Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums

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

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By: Headbanger
  • 10. Garbage by Alice Cooper
  • 9. Ride the Lightening by Mettalica
  • 8. Back In Black by AC/DC
  • 7. Shout at the Devil by Motley Crue
  • 6. Injustice for all by Mettalica
  • 5. Bark at the Moon by Ozzy Osbourne
  • 4. Iron Maiden by Iron Maiden
  • 3. Blizzard of Oz by Ozzy Osbourne
  • 2. Powerslave by Iron Maiden
    Excellent!!! Almost as good as number of the beast.
  • 1. The Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden
    Hands down the best metal album ever made. Contains the hits "Hallowed be thy name", "Run to the hills", "22 Acacia Avenue", "the Number of the Beast", and "Invaders". Gotta get this, or you JUST AIN'T A SCUMDOG!!!
By: Shane Swearingen
  • 10. Double Nickles on the Dime by The Minute Men
    This album was actually concieved as an answer to the album I have at #9, but the end result sounds far different. 40+ songs, usually clocking in somewhere between the 1 and 2 minute mark featuring some awe-inspiring grooves, witty (and often funny) social commentary, and the occasional guitar solo. Ideal driving music.
  • 9. Zen Arcade by Husker Du
    The first band to combine the speed and intensity of hardcore punk with guitar-heroism and classic pop hooks, not to mention 2 singer-songwriters in guitarist bob mould and drummer grant hart, each with his distinct style and voice. I'm hard-pressed to pick a favorite album, but if you put a gun to my head, I'd probably take this, with 1985's classic "New Day Rising" and 1987's far more polished and poppy-but everybit as good "Warehouse: Songs and Stories" coming in close behind. The songs on zen arcade are incredibly diverse but can be initially off-putting due to the seeming unevenness or lack of cohesion. Punk tunes like "Broken Home/Broken Heart", "Chartered Trips", and the raging "The Biggest Lie" are tempered by weird expiraments ("Hare Krshna", "The Toothfairy and the Princess", "Dreams Reoccurring"(reprised as "Reoccurring Dreams", a live 13-minute jam)), more straightforward pop songs ("Somewhere", "Standing by the Sea", "Pink turns to Blue" and the heartbreaking "Whatever"), even a couple of uncharacteristically gentle piano ballads in "One Step at a Time" and "Monday will never be the Same". A landmark album that breaks away from hardcore tradition to create something infinitely more intesting.
  • 8. Remain in Light by Talking Heads
    The greatest album by one of the greatest bands of all time. Side 1 is upbeat and full of killer dance tunes, while side 2 is a darker more reflective listening experience, but it's all equally enjoyable.
  • 7. 3 Ft. High & Rising by De La Soul
    Hip-hop? Hippies? Makes sense.
  • 6. Let It Be by The Replacements
    When I think of The Replacements, I think of beer. Beer for breakfast, beer for lunch, beer as therapy, beer as consolidation, beer as a means of enlightenment, beer as life-affirming celebration, beer as beer...and dammit it makes me thirsty.
  • 5. The Queen is Dead by The Smiths
    Morrissey, Marr, and the less important guys(just kidding...Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke will get their mention here) create a pop tour de force about anarchy,lonliness, homosexuality, suicide, homicide, great britain, and the joys of literature, whilst marr creates a lush, harmonious, largely ambient atmosphere, that nicely contrasts morrissey's eccentric voice and bizzare, but cutting lyrics, as well as joyce and rourke's driving rythms. bloody essential!
  • 4. Surfer Rosa by The Pixies
    The Pixies formula has been aped by so many bands in the wake of nirvana's success (cobain himself claiming "Teen Spirit" a pixies rip-off) that it's easy to forget just how revolutionary they were. The soft-loud dynamics, the jagged chord progressions, the brilliantly twisted lyrics, the male-female interwoven vocal harmonies, the ability to combine harsh abrasive punk-rock sneering with an unashamed affinity for the classic pop craftsmanship of bands like the beatles and big goes on. Although every pixies album is completely essential, I find this, their full-length debut to be their most consistently satisfying, from the crunchy opener "bone machine" to the calculated cocaphony of "something against you" to the sweet kim deal-sung "gigantic" to the monumental "where is my mind?"(which, in one 80's nostalgia-website music-loving writer's opinion is one of the greatest(as in, like "top 10 greatest ever") songs ever made) to the creepy romantic-longing of "cactus"(recently covered by david bowie), to the shimmering melodic album-closing "brick is red" surfer rosa is a rock & roll classic, the stuff of time capsules.
  • 3. Closer by Joy Division
    The importance and influence of this band cannot be overstated. Although they only put out 2 full-length albums and a number of killer singles, joy division's music is still immitated left and right today, but alas joy division is inimitable, even if they never achieved the commercial success of many of the latter day poachers they would inspire. peter hooks' angular melodic bass-playing, bernard sumner's searing guitar work and ian curtis' dark baritone, intense vocals, and haunting lyrics created an otherworldly sound that simply cannot be duplicated. "closer" is their best album and "24 Hours", it's centerpiece is the most terrifying piece of music I've ever's hard not to make the connection between this song's lyrics(and this whole album, for that matter) and Ian's tragic suicide("got to find my destiny/before it gets too late"). Other highlights include the miserable dance pop of "Isolation", the somber piano-driven "The Eternal", "A Means to an End", and the Closer-closer "Decades", which has one of the greatest synth-riffs of all time and a jaw-droppingly beautiful but incredibly disturbing vocal.
  • 2. Murmur by R.E.M.
    A fuzzy rock masterpiece. It might take awhile for the songs to work their way into your system, but once, they're there, they aren't leaving. Combine icy velvets/joy division-derived drony emotive-yet-detatched melodicism with rootsy jangle pop ala the byrds, and the power-poppery of big star and you have a general idea. But this album doesn't sound like anything that came before or after it...timelessness actually kind of factors into the album's over-all doesn't sound like it came from any specific era, as much as it does an entirely different universe. Essential music.
  • 1. Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth
    This album encompasses all that is great about music. There's so much power and emotion within these songs, that defies logic for me to bother with trying to explain it in this little space...well, here goes: There's a feeling of freedom and possibilities that run throughout this album, a feeling of cathartic open-ended nirvana, equal parts cerebral and visceral; a sonic juggernaught of glorious pop songs drenched in mind-altering feedback and layers of discordent, yet hummable melodies . The guitar-playing is mind-blowingly inventive and abstract without ever getting overly pretensious or indulgent and the rythm section is relentless without being overbaring. The lyrics are wide-ranging and interesting, managing to be universally compelling and incredibly personal, creating a surreal, but intimate atmosphere that sucks you in on first listen and leaves you jonzing for more, as the songs tear away at your skull while you sleep and turn your brain into conflicting disjointed fragments, equally influenced byincessently gorgeous melodies and chaotic white noise.rock.
There's too many great albums too mention, but a few deserving ones include the Bad Brains' "I Against I", The Pretenders' self-titled debut, Dinosaur Jr's "You're Living all over me" and Public Enemy's "It takes a Nation of Millions..."...go ahead, let vh1 cover all the generic new wave, 1-hit noveltys, and shitty hair metal they want. The good music of the 80's(like the good music today) was underground.
By: anjanette
  • 10. Make It Big by Wham
    This cd is so much FUN!!!!
  • 9. Duran Duran by Duran Duran
    The quintessential new romantic gem!
  • 8. Like A Prayer by Madonna
    The best of Madge!!!
  • 7. So Red The Rose by Arcadia
    If you pinned me down, I'd have to say this is my favorite 80's cd
  • 6. Some Great Reward by Depeche Mode
    I love every song on it!
  • 5. Hunting High And Low by A-ha
    I hate "Take On Me" and it's a shame that's all america heard from them!
  • 4. Rio by Duran Duran
    Their best work to date. I love the songs although it was a very slick production
  • 3. Joshua Tree by U2
  • 2. Scoundrel Days by A-ha
    Morten Harket's voice is purely angelic
  • 1. War by U2
    Their best cd.
By: sean
  • 10. Footloose Soundtrack by Various
    this is sooooo cool and so 80's how could you not include this
  • 9. Scarecrow by John Cougar Mellencamp
    another great album from JCM has stood the test of time well
  • 8. 5150 by Van Halen
    a great album
  • 7. True Colours by Cyndi Lauper
    pure 1986 its great
  • 6. Diesel And Dust by Midnight Oil
    A must have in every Aussie kids collection in the mid 80's still stands out today!!!
  • 5. Top Gun Soundtrack by Various
    I love this Album everytime I hear it I'm back in highschool in 1986
  • 4. Like A Virgin by Madonna
    the begining of a legend I reckon this is her best a great 80s Album
  • 3. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
    A great Rock album play it loud
  • 2. Born In The Usa by Bruce Springsteen
    A great album to play really loud especially the song Glory Days
  • 1. The Lonesome Jubilee by John Cougar Mellencamp
    how good is this album!!! its an absoulute masterpiece
By: Oscar San Jose
  • 10. Liquidizer (1989) by Jesus Jones
    The first release of a band with big hits in the early 90's that has returned to life in 2002. Manchester Sound, techno-rock. The inspiration for bands as EMF
  • 9. La Canción de Juan Perro (1987) by Radio Futura
    Spanish rock band mixing traditional rock of the sixties, seventies with latin american and spanish sounds and the modern tecnology,those days, samplers. Produced by the British Jo Dworniak (ex I-Level)
  • 8. Cupid & Psyche 85 by Scritti Politti
    Soul, pop and samplers very well mixed in this cocktail of great tracks.
  • 7. Who is Afraid Of... by The Art Of Noise
    Trevor Horn (ex-Buggles and even ex-Yes) and his friends playing with a Fairlight CMI.
  • 6. Tormenta A Las 10 (1984) by Objetivo Birmania
    Teen and fresh pop songs with a little bit of soul and funk on top of a electronic production based on the legendary Fairlight CMI. The band is maybe only known in Spain.
  • 5. Especially for You by The Smithereens
    Great american rock of the 80's. Suzanne Vega appears on In A Lonely Place.
  • 4. The Lexicon of Love by ABC
    Sofisticated and elegant production by Trevor Horn (Buggles, Yes), for this good collection of pop-white soul songs
  • 3. Reckoning (1984) by REM
    The best work during the 80's of this veteran band.
  • 2. Scale of 10 (1984) by Thomas Leer
    International, Nº.1 Are enough reasons to listen to this album. Electronic ambients( less experimental as previous works, smart lyrics.
  • 1. Black Celebration 1983 by Depeche Mode
    Their darkest work, their best compositions, especially dressed in black again
By: Julie Harris
The 80's was a marvelous time for music as this was when cross cultural samplimg really began.
By: SAM Siddiki
  • 10. Like A Virgin by Madonna
    It wouldnt be fair to miss this one as my old classic
  • 9. Big Country by Big Country
    A beautiful, haunting sound from the Scottish Masters of New Wave Rock
  • 8. Black Celebration by Depeche Mode
    The masters of techno-pop are the indisputable kings in their own rights. I cant be grateful enough that they are still around after two decades of relentless class showing
  • 7. Phantoms by The Fixx
    When you listen to Fixx you have to know it is a band something serious to listen to and to judge that you have to be serious about this album first
  • 6. Thriller by Michael Jackson
    Well! What can I say here. The King of Pop does it like no one can
  • 5. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son by Iron Maiden
    The title track is enough to leave one wondering how far the bounderies of Metal Rock can stretch. This piece of rock leaves you absolutely breathless! Maiden has an average imagination that is way beyond one's wildest imagination
  • 4. Born in the U.S.A by Bruce Springsteen
    Simple lyrics for bourgeois. The average man cant feel average after listening to this marvel. Indeed the best work by the Boss to-date
  • 3. Painkiller by Judas Priest
    Metal at its best. " Touch of Evil" and " One shot at glory" still leave me out of my tracks
  • 2. Flaunt The Imperfect by China Crisis
    For those who missed out on this there is still time to listen to this gem and look for anything short of perfect
  • 1. Scoundrel Days by A-ha
    I just couldnt get enough of this masterpiece in that winter of 1984
By: dave g.
  • 10. Perfect Strangers by Deep Purple
    group reforms back to early line-up to put out a high quality effort! ian gillan is a very under-rated vocalist.
  • 9. Invasion Of Your Privacy by Ratt
    to see ratt on the one hit wonders list makes me sick; put out 3-4 good albums with lots of high quality material!
  • 8. Eliminator by Zz Top
    a blend of hard rock and pop, great songs and billy g. is one hell of a guitar player.
  • 7. Blackout by Scorpions
    a great effort that gave the german band worldwide fame. great songs , vocals and guitar work!
  • 6. Lucky Ones by Loverboy
    ok, maybe they didn't finish that strong, but this album speaks for itself!
  • 5. Too Fast For Love by Motley Crue
    quite an impact for a groups first album. crank it up and wake up the neighbors!
  • 4. Freedom Of Choice by Devo
    the best effort of one of the most under-rated groups ever. although mostly known for "whip it" ( a quality song ), they have 15-20 songs which are even better!
  • 3. Back In Black by Ac/dc
    comeback album after bon scott's death. quite a statement, their best effort ever in my opinion!
  • 2. Moving Pictures by Rush
    their peak between their musical and commercial success. no weak links, quite a trio of musicians.
  • 1. Ride The Lightning by Metallica
    top to bottom a real gem. sure to wake ya up if you're a little sleepy!
By: Marcus Thompson
  • 10. Parallel Lines by Blondie
    Girl could rock and look good doing it. She paved the way for many frontwomen to come is still around today. You go girl!
  • 9. Slip Of The Tounge by Whitesnake
    This album is a treat from start to finish. Have you ever listened to "Still of the Night?" This guy can wail and is backed up by perfect guitar work and song writing. I know it was almost released in the ninties but it barely made it in and that's all that counts.
  • 8. Faith by George Michael
    I may be chastised for this but it was an essential album for my teenage years. I actually wore out the tape 'til it finally broke and I graduated to cd. "I want your sex" and "father figure" defined the late eighties for many.
  • 7. Bad by Michael Jackson
    Music in the eighties, or now for that matter, wouldn't be what it was if it weren't for this man. A unique album with a sound and flare that few could duplicate, not that they didn't try. This has to be on the list. Who's Bad¿!!!
  • 6. Hysteria by Def Lepard
    The peak of 80's glamour rockers, Def Lepard, bombarded listeners with a barrage of hits in rapid succession. Not one song on this album is without merit. You couldn't turn on the radio without hearing these guys.
  • 5. Innocent Man by Billy Joel
    The embodiment of "Singer Song Writer". Que up the ablum, sit back, and relax.
  • 4. Appetite For Distruction by Guns 'n Roses
    Come on . . . . . . . . I mean COME ON !!!!
  • 3. Van Halen by Van Halen
    Look up "rock'n ass band" in the dictionary and you'll see a pictute of Van Halen. Every member contributes 100% to the flashy and professional success of this icon of American rock band.
  • 2. Synchronicity by The Police
    Do I really need to explain this one¿
  • 1. Michael Jackson by Thriller
    The difinitive 80's ablum. Nothing is perfect, but this album comes close. The King of Pop still riegns over the masses and all must acknowledge his acomplishment and talent. Too bad he went wierd on us.
By: Stephen
  • 10. Substance by New Order
    I had to sneek New Order, Very solid synth work, one of the pioneers of big electronic sound.
  • 9. In The Flat Field by Bauhaus
    in 1980, basicaly 10 solid years of Peter evolving, growing and changing, while never failing to put out truly briliant records.
  • 8. Deep by Peter Murphy
    It was either deep in 1989 or...
  • 7. Closer by Joy Division
    I'd never listened to Joy Division, untill after 1980, I'd realy never heard of them untill Ian Curtis was dead. Closer, is a sincere indication he was not sticking around, but a very, very good record.
  • 6. Disapointed by Electronic
    Why did noone noitce this group evr existing? Remember "Getting Away With It"?
  • 5. Pornography by The Cure
    The Cure again but, Robert is beyond anything that has ever existed, so sad, so amazing.
  • 4. Meat is Murder by The Smiths
    Morresy had to end up in here somwhere.
  • 3. Violator by Depeche Mode
    Recorded in '89 rleased in '90, so I'm making it count.
  • 2. Fooldland by Sisters of Mercy
    Haunting lyrics, and embracing songs.
  • 1. Disintergration by The Cure
    When I bought the LP the, Siouxise look-a-like sales girl, said It would change my life, and it did.
If the list was longer, The Pixies, David Bowie, The Psychedelic Furs, Nick Cave, Suzanne Vega, Pet Shop Boys, Warsaw, The Violent Femms, Skinny Puppy, Jane's Addiction, Ministry, Gary Numan, Duran Duran, Delerium, Daniel Ash, Tones on Tails, X, Yaz/Yazoo, The Glove, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Love Spit Love, Love and Rockets, Kraftwerk, Carcrash International, Nosferatu, and so very much more would have made the final cut. (Why is it that music of now is so bad?)

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