap!(enjoy what you do?)", "Everything She Wants(remix)" & "Last Christmas(pudding mix)". I first purchased this when released in 1986 on cassette & played it to shreds. The CD has different versions of some songs and is without "Blue(armed with love)" due to space limitations.
- 1. Dead Man's Party by Oingo Boingo
Their most mainstream album contained the songs "Weird Science", "Stay" & title track. Brilliant band that deserved far more credit.
Weren't songs with brackets following the titles popular? (Just ask Wham!) Honourable mentions must go to Duran Duran - "Decade", Madonna - "The Immaculate Collection", The Cure - "Standing On A Beach", The Beastie Boys - "Paul's Boutique" & RUN D.M.C. - "Tougher Than Leather".
By: Orlando Baez
- 10. Among The Living by Anthrax
This Is The Album That Broke It Big For Anthrax. This Is Good Moshing Material And It Has Alot Of Crowd Favorites.
- 9. L.A. Guns by L.A. Guns
this is glam rock as raw as it gets
- 8. ...Open Up And Say Ahh! by Poison
glam rocks hottest band'S hottest release.
- 7. Back In Black by AC/DC
Debut album for Brian Johnson as lead singer, this album has more hits than any other AC/DC release, it has the most played "live" material too.
- 6. Blizzard Of Ozz by Ozzy Osbourne
this is ozzy'S first solo release and is also his best, long live randy rhodes, one of the best guitarists ever, ozzy plays more songs off of this album "live" than any other.
- 5. Hysteria by Def Leppard
this album is just hit after hit after hit...etc...
- 4. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son by Iron Maiden
this concept album by my alltime favorite band is unique. im not sure what the message behind this album is, but I love the music.
- 3. Dr. Feelgood by Motley Crue
the bad boys from L.A.'S finnest release.
- 2. Appetite For Destruction by Guns 'N' Roses
the best L.A. band that was is and forever will be, the debut album for this california quintet, when "welcome to the jungle" came out it just blew people away.
- 1. ...And Justice For All by Metallica
this album has been my alltime favorite metal album ever since it came out in 1988. it is absolutely perfect. this is the album that oppened the doors for metallica, and they had their first hit and video for "one", A song inspired by the old movie..."johny got his gun".
By: Xavier Garcia
- 10. Spring session M by Missing Persons
another album that should be at the top of this list. Yet another record that really defines the "80's".
- 9. All Albums by The Smiths
they really should be at no.1
- 8. All Of Them by Cabaret Voltaire
There are so many albums by these guys, you just have to find it, listen to it, and you will know
- 7. Making Movies by Dire Straits
The only album by them that really was great and worth purchasing.
- 6. Upstairs At Eric's by Yaz
another keyboard, DMX-7 type album that made you dance
- 5. Evolution by Journey
Is this from the eighties?...oh well,...a great album nevertheless
- 4. Architecture by OMD
Someone in college got me into listening to this groups' keyboard layered music that, at the time, was different and fresh.
- 3. Soul Mining by The The
The definitive dance album. It was just cool to be listening to this tape
- 2. Sandinistas by The Clash
an underated double album. its been re-issued recently. great for your collection
- 1. Rhythm of Youth by Men without Hats
This is an album that really brings out the real sounds of the eighties. no matter what decade your ears are pluged into.
- 10. Faith by George Michael
The song "Father Figure" is the best one on this album.
- 9. Like A Virgin by Madonna
Madonna really can sing...
- 8. Whiplash Smile by Billy Idol
A great find his best yet...
- 7. Let's Dance by David Bowie
This album makes anyone want to dance...
- 6. Syncronicity by The Police
My favorite album that they did.
- 5. Pyromania by Def Leppard
Their best album to date.
- 4. Decade by Duran Duran
The best band of the 80's...their best songs...
- 3. 1984 by Van Halen
The best of 1984...
- 2. Rebel Yell by Billy Idol
- 1. Madonna by Madonna
Is there an album where you can truly love every song?
All of these albums are truly worth buying.
By: Nick Hytrek
- 10. Heart by Heart
For about three months in the 80s, this was the only tape I listened to. I couldn't get enough of it.
- 9. Heaven On Earth by Belinda Carlisle
Yes, it's pure pop, but man was it catchy. The title song still stops me when I hear it. She was so hot, too.
- 8. Diesel And Dust by Midnight Oil
This had such a different edge than any of the other music out at the time. These guys always helped spur my creativity when I had to write essays for English classes in college.
- 7. Man Of Colors by Icehouse
I love this tape. The songs that were hits were awesome, but some of the best songs never made it to the radio. A real soothing sound that always helped ease my stress.
- 6. Play Deep by The Outfield
Just about everyone I knew had this tape. The guitar sounds were so different from other pop bands. One of the bands I miss the most.
- 5. Scenes From The Southside by Bruce Hornsby And The Range
Their second album was every bit as good as the first. The piano work on this album is amazing. Bruce writes some of the greatest songs in the world.
- 4. 5150 by Van Halen
I know, I know, it's Sammy Hagar. But this album still rocked. I'll never forget the first time I played this tape. "Hello, baby." Awesome. I still get goosebumps listening to it.
- 3. Licensed To Ill by Beastie Boys
What a change from the norm this album was. My friends and I all could recite Paul Revere along with the tape. This was the ultimate party tape for us for a long time.
- 2. Hysteria by Def Leppard
This album simply rocked. I'll always remember the summer I graduated from high school with these songs.
- 1. The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby And The Range
One of the most well-written albums of the 80s. Every song is just beautiful. This was such a different sound when it came out that it jumped out and grabbed me.
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