Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums

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

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By: Jose Ramos (Part 2/2)
  • 10. Girl You Know It's True (1989) by Milli Vanilli
    So what that they didn't sing. Atleast "their" songs were upbeat and fun to listen to. Includes: "Blame It On The Rain", "I'm Gonna Miss You", and the title track.
  • 9. Dare To Be Stupid (1985) by Weird Al Yankovic
    A funny slbum from the King of Parody. Includes: "Like A Surgeon" (parody of Madonna's "Like A Virgin"),"One More Minute", and the tile track (a style parody of Devo).
  • 8. New Edition (1984) by New Edition
    A great album from the 80's answer to the Jackson 5. Includes: "Cool It Now","Mr. Telephone Man",and "Lost In Love". (Not to be confused with "Lost In Love" from The Go Go's)
  • 7. The Wonder Years Soundtrack (1989) by Various
    Includes a great cover from the Doors ("20th Century Fox" remade by The Escape Club") and two songs from Deb Gibson. ("In The Still Of The Night" & "Come Home") And some more covers/original hits from 60's songs. Without Deb Gibson, this album would've been my #10 choice. (Just Kidding)
  • 6. Open Up...& Say Ahh (1988) by Poison
    Great fun glam rock album. Includes: "Your Mama Don't Dance","Nothin' But A Good Time", and "Every Rose Has It's Thorn"
  • 5. Tell It To My Heart (1987) by Taylor Dayne
    Great pop album. Taylor Dayne also had a great voice. Includes "Don't Rush Me","Prove Your Love", and the title track.
  • 4. Don't Be Cruel (1988) by Bobby Brown
    Great R&B /new jack swing album. Includes: "My Prerogative","Every Little Step", and "Don't Be Cruel" A departure from the member of New Edition. Fact: Johnny Gill & Bel Biv DeVoe also were from New Edition.
  • 3. Exposure (1987) by Expose
    The best free style album. Includes: "Come Go With Me", "Seasons Change", and "Point Of No Return"
  • 2. Out Of The Blue (1987) by Debbie Gibson
    Fun pop album. Unlike today's teen queens, Deborah (then Debbie)Gibson wrote,produce, and sang her own material. Includes: "Only In My Dreams", "Shake Your Love", and the title track. Her picture on the album cover looked cute. (With the striped shirt,perm,acid wash/ripped jeans,and a face drawn on her knee)It's like a time capsule of what some teenage girls wore in 1987. Fun Fact: In 1988, Deb Gibson became the youngest female artist to write,produce,& perform a #1 hit with "Foolish Beat" at age 17. Inwhich still holds today!
  • 1. Electric Youth (1989) by Debbie Gibson
    Great album from the original teen queen. (Now a Broadway Diva/singer) Includes: "Lost In Your Eyes","We Could Be Together", and the title track. The picture on the back cover is better than the front. Her recent albums also are great. ("Deborah",1997 & "M.Y.O.B.",2001) Yes, I'll admit that I havea bit of a healthy crush on her. (Since the late 1990's. I'm 19) She's one of the classiest entertainers ever.
These are my favorite "Guilty Pleasure" albums. I don't care what many people think. Atleast I also like new wave, Michael Jackson, Madonna,hip hop,etc. And there's guys/girls around my age (19) that listen to Debbie Gibson,Bobby Brown,etc. This list contains the "so*bad*it's*good" albums to albums from "Club MTV" type acts.
By: Mark Watkins
  • 10. 4 by Foreigner
    Waiting for a girl like you is just a beautiful ballad. But Lou Gramm and the boys rock it up too on the album, with Urgent and Juke Box Hero.
  • 9. The Pretenders by The Pretenders
    My favourite band, although Chrissie Hynde has never topped this LP for pop perfection. Grace Jones, another eighties lady, covered Private Life. The obvious hit, Brass in pocket, is one of the best examples of how so much emotion can be fitted into a 3 minute single.
  • 8. Pelican West by Haircut 100
    The lads in casual jumpers bring harmony singing to the populus as relief from those hard times. Pringle pop. Who else could sing about lemonade, milk, baked beans and snow all on one record. Love... calling... Captain... Autumn. Brilliant!
  • 7. The Drum Is Everything by Carmel
    Jazz crept into the charts as in musical terms, in the 80's, anything goes! Give me more, more, more of Carmel's needful and pleadful singing any day!
  • 6. Diamond Life by Sade
    Hang on to your love plus many other delightful, sexy, smoochy tunes. Dark glasses, cocktails, and well...use your imagination!
  • 5. True by Spandau Ballet
    One of the best designed sleeves, befitting the music. The soundtrack to the Summer of ' 83 - this much is true! Gold, Lifeline, Communication all singles hits too. Gary Kemp, writing tin pan alley standards for the me decade.
  • 4. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of this) by Eurythmics
    This city never sleeps is my particular fave on the album. Excellent, polished pop with a powerful message.
  • 3. Penthouse And Pavement by Heaven 17
    Put your cassette pet in your briefcase and go to work - but don't get crushed by the wheels of industry! Wall St, if Wall St were a record.Play to win, we're going to live for a very long time and we don't need this fascist groove thing are the stand-out tracks.
  • 2. Lexicon Of Love by ABC
    By default or design, this is my number 2. Their follow up album, The Beauty Stab (1983), was harder on the strings, and the ear. This is a pop treasure though - tears for sovenirs!
  • 1. Dare by Human League
    Abba if they'd gone electro. Don't you want me is cold, yet smooth.
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By: matt
  • 10. Skid Row by Skid Row
  • 9. The Unforgettable Fire by U2
  • 8. Love At First Sting by Scorpions
  • 7. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N Roses
  • 6. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
  • 5. Dr. Feelgood by Motley Crue
  • 4. Ride The Lightning by Metallica
  • 3. 1984 by Van Halen
  • 2. The Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden
  • 1. The Joshua Tree by U2
By: Adam Kaplan
  • 10. War by U2
    Much as I hate to admit it, these politically-conscious, slightly-pompous Irish pop artists once ROCKED, and ROCKED damn hard! Another genre-defining moment as Bono sang his throat out over The Edge's unnaturally clean-sounding guitar distortion. Never mind that one song completely ripped off a lick from Bob Marley's "Johnny Was." Arguably one of the best half-hours in rock.
  • 9. Remain In Light by Talking Heads
    My favorite of the Head's works. Art rock matures into full-out funk when a 4-piece band dropped (most of) their pretenses and decided to jam with a slew of guest musicians. Arrangements that will make you drop your jaw...nothing will ever be the same as it ever was. And, for those who like their lyrical content political and disturbing, "The Whispering Wind" murmered a cautionary fable that finally manifested in grotesquely brutal form on a late summer day in 2001, nearly 2 decades later.
  • 8. Thriller by Michael Jackson
    One hell of a pop album...with songs that retain their glory today. What self-respecting 20-something doesn't break into a bout of air guitar during Eddie Van Halen's guest lead on "Beat It." And I'll be durned if half a dozen shame-faced yet nostalgic adults don't at least HUM along with Billie Jean whenever it plays in the background at the local supermarket. Impossibly catchy...great lyrics...great singing. And even though we can't see it with our ears, no one has forgotten the MOONWALK!
  • 7. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
    Jangly gloompop, with awesome(!) guitar playing by Johnny Marr, and featuring the slightly off-key vocals of the flamboyant Morrissey, the Mick Jagger of the toegazer generation.
  • 6. Psychocandy by The Jesus And Mary Chain
    Simple pop songs expounding on the joys of love and youth, delivered by a pair of gloomy individuals obsessed with drugs and guitar feedback. One of the noisiest examples of pop-rock picked up where Joy Division left off. Dissonant and tuneful, it made countless teenagers wonder if there was indeed something wrong with their speakers. A true vision ahead of its time, it was quite inspirational to rockers a decade later.
  • 5. Black Celebration by Depeche Mode
    British techno-goth, laden with layers of MIDI, pretty harmonies, bassy vocals, dark lyrical themes. The best album by one of the best eighties bands.
  • 4. Murmer by REM
    Jangly, understated songs with a mid-range, almost emotionless vocalist. Every note is priceless...a true work of wonder. Like the work of the Velvets almost 20 years prior, this album led to countless imitators, and almost single-handedly defined college rock.
  • 3. Like A Virgin by Madonna
    Pop's original power-princess made it ok for women to be in touch (heh) with their sensuality. A breakthrough work for the ladies of pop, with a nice mixture of really catchy songs, and lyrics that assert a woman's right to be pleased.
  • 2. Kill Em All by Metallica
    Thrash is born. Mixing elements of punk and NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal with a nervous and excitable drummer (who became faster under pressure) and a virtuoso bass player who scratched out distorted low-end like a third guitarist, these bad boys of the Bay Area screeched their way through some of the fastest, loudest licks heard thus far. The skies opened, the apocalypse came, and heavy metal got 10 notches heavier.
  • 1. Closer by Joy Division
    The final album by Joy Division was a journey into the future by a man contemplating suicide. Hopelessness and fear pervade the music, and beautiful, haunting melodies repeat again and again over spare, bassy drums. This album forever changed music as we know it, and inspired many later endeavors in techno, industrial, new wave, goth, etc...
Hip Hop owes a tremendous debt to both Public Enemy's "It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back" and NWA's "Straight Outta Compton," which were unprecedented expressions of anger, and whose combined influence upon the music world cannot be overstated.
By: Alex K
By: Chris Hayward
  • 10. Crowded House by Crowded House
    Great folky album put out in the midst of Hair Metal bands. This album sure did stand out compared to the likes of bands like Posion and Ratt.
  • 9. Synchonicity by The Police
    Where do I begin? Definetly the definitive Police album. Lets just leave it at that.
  • 8. Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits
    "I WANT MY MTV". At least I did back in the 80's when there was actually music on MTV.
  • 7. Play Deep by The Outfield
    This is another album that is great from the first song to the last. I wish some of their other albums had as much unigueness as this one did when it came out.
  • 6. The Lonesome Jubilee by John (Cougar) Mellencamp
    John (cougar) Mellencamp had a good beginning in the early 80's, but I think this one album takes the cake for all of his "80's" recordings. Plus I had to have him in my list, because how many other "80's" bands are still out there making new albums with new songs?
  • 5. Diesel & Dust by Midnight Oil
    Beds are Burning....Need I say more?
  • 4. The Way Moves by The Way Moves
    Great Chicago band! Material Issue and The Bad Examples would have been in the list with these guys if I wasn't restricted to the 80's.
  • 3. Green Thoughts by The Smithereens
    This is the album that turned me onto The Smithereens and so I have very fond memories for the album (Plus their next best album, 11, didn't come out until the 90's)
  • 2. Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty
    I could have again chosen a bunch of Tom Petty albums to fill out my list, but this is his best in the 80's in terms of listening from start to finish (and yes it just barley made the 80's).
  • 1. 2 x 4 by Guadalcanal Diary
    In the process of trying to make my list fair I decide only to choose one of Guadalcanal Diary's albums. It was a VERY difficult decision, especially between this album and Flip Flop that came out after this one. I decided on 2 x 4 for two main reasons; 1) It was their first one that turned me on to them and 2) Despite Flip Flop having their most popular song (Always Saturday) I believe 2 x 4 to be the "overall" better album from the first song to the last.
Any album by the bands that made my top 6 choices and you can't go wrong. A couple of the bands (Guadalcanal Diary, Smithereens, Tom Petty) could have filled out this list. There is no room for poser Hair Bands, Micheal Jackson, or Rap in any form.
By: BDuke
  • 10. Shout At The Devil by Motley Crue
    Moved to Florida and saw this album listed in the back of a rock magazine. I ordered it without my parents knowing. Moved from Florida a year later with long hair and a huge taste for heavy metal. Though Guns 'N Roses defined the decade for me... this album started it all.
  • 9. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band by Against The Wind
    Soundtrack of the early '80s.. these songs were everywhere in every car of every young guy trying to hook up in the midwest. Still reminds me of old girlfriends that I was nervous to hold hands with.
  • 8. 1984 by Van Halen
    Nearly every guy wanted to be DLR... sure, he still wants to be and we don't... but, it was undeniably a great album where it all came together.
  • 7. Hysteria by Def Leppard
    In hindsite, Pyromania is the better disc. Not as polished and has more of an edge. But in 1987, Hysteria landed me far more women...not to mention the Joe Elliot hair cut I sported. Never did I play an album as much as this one from the end of high school through most of college... the girls loved it and it was very tolerable for that. So it gets the edge because I listened to it far more then.
  • 6. Scarecrow by John Mellencamp
    Anyone who witnessed 'white crosses' will appreciate this often overlooked masterpiece because of comparisons to Bruce Springsteeen. However, one listen here... and it comes to light to two couldn't have been more different musicically.
  • 5. Born In The USA by Bruce Springsteen & the East Street Band
    Is there a bad song?
  • 4. LICENSED TO ILL by Beastie Boys
    Welcome to New York City white boy. Still sounds good today... to my surprise. With Eminem so ligit today, people don't realize what the Beastie Boys were up against. Respect... but they ultimately found it album after album. She's Crafty and Brass Monkey are the sleepers often overlooked.
  • 3. The Game by Queen
    First album I ever owned. I always found 'Don't Try Suicide' the most fascinating song to ever be removed from a greatest hits package. To bad... great song.
  • 2. Back In Black by AC/DC
    Just listened to it the other day and is there a more recognizable song than Back In Black?
  • 1. Appetite For Destruction by Guns 'N Roses
    This album summed up the end of the '80s for me... and it still sounds as fresh as it did back then.
By: Beavis
  • 10. Thriller by Michael Jackson
    I am not a fan of "Mr. Psycho", but I played this album over and over and over and over again in the mid 80's. Awesome stuff (Ed Van Halen plays an absolute masterful solo in "Beat It".
  • 9. Back in Black by AC/DC
    Angus Young can really play the guitar. After the death of their original singer (Bon Scott) this album could have killed the band if had not been an awesome Album.
  • 8. Pump by Aerosmith
    Every song rocks. "Janie's got a Gun" is an absolute masterpiece.
  • 7. 5150 by Van Halen
    Actually, my favorite artist of the 80's. Every song done by VH is great. I hope Ed gets better so he can do some more music.
  • 6. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N Roses
    The first time I heard "Sweet Child Of Mine", i was absolutely hooked on this album.
  • 5. Hysteria by Def Leppard
    The album every other 80's album tried to become. Popular for a reason (because it rocked)!
  • 4. Pyromania by Def Leppard
    My personal favorite Def Leppard album. Absolute ROCK.
  • 3. Synchronicity by Police
    Every song is a statement of lyric and music writing. Sting may be the greatest rock singer ever.
  • 2. Licensed to Ill by Beastie Boys
    Some of the best raw music ever. The album gets better every time I listen to it. Also brings back some kick ass memories of the best decade ever. These guys sampled before P-Diddy was a P-Baby
  • 1. Moving Pictures by Rush
    My first exposure to Rush. "Limelight" is the reason I first picked up a guitar.
The 80's was so hard putting this list together........I think what each of these albums had in common is that there isn't just one song that stands out. Each album is great all the way through.
By: Mike Meade
  • 10. RIO by Duran Duran
    It created an onslaught of Technopop albums.
  • 9. Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
    The boss definitely settled his nitch.
  • 8. Riptide by Robert Palmer
    Addicted to Love! The greatest song of the 80's period.
  • 7. The Joshua Tree by U2
    Should be #1 but there so many good ones out there.
  • 6. Synchronicity by The Police
    Legendary group Legendary album.
  • 5. Like A Virgin by Madonna
    Its what put Madonna over the top.
  • 4. So by Peter Gabriel
    Every song was a hit on this album.
  • 3. Sports by Huey Lewis & the News
    Powerpop written all over it. An album for the ages
  • 2. 5150 by Van Halen
    A very anticipated album-lukewarm when it came out but its impact everlasting.
  • 1. Play Deep by The Outfield
    Hit the masses like a sledgehammer with its unique sound then disappeared.
By: Tim
  • 10. Street Songs by Rick James
    THE UNDENIABLE KING OF FUNK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! May he live on and on too.
  • 9. Faith by George Michael
    One of the baddest White soul singers of his time. May he live on and on.
  • 8. Hysteria by Def Leppard
    They were not Hair Metal. Feel-good danceable metal is more like it. They rocked. POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME!!!!!!
  • 7. Appetite For Destruction by Guns & Roses
    I may be a brotha, but I'm a fan of heavy metal. The people who said they seemed like they were the next Rolling Stones were right. This is definitely a classic album! Why Axl act like a biatch now?! I don't get it.
  • 6. Private Dancer by Tina Turner
    The ultimate album from the ultimate Queen of Rock! RECOMMENDED!
  • 5. Purple Rain by Prince
    His Royal Badness was COOL way before his time.
  • 4. Thriller by Michael Jackson
    No one can touch Michael or Janet if you had a ten-foot pole. They're the king and queen of pop, stop messin'! This album is indeed a classic. 20 years and still fresh. Michael is STILL the man, don't hate.
  • 3. Bad by Michael Jackson
    The best that ever done it. The king. An underrated classic that deserves its own position in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Mike Jack never sounds so fresh.
  • 2. Control by Janet Jackson
    Again, as I said, NO ONE can touch the QUEEN! Another classic album. The one that broke her away from the Jackson family and into pop mythology. Definitely a legendary album! RECOMMENDED FOR '80S R&B, DANCE & POP LOVERS!
  • 1. Rhythm Nation by Janet Jackson
    First off, this woman, along with Madonna, had a lot to do with today's female artist. She's the Queen of it all and in the late-'80s, there was nothing bad u could say about Janet Jackson. This album, IMHO, made her the legend she has become today. It's so fresh, so wicked, a classic album. No one can top the true Queen of Pop & R&B, please believe it!
I LOVE THE '80s (since I am a '80s baby myself. :) )

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