Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums

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

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  • 10. So Red The Rose by Arcadia
  • 9. The Dreams Of The Blue Turtles by Sting
  • 8. Kick by INXS
  • 7. Down Under by Men At Work
  • 6. Control by Janet Jackson
  • 5. London Calling by The Clash
  • 4. Synchronicity by The Police
  • 3. Like A Prayer by Madonna
  • 2. Purple Rain by Prince & The Revolution
  • 1. The Joshua Tree by U2
By: Chris
By: Jason Owens
By: Sherry
  • 10. Rhythm Nation by Janet Jackson
    This album has many tracks without breaks between the songs. The theme of the album is constant, and the songs so original.
  • 9. Heaven On Earth by Belinda Carlisle
    This is a great album to listen to. The songs are very catchy and well-written.
  • 8. Thriller by Michael Jackson
    This is a total classic album for almost everyone who was young in the 80's. The songs on here can be very dance-oriented as well as mellow. His voice was as good as ever.
  • 7. Bad by Michael Jackson
    This album is even better than Thriller! It has more songs and more styles.
  • 6. Whitney Houston by Whitney Houston
    Her first album contains many great songs which are mostly midtempo. It also includes several number one ballads.
  • 5. True Blue by Madonna
  • 4. Touch by Eurythmics
    This is the best Eurythmics album. It is a cross between 80's pop and early techno. The songs are all individually good.
  • 3. Like A Prayer by Madonna
    Madonna offers everything on her fourth album. While there is regular pop, there is also elements of classical music and funk. This is Madonna's best album of the 80's.
  • 2. Faith by George Michael
    The very talented George put out an incredible album. Every song is great. These fun yet serious songs have a lot to them. This is an album that never gets old.
  • 1. Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey
As you can see I like mostly pop/rock music. But these are my favorites. Each album has special meaning to me and cannot be forgotten.
  • 10. Parallel Lines by Blondie
    This must have been 80's. Isn't Debbie Harry great. I realy love this album. It reminds me of my first holiday. My dad fancied her. I now have the album courtesy of him, nicked it from is record collection.
  • 9. So by Peter Gabriel
    I once had someone ring me to book him on a flight and they asked me to notify the Airport of his VIP status. I must have been half asleep and asked them who he was. If that wasn't bad enough when she said he was an artist I asked her if he was a painter. I remenber she said 'no as in the lead singer of Genesis' I could have died!
  • 8. Singles Collection by Spandau Ballet
    Do greatest hits albums count? Much as it pains me to say what being in the Duran camp, Spandau Ballet did some right good tunes most of which are on here
  • 7. New Jersey by Bon Jovi
    I'll Be There For You....sigh....happy memories!
  • 6. The Kick Inside by Kate Bush
    Her debut album. I love Kates music and her voice is unique. I think she is a very talented musician - just wish she would release another album.
  • 5. Appetite For Destruction by Guns & Roses Think About You. Takes me back
  • 4. 101 by Depeche Mode
    Got this with a record voucher for my birthday one year. Bought It cause my best friend liked them. Love everything on the album the energy of the performance come over when you play it.
  • 3. So Red The Rose by Arcadia
    Okay there seems to be a pattern developing here. What can I say I'm a big fan. But this is very good. This one's in my walkman. Sorry, personal stereo. Showing my age there
  • 2. Seven & The Ragged Tiger by Duran Duran
    This and Rio are always on my CD player so I have to include it. It shows the diversity of the band I love it. Especialy the slow bass in Tiger Tiger
  • 1. Rio by Duran Duran
    Has to be. It is such a fantastic album...enough said
These might not be the best 10 but these are my best 10.
By: paulie
By: kye monismith
  • 10. 1984 by Van Halen
    this band created an 80's classic that i believe was the best arena rock album ever. with roth's humor and eddie van halen's guitar riffs, this is always a joy to listen to.
  • 9. Hysteria by Def Leppard
    this album was the ultimate hair band album of the 80's. when i listen to this album i think of it as a greatest hits record, there are so many good songs one after another.
  • 8. Thriller by Michael Jackson
    first album i received as a kid became one of the best variety of pop songs put together on one record. this should be on every 80's top ten.
  • 7. Kick by INXS
    this aussie band hit their peak and made an album that had been in the making for over a decade. michael hutchence wrote songs with sexual energy, political awareness, and knowing how to have a good time.
  • 6. Songs From The Big Chair by Tears For Fears
    my favorite new wave band created my favorite album in junior high. when i look back at the mid 80's, this band created an image and sound that had a major effect on me at the time.
  • 5. 90125 by yes
    this album by yes was their best effort, and proved that a band can have huge success even though they made major changes to their lineup.
  • 4. Moving Pictures by Rush
    here is their masterpiece where this canadian band was able to combine their heavy metal roots of the 70's with 80's progressive rock.
  • 3. Synchronicity by The Police
    at the age of ten, this was the first supergroup i became familiar with. sting and the boys mixed intelligent lyrics with pop music ahead of its time.
  • 2. War by U2
    this is the best album i have ever heard that mixed political issues and religious themes. psalm 40 became my favorite psalm because of this album.
  • 1. The Joshua Tree by U2
    before i heard this album or any u2 album for that matter, i read a 1987 article in time featuring u2 and they instantly became my favorite band.
By: jeff
  • 10. Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth
    Guitar mangling as an art form. The noise is as dense as the trash on New York's streets, but the riffs are as big as its skyscrapers.
  • 9. Meat Puppets II by Meat Puppets
    Punk rock as hillbilly noodling. Perfect for wading in puddles under the hot Arizona sun.
  • 8. The Pretenders by The Pretenders
    The punk-rock-chick-as-a-sex-object archetype emerges with Chrissie Hynde, but you can't have her 'cause she's too precious, baby...
  • 7. The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses
    Dance and rock collide with hooks, rhythms, and brilliant ideas spilling out to create a painiting as wonderous as the albums splatter-art cover, proving once again that when rock looks dead, drugs, no matter how destructive, can give it a swift kick in the ass.
  • 6. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
    "To die by your side, well, the pleasure, the privilage is mine." Morrissey proves that love and mortality can be as beautiful as they are depressing.
  • 5. Zen Arcade by Husker Du
    Adolescence as a trip from hell to heaven, but when you get there Bob Mould screams at you to wake up out of your dream.
  • 4. Doolittle by The Pixies
    Freaks and extraterrestrials live peacefully inside Black Francis' (Frank Black) head, but they come out in the form of kamikaze surfers. The ultimate tortured soul album.
  • 3. Rain Dogs by Tom Waits
    Lowlifes, desparate lovers, dreamers, and all-in-all lonely people wander the city streets in search of something unknown. Best played loud while alone in a car or apartment in New York City around midnight in July with the windows open.
  • 2. Psychocandy by The Jesus And Mary Chain
    What if the Ronettes played guitars and took speed? By turing up the distortion and the volume over sweet pop melodies, the JAMC will make you sing along cheerfully while your ears bleed.
  • 1. Let It Be by The Replacements
    Paul Westerberg and his band and put their souls on the line while playing beautiful sloppy rock n roll. The closest thing to the fountain of youth.
By: Walter Fraga
  • 10. Apetite For Destruction by Gun's N' Roses
    I hate these guys for what they did in Montreal when I went to see them. Unfortunately I have to mention this album because it was great.
  • 9. Paul's Boutique by Beastie Boys
    One of the only rap albums I could still listen to.
  • 8. Seventh Son Of The Seventh Son by Iron Maiden
    Great lyrics, songs and voice. This band had it all back then, the mystical aurora, the album covers ... Wow!
  • 7. And Justice For All by Metallica
    I was really into the heavy stuff back then, and this record was it. Great from begining to end. Everybody had a T-Shirt with this album cover back then.
  • 6. 1984 by Van Halen
    In my opinion, the intire record is not great. But on the songs that do it has to be mentionned on the top 10.
  • 5. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
    Loved this guy back then. What a great 80's record this was. These guy should could rock. They really shined on this album
  • 4. Nirvana by Robert Plant
    The lead singer of Led Zeppelin shows that he still had it in him to rock on this record.
  • 3. Back In Black by AC/DC
    Sounds more like a 70's record but it was released in 1980. Solid rock album from A to Z.
  • 2. Pump by Aerosmith
    After Permanent Vacation, these boys made an incredible comeback. It's on this record that they tell the world that they are back and for good.
  • 1. Josuha Tree by U2
    Greatest band of the 80's. Incredible album, it took me a while to get into the songs after the three first onces. But now I love the whole record.
By: Josh
  • 10. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
    Early Bon Jovi = Best Bon Jovi
  • 9. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses
    A few outstanding songs.
  • 8. Falco 3 by Falco
    Rock me Amadeus was amazing. Can't think of a song that is similar to this one! It was ahead of its time!
  • 7. First And Last And Always by Sisters Of Mercy
    Black Planet and Marian the outstanding tracks of this one. Listening to it created a unique mood.
  • 6. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
    Wish you were here is definitely one of the best songs of the decade and ever. The whole album presents a very unique style.
  • 5. Shout At The Devil by Motley Crue
    This band at their best! Too youg too fall in love is just a killer!
  • 4. Poison by Alice Cooper
    One of the few albums were you almost every song is worth listening to. That needs to be appreciated.
  • 3. High And Dry by Def Leppard
    Bringing on the heartbreak is one of the first real killer ballads! The rest of the album is great as well! Just listen to Mirror, mirror, Let it go, High'n'Dry and Another hit and run and you'll believe me!
  • 2. Pyromania by Def Leppard
    Every single song is a success. Pyromania was the beginning of melodic rock, it was actually a milestone in rock history as it defined a new genre.
  • 1. Hysteria by Def Leppard
    Here again the strength of this band is to produce an album with no or hardly any fillers. That's fair I'd say for the CD-buyer ;-) Again an album that was an often copied original. An album of which you can't say which song was best as all of them are great!

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