Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums
What are your top ten favorite albums from the 80s?
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By: Daniel Lee
- 10. Pyromania by Def Leppard
- 9. Crimson Glory by Crimson Glory
- 8. Don't Break The Oath by Mercyfull Fate
- 7. Piece Of Mind by Iron Maiden
- 6. Hall Of The Mountain King by Savatage
- 5. Fair Warning by Van Halen
- 4. Metal Church by Metal Church
- 3. When Dream And Day Unite by Dream Theater
- 2. Hysteria by Def Leppard
- 1. Rage For Order by Queensryche
Odd list isn't it?
By: Luke And Daniel
- 10. Whispering Jack by John Farnham
An Aussie legend!!!
- 9. The Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden
- 8. ...And Justice For All by Metallica
- 7. Pump by Aerosmith
- 6. Skid Row by Skid Row
- 5. Open Up And Say.... Ahh!!! by Poison
- 4. Back In Black by AC/DC
- 3. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
- 2. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses
- 1. New Jersey by Bon Jovi
Rock sucks today. Bring back the big hair bands.
By: Thomas C.
- 10. Done By The Forces Of Nature by Jungle Brothers
Not really a fan of these guys, but I have to say this is a brilliant album, full of morality tales, infectious dance tracks and a great feel-good vibe
- 9. Enjoy Yourself by Kylie Minogue
"Wouldn't Change A Thing" is my favourite Kylie track... call me a sad git!
- 8. Run-DMC by Run-DMC
"Rock Box" is the best track on the album- it's so funky, and it's nice to hear the original unedited "It's Like That".
- 7. The Whole Story by Kate Bush
A wonderful mental journey to 19th Century rural England depicting the powerful emotions of love lying buried and ashamed underneath Victorian Conservative values.
- 6. The Message by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
"The Message" is a Rap classic- its themes, it's structure, and attitude are top notch. Also on the album "Freedom" and "It's Nasty" provide light relief and wonderful party vibes
- 5. L:ike A Prayer by Madonna
O.K., "Like A Prayer" is probably the most overplayed and over-rated Madonna track, but it's still a good song, I really chose this for "Cherish" though.
- 4. Rio by Duran Duran
I'd say this was Duran Duran's most exotic album, and their most funky.
- 3. Dare by The Human League
A brilliant first foray into the more soulful side of the Human League, with sophisticated lyrics and storytelling, and drops plenty of wisdom.
- 2. Paid In Full by Eric B. & Rakim
Rakim is without a doubt the best Rapper. His lyrics and rhymes are just guaranteed to stay with you- and add to that he doesn't try too hard or inject gratuitous profanity, sexism or violence into this album.
- 1. Martika by Martika
O.K. many people may disagree with this choice, but I LOVE Martika!!! For a Teen Diva album, this has some quite intelligent lyrics in "Water" and "Toy Soldiers"
This list was pretty hard to narrow down- I absolutely LOVE all music from the 80s, from all Genres...
By: Driver 8
- 10. War by U2
The easy choice would be "The Joshua Tree," but this album displayed all the qualities of "Tree," but an additional helping of naivete and innocence.
- 9. Shoot Out The Lights by Richard & Linda Thompson
You can hear the dissolution of their marriage on this album. It doesn't entertain as much as it involves.
- 8. Appettite For Destruction by Guns 'N Roses
One of the most dangerous sounding albums of this, or any, era.
- 7. Making Movies by Dire Straits
Knopfler has never sounded more focused. Intricate playing and knowing lyrics.
- 6. In My Tribe by 10,000 Maniacs
Social commentary served, not preached, by the voice of an angel.
- 5. Lonesome Jubilee by John Mellencamp
The album that proved that the predecessor, "Scarecrow" was no fluke. Served as the pinnacle of his three-record run ("Scarecrow," "Jubilee" and "Big Daddy") of Heartland-rock that could be stacked up against any trio from the 80's.
- 4. Tim by Replacements
"...Dreams unfulfilled, graduate unskilled/It beats pickin' cotton and waitin' to be forgotten..."
- 3. Fables Of the Reconstruction by R.E.M.
Murmur, Reckoning, Pageant, Document, Green...You really couldn't go wrong with any of them, but I choose the unheralded masterpiece. 60's Dylan-esque tales of Southern folklore woven into Reagan-era post-punk with perfect harmony.
- 2. Paul's Boutique by Beastie Boys
A sonic collage from out of nowhere. In a perfect world this would have been the album the album that people know them for.
- 1. London Calling by Clash
Technically it came out in 12/79, but it defined the 80's for me. Punk, ska, reggae, pop, it has it all. My favorite album of all-time; My favorite band of all-time.
I could probably fill the list with U2, R.E.M. and 'Mats records, but I limited myself to one by each...I'll also kick myself later for not including "Violent Femmes."
By: Dave Giles
- 10. The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses
- 9. Welcome To The Pleasuredome by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
- 8. Infected by The The
- 7. Standing On A Beach by The Cure
- 6. Picture Book by Simply Red
- 5. Kings Of The Wild Frontier by Adam & The Ants
- 4. Kick by INXS
- 3. First (The Sound Of Music) by Then Jerico
- 2. Once Upon A Time by Simple Minds
- 1. The Unforgettable Fire by U2
Near misses include; Please - Pet Shop Boys, Joshua Tree - U2, Scoundrel Days - A-ha. Difficult one this. If I did it tomorrow there would probably be a different list.
- 10. Silk And Steel by Guiffria
- 9. Gutter Ballet by Savatage
- 8. Pyromania by Def Leppard
- 7. 1984 by Van Halen
- 6. Contagious by Y&T
San Francisco band. Very underated. One of the only albums you can still get by them.
- 5. Bark At The Moon by Ozzy Osbourne
- 4. The Lizard by Saigon Kick
Very original band. Beatles meets metallica meets a barbershop quartet, unreal
- 3. Mechanical Resonance by Tesla
- 2. Blue Murder by Blue Murder
Just a great continuation of the Whitesnake CD
- 1. 1987 by Whitesnake
Simply the best production, songwriting and playing out there
- 10. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
This is a good album with good rock songs, and.. i don´t know this album have a good feeling you know
- 9. Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden
the first bruce dickinson album, and maybe the best, with song like number of the beast, run to the hills, hallowed by the name and children of the damned
- 8. The Real Thing by Faith No more
This is a real crossover album, a metal riffs of guitar, a great funk sound on the bass, a drummer that can play anything and marks the sound, an ambience and density sound on the keyboards,and how to forget a overpowering voice of mike patton
- 7. Beneath The Remains by Sepultura
was the first album that continuous with the chemical of the Slayer master piece reigh in blood, sepultura reached a high level and maturity, also in this album you can listen the best drummer ever max cavalera
- 6. High N' Dry by Def Leppard
The most powerful riffs of the eighties, an excellent synchronise on the guitars and a killer voice of joe
- 5. Reign In Blood by Slayer
an album that influenced and showed to other band how to do trash metal
- 4. Ride The Lightning by Metallica
this album is my favorite matallica´s album, this is a very strange album have a sound that could sound different than the others metallica´s album but is a fancy album that had cliff as it´s lead man.
- 3. ...And Justice For All by Metallica
an album that showed all the powerful of metallica, strong and fast songs
- 2. Hysteria by Def Leppard
What can i said? seven hits and the most grandiose tour ever of rock
- 1. Pyromania by Def Leppard
ten song full of rock n roll heavy metal british, primary, the golden years of music
well first of all i don´t speak english so if there is any mistake sorry, i tried to do my best, and i think that the eighties was the real time of the rock music, right now the music is mediocre and poor.
- 10. Substance by New Order
This may be more or less a "best of" album I suppose, but it is one of my favorites
- 9. Music for the Masses by Depeche Mode
Yes they deserve another spot, simply because all their albums are phenomenal!
- 8. Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret by Soft Cell
All their best on one disc!
- 7. Nine Inch Nails by Pretty Hate Machine
yes it was in the eighties, I listen to this one all the time
- 6. Darklands by Jesus and Mary Chain
I think JAMC were a hugely underrated group!
- 5. Peep Show by Siouxsie and the Banshees
- 4. The Smiths by Hatful of Hollow
- 3. The Pixies by Doolittle
Ok this is pushing 90's but it still comes in, an excellent album along with "Sufer Rosa"
- 2. Disintegration by The Cure
The Best Cure album, although "Pornography" is a close second.
- 1. Black Celebration by Depeche Mode
Favorite album from my most favourite group! A definte turning point for DM
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