Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums
What are your top ten favorite albums from the 80s?
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By: Special D
- 10. Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits
This mid-80's classic started with easily the most memorable riff of the decade "Money for Nothing" and closed with the obligatory cold war lament of "Brothers in Arms". Succintly encapsulates the feeling of this era.
- 9. Slide It In by Whitesnake
Alright, so David Coverdale didn't have the most sophisticated themes in his lyrics but no one sang about "love" with more passion, and, there is not a more gritty, down and dirty song this decade than Slow N' Easy.
- 8. Abacab by Genesis
"Me and Sarah Jane", "Keep it Dark", and " Like it or Not" are some of the unheralded gems of this early-eighties classic.
- 7. Synchronicity by The Police
So many great albums by this group but this was the best produced and most musically sophisticated, ambitious and mature of all their releases.
- 6. The Joshua Tree by U2
Just a terrific bunch of songs which cover several areas of the rock and roll landscape.
- 5. Asia by Asia
John Wetton-excellent voice, Carl Palmer-the best drummer in the business, this album perfectly utilizes the respective songwriting and playing skills of the multi-talented members of this band.
- 4. Tattoo You by Rolling Stones
Side one has the hard hitters but what truly makes this album a classic is the balance provided by the moody ballads on the second side.
- 3. Moving Pictures by Rush
The Canadian trio perfected their trend of downsizing and economizing their songs (which started on their previous album Permanent Waves) and the listener experiences the gamut of emtions while listening to this moody and atmospheric masterpiece.
- 2. Back In Black by AC/DC
A true testament to the staying power of this album is the fact that several cuts off of it are still played at various sporting events across the country to this day......and the tunes sound just as good as ever.
- 1. 1984 by Van Halen
The band reaches it's apex on this album providing a perfect coda to the Roth era (current reunion rumors aside). This is the defining music for the "feel-good" times of the 80's and still sounds impeccable to this day.
- 10. Motorhead Live by Motorhead
just in case
- 9. Tubeway Army by Tubeway Army
oops overdone the speed again
- 8. Londons Calling by The Clash
rock the casbah !!!!!!
- 7. Hunky Dory by Bowie
- 6. Fireside Favourites by Fad Gadget
too much speed
- 5. Setting Sons by The Jam
stop dreaming of the quiet life
- 4. Dare by The Human League
dont have to say much
- 3. The Top by The Cure
shagamuff sorry i mean magaluff 1983
- 2. The Specials by The Specials
it does not come better than this
- 1. Rio by Duran Duran
brilliant even if a bit over produced
these albums and 2 ton of speed, thats the 80s for a Blackpool lad
By: DANIEL THOMPSON
- 10. Appetite For Destruction by Guns 'N' Roses
too bad they couldn't last forever
- 9. Greatest Hits 1982 - 1989 by Chicago
the went under after this one
- 8. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
two classics along with many other good songs
- 7. Like A Virgin by Madonna
she was the bomb back then
- 6. Pyromania by Def Leppard
5 smash hits from this one
- 5. Bad by Michael Jackson
still A lot of hits on this one
- 4. Whitney Houston by Whitney Houston
she was beautiful back then
- 3. Reckless by Bryan Adams
summer of '69, heaven, and on and on and on and on . . .
- 2. The Collection by Amy Grant
she is the top christian singer of all time and these are her best up to this point
- 1. Thriller by Michael Jackson
easily the greatest of all time best song of all time is beat it
The 80'S is where it is at. Michael and Madonna carried the whole 80'S.
- 10. The Hardline According To... by Terence Trent D'arby
This album broke big...but peel back the layers and ignore the popularity it enjoyed and you'll find the artist who was decade's closest artist to vintage soul music.
- 9. Freaky Styley by The Red Hot Chili Peppers
A great hybrid of rap, funk, punk, and rock produced by George Clinton. Flea played slap bass with a punk aesthetic. Never been done before or since. This album is part Funkadelic, part, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, part Ramones, and part Jimi Hendrix.
- 8. Truth & Soul by Fishbone
This may be the most under rated album of the decade. Enough said.
- 7. Nothing's Shocking by Jane's Addiction
They were alternative when alternative wasn't cool. Out of nowhere, they took their new Velvet Underground influenced ethic and shared it with my generation. Then Perry Farrell formed Lollapalooza and did the same for the next decade.
- 6. Sign O The Times by Prince
He played all the instruments on this double album. A great listening experience.
- 5. Fables Of The Reconstruction by REM
This album created a huge buzz while staying out of the mainstream. This band showed the populous that indie bands existed.
- 4. Electric by The Cult
The best of British style married to the best of American rock. A powerful album...
- 3. It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back by Public Enemy
The "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band" of Rap...hands down.
- 2. The Joshua Tree by U2
This album was a defining moment both for the band as well as their listeners...the peak of U2, with Achtung Baby not far behind in the 90's.
- 1. Purple Rain by Prince & The Revolution
A blend of Rock, Soul, R & B, Funk, Jazz, and New Wave. Music made for all people from all elements that created it's own counterculture.
By: Greg Holmes
I collect alot of early 80's Metal Bands, these are among my Favorites, there are alot more, but these take the cake...Rock on!!!!
By: Wolfgang Parker
- 10. Watermark by Enya
Peaceful and different from 80's music. Enya's best album to date.
- 9. Appetite For Destruction by Guns 'n' Roses
One of the greatest rock albums ever.
- 8. Nothing's Shocking by Jane's Addiction
Set the standard for 90's alternative rock. This album rocks!
- 7. Technique by New Order
Awesome dance songs mixed with perfect pop songs.
- 6. Disintegration by The Cure
Hypnotic, jaw-dropping, beautiful tracks (i.e. Pictures of You). The album is a veritable goth-epic.
- 5. So by Peter Gabriel
Songs like "Big Time" capture the hedonistic attitude of the 80s. Totally original, inventive, pioneering sound; creative, thoughtful, and provocative.
- 4. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
The Smith's best album, which itself says something.
- 3. Black Celebration by Depeche Mode
From the opening title track, this album takes the listener on an amazing journey through darkness to light (But Not Tonight is awe-inspiring).
- 2. The Joshua Tree by U2
Beautiful epic songs. The definative U2 album.
- 1. Substance by New Order
Simply amazing! The cover is awesome, the music is excellent, and it best represents the decade. Features the best songs of a legendary band.
80's music was more single oriented, so choosing the best albums was hard. Top 10 80's singles: 1)Eyes of a Stranger-Payola$ 2)Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream)-Icicle Works 3)Temptation-New Order 4)But Not Tonight-Depeche Mode 5)Pictures of You-The Cure 6)Melt With You-Modern English 7)Nowhere Girl-B Movie 8)The Promise-When in Rome 9)Don't Change-INXS 10)In God's Country-U2. I know I'm forgetting a lot of songs...oh well.
By: Jukka Hiltunen
- 10. Holy Diver by Dio
Best what Ronnie James made after Sabbath
- 9. For Those About To Rock by AC / DC
Well,what can you say about rock
- 8. Bark At The Moon by Ozzy Osbourne
OZZY is next to god because LEMMY is GOD
- 7. No Sleep Till Hammersmith by Motorhead
Best live album
- 6. Ride The Lightning by Metallica
Fast and furious
- 5. Balls To The Wall by Accept
- 4. Ram It Down by Judas Priest
Halford got the VOICE
- 3. 1984 by Van Halen
- 2. Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden
- 1. Back In Black by AC/DC
The greatest album of the decade
Ramones all the stuff what they made
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