Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums
What are your top ten favorite albums from the 80s?
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- 10. Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? by Megadeth
- 9. Genesis by Genesis
What's not to love?
- 8. Music from the Edge of Heaven by Wham!
Not their best, but many memorable songs such as "Battle Stations," and "Last Christmas."
- 7. An Innocent Man by Billy Joel
His greatest work.
- 6. Too-Rye-Aye by Dexy's Midnight Runners
Though most of the stuff is not pop like "Come on Eileen," this album is pretty intriguing,in a songwriting sense.
- 5. Lawyers In Love by Jackson Browne
One of his best pop albums.
- 4. Thriller by Michael Jackson
He can sing, he can dance...what else could you ask for. If you've never played his game for SEGA (MJ's Moonwalker), you ought to give it a try.
- 3. Tunnel Of Love by Bruce Springsteen
Great songwriting...better than Born In the USA, as far as quality goes. However, songwriter's best-selling albums are usually not their best work, anyway. This one is done w/o the E Street Band, and shows Bruce's mellower, acoustic-driven tastes.
- 2. Make It Big by Wham!
Every single on this album is great! Its pathetic, but I think I know all the lyrics to this album.
- 1. Hold Out by Jackson Browne
I haven't seen too much of his stuff on other lists, and as one of the greatest songwriters, I feel he deserves more credit.
- 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 70¡s 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 80´s 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: 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: 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: 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....
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