Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums

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

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By: Anthony
  • 10. Raise Your Fist And Yell by Alice Cooper
    Yess!!,the master of puppets returned also with one of the best albums of the decade,also Constrictor was great!,but no more space ;)
  • 9. Permament Vacation by Aerosmith
    One of the greatest band of the 70s give us a lection with this superb album in the late 80's
  • 8. The Uplist Mofo Party Plan by Red Hot Chili Peppers
    No comments,just party! In memory of Hillel Slovak
  • 7. Mother's Milk by Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Get this on your face! Same as AC/DC/ that returned with probably the best guitarrist since Hendrix,mr John Frusciante
  • 6. Girls,Girls,Girls by Motley Crue
    Probably not their 80s best but yes the most playable and fun.
  • 5. Joshua Tree by U2
    Oooh,those good times...
  • 4. Back in Black by AC/DC
    Everybody thought the band was finished when Bon left us but we were all mistaked.
  • 3. The River by Bruce Springsteen
    Just a classic
  • 2. Nothing's Shocking by Jane's Addiction
    same as the gunners.
  • 1. Appetite For Destruction by Guns n' Roses
    It was ending the eighties when it appeared but anyway anyhow it made a lection to many bands from the 80's
There were many good albums out there such as Faith No More's debut and much more,anyway the fans who enjoyed the eighties so much as i did know that they have their heart in those artist who never succeed after their debut or whatever.
By: Genita Love
By: Phillip Cranmer
  • 10. Tracy Chapman by Tracy Chapman
    There weren't many real black faces ib music during the 80s, & certainly not many black women, so turn on "Fast Car" and listen to some wonderfully well written songs.
  • 9. Joy Division by Closer
    One of the bleakest records of all time, this will scare you to hell at first, but give it a chance and there is a real beauty behind the darkness
  • 8. Colour By Numbers by Culture Club
    Boy George was one of THE faces of the 80s, and this album represents camp pop at its best.
  • 7. Suzanne Vega by Suzanne Vega
    A strong debut album from a woman who could sing about almost anything and still keep a straight face.
  • 6. Born In The USA by Bruce Springsteen
    It's difficult to think of the 80s and not remember this album. Although it's probably the most corny record he produced it still sounds like mighty strong stuff.
  • 5. Thriller by Michael Jackson
    Looking back, you forget there was a time Jackson was really cool. A landmark in pop.
  • 4. Disintergration by The Cure
    An epic masterpiece. After a decade of continually altering their sound & image, The Cure hit the bullseye, creating a sound all of their own and the LP of their career.
  • 3. Like a Prayer by Madonna
    For an artist who sold herself on the singles charts, this is a surprisingly consistent and at times, moving record.
  • 2. The Joshua Tree by U2
    The album everyone associates with U2. And with good reason, it has immediately accessable songs and enough diversity on others to keep your attention for a long time.
  • 1. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
    The best album of the 1980s. Maybe not a massive seller but it proved the group could mix together a number of moods & sounds to make a masterpiece of vocals, lyrics and guitar.
Japan-Tin Drum, The Stone Roses-The Stone Roses, Frankie Goes To Hollywood-Welcome to the Pleasuredome, Cyndi Lauper-She's So Unusual.
By: Rikki Rocket
  • 10. Look What The Cat Dragged In by Poison
    Had to finish up with Poison
  • 9. Paul's Boutique by Beastie Boys
  • 8. Hysteria by Def Lepard
    Best one armed drummer in the world
  • 7. The Great Radio Experiement by Tesla
    Signs Signs
  • 6. As Nasty As They Wanna Be by 2 Live Crew
    Uncle Luke!!!
  • 5. Straight Outta Compton by NWA
    Love dem boyz
  • 4. Bon Jovi by New Jersey
    I love it
  • 3. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N Roses
    Nothing to say
  • 2. Bad by Michael Jackson
    Dirty like Diana
  • 1. Open Up And Say Ahhhhh by Poison
    Best Record ever!
By: Father John
  • 10. Scoundrel Days by A-ha
    I know, I know. But it reminds me so much of school I can't help but love it.
  • 9. Brotherhood by New Order
    I think this is their most assured sounding album, although not their most diverse. But I love the song's and the minimal cover art.
  • 8. Black Celebration by Depeche Mode
    Just about beats Violator for me, though it was a tough call.
  • 7. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
    Great song's, great lyrics, beautifully arranged.
  • 6. Warehouse: Songs And Stories by Husker Du
    I think Bob Mould is one of the most under-rated songwriters around. Warehouse is packed with his genius.
  • 5. Introspective by Pet Shop Boys
    A curiously moving and defining electro pop record.
  • 4. Faith by The Cure
    This record makes me feel incredible and strange. I don't understand what it is but it's almost trancedant to me.
  • 3. Fables Of The Reconstruction by R.E.M.
    The most ambient and charming of their early albums. Michael sounds worn and full of heart.
  • 2. Closer by Joy Division
    Stark and initially impenetrable, and the very sound of internal disintegration. "The Eternal" is sublime.
  • 1. Surfer Rosa by Pixies
    Dusty brutality that hides a simple pop genius. Discovering the Pixies was like finding out about a whole other galaxy that existed.
Just missed out: anything by Talking Heads, The The, Associates, and My Bloody Valentine's "Isn't Anything".
By: Tyler Clark
  • 10. Failure by The Posies
    The Posies debut effort sounds different from any of their other recordings, which isn't always a bad thing.
  • 9. S/T by Yellow Magic Orchestra
    Japanese techno group who made electronica even more accessible.
  • 8. If I Shold Fall From Grace With God by The Pogues
    The most shining example of Irish folk punk fusion this side of "Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash".
  • 7. Stands For Decibels by The dB's
    See Marshall Crenshaw's entry. A shame these dudes weren't appreciated in their own time.
  • 6. Song To Learn And Sing by Echo & The Bunnymen
    Only now are people realizing how great these guys are.
  • 5. Graceland by Paul Simon
    Rhymin' Simon, African style.
  • 4. S/T by Marshall Crenshaw
    This dude shoulda been huge.
  • 3. War by U2
    Dude, it's friggin' U2.
  • 2. Murmur by R.E.M.
    The true beginning of the folk rock underground of the early 80s.
  • 1. London Calling by The Clash
    The last truly great album from one of the most influential bands of the decade.
The 80's, though much maligned, provided today's artists with a solid base from which to draw their inspirations. Now, if only we had a few more dB's enthusiasts, and a few less Ratt fans, today's music would be golden.
By: Billy Florio
  • 10. Pyromania by Def Leppard
    Screw Hysteria! Pyromania was ten times better! Rock of ages, Photograph, Foolin.....great stuff!
  • 9. Sports by Huey Lewis and the News
    Their best album.."if this is it..."
  • 8. Back In Black by AC/DC
    the album made in memory of Bon Scott..plus its got "you shook me all night long"
  • 7. Double Fantasy by John Lennon
    It came at the very begining, but its the 80's
  • 6. Pump by Aeromsith
    Aeromsith's return, its great
  • 5. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N Roses
    I can listen to this album foward and back without skipping a song..another amazing album
  • 4. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
    another amazing album
  • 3. Thriller by Michael Jackson
    Every 80's album list has got to have this song
  • 2. Born In The Usa by Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band
    Even if the only song on the album was Glory Days this album would be here..its amazing
  • 1. The Joshua Tree by U2
    No doubt the greatest album of the 80's..theres no need to write a comment here
there were so many great albums in the 80's...too many...1984-Van Halen, Syncronisity-police, Graceland-Paul Simon, concert in Central park-Simon and Garfunkel, The river-Bruce and E street, An innocent man-Billy Joel, Songs in the attic..so many
By: JURA
By: David Lemley
  • 10. Lets Dance by David Bowie
    even my namesake had to be brought into the 80's, this was is still his best album
  • 9. 1984 by Van Halen
    hey, Orwell's 1984 didnt happen...someones had to!
  • 8. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
    bon jovi's best selling album yet, also the second CD i ever bought
  • 7. Born In The Usa by Bruce Springsteen
    the first CD ever printed in the USA was this one, thats got to say a lot
  • 6. Top Gun Soundtrack by Various Artists
    the first album i remember from the 80's (i was born in 1981). for a movie soundtrack it was kick ass!
  • 5. Kick by INXS
    "take those chains from your hands, take those chains from your feet, and do the sex dance cause its necessary" absolut INXS...
  • 4. Faith by George Michaels
    i usually get slapped for this one, but yeah. damn good disc
  • 3. Face Value by Phil Collins
    phil's first solo album and one his best yet.
  • 2. Listen Like Thieves by INXS
    pre-Kick INXS, same producer (Chris Thomas) and probably INXS' best to date. 'What You Need' greatly helped INXS' north american career go further. the lyrics to 'Shine Like It Does' are written on Hutchence's epitaph
  • 1. The Joshua Tree by U2
    one of the (if not the) greatest album of all time! the songs are still in U2's live set list and were instant classics. hell who the hell else could've shut down an intersection like that in LA to film a video on the roof of a Liqor Store??
INXS in my opinion was the band of the decade. followed closely by U2. the only problem with U2 not being band of the decade: they didnt work as hard as INXS....
By: Jeff
Runners Up: Songs About F***ing by Big Black, Closer by Joy Division, Remain in Light by the Talking Heads, Argybargy by Squeeze, The Pretenders by the Pretenders, Meat Puppets II by the Meat Puppets, 13 Songs by Fugazi

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